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Things You Might Not Know About Valentine's

paper-hearts With Valentine's Day just around the corner, we thought we'd share some fun facts about the most romantic day of the year.

1. In Japan only women buy gifts. It’s usually chocolate or cookies. If any women want to take the lead this year, why not push the boat out and book a Valentine’s break? Chocolates are included so you can treat yourself too!

2. Wearing your heart on your sleeve comes from a tradition whereby boys would pull names out of a hat to find the name of the girl who would be their Valentine. It dates back to the Middle Ages, and the boys would wear the girls name on their sleeve for the rest of the week.

3. In Finland they celebrate Friends’ Day instead. People buy cards and gifts for their friends. We love this idea! You could always celebrate your own friendships with a big night away with the gang. Our hotels offer great rates for group bookings

4. What is the most romantic city in the UK? Loverpool!! So get yourself to the Adelphi for a very loved up Valentine’s!

basket 5. Saint Valentine, the Patron Saint of lovers is also the Patron Saint of epilepsy, plague, greetings, travellers, young people and bee keepers. Proving that real love is about a lot more than just romance!

6. Second only to Christmas, Valentine’s Day sees the most cards being sent than at any other time of year. Perhaps pop in a print out of a hotel reservation to really make it worth sending.

7. There were approximately 15,000 proposals last Valentine’s Day. If you’re one of the lucky couples saying ‘Yes’, our Elite Venue Hotels would love to help you have the day of your dreams.

8. 1 in 5 people will splash out on a Valentine’s gift for their pet. With over 40 of our hotels welcoming pets, there’s no need to leave them at home on your romantic break away. Just filter by Pet Friendly to find a hotel.

9. Teachers get the most Valentine’s cards closely followed by children and then mothers. Which goes to show love really is all around. happy-val-day

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