OAKLAND, Calif. – Looking for a Valentine's Day destination?
Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2009" guidebook offers a list of 10 places to steal a kiss.
Some places on the list are renowned for romance or a sexy vibe — like New York, Rio de Janeiro, and Paris.
Others earned a place on the list for a specific kiss-related reason, such as Hershey, Pa., home of Hershey's Kisses chocolate candy; Blarney Castle in Ireland, where visitors kiss the Blarney Stone to be rewarded with the gift of gab; Venice, where lovers might kiss on a gondola passing beneath the Bridge of Sighs; and Casablanca, Morocco, the setting for the famed movie in which Ingrid Bergman implored Humphrey Bogart to kiss her "as if it were the last time." Kissimmee, Fla., and Kissing, Germany, deserve a spot on the list by virtue of their smoochy names alone.
Also on the list: Kiribati, a nation of island atolls just west of the international dateline in the South Pacific. If you happen to be there on New Year's Eve with your special someone, you could get one of next year's very first kisses.