Paris For Romance
Paris for Romance
Okay, so Valentine’s Day in Paris may sound like a bit of a cliché, but if you’re fortunate enough to be heading to the world capital of romance with somebody significant, you won’t be disappointed. Romance lies around every corner in the city of lights, so you should not have too much trouble making your weekend in Paris feel special, but, given that many other couples in the world have the same idea, it makes sense to plan in advance before landing in Paris for Valentine’s Day.
View for Two
If you had a euro for every couple who got engaged at the top of the Eiffel Tower, you would be a very wealthy person. The fact is, there is something about seeing the city of lights spread out at your feet that inspires romance even in the most rational of couples. And the 324 metre Eiffel Tower is not the only place to go for swoon-inducing views. If you are planning on popping the question, or even if you just want to feel on top of the world looking out at the dazzling Paris cityscape, head to the Grand Carousel in the atmospheric Place de la Concorde. Get away from the crowds in Parc de Belleville, an easy stroll from Onze Bar. Not many people know about this park, a quiet retreat for wonderful city views and long walks hand in hand.
Speaking of long walks hand in hand, an evening stroll a deux in Paris is possibly the most romantic thing you can do. Feel like you’re on a film set, while you and your loved one stroll along the Champs Elysee – and, for the more practical among you, it costs absolutely nothing. Break free from the crowds of sightseers and meander down the side streets of Montmartre and past the Sacré-Coeur, watching street artists ply their trade.
Say It With Chocolate
Chocolate is the classic way to say “I love you,” so be sure to splash out on some of the best chocolate in the world at a Paris chocolatier. Parisians love their dark chocolate, a known aphrodisiac, and they also specialise in artisan ganaches, a Gallic concoction of rich chocolate with deliciously creamy fillings. Some of the best chocolatiers are Hediard on Avenue George V, Debauve & Gallais on Rue des Saints-Peres, and Servant on Rue d’Auteuil.
Visit the Louvre
Impress the one you love and bypass the enormous queues outside the main doors to the Louvre by choosing an alternative entrance. A short distance beyond I. M. Pei’s glass pyramid, at the edge of the Tuileries gardens, you will find a staircase that goes underground from the pavement and into the shopping centre. From here, you can enter the Louvre via a small security checkpoint under the pyramid. The crowds inside the museum can be pretty overwhelming at times, but there is far more to the Louvre than the Mona Lisa – which is where most people flock. Admire Canova’s stunning sculpture of Psyche revived by Cupid’s kiss and really get into the mood for Valentine’s Day.