Robert Gras and Naoko Mumekita.
Robert Gras and Naoko Mumekita. Greg Miller

Couples share tips for lasting love

VALENTINE'S Day may have become commercialised but true romance still exists.

Just ask Dutch couple Robert Gras and Naoko Mumekita who have been together for six years.

The couple, who met in Perth almost seven years ago and have since married, finally ventured back to the country where their love affair began.

Mr Gras is a firm believer in romance.

"We try to do little things to keep going," he said.

"Usually once a month we plan a trip somewhere. Usually it's just a day trip but we spend the day together away from everything."

Brisbane couple Peter and Kerry Grisan have been married 31 years and believe laughter is the ingredient that keeps their love blooming.

"You have to have a good sense of humour," Mr Grisan said.

"We have a lot of fun together. We are doing today what we were doing almost 35 years ago.

"You can't take life too seriously."

Birgit and Wolfgang Veit have been married 21 years and believe people have to respect each other to keep the romance from faltering.

"You must be accepting of one another and respect each other," Mrs Veit said.

"We like to travel a lot too - for weeks and months at a time."

Coast girl Tegan said things had changed since she and her partner welcomed a baby girl into the world.

"We used to have date nights but now we have an eight-month-old baby," she said.

"I think romance is still out there, it's just different now."



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