Where else would you travel for Valentine’s Day than the City of Love? Paris is the perfect place for lovers – from its long romantic walks along the Seine to the dark, intimate restaurants of the gastronomic 11th arrondissement. And when it comes to luxury hotels – you’re in extremely good company. From the hotel where Napoleon Bonaparte stayed that overlooks the Eiffel Tower to the plush art deco boutique hotels near the Champs-Elysees – you are guaranteed a fairy tale trip away celebrating le grand amour.
This is a little trip to plan in secret. It’s best for an early evening in dry weather, and requires a little journey out of the city. Get on line 8 on the metro and get off at Michel Bizot. Walk up the tree-lined avenue and cross the road to the Lac Daumesnil. You can walk around the edge of the lake until you spot the Temple of Love on the island in the middle of the lake. Rent a little rowboat or cross the bridge to get to the temple and spend a moment enjoying the sunset across the lake. Make sure to explore the pathway that leads down to the lakeshore. Sigh…
Whether you have two left feet or love to perform, it is hard to resist a trip to the Seine in the 5th arrondissement where enthusiasts and onlookers gather at the amphitheatre to dance the night away as the evening breeze carries the tango music down the river. A dream spot to sit with a glass of wine.
Head to Tuileries, which is the oldest garden in Paris, next to where Tuileries Palace stood until its destruction in 1871, which acted as the residence for Henry IV to Napoleon III. The park has sailing boats, an open air sculpture museum and lots of places to sit and relax. Over on the terrace of the orangerie is Rodin’s The Kiss, a great place to stop for a kiss before heading on to your next stop.