A Romantic Traveler's Guide to Paris
A Romantic Traveler's Guide to Paris
Paris. The Eiffel Tower. Beautiful rivers that casually flow alongside picturesque streets and under historic bridges. Renowned as one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris is the perfect destination for a long weekend escape. Commonly referred to as the City of Love, there is so much to do when visiting this incredible urban paradise, ensuring you can create memories that will last a lifetime.
In the early 19th century, Paris was full of life. It was an age of literary and artistic creation, passion was thick in the air and luckily for us, this atmosphere is one that still exists today. Paris is great to visit anytime of the year and with something to see from every era, get ready to absorb some amazing European culture.
Things To Do
First and foremost, I'll start with the obvious. The Eiffel Tower is one of the most romantic structures in the world. Every year, the tower witnesses countless marriage proposals and you can see why. Standing proud at a massive 324 metres tall, for less than ten Euros a head, you can visit all three floors using the original elevators and are rewarded with beautiful, 360 degree panoramic views of the city. It really doesn't get any more romantic than that! Visit at night, the tower is lit up from ground to tip with 20,000 gold lights that pierces the night sky with a comforting glow. For an extra level of romance, enjoy a glass of Champagne at the Champagne Bar, located on the top floor.
Now that your back on the ground, time for some more sightseeing. The best, and most romantic way, to admire the city is definitely by boat. There are a number of operators that provide sightseeing services, each one covering their own niche and price range. Jump on board for lunch or dinner and you can find you and your loved ones cruising down the river Seine, giving you an amazing opportunity to witness some of the incredible architecture that Paris has to offer, while enjoying the romantic styles of a river cruise.
Back on dry land, make your way to the Pont Des Arts bridge. Located in the heart of Paris, this gorgeous pedestrian bridge cannot be missed. You can enjoy breathtaking views from either side whilst enjoying the gentle flow of the Seine river and an amazing view of Pont Neuf and Notre Dame
When looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, head down to Jardin du Luxembourg. This classic Parisian park is filled with perfect green lawns, sculptures, a bandstand and makes for the perfect place to have a picnic and practice an ancient Parisian tradition, people watching. The park is truly picturesque and you can easily see why so many artists flocked from all over the world to paint in Paris, back in the romanticism years. If you're looking for something a little different, follow the hidden trails of La Petite Ceinture. This disused railway has become somewhat overgrown in recent years but is open to the public who are free to walk along its tracks and take in some beautiful nature scenes along the way.
Being a capital city, one thing you have to do is shop and Paris is no exception. Paris's biggest flea market, Puces de St-Ouen is described as one of the largest antique markets in the world and there's nothing more heart-warming than exploring these stalls with a loved one. With over 2,500 individuals traders, there's something for everyone from classy antiques to more modern day appliances. Who knows what exciting treasures you'll discover!
Where To Eat & Drink
When it comes to food and drink, Paris is one of the most amazing cities in the world. Famous for its cheese, wine and other French cuisine, you'll be spoiled for choice when it comes to eating out. If you're looking for something that's truly authentic, head down to Bistrot Victoires. Filled with traditional Parisian deco and a lively atmosphere, here you can sample some amazing dishes, all without the expensive price tag! A main course here will set you back around 10 Euros, 8 if you decide on having one of their gigantic salads! The unique factor about this restaurant is that there is no menu. The dishes on offer are chosen on a daily basis depending on what ingredients they have or can get in locally. This means you could go back everyday and try something different if you really wanted to!
When it comes to traditional French food, there's nothing I love more than a perfectly made crepe. You can top them and fill them with whatever you want and it has definitely earned a place near the top of my favourite food list. If you're looking to try one of these delicious dishes for yourself, Creperie Broceliande is the perfect place. A stones throw from the city centre, here you'll be spoilt for choice when it comes to making your perfect combination of toppings. I personally asked them to surprise me, a task the staff took great delight in completing, mixing up a whole range of goodies for me to try!
Finally, one of the best places to eat and drink is on the street. Just wandering around and taking in sights, you'll notice the non stop flow of cafes, restaurants and bars that endlessly fill up the side-walk. One of the greatest places I found to sit and watch the world go by was a random cafe I decided to pop into while walking along the Seine. I can't remember for the life of me what it was called but the food was incredible and coffee was out of this world! I repeated this several times to a number of cafes and each one was as good and the last! You're in Paris, you can't go wrong!
As you can see, there is so much to see and do in Paris and we haven't even scratched the surface. There is literally countless places to go and little shops to get lost in, making Paris one of my all time favorite city escapes. Going as a couple such a memorable experience to share but it's just as breathtaking if you're travelling as a group, with friends or on your own. I've been in every possible formation and each time I created memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life!