To celebrate love & romance in the City of Light, one needn’t wait for Valentine’s Day. 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.
So, even though each year Valentine’s Day is the holiday that focuses all of us romantics on the romantic nature of love, for many Parisians, romance is just a state of mind, such as the one that encompasses you while enjoying a long lunch at the relaxed and elegant Les Jardins de L'Espadon at the Ritz Hotel Paris. And this is a sate of mind that, with some discipline, you can embody every day of the year.
Paris 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 Of course, the notion of romantic love is a relatively recent social concept, springing up first in historical references only in the late 17th c. It is even thought that the origin of the English word “romance” springs from a French vernacular dialect.
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. And for those looking to pay tribute to Love itself, there is Le Mur des Je T'Aime a whole, wall dedicated to declarations of love.
A romantic night out is another way to celebrate love. In Paris there are countless ways in which to paint the town a Valentine red, but one of the most elegant ones is certainly to spend an evening at Le Grand Rex, Europe's biggest movie theater found here, in Paris. Located in the Grands Boulevards area, this gorgeous, historic movie theater is surrounded by trendy bars and eateries for before or after. For an extra special dining experience stop in at Les Ambassadeurs in the newly refurbished Hotel de Crillon, a classified historical monument. Or book a table for two at Le Clarence, which is Prince Robert of Luxembourg's new Paris château and restaurant. Both are equally, but differently, beguiling and splendid in the ways in which they offer an intimate celebration of romance.