Okay, I know I’m ridiculously patriotic, but this story is true, I swear! While Saint Valentine might not be Irish exactly, his remains (or at least some of them) are buried in a small chapel in Dublin, called Whitefriar Street Church. So if you’re in the neighbourhood this weekend, you might want to stop by and visit the man who started this whole crazy hearts and flowers racket. But how did his remains end up in Ireland I hear you ask?
In 1835 an Irish Carmelite by the name of John Spratt was visiting Rome. Apparently his fame as a preacher had gone before him, no doubt brought by some Jesuits who had been in Dublin. The elite of Rome flocked to hear him and he received many tokens of esteem from the doyens of the Church. One such token came from Pope Gregory XVI (1831-1846) and were the remains of Saint Valentine.
You can find out more here.
On the other hand, if it’s chocolate, champagne and châteaux you’re after, why not pick up a copy of The Mysterious Bakery On Rue De Paris, which is now on special offer at 99 cents. Or if you prefer an historical epic of love through the ages, The Cross Of Santiago is for you.
And now for the original (and still the best in my opinion) the sweet, sad and soulful voice of Chet Baker.
Happy Valentines Day 🙂