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Making the most of a city break in Paris

The following is a guest post by Alex Sobota and Thomas Lukjaniec,

clip_image002So you’re planning to take a short break to the ‘city of lights’ with your loved one, Europe’s most romantic city and a fairytale destination for couples. Although the prospect of taking romantic strolls down the banks of the Seine, sipping on a fine French wine and witnessing the Eiffel Tower sparkle in the Parisian night sky seems enthralling, keep in mind that the French capital is a city with endless attractions other than the obvious.

The nature of a short break means it’ll be practically impossible to experience the whole city, so it’s definitely worthwhile being selective when planning your activities. Here are some tips for you and your partner to make the most of Paris during your precious time that you have there:


Paris is the type of city where a ‘tourist season’ doesn’t strictly apply, as people tend to flock to the city all year round. However, the best time of year to visit would probably be autumn, where the crowds are smaller and the climate is neither too hot nor too cold, and so setting you and your partner up for the relaxing and peaceful romantic holiday you had in mind.

Of course, visiting famous sights such as the Champs Elysées, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre and Sacré Coeur are a must, but be careful not to fall into the tourist trap of limiting yourself just to Paris’ main attractions. These places are often swarming with tourists and cheap souvenir vendors, which takes the shine off that romantic break you both had in mind. There’s a whole other side to the city that offers so much more than the tourist-infested hotspots- it’s filled with charming little cafes, sophisticated local restaurants just off the beaten path, fashionable family run boutiques and adorable architecture coupled winding cobblestone streets, painting the perfect scene for a romantic stroll with your partner after sampling Paris’ hidden treasures. So leave some time just to have a wander, it’s all part of the charm!


In fact, a great option for couples would be to visit one of the city’s many parks, such as the Jardin du Luxumbourg. Here you’ll be able to take a romantic stroll, have a bite to eat, and enjoy the all important alone time in a picturesque scene. So why not get out the picnic blanket and settle down for a spot of lunch?

Finally, one of the best ways to escape the tourist crowd and explore the authentic side of the city is to stay in one of the many Paris apartments on offer. As well as the clear financial benefits of renting an apartment (as opposed to staying in a hotel), this is a great way of immersing yourself within the true Parisian culture. You’ll be living amongst locals, saying bonjour to your neighbours whilst on your way to pick up your morning croissant. Now it doesn’t get much more romantic than that, does it?

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