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Paris: A city of love

Words: Chatcharapon Penchom
Feb 12, 2020

Paris: A city of love

Words: Chatcharapon Penchom
Feb 12, 2020

Paris, City of Love

No one knows who first called Paris the “City of Love”, but everyone who has been there surely agrees with the sobriquet. An eclectic mixture of architectural styles ranging from the Middle Ages to the 21th century, fine cuisine among the best in the world, and the world’s capital of fashion all make Paris one of the most romantic cities in the world and thus a popular destination for couples. Paris offers a wide selection of activities where you can celebrate togetherness in the month of love and leave you with precious memories of this unique city.

 

Get a lovely shot with one of the world’s most famous landmarks

Paris is packed with wonderful photo opportunities, and the world’s most photographed landmark - the Eiffel Tower - is one of the most romantic places to pose for a lovely photo with your special one. There are quite a few spots to get the best shot, such as Trocadéro, Palais de Chaillot, Rue St.Dominique, Rue de l’université, and on the rooftop at Printemps Department Store. Trocadéro and Palais de Chaillot are the best places as you can capture the whole tower. The best time is between sunrise and 10 am as you will get the most flattering light and beat the crowds.

Experience fine art at some of the world’s best museums

Appreciating the world’s most famous artwork with your loved one is an awe-inspiring activity for a romantic getaway. There are about 130 museums in Paris together home to the world’s greatest collection of fine art. The vast Louvre Museum, the world’s largest art museum, houses more than 380,000 objects, with 35,000 on display, including such archetypal masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance as DaVinci’s Mona Lisa. If you are a fan of impressionism, cross the river to the left bank for the Orsay Museum, which is home to the world’s largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces by eminent painters such as Monet, Manet, Degas, Renoir, Cézanne, Seurat, Sisley, Gaugin and Van Gogh. For those who wish to have a close look at Water Lilies murals by Monet, head to the Orangerie Museum in the west corner of Jardin de Tuileries. The Rodin Museum is also great to visit. It contains most of his important works, such as The Thinker, The Kiss and The Gates of Hell, The garden is decorated with sculptures and botanical treasures - a very romantic place to lounge around.

Take a nice stroll in an enchanting park and garden

Paris parks and gardens may be outshined by museums and shopping districts but that does not make the Parisian green spaces any less charming. Despite a dense urban structure, Paris is in fact home to more than 400 parks which are very diverse. Some date back to the 17th Century while others are quite new. The numerous fine parks ideal for a romantic stroll include Jardin de Tuileries, ’s oldest garden and a UNESCO World Heritage Site which offers views of the Place de la Concorde and the Arc de Triomphe. There are also Jardin du Luxembourg, which houses many statues and artwork, Jardin des Plantes, the most significant botanical garden in France with more than 2,600 plant species, and Bois de Boulogne, a peaceful park where you can row a boat around the placid Lac Inférieur.

Take in the views along the River Seine

A boat trip on the River Seine is one of the city’s unforgettable experiences. While gliding by, you can indulge in the dramatic beauty of the city, with magnificent views of historic buildings. An hour-long trip allows you to enjoy some of the world-famous monuments dotted along the riverbanks, such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Orsay Museum, Hôtel de Ville, Notre-Dame, the Conciergerie, and so on. There are many operators with different departure points, such as Pont Neuf, Pont Alma, and Pont de Léna, leaving every half an hour or every hour. The best time to board is about half an hour before sunset, to soak up the twilight of the City of Love.

Enjoy a panoramic view of Paris

A Panoramic view of Paris is breath taking and truly memorable, especially at sunset. There are many spots vying to offer the most splendid view of the City of Love. The third platform of the Eiffel Tower surely offers one of the best views, but if you want to avoid the crowds and long queue, the top of Montmartre Hill is one of the best options. You can also climb to the dome of Sacré-Coeur Basilica, which boasts an even more fantastic vista of Paris. The observation deck of Tour Montparnasse, once the tallest and most hated skyscraper in Paris, ironically offers a stunning view of the Parisian skyline, perhaps even better than the Eiffel Tower and with a shorter wait. (Locals joke that the view is Paris’ best simply because it is only place from which the tower cannot be seen!) The view from the platform of Arc de Triomphe is also amazing, as it displays the twelve avenues radiating like points of a star from Place de l’Etoile – the ‘Star Plaza’. Check out some rooftop bars for more relaxing moments.

 

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