The capital of France has always been considered as one of the most romantic towns worldwide. If you plan to spend a few days in the City of Lights with your loved one, for Valentine’s day or a surprise-trip or either for your honeymoon, Paris has a lot to offer to lovers: from places to classic or atypical activities.
A Seine cruise on barge or fly-boat
One of best romantic things to do in Parisis a cruise on the Seine, on a fly boat or on a barge, preferably in the evenings, to see why the City of Lights deserves her name. Add a private dinner on water that you will enjoy while musicians play soft music. Opt for the circuits that include the canals and the underground waterways for better impress your lover. And do not miss the moment when the Eiffel tower lights up.
Contemplate the city of Paris from the heights
Climb on Paris heights to contemplate her beauty. Panoramic views of the city are available in many places:
From the top of the Eiffel tower. You can include a dinner in the panoramic restaurant at this outing, but make sure to book your table.
From the Sacre-Coeur viewpoint area in Montmartre. The panorama really worth the atypical travel in funicular.
From the roof-top terrace of the Centre Georges Pompidou, you can enjoy not only the great taste of Chez Georges’ restaurant, but also the landscape.
The garden of Versailles palace (40 min from the city center)
Some have real aptitudes for optimizing the romantic side of the stroll and the moment as:
The Parc Montsouris
The Parc de Vincennes (Paris outskirts-summer jazz shows)
The Bois de Boulogne (Paris outskirts)
Some have definitely modern style as:
Parc André Citroën
Parc de la Villette
You can have picnic on spring or summer, or sometimes in autumn, when the tress have this beautiful orange and brown colour.
Wandering in town and shopping
If you like shopping, you can opt of a stroll down the Champs-Élysées avenue or in the pedestrian streets of Paris to find many boutiques where you can buy practically anything you want: clothes, shoes, perfume, jewels or souvenir articles that will remind you your stay in a really romantic town.
The second largest airport in France is located at the east end of the Promenade des Anglais, 6 km away from the city center, which is very convenient. In comparison with the more remote location of some airports, Nice can claim to be the most accessible airport in the world. Once you have completed your immigration and baggage check, you will be able to reach the city center in no time. Here are the different options available.
Ligne d'Azur, the city of Nice’s bus network, offers two services (lines 98 and 99) ensuring exclusively the transfer from airport. Line 98 runs along the Promenade des Anglais to the Vieux-Nice, passing Piazza Garibaldi and the port, to end at Nice-Riquier railway station. The terminus of line 99 is located at Thiers train station, and it also runs along the Promenade before reaching one of the one of the city's main thoroughfares, Boulevard Gambetta. Both lines leave terminal 2, before picking up passengers at terminal 1.
To go to nearby cities (Cannes, Villefrance-sur-Mer or Antibes), the train is the ideal mean of transport. The official airport shuttle transfers passengers to the Arénas stop for easy access to the city's three train stations:
• Nice-Riquier train station in is eastern part,
• Thiers train station in the center,
• Saint-Augustin station in its western part.
Shuttle is highly recommended for newcomers since it might be quite complicated for them to reach the stations.
A fleet of taxis including many high-end German models and brands (Mercedes, Audi, etc.) are waiting for newcomers in front of both terminals. Travelers should bring cash to pay the fare, ATMs and currency exchange offices are available inside the terminals. Some companies offer a service of Nice airport transfer and allow customers to book without extra cost.
Also, there is now a private helicopter taxi service ensuring the transfer between Nice airport to Monaco. You will then reach the Principality in just a few minutes, while enjoying a very pleasant flight.
Paris attracts almost 900 film shoots a year. To allow people take advantage of this trend, a large number of travel guides arrange visits on the cinema topic.
Quiet on the set! in the City of Light
The mayor of Paris counts about 900 annual shootings in the city. Box-office hits like Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain or Da Vinci Code attract a new clientele eager to visit the places where the shot took place in Paris.
The latest Mission Impossible: Fallout, Christopher McQuarrie with Tom Cruise. The sixth installment of Agent Ethan Hunt’s adventures required 36 days of shooting on 15 sets in the French capital: the Trocadero esplanade, the Grand Palais, the Bercy heliport, the Palais-Royal gardens…
Montmartre is the most popular district for cinema tours
Working as a guide during the day and as an extra at night, especially in the last Mission Impossible, Lise Pires organizes every week Paris guided tours on the theme of cinema in Montmartre, in the 18th arrondissement. The reputation of Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain has reawakened interest for these walks. The guide says: “Montmartre is the district that has the most success for cinema tours. Those who participate are residents, film lovers and artists, but also people from the provinces.
While passing by a shooting location in Montmartre, this Paris tour private guide explains to her group: "a sequence of Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain was shot in this grocery store, Maison Collignon".
Filmmakers have always chosen Montmartre as a filming set and devote numerous film sequences to it: La grande vadrouille (1966), Mesrine (1984), L’auberge espagnole (2001), La Môme (2007), and, of course, Dalida (2017), whose house is included in the routes taken by guides in Montmartre.
Patricia Firriolo, director of France Tourisme, a Paris travel planner, explains the enthusiasm of the public for guided tours about cinema: Da Vinci Code in 2006. Its success attracted successive waves of Americans and Asians at the Louvre Museum. The tours are adapted to new films, especially in Montmartre or Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where a minimum of six visits are organized each week, from September to June. The request also concerns Luc Besson’s Cité du Cinéma in Saint-Denis. To stand out, the tour operator has asked a comedian to create an original screenplay that allows the visitor to become an actor for an afternoon.
One thing is for sure: the City of Light still attracts filmmakers from around the world who prefer its natural setting to those of a studio.
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