Romantic Weekend in Paris

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Whenever we think of romance and unforgettable experiences, we can’t but help that Paris pops up in our minds. Who hasn’t dreamed of spending some time in Paris, having some together time in one of the most romantic cities of the world, that has become an icon for all lovers… So, let me guide you on a small tour through this amazing city. Here is what I propose, why not take a weekend off - why not next weekend– to pop into Paris. Surprise your lover, buy the plane tickets, book the hotel, drive to the airport and forget about everything else… It will just be the both of you.

I suggest going on a Friday and coming back on Monday, that way it will be an actual weekend in Paris.

Where to stay

As a weekend is not that long and Paris has so much to see I advise choosing a hotel where you are right in the middle of everything. What better choice than to go for the Intercontinental Paris – Le Grand – it’s not only right in the middle of Paris, near the Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme and the Louvre Museum, near the shopping, theatre and banking districts, but it’s also located in a wonderful historic building, taking you back to Napoleon’s time of luxury and grandeur, with an excellent service, it has everything you can hope for and it is trully quite the setting for your romantic weekend. After all, when in Paris what more could you want, but to have a glass of champagne in your bedroom balcony with the Paris rooftops as a background and the Opéra Garnier or the Eiffel Tower crowning your night? Don’t forget to ask for a balcony and a room with a view.

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Where to go

Once you are set in the hotel, it’s time to start exploring. Now, since you are only going for a weekend, I would advise you not to lose your way and try to see everything, for two reasons: first, you shouldn’t forget it’s supposed to be a romantic weekend, so it’s not all about sightseeing, but rather about spending time with your loved one; second, Paris has so much to see that it takes much longer than a weekend, so choose wisely…

Since it’s all about romance there are a few places that you really need to check out:

  • The Eiffel Tower, of course
  • Montmartre
  • The Seine River

There is so much more to see, but keeping it simple will allow to enjoy Paris and enjoy each other.

The Eiffel Tower

So, what can we say about the Eiffel Tower? The Eiffel Tower is a global landmark, it stands for Paris, as the city of light and the city of love. We all know the Eiffel Tower, from books, photos and movies.

Built in 1889 as the entrance arch of the World Fair, by Gustave Eiffell, it is the tallest building in Paris and it is the symbol of the city. If you visit Paris you must visit the Eiffel Tower, not just once, but at least one time during the day and another at night. It is all about being at the Eiffel Tower, it’s all about breathing Paris, it is all about the view of the city and the view of the Eiffel Tower against the city’s skyline.

It is a memorable experience to have with your lover, enjoying this world icon and its view cuddling in your lover’s arms.

Montmartre

Montmartre is another world and another Paris altogether, it is the Paris of the artists, the true artists painting in the street, the mimes, the musicians… It is the Paris of cafés and music playing and people talking, about this, about that, about everything and nothing… You could change world history in the streets of Montmartre or you can just enjoy a glass of wine and relax.

Montmartre is a hill that gave its name to a Paris District, the 18th arrondissement, well known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur on its top, as a nightclub districtand for all the artists’ studios around. Did you know that painters like Salvador Dalí, Modigliani, Monet, Van Gogh or even Picasso, at some point had studios here?

Therefore, what better way to spend time with each other than go around Montmartre looking at the paintings, listening to some music, drinking some wine, sitting on the stairs at Sacre Coeur enjoying the view of the city? If you head to Montmartre around 16:00 you can enjoy a bit of the afternoon there and then you can just choose one of the lovely restaurants in the area to have a romantic dinner, followed by some time in one of the many nightclubs available. If you are into Jazz and a nice, warm atmosphere, why not try Le Houdon Jazz Bar?

The Seine River

Like the Eiffel Tower, the Seine River is Paris, it runs through it and it’s a wonderful way to know the city. What best way to enjoy Paris, than to relax drifting down the Seine River by boat. It is a wonderful romantic experience; it allows you to take your time, to enjoy the views, while you have a chat with your better half and at the same time get a glimpse of the most amazing places of Paris. It is also a good way to get familiar with the city. The city from the river is a completely different experience, that allows you to absorb the city quietly, as the setting of your own love story. I definitely recommend enjoying a romantic dinner on the boat.

Where to eat

I’ve already mentioned Montmartre and the boat tours as places to have dinner, but there are two other places worth mentioning, that you really need to try. It’s not just about the food, it’s the place, it’s the history, it’s the romance you find.

Personally, I’m not a big fan of French cuisine, but these places are really something.

The first one you must try is the famous Le Grand Café Capucines, known as the place where the Lumiere brothers showed their first film, it is a magnificient work of art, with an amazing art noveau décor by decorateur Jacques Garcia. This restaurant was first established back in 1875 at the same time the Opera opened and quickly gained its reputation, never to lose it until this day. The splendid environment and the wonderful food will make up for an unforgettable experience. From a delicious foie-gras to coquilles Saint Jacques, grilled lobster, delicious seafood platters and full bass flambé, right to an exquisite chocolate soufflé, you can’t go wrong.

Then, of course, there is Le Jules Verne, the restaurant of the well-known French chef Alain Ducasse, beautifully located in the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. And what more can one say? As that wasn’t enough, the restaurant offers wonderful contemporary cuisine. Having lunch or dinner overlooking the Seine River and the Arc du Triumph it’s really something… Enjoying a glass of champagne with such view, a service of excellence, great food and the nightfall in Paris, especially if it’s a clear night with stars and moon shining over you, can be quite the memory that remains.

Monday

On Monday it’s time to get back. Probably you will not feel like it, after all it must have been pure magic and a weekend you will never again forget, but you can always come back and no matter what, you “will always have Paris”… And that’s what remains, all the wonderful memories we make throughout our life, that are worth remembering.

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A markerInterContinental Paris-Le Grand Hôtel -
2 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
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B markerEiffel Tower -
Eiffel Tower, 5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris, France
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C markerParis, Montmartre -
Montmartre, 75018 Paris, France
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D markerLe Grand Café Capucines -
4 Boulevard des Capucines, 75009 Paris, France
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E markerLe Houdon Jazz Bar -
5 Rue des Abbesses, 75018 Paris, France
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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Fabulous advice. Paris is indeed romantic... whether one is presently in love or heart broken (I've seen it through several different perspectives). For me personally, Montmartre will always be the most romantic part of Paris. Le sigh!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal Author

Hello, Simone, thanks for reading and commenting. Yes, Paris is amazing. I can't wait to go back. Montmartre is also my favourite. :)


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savanahl 4 years ago

Great information! I've never been there but now I have some great ideas for when I do go. Thanks for sharing.


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal Author

Hello, Savanahl,I'm so glad you liked it. True, Paris is absolutely amazing, it's really worth a visit... Thanks for stopping by, reading and commenting. :)


londontraveler 4 years ago

Thanks for providing so interesting online travel guide about Paris - where to go, where to stay and where to eat in Paris. Everything is described here in detail. I have never been in Paris, but I know that it is so wonderful city that has a lot to offer to its guests. I will certainly spend weekend in Paris with my family in the future. Thanks a lot :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

This is an outstanding travel hub. It shows that you covered everything and put a lot into it. Excellent! Pinning and sharing.


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John Sarkis 4 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

Excellent hub algarveview, and thanks for sharing Tammy.

I've never been to Paris, but will probably see it one day; my Proust Group will eventually make the journey once we've finished Proust's novel. ...not sure if I'll join them or not, but it's great to have read your hub just in case.

Voted up

John


lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Wow! These images are stunning! I would love to visit Paris someday. For a moment, I felt like I was there. This is a very good guide for travelers going there for the first time. Voted up awesome!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal Author

Hi, Londontraveler, I'm really glad you enjoyed and I hope you visit Paris real soon, it's a worth your while city... I, myself, wish to visit Paris again soon, there is so much more I still want to see... Thanks for stopping by and commenting! Stay well!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal Author

Hello, Tammy, I'm glad you liked it... And thanks for reading, commenting and sharing! I really appreciate it. Have a wonderful day!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal Author

Hi, John, I think it's a wonderful city and I hope you have a chance to visit it and if you can take that someone special it's even better... I don't know what is it about Paris, but... Well, probably it's just in our minds, right? Thanks for reading, commenting and voting! All the best!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal Author

Hello, Lovedoctor926, I'm really happy that you felt you where in Paris, if only for a little while, and I hope you get a chance to visit, it's an amazing city... Thanks for stopping by, reading and voting! Have a great day!


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Joanna Kim 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

Great hub! Very informative tour guide, vote up!


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algarveview 4 years ago from Algarve, Portugal Author

Hi, Joanna, I'm very happy you liked it and i hope you have a chance to visit Paris soon. Thanks for the vote! Hope you have a great day! Take care!


Aileen 22 months ago

You have shed a ray of suhinsne into the forum. Thanks!

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