Tanabata — Story of Two Star-crossed Lovers — Japan Suite
Today is a special day all over Japan where people celebrate Tanabata, the Star Festival. Tanabata is celebrated to commemorate the romantic story of two lovers represented by the stars Vega and Altair who are only allowed to meet each other once a year as long as the skies are clear. It is celebrated on the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, which is July 7th in the modern calendar. Some places in Japan celebrate Tanabata on August 7th in accordance with the older Chinese calendar, which is where the legend originated. The most famous of all the Tanabata festivals is celebrated in Sendai on August 7th, but most of Japan recognizes Tanabata today (July 7th).
On Tanabata, people write wishes on small pieces of colored paper called tanzaku and hang them on bamboo trees. These become beautiful wish trees. On the following day, the decorated trees are floated on a river or in the ocean and burned as an offering. There are many celebrations all over Japan, which also include parades, food stalls, colorful decorations, and fireworks.
Tanabata originated from a Chinese legend called Qixi and was brought to Japan in the 8th century. This is the story of two lovers. Princess Orihime, the seamstress, wove beautiful clothes by the heavenly river, represented by the Milky Way. Because Orihime worked so hard weaving beautiful clothes, she became sad and despaired of ever finding love. Her father, who was a God of the heavens, loved her dearly and arranged for her to meet Hikoboshi, the cow herder who lived on the other side of the Milky Way. The two fell in love instantly and married. Their love and devotion was so deep that Orihime stopped weaving and Hikoboshi allowed his cows to wander the heavens.
Orihime’s father became angry and forbade the lovers to be together, but Orihime pleaded with him to allow them to stay. He loved his daughter, so he decreed that the two star-crossed lovers could meet once a year–on the 7th day of the 7th month if Orihime returned to her weaving. On the first day they were to be reunited, they found the river (Milky Way) to be too difficult to cross. Orihime became so despondent that a flock of magpies came and made a bridge for her. It is said that if it rains on Tanabata, the magpies will not come, and the two lovers must wait another year to be reunited, so Japanese always wish for good weather on Tanabata. There are many variations of this story, but this version is the most widely held.
We hope for clear skies on Tanabata so the lovers can always be reunited.
The Star Lovers
by Grace James
The Star Lovers is one of our Favorite Fairy Tales.
All you that are true lovers, I beseech you pray the gods for fair weather upon the seventh night of the seventh moon.
For patience’s sake and for dear love’s sake, pray, and be pitiful that upon that night there may be neither rain, nor hail, nor cloud, nor thunder, nor creeping mist.
Hear the sad tale of the Star Lovers and give them your prayers.
The Weaving Maiden was the daughter of a Deity of Light. Her dwelling was upon the shore of the Milky Way, which is the Bright River of Heaven. All the day long she sat at her loom and plied her shuttle, weaving the gay garments of the gods. Warp and woof, hour by hour the coloured web grew till it lay fold on fold piled at her feet. Still she never ceased her labour, for she was afraid. She had heard a saying:
“Sorrow, age-long sorrow, shall come upon the Weaving Maiden when she leaves her loom.”
So she laboured, and the gods had garments to spare. But she herself, poor maiden, was ill-clad;she recked nothing of her attire or of the jewels that her father gave her. She went barefoot, and let her hair hang down unconfined. Ever and anon a long lock fell upon the loom, and back she flung it over her shoulder. She did not play with the children of Heaven, or take her pleasure with celestial youths and maidens. She did not love or weep. She was neither glad nor sorry. She sat weaving, weaving . .. and wove her being into the many-coloured web.
Now her father, the Deity of Light, grew angry. He said, “Daughter, you weave too much.”
“It is my duty,” she said.
“At your age to talk of duty!” said her father. “Out upon you!”
“Wherefore are you displeased with me, my father?” she said, and her fingers plied the shuttle.
“Are you a stock or a stone, or a pale flower by the wayside?”
“Nay,” she said, “I am none of these.”
“Then leave your loom, my child, and live; take your pleasure, be as others are.”
“And wherefore should I be as others are?” she said.
“Never dare to question me. Come, will you leave your loom?”
She said, “Sorrow, age-long sorrow, shall come upon the Weaving Maiden when she leaves her loom.”
“A foolish saying,” cried her father, “not worthy of credence. What do we know of age-long sorrow? Are we not gods?” With that he took her shuttle from her hand gently, and covered the loom with a cloth. And he caused her to be very richly attired, and they put jewels upon her and garlanded her head with flowers of Paradise. And her father gave her for spouse the Herd Boy of Heaven, who tended his flocks upon the banks of the Bright River.
Now the Maiden was changed indeed. Her eyes were stars and her lips were ruddy. She went dancing and singing all the day. Long hours she played with the children of Heaven, and she took her pleasure with the celestial youths and maidens. Lightly she went; her feet were shod with silver. Her lover, the Herd Boy, held her by the hand. She laughed so that the very gods laughed with her, and High Heaven re-echoed with sounds of mirth. She was careless; little did she think of duty or of the garments of the gods. As for her loom, she never went near it from one moon’s end to another.
“I have my life to live,” she said; “I’ll weave it into a web no more.”
And the Herd Boy, her lover, clasped her in his arms. Her face was all tears and smiles, and she hid it on his breast. So she lived her life. But her father, the Deity of Light, was angry.
“It is too much,” he said. “Is the girl mad? She will become the laughing-stock of Heaven. Besides, who is to weave the new spring garments of the gods?”
Three times he warned his daughter.
Three times she laughed softly and shook her head.
“Your hand opened the door, my father,” she said, “but of a surety no hand either of god or of mortal can shut it.”
He said, “You shall find it otherwise to your cost.” And he banished the Herd Boy for ever and ever to the farther side of the Bright River. The magpies flew together, from far and near, and they spread their wings for a frail bridge across the river, and the Herd Boy went over by the frail bridge. And immediately the magpies flew away to the ends of the earth and the Weaving Maiden could not follow. She was the saddest thing in Heaven. Long, long she stood upon the shore, and held out her arms to the Herd Boy, who tended his oxen desolate and in tears. Long, long she lay and wept upon the sand. Long, long she brooded, looking on the ground.
She arose and went to her loom. She cast aside the cloth that covered it. She took her shuttle in her hand.
“Age-long sorrow,” she said, “age-long sorrow!” Presently she dropped the shuttle. “Ah,” she moaned, “the pain of it,” and she leaned her head against the loom.
But in a little while she said, “Yet I would not be as once I was. I did not love or weep, I was neither glad nor sorry. Now I love and I weep—I am glad, and I am sorry.”
Her tears fell like rain, but she took up the shuttle and laboured diligently, weaving the garments of the gods. Sometimes the web was grey with grief, sometimes it was rosy with dreams. The gods were fain to go strangely clad. The Maiden’s father, the Deity of Light, for once was well pleased.
“That is my good, diligent child,” he said. “Now you are quiet and happy.”
“The quiet of dark despair,” she said. “Happy! I am the saddest thing in Heaven.”
“I am sorry,” said the Deity of Light; “what shall I do?”
“Give me back my lover. ”
“Nay, child, that I cannot do. He is banished for ever and ever by the decree of a Deity, that cannot be broken.”
“I knew it,” she said.
“Yet something I can do. Listen. On the seventh day of the seventh moon, I will summon the magpies together from the ends of the earth, and they shall be a bridge over the Bright River of Heaven, so that the Weaving Maiden shall lightly cross to the waiting Herd Boy on the farther shore.”
So it was. On the seventh day of the seventh moon came the magpies from far and near. And they spread their wings for a frail bridge. And the Weaving Maiden went over by the frail bridge. Her eyes were like stars, and her heart like a bird in her bosom. And the Herd Boy was there to meet her upon the farther shore.
And so it is still, oh, true lovers—upon the seventh day of the seventh moon these two keep their tryst. Only if the rain falls with thunder and cloud and hail, and the Bright River of Heaven is swollen and swift, the magpies cannot make a bridge for the Weaving Maiden. Alack, the dreary time!
Therefore, true lovers, pray the gods for fair weather.
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The Star Lovers – Asian and African studies blog
The 7th day of the 7th lunar month has long been the date of the Star Festival 七夕 in East Asia, traditionally known as Tanabata in Japan, and as Qixi – or more recently as the ‘Chinese Valentine’s Day’ – in China. It has always been a very popular festival celebrating the summer evening, and evoking the romantic legend of the star lovers who meet each other once a year by crossing the Magpie Bridge over the Milky Way.
Above left is the Dunhuang Star Atlas, the oldest known manuscript of a star chart dating to around AD 700. On the right-hand image the Magpie Bridge, which corresponds to the constellation of Cygnus (= Celestial Ford 天津), has been indicated by a green dotted line, and the Milky Way is indicated by two parallel dotted lines in blue (neither feature is marked on the original Star Atlas). The boy lover, known as Niulang (牛郎) in the Chinese folktale, was identified in his original position as Niu su yi (牛宿一), also known as β Capricorni or Dabih Major in Western astronomy. The girl, Zhinü (織女) has always been and still is associated with Vega since the creation of the Dunhuang Atlas. British Library, Stein Collection Or.8210/S.3326. International Dunhuang Project http://idp.bl.uk/
However, the Star Festival is not only for celebrating romance. We first explored the origins of this festival and related astronomical subjects in two previous blog posts in August 2014: ‘Tanabata (七夕) Star Festival’ – is it 7 July or 2 August 2014? (1) and (2). This year we concentrate on how the night of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month has had a dramatic impact on both the Chinese and Japanese literary traditions.
A young woman crossing the Magpie Bridge over the Milky Way. Grace James, Green Willow and other Japanese Fairy Tales (London: Macmillan, 1910). British Library, L. R.26.d.7
One of the most notable references to the night of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month in Chinese classical poetry is probably ‘The Song of Everlasting Regret (長恨歌)’ by Bai Juyi (白居易 772–846). The inspiration for Bai Juyi’s poem was the doomed love between Emperor Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty (唐玄宗帝 685-762) and his imperial consort Yang Guifei (楊貴妃 719-756). On the night of the 7th day of the 7th lunar month, they vowed to be together forever. However, there was to be no happy ending, as Yang Guifei was assassinated.
Front cover (left) and illustration (centre and right) of the Daoist master meeting with Yang Guifei in the afterworld (right). Chōgonka Zushō 長恨歌圖抄. Published in Japan, Enpō 5 . British Library, Or.74.cc.7
Despite the passage of many years, Emperor Xuanzong still pines for his dead lover, Yang Guifei. Although he cannot cross the border into the afterlife, he commissions his Daoist master to seek out Yang Guifei, for whom he is still longing but can no longer see, even in his dreams.
“On the seventh day of the seventh lunar month, in the Hall of Longevity,
At midnight, when nobody is around, this is when we will make our secret pact.
In the heavens, we vow to be as two birds flying wingtip to wingtip,
On earth, we vow to be as two intertwined branches of a tree.”
“On the seventh day of the seventh lunar month”. Chinese text with Japanese annotations. Chōgonka Zushō 長恨歌圖抄. Published in Japan for Japanese readers, Enpō 5 . British Library, Or.74.cc.7
‘The Song of Everlasting Regret’ was already very well known among the Japanese when Murasaki Shikibu (紫式部), who was a lady-in-waiting at the court of the Empress Shōshi in the 11th century, wrote ‘The Tale of Genji (源氏物語)’, and it is clear that she consciously included many direct or indirect references to Bai Juyi’s poetry.
At the opening of the story, the relationship of Genji’s parents mirrors that of the Emperor Xuanzong and Yang Guifei, as Genji’s father is the Emperor Kiritsubo and his mother is the most beloved one in his court. Genji’s mother dies young, leaving the Emperor in deep sorrow. While they were together, their favourite saying was “In the sky, as birds that share a wing. On earth, as trees that share a branch”, from the famous lines in ‘The Song of Everlasting Sorrow’. Day and night, he repeatedly bemoans the shortness of her life, making his own but an empty dream.
Chapter 41 of ‘The Tale of the Genji’ (源氏物語繪詞, Genji monogatari ekotoba), Naraehon manuscript, mid-17th century. British Library, Or.1287, f.43
In Chapter 41, Genji is left alone as his wife Lady Murasaki dies. In this chapter, the episode of the night of the 7th day of the 7th month is described as Tanabata, the day of the blessing of the star lovers. Genji is not in the mood for celebrating romance, and he keeps on thinking of his late wife and composes this poem: “They meet, these stars, in a world beyond the clouds.
The celestial lovers – Kengyū (Niulang in Chinese) and Orihime (Zhinü in Chinese). Ikeda, Touri 池田東籬. Amanogawa sōshi 銀河草子. Tenpō 6 [1835.] British Library, ORB.30/3377
Konparu Zenchiku (金春善竹 1405-1470) composed a Noh play, ‘Yōkihi (楊貴妃)’, based on the latter part of ‘The Song of Everlasting Regret’. The key motifs in his Noh play were the tragic separations and broken promises as the lovers believed that nothing could force them to be parted. The lines about the 7th day of the 7th month, the star lovers, tree branches and birds are repeated at the close of the Noh play, leaving the audience filled with sorrow.
Yōkihi (楊貴妃) from the collection of 200 illustrations of characters from Noh plays. Tsukioka, Kōgyo 月岡耕漁, and Sōfū Matsuno松野奏風.
Lovers in classical literature were aware that they could not thwart fate and that human life is full of uncertainty, but perhaps they admired the star lovers in the night sky as a symbol of eternal love, unobtainable in the real world.
Song of Everlasting Regret (Chinese & English translation)
The Tale of Genji (full English translation)
The Dunhuang Chinese sky: a comprehensive study of the oldest known star atlas
With special thanks to Professor Roberto Soria, University of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, for identifying positions of the key constellations and the Milky Way on the Dunhuang Star Atlas.
Yasuyo Ohtsuka, Curator, Japanese Collections
Star-crossed Lovers – Meaning and Usage
Like several other phrases, this phrase has been selected from Shakespeare’s famous play, Romeo and Juliet. This phrase is illustrating a couple whose bond of love is destined to fail. Its origin seems to be astrological, but it is best known for its association with Romeo and Juliet. In the prologue, chorus uses states, “A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life, / Whose misadventured piteous overthrows / Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.” (Lines 6-8) The phrase is about Romeo and Juliet, whose love and affection is destined to end in a tragedy.
It refers to someone having bad luck, because the stars or heavens do not favor him. This phrase refers to those lovers whose relationship is destined to fail, because people who have a strong belief in astrology are of the belief that stars actually control the destiny of human beings. Simply, we can call this couple ill-fated. Star-crossed lovers present a perfect example of archetypes, of how two characters love each other, but are unable to continue due to societal and family conflicts, leading to a tragic end. Romeo and Juliet are also archetypal star-crossed lovers, who fall in love, but face numerous hardships because their families did not agree to this relationship.
We often see the use of this phrase in literature and movies. We find many examples of star-crossed lovers in novels and plays, such as Lancelot and Guinevere in King Arthur’s mystical tale Round Table, Heathcliff and Catherine from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, and Lyla and Majnun from the classic love story Nizami Ganjavi. Its use in modern literature includes Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt Bukater in the movie Titanic. What we have learned from these examples is that a couple in everyday life, who experience a tragic end to their relationship, could be called star-crossed lovers.
The chorus uses this phrase in the sixth line of the prologue section in Romeo and Juliet. The chorus goes on to say that,
A pair of star-crossed lovers take their life,
Whose misadventured piteous overthrows
Doth with their death bury their parents’ strife.
The fearful passage of their death-marked love
And the continuance of their parents’ rage,…
What here shall miss, our toil shall strive to mend.
(Romeo and Juliet, Prologue, Lines 6-15)
Both the lovers, due to the unfortunate circumstance, predetermined fate, or uncontrollable situations, are destined to face failure in their love affair. This exactly happened to this romantic couple, Romeo and Juliet. When the order of the stars is shattered and “crossed” in Romeo and Juliet’s lives, they face this tragic situation, and their misfortune end their lives. Thus, we can say that destiny proves tragic for their lives.
As we know from the prologue of this play, which introduces the couple as “star-crossed,” it becomes clear that the couple’s relationship is to face hardships. This phrase has been used as a harbinger of doom and devastation for the couple. You have noticed towards its end how the couple is at the mercy of destiny/fate/bad luck/chance.
In the Prologue section, Chorus uses this phrase by introducing the couple to the Elizabethan audience. This shows that this term would definitely be familiar to the audience. The stars are a part of the chain of being, and if one part of the chain becomes upset, then chaos and disorder replaces the order. Thus, when lovers’ stars are misplaced, things go wrong and destiny alters the order and arrangement of things.
Upright, Reversed & Feelings – Calming Cosmos
The Star and the Lovers tarot cards are a true match made in heaven. When you come accross this captivating card combination during your tarot reading, then you can be sure the Universe is on your side!
In this article we’ll give you some interesting insights on the meaning of the Star & the Lovers combined. Not only will you find out its general interpretation, we’ll also cover the reversed position and what this tarot card combination means with regards to feelings.
In the upright position, the Star and the Lovers tarot card combination represents a bright future with regards to love and relationships. It indicates that as long as you follow your true desires and intuition, the right choices will be made that will lead you to happiness and passion.
These two tarot cards combined indicate your soulmate is coming. You will soon meet someone who lights up your life and let’s you be the best person you can be. You will feel your truest self when around them.
When you are already in a relationship, this tarot card combination confirms the fact that you and your partner make a great match. Both you and your partner get tremendous amount of fulfilment from your connection, in the broadest sense of the word. You are there for each other at all times and feel a deep amount of love.In-Depth explanation of the Lovers tarot card, video by Contemporary Tarot The Star And The Lovers: Reversed Meaning
In reversed position, the Star and the Lovers combination represents possible trust issues.
When it comes to the Star and the Lovers combination with regards to feelings, this indicates someone sees you as their life partner. When they look at you they feel deeply inspired and creative. You make them feel like becoming their best possible self and are grateful to be in your life.To Conclude
The Star and the Lovers tarot card combination generally represents positive outcomes with regards to your love life. These two cards combined show you are currently on the right path to attract an abundant amount of true love into your life.
When pulled in reversed position, the Star and the Lovers together represent trust issues and a negative attitude. The air needs to be cleared in order be able to move on towards more optimistic vibes.
The Star and the Lovers with regards to how someone feels about you is a strong indication someone sees themselves spending their life with you. This person thinks of you as their true love.
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The most star-crossed cinematic lovers of all-time
Cinema is full of star-crossed lovers – true hearts that are kept apart by bad luck, misfortunes, or cosmic forces beyond their control. Rick and Ilsa from “Casablanca” really set the gold standard in this category – truly and deeply in love, but kept apart by her husband, his bar, World War II, and evil German soldiers. As time goes by, we are still dealing with doomed romances – some things never change as our favorite ill-fated cinematic couples remind us.
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Jack and Ennis from “Brokeback Mountain”
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Jack and Ennis are cowboys who meet and fall in love, but they’re too afraid of their feelings – and scared of the violent homophobia in society – to actually share a life together. Instead, they only meet for infrequent camping trips while their relationships with the women in their lives disintegrate. Eventually Jack dies and Ennis is heartbroken, left with only their two shirts in his closet.
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Joel & Clementine from “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”
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For two years and seven different hair colors, Joel and Clementine, but the breakup is so painful that Clementine pays to have her memories of him erased. When Joel finds out, he does the same thing. Their subconscious might try to resist the machinations of Elijah Wood and Lacuna, Inc., but they’re ultimately left with no memory of each other except an inexplicable desire to visit Montauk. When they find out the truth, will they start again with a clean, spotless slate?
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Romeo & Juliet from “Romeo and Juliet”
Arguably, the well-known pair of star-crossed lovers, the usual stuff keeps Romeo+ Juliet apart – family feuds, fatal duels, delayed messages, and an apothecary with extremely questionable ethics when it comes to poison sales. Never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo, and never was a more incompetent pair of friars than the two who forgot to tell Romeo of the death-faking plan.
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Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay, “An Affair To Remember”
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In “An Affair To Remember,” Nickie Ferrante and Terry McKay fall in love on transatlantic ocean liner, but they’ve got some roadblocks. First, they’re both dating other people, and they hate their jobs. They make a mutual “dumb those losers” pact and promise to meet at the top of the Empire State Building, inspiring Meg Ryan to do the same later. He goes there; she gets hit by a car outside and put in a wheelchair. A series of misunderstandings puts their relationship on its last legs, until they’re finally reunited by the magic of art sales.
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Jack & Rose from “Titanic”
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Plenty of things should keep Jack Dawson and Rose DeWitt-Bukater apart – their class difference, her suicide attempts, a gun-wielding Billy Zane – but they still manage to get together. They dance and drink with poor people, they make out in a luxury car, and they even invent the 1911 version of sexting when Jack sketches her in her birthday suit. They even make it off the doomed Titanic without a lifeboat, but Rose survives the ice-cold Atlantic Ocean. If only the doors were wider so they could have both floated away.
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Tony & Maria from “West Side Story”
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In a shockingly similar plotline to “Romeo and Juliet,” Tony falls in love with a Puerto Rican girl named Maria. She’s betrothed to Chino, leader of the Sharks street gang, and he founded their rival gang, the Jets. Even though most of their fighting consists of snapping their fingers and tap-dancing, Tony nonetheless stabs her brother to death to avenge his dead friend. Maria is somehow still into him after this, but it’s all for naught when Chino shoots him dead. Where were you, Officer Krupke?
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Count László de Almásy and Katherine Clifton, “The English Patient”
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In “The English Patient,” Almásy and the married Katherine Clifton have a passionate affair inspired by their shared love of aviation, cartography, and adultery, but there’s a lot of impediments. The start of World War II is one, the brutality of the Sahara Desert is another, but the most dangerous one is her murderously jealous husband, who tries to murder-suicide them with his plane. Even betraying his allies to the Germans isn’t enough to save her, or keep him from burning alive in a plane crash. But that’s the danger of white-hot passion.
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Jamal & Latika from “Slumdog Millionaire”
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Jamal and Latika meet in the slums of Mumbai when he lets her into his shelter with his brother. They both go through a tremendous amount of struggle – she becomes a beggar, then gets trained to be a child prostitute, then ends up captive to an abusive crime lord. Meanwhile Jamal begs, picks pockets, steals shoes at the Taj Mahal, and eventually becomes a chaiwala at a call center. Through a stellar performance on the Indian version of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” Jamal wins her heart and she escapes the crime lord – although she is absolutely worthless as his Phone-a-Friend.
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Rhett & Scarlett from “Gone with the Wind”
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Rhett Butler and Scarlett O’Hara have great passion for one another, but a myriad of factors keep them apart. For one, he’s constantly fighting the Civil War – a war that doesn’t end well for Georgia. For another, she’s pining for Ashley Wilkes, who’s married to her best friend and sister-in-law. Scarlett keeps marrying men she doesn’t love, and when they do eventually marry, it turns ugly with infidelity, miscarriages, and their child’s death in an equestrian accident. When finally Scarlett realizes she truly loves him, he no longer gives a damn.
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Landon & Jamie from “A Walk To Remember”
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Landon is a popular and rebellious teenager, while Jamie is a plain-Jane minister’s daughter. Who has leukemia. When the school forces him to act in the school play to avoid expulsion, he falls for Jamie and her secret cancer. They date, he gets his life on track, and when she’s very sick, he builds her a telescope to view a once-in-a-lifetime comet. Once in anyone’s lifetime, that is. They get married just before she dies, Landon becomes a doctor, and millions of teenagers across America weep uncontrollably.
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Satine & Christian from “Moulin Rouge!”
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In 1900 Paris, Satine is an actress, Christian is a writer, and they’re bound together by love and anachronistic musical numbers. The producer of the show will only finance the show if he has Satine for himself. Because this takes place in France, there are farcical misunderstandings, a murder attempt, and finally, death from tuberculosis.
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His Wife & Her Lover from “The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover”
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Helen Mirren has a terrible, thieving gangster of a husband, but finds love with a bookseller who frequents her husband’s restaurant. The restaurant staff helps them conduct their clandestine romance, but the husband finds out, and tortures the lover to death by feeding him page after page of books from his shop. As these things invariably do, the whole affair ends in cannibalism and bullets.
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Sam & Molly in “Ghost”
Sam and Molly have a love that transcends death, in the only movie that’s ever made pottery sexy. She says “I love you”; he only says “Ditto,” even when he’s talking to her from the afterlife. Through the help of a ghost that wants him off his train, Sam solves his own murder, saves Molly’s life, and in a scene you don’t want to think about for too long, inhabits Whoopi Goldberg’s body to make out with Molly.
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Josh & Susan from “Big”
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Thanks to a magical Zoltar Speaks machine, 12-year-old Josh Baskin wakes up as a 30-year-old man. His childlike enthusiasm and ability to play “Heart And Soul” on a giant keyboard almost immediately land him a top-level executive job at a toy company and a gorgeous girlfriend. Josh and Susan take it slow, staying in bunk beds at their first sleepover, they eventually begin a passionate-and-almost-certainly-illegal office romance. Poor Susan has to deal with her boyfriend dumping her to go back to middle school.
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Joe Black & Susan Parrish from “Meet Joe Black”
There are star-crossed lovers, and then there’s one-of-us-is-the-personification-of-death-crossed lovers. Death AKA “Joe Black” spares an old man’s life so he can learn about life, but then he starts sleeping with the old man’s daughter, Susan. He also inhabits the body of a guy who met once at a coffee shop who was subsequently hit by many, many cars. Eventually the old man accepts his death, and Susan gets her reanimated coffee shop crush back, and Joe Black pretends to be something scarier than Death: An IRS agent.
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Chow Mo-wan & Su Li-zhen from “In The Mood For Love”
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Two lonely next-door neighbors in 1962 Hong Kong, Chow and Su eventually meet when they realize their spouses are having an affair. They fall in love but refuse to stoop to the level of their partners by consummating it. There’s a series of near misses at hotels and a Singapore apartment, and they’re both left holding their secrets forever.
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William & Viola from “Shakespeare In Love”
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Viola de Lesseps is engaged to a nobleman, William Shakespeare is still married, and they both spend a lot of time cross-dressing in the pursuit of art. Nevertheless, they’re united by their passion and love of the theater. There are murders, indecency charges, and Queen Elizabeth has to show up to sort everything out, send Viola to America, and collect an Oscar. It’s very affecting, though some literary experts will claim the movie should really be “Christopher Marlowe In Love.”
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Tracy Chambers & Brian Walker in “Mahogany”
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Tracy is a secretary who becomes a high-fashion model. Brian is a community organizer. They fall for each other thanks to her getting soaked in beer and him getting soaked in milk. Along the way she goes to Europe and winds up with an ill-suited Anthony Perkins, but eventually sees her wealthy, empty life in Rome is no match for wearing amazing fur coats with Billy Dee Williams in Chicago.
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Edward & Bella from “Twilight”
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Bella Swan is untroubled by her boyfriend’s blood-drinking and undead skin that glitters like a diamond, though you’d think she’d at least worry about why such an old dude keeps hanging out with high school girls. Despite the relationship leading to vampire wars, near-fatal pregnancies, and a werewolf falling in love with a newborn baby (yes, really!), they stay together. Unless that was just a dream, too!
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Neo & Trinity from “The Matrix”
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United in their love of firearms, black leather clothing, and sunglasses, Neo and Trinity spent the majority of the Matrix trilogy saving one another from death. Trinity kisses Neo as he comes back to life in the first movie, while Neo literally restarts her heart in the sequel. Along the way, robots, clones, Merovingians, and evil Joe Pantoliano try to keep them apart. Trinity dies tragically in the third movie, either from crashing onto a robot planet or because her brain exploded trying to keep track of the plot.
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Theodore Twombly & Samantha from “Her”
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Theodore is divorced and has trouble having relationships with women, so he starts dating his computer’s operating system, Samantha, who has access to all the world’s information and the voice of Scarlett Johannson. For a time it’s perfect – they sing, they make love, and you aren’t ignoring your girlfriend by spending time on the internet when your girlfriend is the internet. But later, like most human women, she surpasses him, talking to thousands of other people and falling in love with hundreds of them. Samantha leaves him, not the first nor last tech guy to get burned by the unintended consequences of polyamory.
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Monica Wright & Quincy McCall from “Love and Basketball”
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Monica and Quincy are two star athletes brought together and driven apart by the game of basketball. While it’s their common bond, it also leads to jealousy and often, geographical distance. Who knows what it would have been like if the WNBA had existed when Monica was younger, but injuries, international ball, and Tyra Banks all conspire to keep them apart, until it all comes down to a single game of one-on-one.
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Chuck Noland & Wilson from “Cast Away”
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Longtime companions for years on a romantic tropical isle, Chuck and Wilson were separated for good after a tragic boating accident.
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Therese & Carol from “Carol”
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Carol is an older mom going through a divorce. Therese is a young photographer trying to find herself. There are boyfriends, jobs, and private investigators held at gunpoint, but the main thing keeping these women apart is that it’s 1952. Coming out of the closet can cost you a job, custody of your child, and force you into therapy – but dating Cate Blanchett just might be worth it.
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Mia & Sebastian from “La La Land” (No wait, Chiron & Kevin from “Moonlight”)
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She’s an actress. He’s a jazz piano player, and… I’m sorry, we mixed up the envelopes. The correct final star-crossed lovers are Chiron and Kevin from “Moonlight,” two boys who fall for each other as teenagers, but the aftermath of a humiliating hazing ritual drives them apart for years. After hooking up with Chiron, Kevin gets bullied into beating him up at school the next day, and Chiron’s revenge inexorably leads him to a life of crime – and a lonely celibate life.
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From the Harvard Art Museums’ collections Fragmentary Star Tile with Lovers
Published Catalogue Text: In Harmony: The Norma Jean Calderwood Collection of Islamic Art , written 2013
Fragmentary star tile with lovers
Iran, Ilkhanid period, 13th–14th century
Fritware painted with blue (cobalt) and luster (copper and silver) over white lead alkali glaze opacified with tin
23.2 cm (9 1/8 in.) diagonally, point to point.
Published: Sotheby Parke Bernet 1975, lot 122; Watson 1985, 146; McWilliams 2004, 5, 11, fig. 7.
This fragmentary tile, reassembled from four pieces, depicts a narrative scene closely related to those in contemporary and later manuscript paintings. Through an archway, a couple is shown in bed under a patterned cover. A tall candle in a plaited metal candlestick illuminates the interior of the room, and a similarly ornamented ewer appears further to the right. The partially visible bow and arrows likely belong to the man and indicate his princely activities. The fish at the bottom of the scene and the flowers sprouting above the couple create a dreamlike ambience. A figure, likely a servant, stands at left, perhaps outside the room. Bordering the scene, a Persian inscription, reserved in white on a blue ground, is partially legible. Starting at the break on the left, it reads,
. . . wings were broken.
. . . from the prince, felicity came to me.
Even if fate is not auspicious, give in to your destiny.
(. . . shikasta shud par u bāl.
. . . zi shāhzāda shudam saʿd.
Agar zamāna nasāzad tu bā zamāna bisā[z].)
Eight-pointed star tiles like this one were combined with other tiles of cruciform shape to create shimmering revetments for palaces and religious buildings. Although figural tiles were used in both secular and religious contexts, the intimate nature of the scene depicted here would have made this tile more appropriate for a palace interior.
 See, in particular, the painting Gulnar Comes to Ardashir’s Pillow, from the “Great Mongol” Shāhnāma, Iran (probably Tabriz), 1330s, in which architectural details, furnishings, and the couple’s position are markedly similar to those on this tile. The painting is reproduced in Grabar and Blair 1980, 137.
 We are grateful to Wheeler M. Thackston for this reading and transliteration.
 For the full effect, see Watson 1985, 133, fig. 110; 144, fig. 121; and fig. M.
 Ibid, 154–55.
Year of manufacture 2017
Genre Drama Melodrama
Director Miguel Arteta, Mary Lou Belli, Norman Buckley
Actors Bella Thorne, Charlie Depew, Keith Powers, Carter Jenkins, Nicky Koss, Georgie Flores, Perry Reeves, Stephanie Sonuga, Caitlin Terver, Mark Valley
Updated 2-04-2020, 15:00
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The main character, Paige Townsen, always knew what she wanted to achieve. A career as an actress and a standing ovation from a crowd of fans is her dream. But she understood that living in Portland she would never achieve her dreams, because a small city would not allow her to reach her full potential.
She was helped by only one thing – playing in the theater, which was located on the territory of her school. Therefore, she preferred to devote all her free time to the game, rather than study and knowledge.
The girl was lucky to go to college. She got to the casting and got a very good role in the movie. The girl is talented, not deprived of a beautiful appearance, and a strong desire to advance in her acting career.
But Paige didn’t think there was something else next to fame that she hadn’t encountered yet — love.
Will an aspiring actress be able to overcome her feelings and surrender to her career?
In childhood, many of us dream of walking on the catwalk showing others stunning dresses, of how they will sing on stage or act in films.But the majority managed to realize that fame is not as simple as it seems at first glance.
In order not to break under her onslaught, it takes a lot of effort, because desire alone is not enough. The main character of the series “Lovers and Famous” was not given fame as easily as it seemed to her at first glance. The girl is vulnerable and very sincere, but in this matter these are not very successful qualities.
TV series Popular and in love 1 – 2 seasons in HD 720
Foreign TV series Popular and in love tells about a former student whose life did not completely satisfy the girl.At the moment, the main character is a famous actress, and is completely satisfied with her own destiny. Paige’s fate changed after a sudden audition for the role of one of the main characters. Nina Devon is a writer, and has written several series of books that she wants to film, considering the idea very interesting and profitable for both parties interested in taking on her project.
In order to quickly find candidates for the main role, a woman organizes a casting, where she carefully examines everyone who comes to show themselves. Series Popular and in love online for free in HD 1080 . Unfortunately, the producers have long found an actress for the main role, considering the girl an ideal candidate for a role in the film. However, none of the employees and applicants could have imagined that the samples were created for a publicity stunt that could attract more viewers as mono, and it seems that the writer manages to pull off her plan.
The main character comes to the casting in the company of her best friend Kes in order to try herself as the main character.Reiner, the son of the writer, is accepted for the lead male role. During the audition, Paige and Reiner instantly notice each other. A spark jumps between the guys, and they fail to hide their interest in each other. A sudden burst of interest between the protagonists promises to make a colossal success of an expensive project. Nina Devon definitely needs something to captivate her son, because he recently got into big trouble. Seeing a sincere interest in the main character, the choice without a doubt fell on Paige.
Unfortunately, the casting cannot be closed immediately, because numerous people who have not passed the casting are ready to do anything to try to present themselves in a better light and win the race for the main role.Ahead, the main character will have numerous tests, it turns out to be quite difficult to get used to the status of a star. Will the girl be able to take what is happening for granted? What awaits the main character after an expensive project, and how will the affair with the writer’s son end?
Alina Zagitova, Mikhail Kolyada, Elizaveta Tuktamysheva at the “Figure Skating Lovers” show
The “Figure Skating Lovers” show unexpectedly became almost the coolest event of the first half of the season.
For the first time since February, Alina Zagitova performed with a full-fledged number on the ice, and secondly, for the sake of this event, the seven-time European champion, two-time world champion and simply the King (as Stanislav Konstantinova wrote on Instagram) Javier Fernandez flew to Moscow for this event. Thirdly – Elizaveta Tuktamysheva, Mikhail Kolyada, Dmitry Aliev, Evgenia Tarasova / Vladimir Morozov – and other stars.
And all this with the strictest security measures at the CSKA Arena. Even those who came together were asked to sit down separately, and Dmitriev Guberniev reminded about masks and social distance.
Yes, yes. Guberniev met with Alina again. Just a couple of days ago, he was interviewing the Olympic champion on Match TV. But this time, the presenter did nothing but shower the skater with compliments, not forgetting to remind in her signature patriotic style that she represents ROS-SI-Yu!
The first issue of Zagitova turned out to be indicative last year, which we have not seen so many times. The skater skated to the composition Outro of the M83 group. The production is dedicated to the deceased mother of the choreographer of the group Eteri Tutberidze Daniil Gleichengauz Lyudmila Shalashova.
Zagitova cleanly performed the triple lutz, but fell a few moments after the landed triple flip, and the second triple lutz turned out to be with a large under-rotation. But in the current situation, it is a little incorrect to engage in serious analysis of jumps – this is the first performance in 9 months. The main thing is that Alina is back on the ice. We believe that the next break will not be so long.
In the second part, Zagitova played the role of Esmeralda from the famous musical Notre Dame de Paris.It’s funny that in an interview with Sport24 in April 2019, the director of Khrustalny, Daniil Gleichengauz, said that Esmeralda performed by Alina shouldn’t be expected.
“This year I was filled with comments about choosing music from the golden fund of figure skating. Alina Zagitova will definitely have something new. There will be no Esmeralda, ”said Gleichengauz.
But that season has already passed. Apparently, the new promise did not apply. And Alina turned into a burning gypsy beauty.And this is one of the few premieres of the gala show – most of the skaters skated already proven numbers.
And this number turned out to be more successful than the first one. The Olympic champion has a clean triple lutz and flip.
“Alina, you are the queen,” – Guberniev greeted the skater. And the viewers who rose from their seats clearly agreed with the commentator.
Elizaveta Tuktamysheva , who lost to Khrustalnyy Anna Shcherbakova and Daria Usacheva at the Russian Cup in Sochi, performed with last year’s numbers – a stylish short program with Drumming Song and a burning free program Destination Calabria.The only thing missing was the ultra-s – instead of the triple axel Liza jumped a double. But Tuktamysheva’s expression covered all technical indulgences.
“Luxury on ice”, – Dmitry Guberniev spoke about Lisa before the first appearance of the Empress.
“Ice Wizard”, – the commentator met the skater after the end of the rental.Evgeny Semenov, Sport24
The main guest star of the show Javier Fernandez in the first part was incredibly lyrical with Prometo, and in the second he showed his famous comic-heroic Super Javi.Xavi’s last official tournament (not counting the commercial Japan Open) was the 2019 European Championship, where the Spaniard said goodbye to sports. It’s been almost two years now, but Fernandez is still loved all over the world. So at the show in Moscow there were several fans with Spanish flags.Evgeny Semyonov, Sport24Sport24
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New details of the novel by “Bridgerton” star Phoebe Dynevor and Pete Davidson
An insider confirmed the rumors that surfaced last month.Actress Phoebe Daynevor is dating Saturday Night Live star Pete Davidson!Phoebe Dynevore on Bridgertons Pete Davidson (Photo: Kevin Winter / Getty Images)
A source told People, “They really are in love.Pete tells friends that he is serious about her. ” At the same time, the stars themselves are in no hurry to publicly declare themselves a couple.
However, fans recently felt that Davidson confirmed the affair, saying in an interview: “I’m in love with a celebrity. That’s all I can talk about. ” The stars also noticed the same pendants with the initials “PD”.
Page Six writes that Pete traveled to the UK last month to meet with Phoebe.
Recall that the comedian is reputed to be a real heartthrob.He was engaged to Ariana Grande, dated Kate Beckinsale (the couple’s age difference was 20 years) and was in a relationship with Cindy Crawford’s daughter Kaia Gerber.Pete Davidson & Ariana Grande (Photo: Nicholas Hunt / Getty Images for MTV) 90,000 “I was once thrown on February 14th.” On the eve of Valentine’s Day, the stars shared their holiday stories
“I have always believed that it is necessary to support Russian holidays and traditions!” She declares.
– What was unforgettable that day?
– Time to spend with your family! To say how we all love each other is wonderful!
Olga Koroleva emphasizes that the celebration depends solely on your imagination and budget.
“You can have a romantic dinner in some very unusual place. Not just in a cafe, but somewhere in nature, invite musicians. This, of course, will be very cool! And if on a budget, then you can celebrate a holiday at home.Something to cook with your own hands. To be honest, I believe that the most important thing is to put your heart into the holidays. It is important how emotionally you invest in this holiday and can make it interesting, ”she reflects.
Valentine’s Day in Russia is considered by many to be a full-fledged holiday. In our country, it has been celebrated only since the 90s of the XX century.
Valentine’s Day is especially popular among young people. In fact, February 14 is another reason to tell each other about your feelings and make a pleasant surprise.About 80% of boys and girls celebrate February 14 as Valentine’s Day.
Despite this, there are those who are against the tradition of celebrating Valentine’s Day in Russia. Most religious denominations have a negative attitude towards Valentine’s Day. The Russian Orthodox Church is also negatively disposed towards him. And Catholics don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day either. In their opinion, it is based on a pagan holiday, during which promiscuous sexual relations and debauchery were encouraged. The Catholic Church does not host any festive services on February 14.
Ordinary Russians, especially young people, do not think about it, but simply celebrate a day dedicated to the most important feeling in the world – love. Moreover, in modern society there are not so many reasons for joy. Russian universities organize skits dedicated to Valentine’s Day. Lovers on February 14 exchange valentines and present their soulmates with cute gifts.
On Valentine’s Day in Russia, shops are overflowing with a variety of souvenirs with romantic symbols.Also on this day, it is customary to give each other cards, heart-shaped sweets and, of course, red roses.
Chapter Five. “A young man in love with the stars.”“Print of the sky”
The stars are not engaged to anyone.
With no one! ..
And so beautiful!
They are waiting for a fan,
For him to take them
To their Venice, perfectly happy.
They come every night
To the window bars –
A thousand floors in the sky! ..
And give signals to lovers
In the seas of darkness,
Where they themselves drown.
But, girls, wait,
So that I die early in the morning,
I’ll kidnap you one by one
On a mare of fog.
Orange groves have bloomed hundreds of times since then. Hundreds of times the delicate stars of the Azahar flower  faded under the Andalusian sun, and the fruits were filled with juices, and the languid August drove out of the dark heavenly depths flocks of dazzling lights.
A young man named Angel lived in a sultry coastal town. He was so handsome that even the most proud beauties could not take their eyes off him when they met. In the evenings, his quivering voice, the voice of the cante hondo singer, sounded over the gardens and rooftops of houses. All the girls of the city listened to Angel! They gave up sewing, forgot about dinner in the stove and about an imminent date with a loved one. They listened, and could not hear enough …
Young Amparo, the daughter of a wealthy mayor, fell in love with Angel.The first secret love tormented her heart, but Angel did not look at her even once.
At midnight he looked at the stars, at midnight he dreamed of the stars, and during the day only they occupied his thoughts, multiplied in his eyes that the colors of ripe olives. At night he saw star cities, where heavenly cante, quiet conversations and gentle laughter could be heard from high buildings.
When Angel turned the bitter melodies of Soleares into the sky , it seemed to him that the windows of tall houses were opening, and the inhabitants of star cities immediately fell silent.Like young Venetian fishermen, they lowered the thinnest silver nets from the windows, caught thousands of echoes, into which his young voice broke in the silence of the night.
– Look around, Angel, – his father told him.
– Get married, – said the mother.
– What am I looking for here, dear parents? – answered Angel. – Only the stars are good – girls with silver braids. I will take any of them as my wife! ..
And again, as it was getting dark, and the sweet sangria of sunset flowed over the horizon, handsome Angel walked along the rocky seashore, admired the stars trembling in the sky, trembling in the water.
Already the April air was filled with the delicate aroma of blooming oranges, and the girls put on their best outfits, and gypsy songs poured over the ground to the frenzied roar of a guitar – towards the summer grace.
Entered in the evening of Amparo into the fog of a reed field. There is dew on the skirt, there is dew on the boots. In the evening distance could be heard the crying of a mare. She seemed to be calling someone.
It is not a good omen to hear a mare crying in the fog.
At the edge of a green field, at a high cliff, the paths of Angel and Amparo converge. The young man eagerly caught all the reflections in the dark sky. Mist lay low over the sea, stars shone above it.
– Which one of you will be mine? – he shouted, and immediately heard a quiet rustle of grass nearby. I turned around.
A girl was standing nearby.
– I will become yours. I, Amparo!
– Why is your dress so sparkling, Amparo? In it you look like a star …
But no, an earthly girl stood in front of him.The hem is in dew. Trembling lips. In black braids – a high crest.
– How scared I am to look into your eyes, Angel! I see in them the fire of all the stars living in the sky!
“Stars,” the youth echoed. “I swear to you, they all know about my love. One of them is for me! But just … which one? ..
And, having said this, he made the wrong step. His foot slipped off the dewy grass, he flew like a stone from the cliff, straight onto the coastal cliffs.
“Oh Angel, Angel !.. ”
And the white hands of Amparo, stretched out into the darkness …
He fell and saw the stars, close and omnipotent. He fell and saw that the stars fell from the sky. They grabbed him by the wrists, by the ankles, pulled him up, and he got up. Scorching starfall woke up through his weightless body. And he continued to climb. Both the voices and the singing of the star cities were getting closer, closer …
Amparo saw Angel fall.She saw the stars fall from the sky, and a gray mare, like ashes, jumped out of the fog and carried the young man into the gloomy heights of the night sky. There, where cool spring stars blazed with unprecedented silver fire.
 Orange blossom.
 Soleares – plural from solea – an old style of singing, a kind of “cante jondo”. Soleares is a sad cante form dedicated to feelings of longing and loneliness.
Orange remohon 
Boil the eggs and soak the cod in water to remove excess salt.
Next, peel the cod from the skin, remove all bones and put in a frying pan. You need to fry it, like a beloved girl, over low heat until a golden crust appears, then remove from heat and cool. Peel the oranges, cut them into small wedges and place in the bottom of a deep bowl.
Add finely chopped onions and olives, then pour oil over the salad very slowly while stirring well.On the finished salad, you need to put slices of boiled eggs.
This dish pleases the stomach and relieves the pangs of unrequited love.
 Classic Andalusian cuisine, most often prepared in the provinces of Granada, Cordoba and Jaén. The recipe comes from Valle de Lecrín, which means “Valley of Joy” in Arabic. This is the land of fishermen, olive and orange groves.
Night under the stars – a tour in South Africa for romantics and lovers
Arrival in Cape Town, meeting at the airport with a Russian-speaking guide.
Transfer and accommodation in a 4 * hotel for 2 nights with breakfast.
Sightseeing tour of Cape Town and Table Mountain.
Cape Town is located in the southwest of the country between the mountains and the ocean. The mild Mediterranean climate and distinctive architecture, upscale hotels and gourmet cuisine, as well as many attractions, make it attractive to tourists from all over the world. The tour begins with a cable car ride to Table Mountain, from where you can admire the unforgettable panorama of Cape Town.The Fortress of Good Hope is the oldest building in South Africa. On this 5-hour excursion, you will not only visit historic sites, but also a bohemian area, where art installations and graffiti will reveal to you the creative side of modern Africa.
Full day excursion to the Cape Peninsula and the Cape of Good Hope with a river guide with a visit to a penguin colony and a cruise to the island of fur seals.
The excursion begins with a trip along a beautiful coastal road carved into the rock to the picturesque Hot Bay, where a cruise to the island of fur seals awaits you (if you wish, the cruise can be replaced with diving or snorkeling with seals). Further, the path lies on the Cape Peninsula, in the Cape of Good Hope nature reserve, where ostriches and antelopes walk. Here you can climb the cliff to the ancient lighthouse, and, from a height of 200 meters, see how the waters of the Indian and Atlantic oceans converge. Transfer to the small cozy town of Simonstown, lunch (at your own expense), and a favorite part of the program for most tourists is a visit to the penguin colony.
In the morning – transfer to the Kagga Kamma nature reserve, accommodation for 1 night.
Kagga Kamma is a unique resort located 3 hours from Cape Town, in the heart of the wilderness of the Zederberg Mountains.
Built against the backdrop of cliffs in caves in the form of a terrace, these apartments almost merge with nature, making them the most incredible romantic place in the Western Cape. The reserve is located in untouched wilderness, surrounded by dramatic mountain formations, and has a rich cultural heritage.The lodge offers cave chalet accommodation – the rooms are built into the surrounding rocks and are designed like a cave.
A romantic night under the stars awaits you in a specially designated completely secluded place among the rocks, in the open air (a huge bed on a platform in a completely secluded place among the rocks with an amazing view of the valley. You will be provided with a bottle of wine and a picnic basket with snacks)
Safari in the reserve.
The Lodge offers a variety of walks in the surrounding area, in particular, to the nearby unique ancient rock carvings of the Bushmen, which are more than 6 thousand years old, as well as pre-dawn and evening safaris in the reserve, the unique flora and fauna of which is due to the arid climate of the Karoo region. Here you can find many antelopes, cape leopards, lynxes, as well as many unique birds and reptiles. Quad bike safaris are also available.
African Boma style outdoor dinner.
Walking tour to see the ancient rock carvings of the Bushmen.
Moving to the wine-growing region near Cape Town, accommodation in a 4 * hotel in the area of Stellenbosch.
The city was founded in 1679 and was originally a supply center for nearby wine farms. Later, Stellenbosch became the center of education, one of the oldest and best universities in the country is located here.Stellenbosch is a very cozy town with low white-stone estates and famous vineyards. He is buried in the greenery of the gardens. There are many beautiful old buildings here. The Stellenbosch Village Museum consists of four manors and gardens dating from the 17th to 19th centuries. As soon as you leave the city center, wine farms begin – snow-white cape-style houses nestled in green valleys.
Romantic picnic for two.
Free time or an independent tour of Stellenbosch. Overnight at the hotel for 2 nights with breakfast.
Wine tastings are organized at the estate. There is also a souvenir market nearby.
For those wishing to visit more remote areas – for an additional fee – it is possible to organize excursions to other wine-making farms in the region with tasting of different varieties of wines and cheeses produced here, as well as cognac and chocolate. It is possible to organize hot air balloon flights over the valley and vineyards, for the more daring – observation of the Great White Shark (under water or from a boat).During the season (August-November) a whale watching excursion is an excellent choice.
Transfer to the airport, flight to Victoria Falls, transfer and accommodation for 1 night in a 4 * hotel with breakfast.
Excursion to Victoria Falls
For add. fee possible activities at the Falls – rafting, canoe safari, flying over the falls by helicopter or plane, etc.
Transfer to Botswana, accommodation in a 4 * lodge for 2 nights with full board
The lodge organizes both classic jeep safaris and water safaris on the river, walking safari, fishing, bird watching safari.
Evening Safari on the Chobe River
Safari and other activities in the reserve according to the lodge’s schedule.
Flight to Victoria Falls, flight to Johannesburg. The program can be extended by relaxing on the beaches of Mauritius or on the islands of Mozambique
1 person (min 2 people) – 2600 $
The cost of individual tours is calculated based on the fact that 2 people are traveling, and is indicative.the exact cost is calculated on request and depends on the season and the specific hotels available for the desired dates. The route and duration of the program, the class of hotels and the composition of the tour can be changed at the request of the tourist.
The price includes:
Accommodation in 4 * hotels with breakfast
Meals – full board in Kagga Kamma, breakfast-dinner in Chobe, breakfast in Cape Town
Services of a Russian-speaking guide at meetings at Cape Town airport, during excursions in Cape Town
All transfers according to the program
Excursions according to the program
Safari and activities in Kagga Kamma
Night “under the stars” in Kagga Kamma
International air flight Moscow – Cape Town – Johannesburg – Moscow from 700 $
Johannesburg – Victoria Falls – Johannesburg – from 500 $
Kaza visa (Zambia + Zimbabwe) 50 $
Payment is made at the rate of the Central Bank + 3% on the day of payment, if payment is made before 12.