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Top Ten Romantic Places in Paris

"I love Paris in the summer, when it sizzles..."
Cole Porter

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There's no place like it for romance.

Until you find your own favorite place in Paris, consider the Pont de Arts for a romantic vantage point, Luxembourg Gardens for a lovely afternoon stroll, or the Rodin Museum for raising the heat on your passion. These are only a few of the top hot spots that are universally recognized as some of THE most romantic places in the City of Light, if not the planet.

So, without further ado, let's start our survey of the Top 10 most romantic places in Paris beginning with, of course, the Eiffel Tower:

1. Eiffel Tower Head for the top at dusk and quickly discover why Paris earned its nickname, The City of Light, with breathtaking 360-degree views of the city as Paris glitters like a jewel below. The later in the day you go the smaller the crowds, so be sure to plan your visit anytime from 10pm to midnight during the summer.

Other options for a memorable visit include a stop at Bar 58 on the first level, or reserve a romantic dinner for two on the second level at the Jules Verne Restaurant.

For a complete hassle-free visit, you may want to forgo the trip to the top, and kick back on the lawn accompanied by a blanket, a picnic basket, and a bottle of wine to leisurely view the tower from the base.

Eiffel Tower metro station: Bir Hakeim

pont des arts2. The Pont des Arts Such is its reputation that 'the most romantic bridge in Paris' has become a favorite spot for couples who ceremoniously attach a padlock to the railing and throw the key into the river below. Otherwise, join street performers, painters, and other romantic couples to stroll to the middle of the bridge to check out the view of the Louvre, the Ile de la Cite, and Notre Dame from one of the most romantic vantage points inn Paris.

Pont de Arts metro station: Louvre - Rivoli

3. Paris by boat During the day, skip the Paris Metro and instead hop aboard the regularly scheduled Batobus offering leisurely tourist stops at the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Louvre. By night, head for the Bateau Mouches dinner cruise for a trip around the Seine after sunset, accompanied by traditional Parisian music as you both sit back, relax, and watch Paris effortlessly roll by ...

Bateau Mouches metro station: Alma-Marceau

4. The Latin Quarter Feel the energy as you emerge into the Latin Quarter to stroll the busy streets and pedestrian walkways, to browse the bookstores, or to lunch at local hangouts shoulder-to-shoulder with students at the nearby Sorbonne. As the sun sets, enjoy a romantic dinner at an outdoor restaurant along the river, where a brightly lit Notre Dame serves as a dramatic backdrop.

Latin Quarter metro station: Saint-Michel

luxembourg gardens5. Jardin du Luxembourg Located between the Latin Quarter and the St. Germain des Prés, this beautiful park is usually the scene of kids marionette shows and pony rides while providing an open air study hall for students at the nearby Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter.

Elegant and romantic, the area surrounding the Palais du Luxembourg has been a favorite spot for lovers since Napoleon and Josephine first strolled the footpaths of the garden's beautiful flowers beds and statues. Among the garden's many fountains, be sure not to miss the Fontaine de Medicis, probably the park's most romantic spot where Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Satre had their first rendezvous.

Luxembourg Gardens metro station: Odéon

6. Champs-Élysées Stretching from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs-Élysées is home to elegant restaurants, theaters and designer stores. As you stroll one of the most famous boulevards in all the world, promise your sweetie the moon, or at least an authentic bottle of Chanel No. 5. Complete your tour with an elevator ride to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for another unique and sweeping view of Paris.

Champs-Élysées metro station: Concorde

7. Musée Rodin While Paris is famous for its many museums, the best place for art and romance is the Musée Rodin on Rue de Varenne. Dedicated to the works of French artist and sculptor Auguste Rodin, the museum offers up a stately mansion, beautiful gardens and a reflecting pool as a showcase for famous Rodin works such as The Kiss, and The Thinker, and many other sculptures in a calm oasis in the center of Paris.

Rodin Museum metro station: Verenne

8. Ile-de-la-Cité After taking in the island's most notable landmark, Notre Dame, quickly skirt the crowds and head toward the western tip of the island. Here you'll find a stunning view of the Louvre and the Pont des Arts as you steal a kiss on the banks of the Seine in one of the most romantic spots in old Paris.

Ile-de-la-Cité metro station: Pont Neuf

View of Notre Dame from Ile St. Louis9. Ile St. Louis The smaller island next to Ile-de-la-Cité is a secret jewel in the heart of Paris filled with lovely strolls and great window shopping. Also don't miss a visit to Berthillon, the ice cream shop unique to the island that has the creamiest, most delectable treats this side of Rome (and some say even more sinful than Italy's famous gelato.) As the sun sets, walk along the river to the western tip of the island to discover a stunning view of Notre Dame cathedral with its reflection dreamily glimmering in the Seine.

Ile-St-Louis metro station: Pont Marie

10. Parc des Buttes-Chaumont Planning a romantic day trip from Paris? Forget the the countryside, and instead book passage on the Metro. On arrival at the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, you'll both feel like you've stepped into a 19th century romantic landscape painting. Filled with rolling hills, waterfalls, intimate grottoes, and dramatic cliffs, this city park provides a nest of lush greenery perfect for a romantic summer afternoon. You'll swoon.

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont metro station: Buttes-Chaumont

More about the best romantic places in Paris around the Web:

10 Romantic (and Sexy) Things to Do in Paris - Celebrity chef David Lebovitz with expert insider guide to top restaurants, bars, and other hangouts with locations and estimated costs, related resources.

Romance in Paris - A survey of the most romantic walks, parks, bridges, restaurants and cafes.

Best Parks and Gardens in Paris - Check out the Trip Savvy guide with information on the best places to go for a casual stroll, a picnic, or a romantic rendezvous.

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