Valentine’s Day is soon upon us, and you may be thinking about how to treat your other half to a romantic experience to show your love.
Paris is one of the most romantic places in the world, after all, it is known as the City of Love. So if you want to get some serious brownie points, then you can’t go far wrong with a trip to the French capital.
Now, if you were going to put an itinerary together to make this not just a romantic trip, but THE romantic trip (perhaps a proposal in there too?) then here are our recommendations on where to go and what to do to make this the trip of a lifetime.
Now, of course, this has to be a staple feature on your itinerary, there are thousands of marriage proposals at the top of the Eiffel Tower every year, and you can see why. With a view across the city that takes your breath away, and with a champagne bar at the top where you can toast your love, it really is the ultimate when it comes to a romantic place to visit.
Pont des Arts
You will probably recognise this bridge more when it had padlocks hanging off the sides. Lovers would visit, and seal their love with a padlock, forever entwined. However, there were so many padlocks that the bridge was in danger of collapsing, and so over a million locks were removed to save the historic landmark. So although you can no longer leave a lock, it’s still a picturesque place to contemplate life and love across the Seine and have a romantic kiss!
Pont de Bir-Hakeim
This spot is so famous that it has featured in a number of Hollywood blockbusters including the Last Tango in Paris. The walkway under the bridge has a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower in the background, so if you want to reflect on your trip to the top of the Tower, then what a great selfie to take!
Parc des Buttes-Chaumont
This beautiful park in Paris is a lovers’ paradise. Visitors will be able to walk amongst waterfalls as well as visit the lovers’ temple. It’s set in a former quarry, and has some amazing views over the city, it really is a fairytale experience.
Cycling down the Seine
Much of the Seine has been pedestrianised, and so walking hand-in-hand along the banks of the river, perhaps stopping for a coffee or meal, is pretty romantic. But how about cycling? You can easily rent bikes and cycle together, Sundays are a great day to do this, as many of the roads are closed to vehicles, so it makes it easier to navigate with no traffic.
This large hill in the northern part of the city is instantly recognisable by the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur. A trip here is recommended, but for romantics, a visit to the I Love You Wall is a must. This wall can be found in the Jehan Rictus garden, and is made of enamelled lava tiles, and spells out the words I Love You 311 times in 250 languages. Whispering sweet nothings in a variety of languages, what could be more romantic?
Oscar Wilde’s tomb
Seems an odd place for a romantic stop, but his tomb in the Père Lachaise cemetery has long been associated with kissing. Visitors to the tomb would apply lipstick and kiss the tomb and leave a print on the stonework. In fact, so many of them, that a kiss-proof wall had to be erected to prevent more people ruining the stonework. So if you want to visit, you now have to blow a kiss, and you might as well kiss your partner here too!
Take a Belle France river cruise
Our favourite recommendation, we have a six night Champagne river cruise which begins in Paris, cruising down the Seine in the evening, taking in the sights and sounds of this romantic city. This is just the start, and the tour winds its way along the River Marne to the Champagne region, visiting the vineyards and sampling the bubbles. With gourmet food and fine wine on board, this really is a wonderful way to show your loved one a romantic trip. For more information, take a look at our river cruise here.
So if you want to arrange a trip to the romantic city of Paris in time for Valentine’s Day, then get in touch with our team now, and they can help to arrange an unforgettable holiday for two, to be remembered for years afterwards.
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