Each year Valentine’s Day is a holiday that focuses all of us romantics on the romantic nature of love. But for many Parisians, romance is just a state of mind and one that you can embody every day of the year. This is a city full of the emblems of love. Of course, the notion of romantic love is a relatively recent social concept, springing up first in historical references only in the late 17th c. It is even thought that the origin of the English word “romance” springs from a French vernacular dialect.
To celebrate love & romance in the City of Lights, one needn’t wait for Valentine’s Day, then. Any special occasion or any special moment enjoyed by lovers can be revered as a sort of private Valentine’s moment. On this list you will find just ten (of the dozens and dozens of possibilities here in Paris) recommendations of how to pay homage to this most noble of human emotions - love.
The Eiffel Tower of course beckons seductively to all who visit Paris. So to give your visit that extra shot of romantic, start at the Peace Wall (Le Mur Pour la Paix) which stands at the southern end of Champ de Mars and affords a wonderful view onto the Eiffel Tower in the near distance. This wall is dedicated to peace in dozens of languages. Peace and love make for an auspicious beginning to a grand romance.
Newly opened in Paris is Le Grand Musée du Parfum. It is a museum dedicated to the art of perfume and the olfactory senses. For most people, the memory and associations to a loved one are often olfactive. Here at this interactive museum you can test which scents are most akin to your liking and that of your partner, too. Following on this motif of sensory experiences, a duo spa session at Le Spa Les Jardins du Marais is a delicious afternoon getaway that esconces you in a very private courtyard setting, away from any prying eyes.
A romantic night out is another way to celebrate love. In Paris there are countless ways in which to paint the town red, but one of the most elegant ones is certainly to spend an evening at the Palais Garnier, the Opera de Paris. If you are lucky enough to have one of the small side boxes on the 2nd and 3rd levels, you will feel the cosy intimacy that the aristocrats of history-past alluded to in the great literature of the era. For an extra special dining experience book yourselves a table for two at Restaurant Mathieu Pacaud -Histoires or at Le Clarence, which is Prince Robert of Luxembourg's new Paris chateau and restaurant. Both are equally, but differently, beguiling and splendid in the ways in which they offer an intimate celebration of romance.