London love tale
William and Kate
The royal couple married in Westminster Abbey, London in 2011, with 24 million people tuning in to watch them walk down the aisle. The occasion was a public holiday and lots of people celebrated by having a very British street party with their neighbours.
Paris love tale
Hunchback of Notre Dame
The story begins on the day of the Feast of Fools in Paris. Quasimodo, is the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame who falls in love with the stunning gypsy girl, Esmeralda as a woman with the ability to capture many hearts. When the story became a film, its dark and sexual themes nearly made it the first PG in Disney history.
Rome love tale
As the Goddess of love, sex, beauty and fertility, it’s no surprise Venus has more than one lover. Her two preferred husbands are Vulcan and Mars. However, she gave birth to many children from different Gods, which brings a new meaning to the phrase "power couples". Images of Venus have been found in countless forms from sculptures to mosaics to shrines and even domestic murals.
Auckland love tale
The legend of Tāmaki Makaurau
Often referred to as "Tāmaki of a thousand lovers", this area near Auckland is a place that’s highly sought after for its fertile volcanic soils. Legend has it that an ancient love story brought about a fierce battle of incantations. So fierce, it created deep cracks in the earth, thrusting upwards the many volcanic cones scattered across the region today.
Berlin love tale
Eija-Riitta and Berlin Wall
The story of Eija-Riitta Berliner-Mauer and the Berlin Wall is a strange one. So strange it’s continued to break news all over the world. Eija has a condition called Objectum-Sexuality, which enabled her to fall in love with the structure. Claiming to be married to the wall, she now calls herself Mrs. Berliner-Mauer, sharing the same name as her concrete counterpart.
Bogota love tale
El Dorado: The city of gold
A spiritual lake near Bogota is where the mythical legend of El Dorado originated. The Muisca kings fell in love with the idea of El Dorado and used to have their religious ceremonies in the middle of the lake. They were pushed on a float to the middle of the lake, all their bodies covered in gold dust, and threw gold offerings as sacrifices into the lagoon.
Buenos Aires love tale
Juan and Evica Peron
The ultimate "power couple", Juan Domingo and Evita, were political forces that will never be forgotten. After living as a poor girl, Evita charmed Juan Domingo and the two fell in love. Together they changed the entire political landscape of Argentina and became one of the most beloved political couples of the era. You may also recognise the story from the Madonna fronted film of 1996.
Cairo love tale
Antony and Cleopatra
People waged war to break these two apart. When Mark Antony left his wife, Octavia, for the mesmerising Cleopatra - Octavia's brother Octavian brought the army of Rome to destroy them. These two lovers were so entranced with each other that they ended-up committing suicide to save being apart - the ultimate Romeo and Juliet.
Cape Town love tale
The devil's cloud
Legend has it that a Dutch pirate, Jan van Hunks, used to hide in Devil's Peak, part of Table Mountain to get away from his sharp tongued wife. Up there he used to smoke his pipe and one day a stranger challenged him to a smoking contest. This resulted in the vapours causing a cloud to hang over the mountain. We're sure his wife will have found him eventually.
Casablanca love tale
Rick Blaine and Isla Lund
One of the best known love stories in film, 'Casablanca' is the tale of Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, who runs a bar in Morocco during World War II. When his lost love lsla arrives in the city married to all round gangster Victor Laszlo, Blaine has to put his feelings aside to help deal with the Nazis before it’s too late.
Chicago love tale
This is one of the best-known tales in Chicago, and a spooky one too. After a night of dancing with her boyfriend at the Oh Henry Ballroom, Mary got into an argument and walked home alone, but was the victim of a hit and run accident. After being buried nearby, it’s said, that Mary continues to haunt the streets in search of revenge.
Dubai love tale
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
The present ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum met and fell in love with the King of Jordan’s daughter, known as Her Royal Highness Princess Haya of Jordan. Interestingly, she studied in the UK in Bristol, then Dorset and later St Hilda’s College, Oxford University from which she graduated with BA honours degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Los Angeles love tale
Hollywood is famous for creating many love stories, none more famous than the 1990 film Pretty Woman. Interestingly, the opera that they attend in the film is La Traviata - about a prostitute who falls in love with a wealthy man. Maybe that's where they got the storyline? Regardless, it's still a classic today.
Madrid love tale
The world loves Julio Iglesias
Born in Madrid, Julio Iglesias, according to Sony Music Entertainment, is the best selling Latin music artist in history and one of the world’s best selling artists of all time. He has sold more than 300 million records worldwide in 14 languages, across more than 80 albums. His son Enrique has sold over 120 million records worldwide, and we all know his love songs.
Mexico City love tale
Popocatepetl and Iztaccíhuatl
On a clear day in Mexico City you will see Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl. They are the two highest volcanoes in Mexico, peering into the city. They were named after a great warrior and an Aztec Princess that fell deeply in love. Their unfloundering love meant the Gods turned them into mountains, so they could be together forever.
Moscow love tale
Tsar Nicholas II and Alexandra Federovna
Nicholas, the future Tzar of Russia, fell in love with a well-regarded German princess, Alexandra. Like many love stories, their families were not happy. However, they were determined and were well-known for their public displays of affection. This backfired when the Bolsheviks took the Russian royal family captive, and the lovers were executed. Together.
New York love tale
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
Some of the world’s most famous people have lived and loved in Manhattan. Two of the most famous to call it home were John Lennon and Yoko Ono. They lived in the Dakota building overlooking Central Park on the Upper West Side. Ono still lives there, 35 years after Lennon was gunned down in front of the building by Mark David Chapman in 1980.
Sydney love tale
Jean and Tom Cheetham
You don’t have to delve into mythology to find Sydney’s greatest love story. According to local papers, Jean and Tom from Sydney have been married for 76 years. Tom, 104 years old, was born before the Titanic in 1911, and together they’re believed to be one of the oldest married couples in the world. Love advice from Tom: "The best thing is to tell the truth at all times."
Tokyo love tale
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson
Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson are the lead characters, but in many ways Tokyo is the shining star of the film 'Lost in Translation'. The city's restaurants, bars and popular karaoke joints provide a real, living set for Sofia Coppola's masterpiece. Interestingly, the weathered chef who appears in restaurant Ichikan still owns the place, and it’s worth a visit if you’re ever there.
Toronto love tale
Toronto is having it’s own love affair with an event that continues to swell year on year. Toronto Pride now sees thousands of lesbian, gay, transvestite and straight people arrive from all over the world to celebrate being exactly who they are. Expect colour, the thud of techno music, performing arts and a serious amount of fun.