Sending More Hearts From Around the World

Totem Valentine St Simons Island

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone!

Every year we hunt for hearts with our cameras, looking for them in nature and architecture. And sometime we don’t even realize we captured a heart until after we take the photo.

Heart Hat

We found a few new hearts this year.


And we did manage to capture one final … hart!

Hart - Wroclaw

Have a lovely Valentine’s Day!
Terri & James


We're Terri and James Vance - high school sweethearts who went on to international careers and became world nomads. Today, 65 countries later, we're still traveling ... and still in love. Check out Our Story for more of the backstory at

51 thoughts

  1. How cute! You’ll have to stop by Matsue Castle someday, then. This region is already very excited about matchmaking as it is, but at some point someone noticed a heart in the natural wood grain of one of the 400 year old pillars inside the castle. It’s just add more fuel to the fire, you could say.

    1. Thanks Brittany. I would love to see Matsue Castle … and the hidden heart just makes it more appealing. 🙂 I found a great site with hearts found in nature – some of them are amazing! ~Terri

  2. I am hoping that you have saved my day with this post. I clean forgot it was Valentine’s Day until Kim gave me a card earlier and I wondered how I was going to deal with my memory lapse and then I saw your post and remembered our visit to Wroclaw and that I had a picture of the gnome with the heart. One home made card later and I am hoping that it will hit the spot! Thanks.

      1. Thanks Jo – I think I just got away with it but will now have to buy a bigger present than I originally planned – perhaps some flight tickets back to Poland rather than a gift from Poundland!

    1. Thanks Jo – I love it when everyone chimes in! I’m such a fan of those wonderful votives found in so many cultures – I guess they’re like your Hands of Fatima in Portugal. Do they also have votives? ~Terri

  3. Nice post. Luckily, we’re in Paris now so it doesn’t need too much extra romance today. However, with Leslie’s birthday tomorrow, the pressure is on.
    Happy hearts day, everyone x

    1. Thanks Steve – how romantic to live in Paris on Valentines Day! Does it get any better than that? So you’re back from England – hope it was a great visit and wedding. Please wish Leslie Happy Birthday from us. !Terri

    1. Thanks Sue. I took that photo in New Orleans in the Garden District – fell in love with it the minute I set eyes on it. The funny thing is I was photographing something across the street (a giant gourd spray-painted gold – another story) and when I turned around and saw the gate, all I could say was, “Oh Wow!” 🙂 Do you and Dave have something special planned today? ~Terri

      1. Sometimes the best photos catch one by surprise. I love how you happened across this one. Dave is off to work and I off to spin class. This evening we are hanging out with our ‘kids’. Call us a loving group 🙂 How about you and James?

      2. Sue, that’s so great that you’re hanging out with your kids. You’re such great parents and role models. As for us, it’s homemade pizza – heart-shaped! 🙂 ~T

  4. Happy Heart’s Day, Terri & James! I love the sentiment of searching for signs of love in unlikely places. Your post reminded me of Drew Barrymore’s recent photography book that’s nothing but hearts she’s uncovered hiding in her own daily life (called “Find It In Everything”). It might be worth a flip-through the next time you’re in a bookstore!

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