Paris, Je T’aime

Ah, the city of love. With old street lamps, cobbled streets, pretty music and fine wine, you can’t go wrong with a romantic weekend in Paris. This city is perfect for bundling up and walking hand in hand with someone you fancy. Get the Metro to St Michel and come out at La Fontaine de St Michel where you’ll see Notre Dame just across the river.

Nearby is Pont Marie, the Bridge of Lovers. Legend has it that if you kiss here and wish for eternal love, your wish will be granted.

All along the Seine are stalls selling books and prints, and in a short walk you’ll find the Louvre.  This amazing building, a juxtaposition of royal palace and modern glass, is a must see. This is of course where Paris’s most famous resident, The Mona Lisa, resides.

From the Louvre, walk through Les Jardins de Tuileries and across the river is the old train station, which is now the Musee d’Orsay. This beautiful place is packed with world class paintings and sculptures.

The most romantic part of town is quite possibly the artistic quarter. Get the Metro to Abbesses and wander up the hill to the foot of Montmartre to see the incredible Sacre Coeur. It’s a bit of a trek, but it’s worth is for the views. Around the back of the church are street stalls and pretty little houses and cafes.

For the pièce de résistance, take the Metro to Trocadero. This large platform between two museums is directly opposite The Eiffel Tower and at night it’s the perfect place to watch it sparkle. The lights come on every hour on the hour for 10 minutes until 1am, when the backing lights turn into pure white twinkles all over. Ahhh.

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