Destination: Belgium

Chocolate lovers find their heart's desire in Belgium, where hand-crafted chocolates are made by masters such as Pierre Marcolini, who blends chocolates that you can taste like a fine wine. Antwerp is the home of or shock-master Dominique Persoone, who crafts chocolates that surprise. In Brussels, Patrick Roger's artful sculptures grow to surprising sizes and shapes, such as a stunning prehistoric creature. Gorgeous and amazing, but his jewel-like truffles are far easier to bring home. 

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Destination: Jamaica

I love a Dark & Stormy -- that's rum & tingly ginger beer for the uninitiated -- but as much as it's one of the landmark drinks of Jamaica, it conjures up only sunny days for me. If your idea of romance is a lovely beach at sunset, fine rum or a Red Stripe, great food and a laid-back vibe, Jamaica waits for you. 

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Destination: India

The Taj Mahal is an icon of romantic love -- but there's so much more to delight in when you visit India. You can't miss the parade of aromas, colors, sounds and culinary pleasures. But if you're willing to dig a little deeper, there's also adventure, animal life, spirituality and a body-loving culture of yoga, meditation and massage. In India, sensuality is a way of life.

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Destination: Blackberry Farm, Walland, TN

Sometimes romance is all about the serenity and sharing the day in a lovely setting. Blackberry Farm, bordering the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, comes as close to perfect as I've found in the U.S. It's famed for its outstanding food and wine, but at Blackberry there's an even rarer quality -- kindness and warm, welcoming service.

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