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Why would you take your beloved to a hotel located at a former German water treatment plant (like the one above)?To forget the lovey-dovey, of course: This Valentine’s Day, consider some of the LEAST romantic places to visit on Earth in our travel destination countdown.[Photo credit: Das Park Hotel by Andreas Straus]

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Why would you take your beloved to a hotel located at a former German water treatment plant (like the one above)?
To forget the lovey-dovey, of course: This Valentine’s Day, consider some of the LEAST romantic places to visit on Earth in our travel destination countdown.
[Photo credit: Das Park Hotel by Andreas Straus]

Tagged with:  #travel  #Valentine's Day
The Death of the love letter: Can love’s poetry survive in the age of emails, texts and tweets?What does it mean for love, if we no longer write love letters? If a dashed-off, electronically sent sentence or two saying I’ll pick up milk on my way home is the contemporary equivalent of the multi-verse Byronic declaration of devotion?“Something has certainly been lost to us,” says Andrea Clarke, curator of Early Modern Historical Manuscripts at the British Library in London and editor of Love Letters: 2000 Years of Romance, in which Bottomley’s missive appears.“In an age of digital communication everything is so much more functional, ephemeral and two dimensional. What letters are, is loads of information waiting to be excavated.“A love letter tells a story, from its physical dimensions to the way the words are laid down — you can imagine the person writing it.”

The Death of the love letter: Can love’s poetry survive in the age of emails, texts and tweets?
What does it mean for love, if we no longer write love letters? If a dashed-off, electronically sent sentence or two saying I’ll pick up milk on my way home is the contemporary equivalent of the multi-verse Byronic declaration of devotion?

“Something has certainly been lost to us,” says Andrea Clarke, curator of Early Modern Historical Manuscripts at the British Library in London and editor of Love Letters: 2000 Years of Romance, in which Bottomley’s missive appears.

“In an age of digital communication everything is so much more functional, ephemeral and two dimensional. What letters are, is loads of information waiting to be excavated.

“A love letter tells a story, from its physical dimensions to the way the words are laid down — you can imagine the person writing it.”

Tagged with:  #Valentine's Day  #love  #texting  #romance

Happy Valentine’s Day, Canada (from @NPsteve)

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From the heart: When did you know your partner was ‘the one’ for you?Over the past two weeks, we asked you to share your stories about the moment you knew your partner was “the one” for you. Dozens  responded via email, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. We’ve excerpted some  of the many sweet, sad and surprising stories and featured them here. To  read more, including responses from the likes of Rufus Wainwright and  Jill Barber, visit nationalpost.com/theone. Thank you all for sharing, and happy Valentine’s Day.

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From the heart: When did you know your partner was ‘the one’ for you?
Over the past two weeks, we asked you to share your stories about the moment you knew your partner was “the one” for you. Dozens responded via email, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. We’ve excerpted some of the many sweet, sad and surprising stories and featured them here. To read more, including responses from the likes of Rufus Wainwright and Jill Barber, visit nationalpost.com/theone. Thank you all for sharing, and happy Valentine’s Day.

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Valentine’s Day gift guide
Passion can’t be purchased, but hey: It can’t hurt to offer up a little token of your affection.

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Valentine’s Day gift guide

Passion can’t be purchased, but hey: It can’t hurt to offer up a little token of your affection.

Tagged with:  #valentine's day  #style  #gifts
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Undies for newbies: A guide to buying lingerie for your loved one
If you’re planning on buying some fancy underthings for your lucky lady this Valentine’s Day, you’d do well to consult our guide first.

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Undies for newbies: A guide to buying lingerie for your loved one

If you’re planning on buying some fancy underthings for your lucky lady this Valentine’s Day, you’d do well to consult our guide first.

Tagged with:  #valentine's day  #lingerie  #shopping
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The One: Rufus Wainwright and Jörn WeisbrodtFrom Rufus: “I knew he was the one for me when … In the first heated discussions involving my mother, Jörn and I, Jörn always took her side. That pretty much sealed the deal. Not to mention the first sight of his backside in Martin Margiela pants.” (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)
What was the moment you knew your partner was “The One” for you? There are many ways to share your stories:
• By email: theone@nationalpost.com• Comment on the stories listed at nationalpost.com/theone• On Facebook: Tell us your tale on our Facebook page at facebook.com/nationalpost• Via Twitter: Tweet your message to @nplife and include the hashtag #theonenp• On Tumblr: Create a blog post and tag it #TheOneNP• On Instagram: Add the #TheOneNP tag your Instagram photos

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The One: Rufus Wainwright and Jörn Weisbrodt
From Rufus: “I knew he was the one for me when … In the first heated discussions involving my mother, Jörn and I, Jörn always took her side. That pretty much sealed the deal. Not to mention the first sight of his backside in Martin Margiela pants.” (Photo: Lucas Jackson/Reuters)

What was the moment you knew your partner was “The One” for you? There are many ways to share your stories:

• By email: theone@nationalpost.com
Comment on the stories listed at nationalpost.com/theone
On Facebook: Tell us your tale on our Facebook page at facebook.com/nationalpost
Via Twitter: Tweet your message to @nplife and include the hashtag #theonenp
On Tumblr: Create a blog post and tag it #TheOneNP
On Instagram: Add the #TheOneNP tag your Instagram photos

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The One: Second City’s Ashley Comeau and Connor Thompson“I knew Ashley was ‘the one’ when, early in our relationship, she had the decency to take two large steps and turn away from me before unleashing the most violent, Earth-shattering fart anyone has ever issued, ever. (As I wrote that sentence she was behind me, farting. Some things never change.)”
What was the moment you knew your partner was “The One” for you? There are many ways to share your stories:
• By email: theone@nationalpost.com• Comment on the stories listed at nationalpost.com/theone• On Facebook: Tell us your tale on our Facebook page at facebook.com/nationalpost• Via Twitter: Tweet your message to @nplife and include the hashtag #theonenp• On Tumblr: Create a blog post and tag it #TheOneNP• On Instagram: Add the #TheOneNP tag your Instagram photos

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The One: Second City’s Ashley Comeau and Connor Thompson
“I knew Ashley was ‘the one’ when, early in our relationship, she had the decency to take two large steps and turn away from me before unleashing the most violent, Earth-shattering fart anyone has ever issued, ever. (As I wrote that sentence she was behind me, farting. Some things never change.)”

What was the moment you knew your partner was “The One” for you? There are many ways to share your stories:

• By email: theone@nationalpost.com
Comment on the stories listed at nationalpost.com/theone
On Facebook: Tell us your tale on our Facebook page at facebook.com/nationalpost
Via Twitter: Tweet your message to @nplife and include the hashtag #theonenp
On Tumblr: Create a blog post and tag it #TheOneNP
On Instagram: Add the #TheOneNP tag your Instagram photos

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The One: Cartoonist Seth and Tania van Spyk“I’m not sure if I should call it love-at -first-sight, as that might sound kind of creepy considering that the first time I saw my lovely wife Tania, she was completely naked. We met at a life drawing class and she was the nude model. And let me just say right up front that I would never have even spoken to her if she hadn’t talked to me first. It is utterly unacceptable and crass to chat up the nude model. I am a gentlemen if nothing else.“Whatever we label it — we were married within a few months time. That was exactly 10 years ago. Honestly, I’m not sure I could narrow it down to any specific moment when I first knew — but I can say that every single day is a day where I know she is ‘the one.’ A perfect friend of tireless patience and sensitivity and encouragement. A sweet refuge from the world.” — Cartoonist Seth (a.k.a. Gregory Gallant) on wife Tania van Spyk (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)
What was the moment you knew your partner was “the one” for you? There are many ways to share your stories:
• By email: theone@nationalpost.com• Comment on the stories listed at nationalpost.com/theone• On Facebook: Tell us your tale on our Facebook page at facebook.com/nationalpost• Via Twitter: Tweet your message to @nplife and include the hashtag #theonenp• On Tumblr: Create a blog post and tag it #TheOneNP• On Instagram: Add the #TheOneNP tag your Instagram photos
 We look forward to hearing your tales, no matter what form they come in.

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The One: Cartoonist Seth and Tania van Spyk
“I’m not sure if I should call it love-at -first-sight, as that might sound kind of creepy considering that the first time I saw my lovely wife Tania, she was completely naked. We met at a life drawing class and she was the nude model. And let me just say right up front that I would never have even spoken to her if she hadn’t talked to me first. It is utterly unacceptable and crass to chat up the nude model. I am a gentlemen if nothing else.

“Whatever we label it — we were married within a few months time. That was exactly 10 years ago. Honestly, I’m not sure I could narrow it down to any specific moment when I first knew — but I can say that every single day is a day where I know she is ‘the one.’ A perfect friend of tireless patience and sensitivity and encouragement. A sweet refuge from the world.”
— Cartoonist Seth (a.k.a. Gregory Gallant) on wife Tania van Spyk (Photo: Darren Calabrese/National Post)

What was the moment you knew your partner was “the one” for you? There are many ways to share your stories:

• By email: theone@nationalpost.com
Comment on the stories listed at nationalpost.com/theone
On Facebook: Tell us your tale on our Facebook page at facebook.com/nationalpost
Via Twitter: Tweet your message to @nplife and include the hashtag #theonenp
On Tumblr: Create a blog post and tag it #TheOneNP
On Instagram: Add the #TheOneNP tag your Instagram photos

We look forward to hearing your tales, no matter what form they come in.

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If you thought the next 28 29 days were all about looking forward to Valentine’s Day and then coming down from it, you were wrong! There are concerts, album releases, film premieres and more! Presenting our guide to Leap-Month 2011.

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If you thought the next 28 29 days were all about looking forward to Valentine’s Day and then coming down from it, you were wrong! There are concerts, album releases, film premieres and more! Presenting our guide to Leap-Month 2011.

A brief history of kissingIf history provides one important lesson with regard to kissing, it’s that this behaviour is nearly impossible to suppress. Over thousands of years, the kiss has been derided by poets and commentators as disgusting, venal, dirty and worse. Popes and emperors repeatedly tried to punish practitioners, citing moral or health-related reasons, yet not even the world’s most powerful men could police the lips of their subjects.We may vary in skin tone, language and customs, but in regions around the world kissing has become perhaps the single most universal and humanizing practice that we share.

A brief history of kissing

If history provides one important lesson with regard to kissing, it’s that this behaviour is nearly impossible to suppress. Over thousands of years, the kiss has been derided by poets and commentators as disgusting, venal, dirty and worse. Popes and emperors repeatedly tried to punish practitioners, citing moral or health-related reasons, yet not even the world’s most powerful men could police the lips of their subjects.

We may vary in skin tone, language and customs, but in regions around the world kissing has become perhaps the single most universal and humanizing practice that we share.

Sleepless fights: From clueless guys to sex-starved wives, oft-controversial author Rebecca Eckler gives her readers a no-nonsense guide to modern romance in How to Raise a Boyfriend: The Definitive Manual for Educating Your Man. In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, the Post presents an excerpt from the new book’s chapter on the perils of going to sleep angry. (Illustration by Kagan McLeod)Check out our full visual archive.

Sleepless fights: From clueless guys to sex-starved wives, oft-controversial author Rebecca Eckler gives her readers a no-nonsense guide to modern romance in How to Raise a Boyfriend: The Definitive Manual for Educating Your Man. In the lead-up to Valentine’s Day, the Post presents an excerpt from the new book’s chapter on the perils of going to sleep angry. (Illustration by Kagan McLeod)

Check out our full visual archive.

Press record for romance: Dave Bidini on his first mixtape
In 1984, my girlfriend went to Italy. The worst place a girlfriend could ever go. We’d been dating for three years, and now she was going to a country of beautiful art (that made you feel drunk), great wine (that got you drunk) and handsome men (who wanted to get drunk with you). In what would likely prove a fruitless act of adolescent desperation, I did what any young man would do who wanted his girlfriend to return to the land of snow and cold from a place of high beauty and romance: I made a mixtape.
TOP 5 MIXTAPE READS1. Cassette From My Ex: Stories & Soundtracks of Lost Love, edited by Found magazine’s Jason Bitner, includes artists such as The Magnetic Fields and Rick Moody sharing their favourite personal mixtapes ( cassettefrommyex.com).2. Love is a Mix Tape is Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield’s memoir of his relationship with girlfriend Renee in the 1990s, told through 22 mixtapes.3. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, also by Rob Sheffield, is the prequel and focuses on his coming-of-age in the dorky 1980s.4. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, naturally — the mother of all 1990s Top 5-list music novels.5. The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz is a young adult novel refreshingly told from the point of view of a 16-year-old music-geek girl working a summer job at Berkeley’s vinyl mecca. It’s perfect for introducing the children of mixtape’s heyday to the genre and also as a crossover for nostalgic Gen-Xers.— Nathalie Atkinson, National PostWe’ve got so many amazing stories/images pouring in for our Valentine's Day #HowWeMet project! Please keep them coming!Check out our full visual archive and, if you like what we do, please recommend us in the news directory.

Press record for romance: Dave Bidini on his first mixtape

In 1984, my girlfriend went to Italy. The worst place a girlfriend could ever go. We’d been dating for three years, and now she was going to a country of beautiful art (that made you feel drunk), great wine (that got you drunk) and handsome men (who wanted to get drunk with you). In what would likely prove a fruitless act of adolescent desperation, I did what any young man would do who wanted his girlfriend to return to the land of snow and cold from a place of high beauty and romance: I made a mixtape.


TOP 5 MIXTAPE READS

1. Cassette From My Ex: Stories & Soundtracks of Lost Love, edited by Found magazine’s Jason Bitner, includes artists such as The Magnetic Fields and Rick Moody sharing their favourite personal mixtapes ( cassettefrommyex.com).2. Love is a Mix Tape is Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield’s memoir of his relationship with girlfriend Renee in the 1990s, told through 22 mixtapes.

3. Talking to Girls About Duran Duran, also by Rob Sheffield, is the prequel and focuses on his coming-of-age in the dorky 1980s.

4. High Fidelity by Nick Hornby, naturally — the mother of all 1990s Top 5-list music novels.

5. The Vinyl Princess by Yvonne Prinz is a young adult novel refreshingly told from the point of view of a 16-year-old music-geek girl working a summer job at Berkeley’s vinyl mecca. It’s perfect for introducing the children of mixtape’s heyday to the genre and also as a crossover for nostalgic Gen-Xers.
— Nathalie Atkinson, National Post

We’ve got so many amazing stories/images pouring in for our 's Day #HowWeMet project! Please keep them coming!

Check out our full visual archive and, if you like what we do, please recommend us in the news directory.

For Valentine’s Day, tell us your #HowWeMet story

Just in time for Valentine’s Day: Tell us your #HowWeMet story

Was it at your favourite bar? At a friend’s birthday party, or the aisles of a grocery store? A large protest involving cops in riot gear?

This Valentine’s Day, we want your story of how you met the love of your life. We are interested in the how, the when, the where, the why — the magic moment that started it all.

Using whatever method you like, send us chapter and verse, photos and messages and we will do something cool with them in the lead-up to Valentine’s Day. We will collect some of your most evocative how-we-met tales and publish them in the newspaper on Saturday Feb. 12.

How to share your story:

On Tumblr
Create a blog post and tag it #howwemet

By e-mail

Send us an e-mail to howwemet@scribblelive.com

On Twitter
Write your message and include the hashtag #howwemet

On Facebook
Look for our How We Met discussion threads on facebook.com/nationalpost

Visit our website for more ways to submit your story. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images