Lovehoney has sent lucky three couples to their choice of European city for a Fifty Shades of Grey-inspired weekend. The couples were picked at random after taking part in Lovehoney’s European Bondage Survey last year. The firm says it was the biggest survey of its kind, racking up over 9,000 responses from people all over Europe.
The winners were Gregers Ebert from Norway who took his wife to Celle, Germany; Sophie Payne from England who took her boyfriend to Paris (see picture), France; and Mandy Richards from England who took her husband to Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mandy and her husband Paul were more than surprised when they discovered they had won a trip to a European city of their choice. Winner Paul said: “I remember going back to the website just to check it was real. I think I am still a little shocked I won, even now. Edinburgh is the most beautiful city to visit leading up to Christmas, with the German street market and ice skating rinks to explore. We’ve visited many times before, but this trip was special.”
Mandy added: “The highlight of the trip was finally finding our five-star penthouse which was nestled away in the middle of the Royal Mile and opening the doors to our balcony – the view over Edinburgh was absolutely breathtaking. As the sun went down, Edinburgh changed to a glow of lights and music. It was fantastic. I want to thank Lovehoney for such a special Fifty Shades-inspired weekend that I will never forget.”
Lovehoney’s European Bondage Survey revealed that Britain was the most sexually liberated nation in Europe after 60% of respondents claimed that they had tried some form of bondage. In comparison, only a third of couples in Germany and a quarter of couples in Spain had tried it.
Other interesting stats to arise from the survey were that three quarters of women (75%) but just 21% of men across Europe have read at least one of the Fifty Shades books. Four out of ten couples said that their sex lives had improved as a result of Fifty Shades of Grey, and a quarter (26%) said it had made them more open to experimentation. One in eight people (12%) said reading the books had given them a higher sex drive.