Realistically, most of us are not going to be able to board a jet and take off for Paris, France to celebrate Valentine’s Day, but there is nothing wrong with knowing where to go, in the event that you will be able to see “The City of Love” in the future. Heck, you might be one of those fortunate souls who actually can fly there to experience all the romantic things many of us can only dream about.
If you do get to go to Paris this year or ever, here are some places you may want to visit:
You’ve got to stay somewhere, so why not do it in style and luxury? You can get top accommodations at Hotel Plaza Athenee, Hotel de Crillon, Hotel Meurice, Four Seasons George V Paris and Intercontinental Paris le Grand Hotel, just to name a few. Expect to spend a fat bunch of Eurodollars at any of these places and be sure to book months, even a year in advance in some of these places, because nearly everybody who can come to Paris wants to come on Valentine’s Day
The Eiffel Tower
Every time you think of Paris, the first thing that will probably come to mind is the magnificent Eiffel Tower. The 300 m /984 foot tall metal structure has been around since 1889 and draws millions of visitors regularly. You can go to the top via stairs- if you’re in really good shape- or by elevator, if you are doubtful about being able to make the climb by foot. It would simply be unforgivable to visit Paris without going here and no romantic holiday is complete without doing so.
Walk along the Champs-Elysees, one of the most famous streets in the world, and you can see many awe-inspiring places. One landmark you should make a point to see on this reknowned area is the Arc de Triomphe, which Napoleon Bonaparte ordered built in the early 19th century. So many movies have been made with this as a backdrop! Probably the best area along the Champs-Elysees to visit is between the Place de la Concorde and the Rond-Point, which isn’t as populated and has more of a traditional feel than others areas that look more “commercial”, due to modernization.
Edith Piaf’s Birthplace
Edith Piaf was one of France’s best-known singers and, years after her death, she continues to have many fans and admirers. The diminutive songstress was known as “the waif sparrow” and her sad, deeply emotional love songs touched all her heard them and influenced other singers. One of her most acclaimed songs is, “La Vie En Rase.” Piaf was born in the Belleville district of Paris. Take a brief pilgrimage there to see where this most romantic of performers developed her gift and to pay homage.
There are always other tourists advising you what restaurants you ought to visit, but ask locals for some suggestions. They are more likely to steer you to smaller places than huge, trendy, overpriced restaurants. French cuisine is famous everywhere and there are many dishes that are regional. I say, go to more than one place, so you can get the full experience of what French food is really like. If you prefer to go to some of the better-known eating establishments in Paris, try the Alle, Chez Andre, Le Bistrot Du 7Eme and Le Celedon, among them.
Want to experience the seductive Paris nightlife at its best? Go to Saint- Germain-de-Pres and mingle with students from the prestigious Sorbonne and other locals in any of the clubs there. Carry plenty of Eurobucks with you, though, because this is a popular area for tourists and enjoyment will come at a hefty cost. Be aware of your surroundings, also.
Given These Recommendations…
These are just some ideas you can start off with, should you be able to visit the world’s most romantic city on Valentine’s Day now or in the future.
Please go, enjoy yourself and think of the rest of us who wish we were there, too.