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28 Jun 2006“We recently spent 8 wonderful days in Paris celebrating our 20th anniversary.”
based on 6 votes
Have a fabulous, romantic stay in the City of Lights. Here's what to do and see.
Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing
Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners
Seasons: Spring, Summer, Fall
1. Rent an apartment on the Ile Saint Louis
The Ile Saint Louis is a charming, historic, residential oasis in the city. With a balcony overlooking the Seine and netting around the bed, we are talking pure romance. It doesn't get any better than this. www.guestapartment.com
2. Dinner cruise with Yachts de Paris aboard the Don Juan II
This is the perfect way to spend an anniversary evening; enjoying the City of Lights from the water on a luxury yacht. Everything is first class; from the service to the food. The ambiance is one of elegance and romance, with only a handful of tables on board. Watch the beautiful buildings go by and share a kiss in front of the sparkling Eiffel Tower. www.yachtsdeparis.com
3. Performance at the Opera Garnier
Attend a performance of the ballet at this incredibly ornate opera house for a truly unforgettable evening. The lobby is as opulent as the theater, and the performance will be equally spectacular. www.operadeparis.fr
4. Gaze upon Notre Dame
Stroll along the Left Bank hand-in-hand as you take in the fabulous view of this magnificent church. You will never tire of it.
5. Have a Picnic
Many romantic moments can be enjoyed with picnics along the Seine, on the Champs de Mars, at place des Vosges, and even in your apartment overlooking the Seine. An added bonus is getting to shop for your food in the delightful stores and markets.
6. Spend time at a cafe
Soak in Paris as you watch it pass by from your table at a cafe. You'll be in the hub of cafe life while eating at Les Deux Magots on place St. Germain des Pres. You'll also enjoy a splendid view of the oldest church in Paris. For another spot with a romantic view, try Le Notre Dame at the corner of quai St. Michel and rue St. Jacques. www.lesdeuxmagots.fr
7. Pont Alexandre III
Not only is this bridge the most beautiful in Paris, but it affords wonderful views of the Eiffel Tower and majestic Les Invalides. You will want to linger.
8. Back streets
Wander the winding, narrow streets and discover Paris together.
9. Arc de Triomphe
See Paris laid out before you. The view from the top of this impressive landmark is amazing with the branches of "the Star" radiating out from it, and the many structures lined up along the Champs-Elysees from the Louvre to La Defense. There is also a terrific view of the Eiffel Tower.
Explore the beauty and history kept within these walls. The Winged Victory of Samothrace will take your breath away. But this massive building holds as much beauty outside as it does inside, with the Pyramid, the pink marble Arc du Carrousel and the nearby gardens. www.louvre.fr
11. Eiffel Tower
Night time is the only time to go with the City of Lights below you and the tower's lights twinkling around you. www.tour-eiffel.com