February 11, 2015
The Poles know how to love. Case in point is the 14th century Polish King Kazimierz from Krakow, Poland whose love for Esterka, the daughter of a Jewish tailor is legend. The Catholic King is said to have not just built castles for his Queen but also provided increased rights, support and protection to Jews in Poland in part because of his love for her. As the story goes, “a life of love restored his love of life.”
If you're short on funds for a castle, and don't happen to be a member of Congress, we put together some other ways to woo your Valentine inspired by vintage Polish postcards we found at the Sunday Flea Market in Krakow.
Tattooing her name in an arrow heart might not be that original, but it does shout love like nothing else. Since your Valentine might be gone by summer, why not say it with a red heart from our favorite purveyor of fine temporary tattoos. Another great Valentine's day activity: a bike ride for two. And if your bae's into bikes, we think your should rock this tattoo.
Nothing is more romantic than canoodling in a canoe. Except maybe kissing in a kayak... May we suggest a bioluminescence paddle at Point Reyes for Valentine's Day?
You might have had to play the lute in Poland back in the day to score, but lucky for us less musically inclined, there's nothing you can't find on Craigslist in California today including your very own Valentine's Day Troubadour to serenade your love. As for a furry fetish, we found just the thing for you: Be My Furry Valentine, an event that celebrates faux fur fashion, aerial arts, and features live music and live painting.
Flying solo? There's stil fun to be had. Put your hair in a top knot, blow some bubbles or head over to Valloween, a cabaret that parodies the scariness of our society's commodification and expectations around love.