Ah, Paris. It’s claimed to be one of the most romantic cities in the world, if not the most romantic. This weekend I took romantic daydreams to a whole new level and so could you.
Last week Jay jetted off to Germany to play a gig with one of his bands. I was sad to not visit Germany again, but we planned to meet in Paris for a weekend rendezvous. Why? Because as Audrey Hepburn said, it’s always a good idea to visit Paris. If you’re planning a romantic fairytale trip to the French capital, these seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW) should come in useful…
♥ Classy Travel
Arrive in style by travelling from St Pancras station (London) to Gare du Nord (Paris) via Eurostar’s standard premier class. It’s the easiest way to travel to the city. Being served breakfast en route is a pretty special way to start your whirlwind adventure. If you’re feeling indulgent opt for a business class ticket.
♥ Special Beginnings
If you really want to start your trip in style head to Searcys Champagne Bar on the upper floor of St Pancras station. The station itself is beautiful. There are a few pianos dotted about and strangers often can’t resist twinkling the keys. Some of them are surprisingly good. The bar is home to the largest bottle of champagne, measuring more than 4ft tall. However, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend that particular bottle for the start of your weekend! Book ahead to save disappointment.
♥ Lux Living
Your romantic weekend will probably be for one night, so go all out by staying at a luxurious hotel. The stylish Hotel La Trémoille is just moments from the Eiffel Tower and Avenue des Champs Elysées (designer shops). Tucked away on a quiet, typically Parisian street, it’s a stunning hotel with equally stunning views. Junior suites enjoy a patio balcony perfect for romantic breakfasts overlooking the beautiful French buildings. It’ll make your heart swoon. See the link for a full review, including a video.
♥ Moonlit Walks
Come evening Paris is alight with romantic glows and sparkles. Make sure you take a walk to The Louvre. Framed against the dark sky, the glass pyramid roof is lit up and reflects in the still water. Walk underneath the arched doorway and grand ceilings, past the solitary figure playing the flute. It’s completely dreamy.
♥ Romantic Dining
Many might say the most romantic spot to dine is at the Eiffel Tower. However, dining on the terrace at Le Cafe Marly will leave you feeling like a film star. Keanu Reeves is said to be a regular. Imposing columns create a wall with enough grandeur to create a bit of privacy, but enough room to enjoy the beautiful view of The Louvre. It’s ten out of ten for romance and the menu isn’t that expensive for French standards.
♥ Eiffel Edges
The Eiffel Tower is the ultimate icon for Paris. However, at its base it’s crowded and full of beggers. Keep a little distance by walking along the river towards Pont de l’Alma. From this bridge you can enjoy views of La Seine (the river) and the Eiffel Tower. Take a few macarons from French institution, Laduree, and you’ll have your very own riverside, sweet treat picnic.
♥ Beautiful Views
The best view of Paris is without a doubt from the 56th floor of Tour Montparnasse. It’s a shimmering skyscraper that’s home to the fastest lift in Europe. It takes just 38 seconds to get to the top, but you don’t even really notice the speed. The top terrace offers panoramic views of the city, perfect for Instagram worthy shots of the Eiffel Tower. It’s pretty quiet up top. Go early evening to watch the sun set or late at night to see Paris’ famous dancing lights.
If you’re feeling loved up and ready to take the next step, you’ll find a Tiffany & Co. jewellery shop in the city centre…just saying. X
Have you been to Paris? Is it somewhere you’d love to visit? X