Readers share their most romantic finds

In late October, Venice takes on a magical flavor-- even the locals seem to be innamorati. A simple evening stroll through Piazza San Marco or a midnight gondola ride does not seem the least bit corny.
Maria Quinn
Bronxville, N.Y.

I'll never forget the brookside boulder in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, where I proposed to the woman who became my wife.
Kurt G. Kessel
Groton, Conn.

At Little Dix Bay on Virgin Gorda, you can ask for a private island picnic and they'll pack you a lunch, an umbrella, and a blanket. All you need to tell them is when to pick you up. For the rest of the day, enjoy white sand, blue water, and total seclusion (bathing suits optional).
Ronald and Susan Drucker
Wayne, Pa.

When we woke up at our parador in Hondarribia, Spain (on the border with France), we opened our window to see a bevy of small fishing boats. From the lounge there was a small staircase that led to an alcove where we had breakfast at a table for two overlooking the Bay of Biscay.
Sally Richardson
Santa Ana, Calif.

Having spent 25 years in the military, I've been to some of the
world's most romantic spots. Unfortunately, the army wasn't always considerate enough to send my wife. All those places, however, were eclipsed by a delicatessen on Eighth Avenue in New York City. My wife and I had been apart for 15 months, but I was retiring, so we would never be separated again. We were oblivious to everyone around us. You can make anyplace the most romantic place if you're with the one you love.
Matthew Svilar
Summerville, S.C.