Paris has got to be the most romantic city in the world. Whether it’s midnight by the Seine, a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower, or just that dreamy French accent, everyone falls in love with this city for one reason or another. Of course, it would be all too easy to give you a run down of the most famous destinations for romance, but Paris has so much more to offer. These tips will take you a little off the beaten track and make your weekend in Paris all the more memorable.
Get There in Style
If you’re lucky enough to live in the UK then your journey could be the beginning of the romance. The Eurostar service from London St Pancras goes straight to Gare du Nord. It’s infinitely simpler than flying and often cheaper too. The biggest bonus though, comes with a Business Premier seat. Book a pair for you and your lover and prepare to experience the most pleasant journey. As well as having extra leg room, a private lounge and only needing to arrive ten minutes before departure, you’ll also be treated to a meal. The menu is designed by chef Raymond Blanc and is served at your table along with champagne. If you’re going to travel, then travel in style!
A Day at the Races
Many people head straight to the Eiffel Tower when they reach Paris, but it’s often more exciting to go a little off the beaten track. Longchamp Racecourse is a scenic and exhilarating setting for the start of your romantic weekend. It’s can be in your favor to download a betting app, as for new users there are often free bet incentives, which you certainly won’t be getting on the course! Whether your horse wins or not, it’s worth heading down to the finishing line for at least a couple of the races, it’s a great view from the grandstands, but there’s nothing like being up close to the action.
If you’re starting to feel a little peckish after your champagne meal on the Eurostar, then you should consider treating yourself to a meal in the course Brasserie. Whilst food at some sporting events can be basic and bland, the food here is delicious and exceptionally good value. The Charolais Beef tartare is heaven in your mouth and with a side of perfectly salted (actually French) French fries, you’ll be set right the way up until the evening.
Travel Back in Time
Whilst the Louvre certainly boasts a truly staggering collection, there are a myriad of lesser known museums to explore in Paris. One of the most charming is the Musée des Arts Forains. Housed in the immaculately renovated Pavillons de Bercy, this former wine warehouse is a true feast for the eyes. The museum has been open since 1996 and it hosts eccentric actor and antiques dealer Jean-Paul Favand’s personal collection. Everything this glittering collection lacks in subtlety, it makes up for in charm.
Everywhere you look, you’ll find another fascinating object. 19th century carousels play jangled music, as swans and golden horses rear and dive. Merry go rounds and old theater sets glitter alluringly; it’s even possible to ride some of the fairground pieces. The whole experience is star spangled and dreamy – it’s a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, for adults.
Dream of the Waterlilies
If the Musée des Arts Forains is a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for adults who are still young inside, then The Musée de l’Orangerie is a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for veritable grownups. This beautiful building can be found in the far west corner of the Tuileries Gardens and is the best place to see impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. The real stars of the show are of course, Monet’s Nympheas which are housed in two enormous rooms downstairs. The gentle curves of the walls help you to feel as though you are really captured in the paintings.
Once you’ve spent some time taking in the waterlilies, you should make your way downstairs to see some of the more modern collection. The colorful painterly brushstrokes of Cezanne almost leap from the walls, whilst Matisse’s playful lines spark joy in everyone who looks at them. Picasso, Renoir, Soutine and Guillaume also feature heavily. Though the collection isn’t nearly as enormous as that in the Louvre, the beautiful gallery space and the quality of the works on offer, means that its a true competitor.