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Romantic Travel Idea ~ Paris, France

Updated: Aug 19, 2020

Photo credit: Paris by Chris Karidis (@chriskaridis)

I know, I know. I realize it’s corny and I am a clichè. But, I adored exploring Paris with my love. It helps that he’s a foodie like me. Paris exudes romance everywhere, from its little jazz bars like De Luc des Lombards, to its al-fresco cafe’s on every street corner to the walks along the Sienne River that divide the banks. We spent our days walking everywhere doing our tourist diligence. From the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and Pantheon, seeing the incredible stained glass of Chapelle Saint-Michel, to eating incredible french food and wine at our favorite petite and romantic local restaurant, Au Père Louis, with it’s traditional provincial French flare and the multi-cultural flavors of the fusion creperie, Framboise. We couldn’t get a seat in my dream restaurant, Frenchie, but one day. One of my favorite things we did in Paris overall was a macron cooking class with Le Foodist. Lastly, a must do, we watched the sun set over Paris city from the steps of Sacrè-Couer, very romantic, so be prepared for a million proposals to pop up around you. Naturally, we couldn’t pass up a little day trip by train to Palace of Versailles. But pro tip, go early to get a golf cart to tour the gardens, it’s worth it, trust me. And eat lunch there at Angelina’s.The hot chocolate is what they’re famous for, however their deserts are also little scrumptious pieces of art not to be missed.

Where to stay: We stayed in St. Germain after hearing complaints from people who had stayed in around the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Èlysees that it was too touristy and lacked the culture they came for. We also stayed in Montmartre near the Moulin Rouge, it was a little too seedy and dirty, so we are now official fans of St. Germain’s bohemian life. This arrondissement is known for the beautiful Sorbonne University, Luxembourg Park and is easily walkable to most of the tourist sites. We stayed in Hotel Sorbonne on a cute little side street over looking the Sorbonne University (hint: Ask for the top floor overlooking the University). It was quaint and quirky, we loved it. Just realize every hotel room in Paris is TINY and you’ll be fine. But there’s plenty of places to stay in St. Germain des Pres. For a little more luxury, Le Saint Hotel would be my pick.

Angelina's at Palace of Versailles

When to stay: I seem to frequent Paris when it’s cold and less crowded by tourists during February to March. I love being bundled up and getting cozy with my boyfriend as we walk the streets, there’s just something romantic about that. But I have always dreamed of being in Paris during the cherry-blossom season which is usually early April.

~ Written by Kate Avery, CEO Happy Little Vows

The macron cooking class with Le Foodist

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