48 hours to say “I love you” in Paris

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When couples meet in the City of Light for a weekend, Paris becomes the City of Love. Every beautiful street corner becomes an excuse to declare your love, but Paris is beautiful has dug up some truly perfect places to say “I love you” to your soulmate. We will leave the flowers and/or chocolates and/or engagement ring up to you…

Say “I love you” after breakfast

With every street and square heavy with a romantic atmosphere, visiting the French capital is a real playground for people in love. You can combine an original visit with a dose of love. Begin the day at the Musée de la Vie Romantique, former home to the painter Ary Scheffer. You will find souvenirs of the writer George Sand, a neighbour of the painter, along with several of the artist’s canvasses and those of his peers, spokespeople for romantic inspiration from the early 19th century. Everything is housed in an artist’s studio where time appears to have stood still. 16 rue Chaptal 75009 – +33 (0)1 55 31 95 67 – www.parismusees.paris.fr – Permanent collections are free of charge.  When contemporary art meets love, it leads to the Wall of Je t’aime. The brainchild of Frédéric Baron and Claire Kito, this wall says “I love you” 1000 times in over 300 languages. A place that is destined to say it again and again… Square des Abbesses 75018

Say “I love you” at teatime

What with the tasty breaks and the relaxing breaks, strolling through Paris has never been so pleasant… Between the Opéra and the Madeleine districts, people in love who are also fond of food will have their fill of chocolate: Fauchon, La Maison du Chocolat and Michel Cluizel, along with Jean-Paul Hévin or Le Marquis de Ladurée are real goldmines for chocolate that will have you melting with delight. Choosing is the hardest part! To end the afternoon on a high note (and also to warm up), head for the cinema. But not just any cinema: a cinema that was planned for couples who want to cuddle up together! In the MK2 cinemas at Bibliothèque and Quai de la Loire, the designer Martin Szekely imagined his “love seats”, designed especially for watching films as a couple. The perfect match for romantic comedies! 128, avenue de France 75013 Paris or 7 quai de la Loire 75019 – www.mk2.com

Say “I love you” over dinner

Of course there are the traditional dinners at the Eiffel Tower and on Bateaux-mouches where marriage requests are two a penny… But if you are looking for a little intimacy and a more Parisian atmosphere, there is no shortage of romantic restaurants. The name says it all – Hôtel Amour is sure to charm you. It has the advantage of a restaurant that hides a superb planted patio that is covered in the winter. The result is a feeling that you have stepped out of the Parisian effervescence to enjoy a very special moment where time stands still. It is well worth a spontaneous declaration of love, but it is best to book ahead! 8 rue Navarin 75009 – +33 (0)1 48 78 31 80 – www.hotelamourparis.fr Staying with the secret theme, there is another hotel you can visit, specifically the Hôtel Particulier Montmartre. The arrival counts almost as much as the dinner, because to find the restaurant you have to wander down a private road on Montmartre hill. You will find a hidden gem with a ravishing garden behind a black gate. Inside, the subdued lighting and boudoir inspired décor will take you to the romanticism of the 19th century, on condition once again that you have booked in advance. 23 avenue Junot, Pavillon D, 75018 – +33 (0)1 53 41 81 40 – hotel-particulier-montmartre.com Source images Paris-is-beautiful.com / Happiness as an Art de Vivre : Anna Kesz

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