Romance in the City of Light
Couples stroll along the streets, walking hand in hand. The Seine flows seductively by, cutting an arched swath across the city. At night, every hour, on the hour the Eiffel Tower puts on a sparkling light show to a spontaneous chorus of oohs and ahhs.
Romance in Paris begins at the earliest hour, with a perfect pastry, piping fresh from the oven. Du Pain et Des Idées bakery is a fantastic place to start your day. Pick up a traditional croissant or one of their infamously decadent chocolate and pistachio rolls and take your treats to the Quai de Valmy for a morning picnic on the heart-meltingly picturesque Canal St Martin.
Full of sweet goodness, lovers are sure to appreciate a long, meandering walk through the city catching the temptingly named rue du Paradis along the way to the Musée de la Vie Romantique. Artists, musicians and mistresses among the very rich once filled this 19th century neighborhood, called Little Athens. The museum in this small mansion brings to mind Dickens and Delacroix stopping by for a chat while Chopin plays the piano, his lover, the French novelist George Sand, looking on with adoration in her eyes.
Back into the hustle and bustle of the city, and head up independent boutique laden rue de Martyrs for irresistibly tempting souvenirs on the way to Montmartre where lovers flock for selfies at the “I love you” wall (Le mur des je t'aime), which creates an inspired backdrop as it declares its passion in 311 different languages.
Lunches and late nights for lovers
For lunch, take the metro to the Cristal Room at the Baccarat Museum where Chef Guy Martin creates little gems for your pallet; an elegant lobster salad hits the right balance of flavorful textures, a spice infused sea bass plays on nuances of taste and tone and the dessert comes flecked in gold. After your time in the cozy, shabby chic dining room, the museum and its private collection are yours to visit.
A long walk, hand in hand, is a welcome respite. Head toward the river, past the golden flame dedicated to the star-crossed lover, Princess Diana at the Pont d'Alma and cross the bridge to the Berges de la Seine. Once an urban highway, this is now an open space that runs from the Eiffel Tower to the Musée d'Orsay with the river your constant guide.
Les Berges ends on the Left Bank, not far from the Luxembourg Gardens, where couples cozy up in discrete corners amid fountains and statuary. Then, as the sun sets, head up to the Ciel de Paris Champagne Bar on the 56th floor of the Montparnasse Tower and toast one another over champagne bubbles that reflect the scintillating view beyond the windows; all of Paris at your feet.