Love and romance can be celebrated in many ways. Some would prefer a cozy candle light dinner at a fancy restaurant, some may want to relax at home with their loved ones and others may plan to visit a romantic destination to celebrate love. For the ones who love to travel, no place comes close to being more romantic than Paris, the unofficial capital of hopeless romantics who have surrendered themselves to the magic of love!
A city rich in culture, Paris has stood witness to the ever evolving history of Europe and you will have a great time in exploring what the city has to offer in this regard.
Getting to Paris is as easy as getting into any other famous city in the world. It is well connected by rail to the whole of Europe and by air to the rest of the world. If you have the chance to travel to Paris from London then do not miss the chance to board the Eurostar train which connects London’s Kings Cross St Pancras station to Paris’ Gare du Nord station in under 2.5 hours. You can get a very good bargain on ticket prices if you book well in advance and choose to travel at off peak hours as there’s a train available every two to three hours.
Before you travel to Paris, it is very important that you choose the right location of your hotel. There are 1000s of them to choose from and you would have a tough time choosing the right one according to your budget. Paris has a very well connected metro network and it is best if you choose a hotel which is at a walkable distance to a metro station, preferably within zones 1 to 3. Choose an area which is safe for tourists and always check the room size online as quite a few budget hotels have very small rooms. The airport and all major train stations in Paris are well connected by the metro.
Getting around Paris is a breeze. A tourist metro pass is available at all major metro stations which is valid for either 1, 2, 3 or 5 days. This is the most cost effective and convenient way to travel in Paris. Most of the tourist attractions fall within zone 3 and you can therefore buy a pass which is valid for the 3 zones. Verify the zones for all the places that you want to visit beforehand. Once you have your hotel located and the tourist travel pass in hand, you are all set to experience the magic of Paris.
A visit to Paris is incomplete without a visit to the Eiffel Tower. The iconic tower is unmissable and it will leave you gasping it’s sheer size. You have to be right under it to appreciate the size and beauty of the tower and to also marvel at the fantastic feat of engineering. The area around the tower is always buzzing with activity. Tourists, locals selling souvenirs, touts offering you the best deal to go up the tower or visit a museum, policemen patrolling will all add to the mesmerizing experience. There are lush green lawns sprawled in front of the Eiffel tower. Sit down and relax and enjoy the visual splendor of the tower. You will never get tired of it. After clicking customary pics, you can make your way to go up the tower. It is very important that you buy your ticket online in advance to go to the top of the tower and arrive at the designated time allotted to you. If you do not have a pre-booked ticket, you will be rest assured that you spend more than an hour in the long queues. There’s always the option of taking the stairs if you are up for it!
There are different levels as you go up in the lift where you can get off and experience the visual splendor of this magnificent city. Each level elevates you to a different world altogether as you get to see more and more of the city. At the top most level, you will experience the most incredible view. The symmetry of the roads and the unending expanse of Paris along with heavy winds and the feeling of being on top of the world is worth the experience. You will be in a place which you never want to leave, the view will never tire you.
If you are making your way back from the Eiffel Tower to the metro station, do not miss the shops lined up along the pavement which sell souvenirs. The trick is to bargain and bargain for those keychains and fridge magnets which will remind you of your visit to the Eiffel tower. You may even be offered to taste some Foie gras (raw liver of a force fed duck). Go for it if you are a true meat lover, the taste is quite buttery and livery rich, if you know what I mean. The delicacy is banned in several countries as the method of force feeding the bird is considered to be inhumane. Another delicacy Paris is famous for is frog legs. Paris has hundreds of brasseries (small cafes/restaurants) that you can find on every street and most of these offer different dishes made from frog legs. They do really taste like chicken, you wouldn’t know the difference unless someone told you.
An evening in Paris with your loved one is best spent with a visit to the Cabaret. Moulin Rouge and Lido are the most famous ones and are both at walkable distance from Arc De Triomphe. Tickets will cost about 100 euros per head but it is worth the experience. You can even pre-book dinner and champagne and enjoy a romantic time as you watch the cabaret. The show lasts for over an hour and is filled with spectacular costumes, dance and singing on various themes which is indeed a visual spectacle. The show may not be suitable for children as it involves nudity but none of it is vulgar or inappropriate. It is a truly unique experience which must not be missed.
The Louvre museum is one of the world’s most famous museums owing to the fact that it houses the world’s most famous painting, The Mona Lisa. Once again like all other attractions in Paris, it is advised to procure advanced tickets online unless you want to spend a good amount of time standing in long queues. The museum is massive and if you want to explore everything in detail it would take you several days. As you enter you witness the sprawling courtyard and the intricate building reminiscent of the renaissance. In the middle is the glass grand pyramid and the entire area provides you the perfect opportunity to take a panoramic photo. You walk into the pyramid to start your journey across this vast museum but unless you are true art and relic lover, you will find yourself racing with the rest of the crowd directly towards the room which houses the Mona Lisa.
There are several other monuments and museums in Paris to visit. The ones which you should not miss are the Arc De Triomphe, Notre Dame and the Sacre Coeur. All these monuments are accessible from metro stations which are at walkable distances.
The Arc De Triomphe is the most famous monument in Paris after the Eiffel Tower. Situated right in the middle of the busy “Place Charles de Gaulle” street, the Arc is a massive structure of about 50 meters honoring the soldiers who died from the Franch revolution to World War 1. You can get to the top of the Arc by climbing up a narrow spiral staircase.
The Notre Dame is a Gothic style cathedral with a unique architecture. Prepare for large crowds of tourists and worshippers during your visit. The cathedral, like so many in Europe is very beautiful and is comprised of statues of gragoyles and bells at the top.
All in all, just visiting these monuments and exploring this magical city with your loved one is enough to keep the romance alive for a lifetime. You may not agree when you read this but you will certainly experience the magic of love when you visit Paris!