There is no doubt that the City of Light is one of the most romantic destinations in the world. Whether you are on your honeymoon or your 50th wedding anniversary, this city will kindle a spark between you and your significant other.
Paris is romantic to start with, but there are a few neighborhoods that are more romantic than others. These neighborhoods are the perfect setting for strolls together watching the world go by and sharing your thoughts.
Try the following romantic spots to bring out the romantic in you.
Wander the same steep and narrow cobblestone streets that Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Vincent van Gogh and Salvador Dali once did. You can still visit Picasso’s studio or peer up at Van Gogh’s apartment in this bohemian arts district. Montmartre is still rich with art and culture; modern-day artists sell original oil paintings on the street, and there are many art galleries and shops.
Take a walk with your sweetheart up the lamp-lit steps and winding alleys, stopping at a few of the cozy little cafes along the way. When you reach the top of the hill, you can visit the Sacre Coeur (Sacred Heart) Basilica, with its gorgeous white domes standing majestically over a long descent of steps. In the evenings, these steps are the perfect place to sit and chat while watching the sunset over Paris. There is almost always someone playing the guitar and singing, to add to the romantic atmosphere in this gorgeous part of the city.
The Seine and the Pont Des Arts
The Seine River meanders through the heart of the oldest part of Paris, and it is perfect for strolling with your sweetheart. Along the banks, you’ll see artists sketching or lovers embracing. You will also see the bouquinistes, the little stands along the river that sell used and antique books.
After walking along the river, stop and cross the Pont Des Arts, which you will find next to the Academie Francaise. Of all of the bridges across the Seine, it is easily the most romantic. It offers lovely views of the Ile de la Cité, and there are street musicians on the bridge to set the mood. Take a bottle of wine and some chocolate macaroons with you and sit on the bridge. You and your significant other can watch the moon’s reflection on the waters of the Seine.
The Latin Quarter
If you and your sweetheart want to share a romantic meal in Paris but don’t want to blow your budget, take a stroll to the Latin Quarter. This area of the city gets its name because it is the home of the Sorbonne University where the students would traditionally speak Latin. Because this is a student area, it’s a great place for budget travellers to find reasonably priced meals.
There is a diverse collection of restaurants in the area of Boulevard St. Michel between the Odeon and St. Andre-de-Arts, so you’ll have plenty of choices for your romantic meal. There are also cinemas that play classic films, so you can turn your Latin Quarter date into dinner and a movie. Afterward, stroll through the streets together and soak up the vibe of this vibrant part of Paris.
Monet’s Gardens at Giverny
When Claude Monet passed the village of Giverny while on a train, he instantly decided to live there. He purchased a home in 1890 and created magnificent gardens where he painted many of his masterpieces.
As you stroll through these tranquil and beautiful gardens you’ll recognize the water lilies in the pond, the Japanese bridge and other famous scenes from his artwork. What could be more romantic than walking through an Impressionist painting?
These are only a few of the romantic places where you can walk with your sweetheart in Paris. Enjoy the atmosphere of the City of Light and let it rekindle your love.
About the Author: Mackenzie Taylor is a freelance travel writer who is currently backpacking through Europe with her boyfriend. They had dreamed about this trip for years. One day, they just decided to book a hotel in Paris. They have been loving the travel life ever since.
How about you? What do you think the most romantic spot in Paris is?
[Photo credit Blvd St. Michel: MjYj]
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