Paris – The City of Love and Light

Paris is one of the world`s most romantic places. Landmarks like the Eiffel tower, the idyllic Seine River, pompous bridges and the French “language of love” render this city a unique romantic flair that has gravitated writers, poets, philosophers and lovers for centuries. These are the best spots to experience the romantic essence of Paris

– The city of love and light.

1. Louvre

Louvre Museum
Louvre Museum

One might not think at a museum as a romantic spot, but Louvre`s central square with the pyramid in the vast courtyard is indeed one of Paris romantic landmarks. Home to some of the most famous paintings and sculptures ever made on the face of earth, the Louvre is one of the best spots in Paris to understand the evolution of romance in arts over time. Salle Mollien houses a large collection French Romantic paintings. Bordering the museum, you can take a stroll to the Jardin des Tuileries or the close by ferris wheel. Come back at night, when the museum and the impressive glass pyramid are lit up.

The best spot in Paris to understand the evolution of romance in arts over time

 2. Seine River

img_6555The real flair of Paris is captured by the calming waters of the Seine River. Poets, painters, philosophers and lovers have understood the attraction of the water flowing through the heart of the city. Take a romantic stroll along the shores of the Seine, watch people dancing Tango and make a picnic at one of the green areas. Sip on a glass of wine while watching the ships pass by – you will truly feel French.

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3. Eiffel Tower

img_6217-2The Eiffel Tower is one of the most universal symbols of love around the globe. As a magnet for couples from all over the world, the iron lattice tower named after it`s engineer Gustave Eiffel, has served as a backdrop for engagements, wedding ceremonies and romantic moments. Relax in the surrounding green park areas and enjoy the special nostalgic aura of Paris most famous monument.

4. Chateau de Versailles

IMG_6841In the small town of Versailles, located about 30 minutes from Paris, you can marvel the pompous Chateau de Versailles. The vast estate of Louis XIX., the Sun King, strikingly illustrates the pomp of France`s former absolute monarchy. Manicured lawns, perfectly straight hedges, sculptures and fountain shows to the rhythm of classical music take you to a time journey back in history. Rent a boat at the Grand Canal and slowly drift away on the romantic waters of these magnificient gardens.

5. Alexander Bridge

The impressive Pont Alexandre III is considered one of the most beautiful river crossings in the world. The bridge, adorned with ornate sculptures and golden leafing, connects the Champs-Élysées quarter with those of the Invalides and Eiffel Tower. Slender over the romantic bridgeby night like in Woody Allen`s film Midnight in Paris and you might as well realize that “Paris is the most beautiful in the rain.”

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6. Café Culture

Paris romantic idea of a good time is whiling the afternoon away on a small bistro chair at the sidewalk, watching people passing by and sipping on a café noir. You can find cafés on every street corner and some have even been frequented by some of history`s best writers. The literary Paris of Ernest Hemingway and Scott Fitzgerald can still be found in the former hangouts like Café de Flore. The sociable Parisian café culture of today lives on in upbeat places like Le Voltigeur and Le Pause Café – even until late at night.

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7. Le Marais

IMG_6843Away from the touristy paths, Le Marais is one of Paris hidden gems. The lively quartier with numerous shops and boutiques is especially popular among young people. As the former aristocratic district of Paris, the area has preserved beautiful old streets and historic architecture like Place des Vosges – the oldest planned square in Paris. Relax at the green areas or slender through the shady arches of the red brick house fronts surrounding this atmospheric place.

 8. Montmartre

img_6420If you walk up the steep stone stairs to Montmartre, Paris highest hill unveils panoramic views of the city. In the charming uphill alleys many famous artists like Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh have worked during the Belle Époque. At the top of the hill, the white-domed Basilica Sacre Coeur is majestically residing – the perfect place to watch unforgettable sunsets above the roofs of Paris.

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 9. Wall of Love

Love Wall

At The Love Wall in the Jehan Rictus garden square at Montmartre, the words “I love you” are written in over 300  different languages. People from all over the world can read and relate to the world`s most universal words. The artwork is a beautiful reminder of the eternal power of love especially in our times of wars and conflicts. A blue painting captures the very essence of love “Aimer, c`est du désordre, alors aimons!”

– “Love is disorder, so lets love.”