“We’ll always have Paris” – Humphry Bogart in Casablanca
Getting romantic in Paris is impossible to avoid if you go there with a special someone. Everything about this city, from the architecture to the food, inspires those in love, as it has done for centuries. Books, films, poetry and countless works of art have been based on the seductive nature of this wonderfully dreamy capital. With the many Paris holiday packages on offer now, you can experience (or relive) the inevitable love affair, if not with a significant other, then with the spectacular city herself.
Dining at dizzying heights
With so many cheap tickets to Paris available, you have not excuse not to see the world’s most romantic city close up. Take the lift up to the top of the Eiffel Tower or better still, dine in the Michelin-starred Jules Verne restaurant and watch as dusk falls and the tower is lit with a dazzling array of sparkling lights (reserve well in advance). If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, then take in sunset by the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, and wander hand in hand down the Champs Elysees as darkness enfolds the softly-lit city.
The second-best way to spend a night in Paris is a cruise on the river Seine. Many of the dinner cruises offer top-class French cuisine, and as the boat glides along the left bank you’ll spot the Bastille, Eiffel Tower, and Notre Dame cathedral. If you’d prefer to stroll the banks and bridges of the seine during the day, make sure to cross the famous Pont Neuf bridge, and call into the Louvre or Musée D’orsay which are located on the roof.
Hotels in Paris are often pricy, even for basic lodgings. Situated in the chic neighborhood of Saint Augustin, the Wo Hotel is one of the best cheap hotels in Paris. It offers good value for money, friendly staff and a relaxing location in the quiet business district. On the other end of the scale, Le Meridien Montparnasse hotel is right on the left bank of the Seine, in walking distance to Notre Dame, the Orsay Museum and the beautiful Luxembourg gardens.