The Pont des Arts in Paris and the canals of Venice may be renowned for their romantic atmospheres, but the world is full of lesser-know, but equally passionate, places.
1. El Callejon del Beso (The Alley of the Kiss), Guanajuato, Mexico
In the tiny city of Guanajuato, Mexico, sits an alleyway so narrow that the balconies of the opposing houses look like they’re ‘kissing’ each other. Every day, but especially during February, couples queue up to share a smooch in the alley of the kiss. If you kiss a loved one on the third step, legend has it, you’re guaranteed 15 years of happiness. Well worth the claustrophobia!
How did a cramped alley (the distance measures just 27 inches) in a city with tons of cramped little alleys come to have such significance for visiting lovers? Well, according to local legend, a rich family owned one of the houses and the daughter of the family, whose bedroom overlooked the alley, fell in love with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks after spying him one day.
Not willing to let their disparate social statuses stop him, the boy rented the house opposite so he and his secret love could share some clandestine kisses across the narrow alley.
Unfortunately, the story has it that the girl’s father stabbed her to death after discovering the relationship. This prompted her lover to hurl himself out the window onto the cobbles of the alleyway below, or in some versions of the story, into the main shaft of La Mina de la Valenciana (the Valentian Mine).
Visitors can share a kiss in the narrow alley or even hang love-locks from the balcony bars (but please don’t – that shit is played out.)
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