It’s Paris, what’s not romantic about it? A French pastry in one hand and your lovers hand in the other, wander around the city by foot and admire its grand architecture, or pass a whole afternoon outside a café such as St Germain’s great literacy café de Flores, just staring into your lovers eyes….
If Paris is beautiful by day, it’s magical by night. Escape the tourist crowds, and explore some of Paris’ great and romantic tourist attractions in the late afternoon, evening or even night. Getting to Paris may also be easier than you think – iDBUS London to Paris line is affordable and the prices don’t go up as you get closer to your departure date. So if you fancy travelling to Paris grab yourself a map and try my suggested route below:
Start your night ramble at the Musée de Louvre (the largest museum in the world, I’ll have you know), which is open as late as 9:45pm on both Wednesdays and Friday. You will find the infamous Mona de Lisa here, and make sure you take a look at Napoleon III’s apartment to get an idea of what the Louvre interior looked like when it was a royal palace.
Make your way on to the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a smaller version of its famous sister the Arc de Triomphe. This Arc is situated close to the Tuileries Garden, a well maintained and formal French garden, which is particularly pretty at sunset if you do decide to set off on the walk in the late afternoon.
Moving on, perhaps once the sun has gone down, walk onto the Place de la Concorde, the Egyptian Obelisk believed to be more than 3,000 years old. Towering into the sky it is simply stunning, particularly as it is lit up at night-time.
Next is the Champs-Elysees, one of the most famous avenues in the world, measuring 70 metres wide and running 1910 metres long. Soak up the cosmopolitan atmosphere of Paris here, and look into the distance at the Arc de Triomphe, which is where you are walking to next. This grand and gigantic Arc (also lit up at night) is the result of Napoleon’s ambition to make the capital of the empire he had acquired, the most beautiful in the world! I think he may have succeeded.
Talking of beauty, your final stop is to be the one and only Eiffel Tower, possibly the most renowned romantic building on earth. There is no heart wrenching love story behind this structure, unlike the Taj Mahal for example, yet aesthetically it is a delight, and there is most certainly something alluring about it.
After some hand holding and gazing out across the city lights of Paris, your journey might have worked up a bit of an appetite. For a truly amorous evening, and to continue gazing at the Parisian city landscape, you might want to feast at the top of the Eiffel Tower in the restaurant ‘Le Jule Verne’. This is not somewhere you can just drop by and hope to get a table; you will need to book weeks in advance. I’m not going to lie, it is very pricey (she’s worth it though!), but the views are incomparable compared to any other restaurant you will visit in Paris, and the food is divine. You will be presented with a tasting menu (meat or fish) made up of 5/6 different dishes.
For something a little kinder to your bank balance, that offers traditional French food, including mouth-watering sea food platters, and a truly authentic 19th century atmosphere, head to Brasserie Flo. Here the staff are friendly, the portions decent, and everything is delicious, sautéed tender rump, gratin dauphinois and green pepper sauce….yummmm.
The next day round off your romantic getaway with a chocolate massage at the four seasons George V hotel (yes, real chocolate), and a cheese and red wine picnic along the river Seine. If you are in the mood to splurge, go all out and try a cheese and wine tasting course. This is one trip that you won’t forget in a while!