Saturday, 14 February 2015

Five tips for romance in Paris

Romance is such a tricky's all in the (sometimes fickle) eye of the beholder. Me, I'm a simple kinda gal, a candlelight dinner somewhere fancy tonight would be way to much pressure to be having a 'perfect' time....bringing me breakfast in bed unexpectedly, now that's romantic.

There's so much more to Paris than the clichés of kisses in front of the Eiffel tower or putting a love lock on the Pont des Arts (please don't as the bridge is infact collapsing under the weight).  

So here are my five top tips for something a bit more personal.  And don't forget these are good for romance any time of the year!

1.  Take a perfume workshop with L'Artisan Parfumeur - during the 3.5 hour session you'll discover the olfactory families and learn about the materials and techniques used to create perfume. Best of all you get to create your own personal scent to take home. (185 per person, book here)

2.  Visit the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte by candlelight - A 17th century gem, the Chateau is now overseen by the 5th generation of the de Vogue family, who welcome visitors on Saturday evenings to enjoy the Chateau and it's gardens lit by over 2,000 candles. Your ticket includes dinner on the terrace of Diana overlooking the gardens. I'm looking forward to including this on a Seine cruise south of Paris - 2017's route maybe?? (€55-65 per person, May to October, easily accessible from Paris, book here)

The twinkling Chateau Vaux le Vicomte
3.  Wander round the Marché aux Fleurs - located on Place Louis Lépine between the Notre-Dame Cathedral and Sainte-Chapelle chapel, this flower market offers great photo opportunities and a favourite bunch will brighten up any drab hotel room (from personal experience your room's rubbish bin or a cut down plastic water bottle can serve as an impromptu vase if reception are unable to provide one!)

4.  Go to an event they'll love - there's always something on in this buzzing city, so before you arrive check out what your partner would love.  Maybe an exhibition of their favourite artist, the theatre or an outdoor opera performance or for a chocoholic try the Salon du Chocolate. Great sources of info are Time Out, the Paris Tourist Office and Secrets of Paris.

5.  Get lost - Paris is a truly beautiful city, just head of the beaten track, particularly in the 6th and 7th arrondissements. You'll find a beautiful building or cute cafe which feels as if nobody else has ever found, which can be just your special place.
Paris can seem full of couples on a sunny day!

Happy Valentines Day everyone!!

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