Happy Valentine’s Day to all! For the past 5 years we’ve been traveling and hunting for hearts with our cameras. We search for hearts in unusual architecture, charming sculptures, controversial street art, avant-garde fashion, funky foods, gorgeous gates, people’s front yards, and even some unmentionable places – basically nothing is off limits.
A few of this year’s offerings are easy to spot – perfect for beginners. So if you’re new here, these will give you a taste of the fun.
Nothing says love like donning your €200 lederhosen, hoisting a beer, and munching on some pretzels with your sweetheart at Munich’s Oktoberfest … that is, unless you came to surf!
An early Roman vase was the perfect place for some heart-shaped leaves at the Romano-Germanic Museum in Cologne, Germany.
At the Raichle Palace in Subotica, Serbia, this leafy, blue heart on the front of this Art Nouveau treasure was a standout.
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC was an absolute treasure trove of stunning mosaics. This Immaculate Heart Piece is a classic and one of our faves.
Now you’ll have to look a bit closer.
Do you see the heart? In Skopje, Macedonia, we discovered some delectable, heart-shaped fish lips (Do fish have lips?) on their colorful crockery.
And their hand-crafted cradles share the heart-felt message of love. Now you’re getting the hang of it.
In Kotor, Montenegro we found this elegant wrought iron stairway of lacy hearts.
Not to be outdone, the Cats of Kotor shop got in on the act, too. Do you see it?
The shopping bag proclaims, “I ❤ Kotor.” We did too!
But most often when we’re snapping photos, we’re intent on capturing a fascinating image, totally oblivious that there’s a heart in the picture.
For example, in Nuremberg, Germany we were so gobsmacked to see this leather-clad, Medieval cupid strolling down Main Street with his bow and arrows, that we totally missed the heart in the shop window.
Now for the real Valentine’s Day scavenger hunt. It will take a keen eye to spot some of these hearts in the next 4 shots. The Answer Key is at the bottom in the collage. Here goes:
2. Fun street art in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
3. Impressive architecture at the Conrad-Calder House in Louisville, Kentucky.
4. And finally, the Munich Residenz is the former royal palace of the Bavarian monarchs and the largest city palace in Germany. Our favorite spot in the Residenz is the Grotto, but this stained glass window also caught our eye.
THE ANSWER KEY – CLICK ON ANY PHOTO
So how did you do? We can assure you that we saw none of these hearts when we were taking the photos. How about you – have you taken any Hidden Hearts photos?
Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!
Terri & James