Promise eternal love on the Pont des Arts
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Tying a "love lock" on to the Pont des Arts (so called "Lover's bridge") before throwing the key into the River Seine beneath is something every lovers want to do when in the City Of Love. However, that is not possible anymore as, in 2014, part of the bridge's railings collapsed under the 45 tons of locks weight! Since then, metal grilles on the side of the Pont des Arts, which dates from 1804, have been replaced by see through glass panels were you can't lock anything. Now, lovers are "locking their love" everywhere they can so you will see bouquet of locks in a lot of places all over Paris... Last year, 165 sets of love padlocks recovered from the Pont des Arts went up for auction with bids ranging from hundreds of euros up to 17,000 euros
To create the wow effect right away, let's start with a great classic: the Pont des Arts. Okay, your sweetheart will not be the first to receive promises of eternal love in front of this famous railing, but the view of the Seine and the monuments of Paris are incredible, and all the love accumulated through the years here is bound to bring good luck. Equally romantic is any other spot spanning the river, in particular, the Pont Alexandre III and the Pont Neuf, or, for a more intimate setting, on a lock on the Canal Saint-Martin.
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Falling for a St. Honoré cake à la rose by Cédric Grolet
Paris is a city meant to give in to temptations, not deny them, from romantic to gastronomic. Cédric Grolet's St. Honoré cake is the proof in the pudding. The Michelin-starred pastry chef of Le Meurice Hotel recrates the famous cake with a heart-shaped version à la rose. He simply calls this luxury hotel sweet "Love." Melt for its delicately scented whipped cream, and savor the love between two candied cherries! Taste this amazing dessert at Le Meurice Hotel's restaurant, or, if we haven't convinced you, considering these tempting treats at La Pâtisserie du Meurice by Cédric Grolet.
Feel the passion at the Musée de la Vie Romantique
History is full of the tales of love, from its complications to happily ever after. If you are the passionate kind, head to the Musée de la Vie Romantique in the 9th arrondissement of Paris to see the torment of 19th-century artists who did not do things by half when declaring their love. Ponder the dramatic travails afterwards in the lovely hotel garden and sip a love potion.
Offer bunches of seasonal flowers
Make like Persephone and go with the seasons, forgetting about roses in winter. In February, offer your lover hellebores (which even grow in the snow) or a big bunch of mimosas, which perfume and brighten the grayest days. Besides the poetry of winter blooms, choosing local, in-season blossoms is ecologically sound. And luckily, all sorts of bouquets are available from a myriad of Parisian florists!
Reach new heights opposite the Eiffel Tower
Hit the heights (exactly 140 meters [459 feet]) and treat yourself and your love to one of the most beautiful sights of Paris at Windo SkyBar, in the Hyatt Regency Porte Maillot hotel. Etch this moment with your partner forever in your memory: it's the stuff of dreams. The Eiffel Tower in sight, a sparkling Paris, the "pop" of the champagne cork, the lightness of the bubbles...it's impossible to mess up a declaration of love under these conditions.