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Last update on December 06, 2018

The French have the reputation of being the romantics of the world – but how do their Swiss counterparts compare? Anna Tuson sets out to delve into the private lives of Valais locals.

Veronique, 36, Waitress

Relationship status: in a relationship
How long have you been together: 2 years
What do you have planned for February 14 this year: I’m going to Barcelona
What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for Valentine’s Day: I’ve never done anything romantic for Valentine’s Day
What is the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for you on Valentine’s Day: He bought me a wonderful trip to the Maldives
Worst Valentine’s Day ever:
When I spent it alone

 

Maret, 48, Cheese merchant

Relationship status: Single.
What do you have planned for February 14 this year: I’ll do my housework, cook dinner and go to work.
What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for Valentine’s Day: Every time I was with my last girlfriend it was romantic – everything we did together: going walking in the mountains, looking at flowers, and enjoying the nature.
What is the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for you on Valentine’s Day: Sharing her love with me.
Worst Valentine’s Day ever:
I didn’t have much money one year, but I bought my wife a big bunch of flowers, but when I arrived home she just threw them away. So I went around my whole village and gave one to every woman instead.

 

Emily, 24, Waitress

Relationship status: It’s complicated.
How long have you been together:
One year.
What do you have planned for February 14 this year: Working, and afterwards going out partying with other single friends.
What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for Valentine’s Day: I took my boyfriend to a nice restaurant, and afterwards to drink champagne in a jacuzzi.
What is the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for you on Valentine’s Day:
Flowers, and a nice letter.
Worst Valentine’s Day ever:
I had a fight with my boyfriend and we broke up for the day.

 

Manou, 28, Wine specialist

Relationship status: Single.
What do you have planned for February 14 this year: Sleep.
What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for Valentine’s Day: I took him on a surprise trip to Venice.
What is the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for you on Valentine’s Day: He asked me to marry him – I said no.
Worst Valentine’s Day ever:
This year – it will be the first time I’ll be alone on Valentine’s Day in 11 years

 

Bruno, 38, Tennis trainer/ Telemarketer

Relationship status: Single.
What do you have planned for February 14 this year: Skiing.
What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for Valentine’s Day:
Nothing – Valentine’s Day is the same as every other day – it’s a commercial day.
Most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for you on Valentine’s Day: Nothing.
Worst Valentine’s Day ever: I never had a bad Valentine’s Day because I don’t care.

 

Jake, 25, Snow park builder

Relationship status: Married.
How long have you been together: Four years.
What do you have planned for February 14 this year: Dinner out and sneaky flowers.
What is the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for Valentine’s Day: I cooked her breakfast in bed – heart-shaped pancakes, gave her flowers, and a whole day of love and romantism.
What is the most romantic thing anyone’s ever done for you on Valentine’s Day: She called me to say ‘Happy Valentine’s Day’.
Worst Valentine’s Day ever:
Drunk ice-skating with a buddy while my girlfriend was at work.