12/27/2012 07:15 am ET Updated Feb 26, 2013

The Most Romantic Cities On Earth (PHOTOS)

From the Victorian inns of San Francisco to the teahouses of Kyoto, the world is full of romantic destinations. Although Paris is the obvious choice, there are many other cities (domestic and exotic) where the vistas, architecture and food can inspire passion and even marriage proposals. Some of this selection might be surprising, but the the common thread that runs down the quaint streets of each of these cities is that their history blends easily into their calm present. Second cities are first when it comes to maintaining their beauty.

If you're looking to kindle or rekindle, it is time to buy tickets. Here, Food & Wine names some the world's most romantic cities.

-- Rebecca Flint Marx, Food & Wine

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