by Sandy Lai
Going on holidays with your sweetheart to the city of love? Much of Paris’ allure is linked to its beauty and plethora of romantic activities. Here are some suggestions for having the perfect date in the French capital:
A cemetery may be an unconventional place for a date, but a trip here makes for an interesting afternoon. There are many famous people buried here like Jim Morrison, Amedeo Modigliani and Édith Piaf. Despite the many visitors who come in search of famous graves, it is very large so it is never overcrowded. As preparation for your date (or actually, for your trip), check out Paris Je T’Aime. This film is a series of short films, one for each arrondissement. Check out the one set this cemetery, featuring Oscar Wilde’s grave.
Jardin des Tuileries
These gorgeous gardens are perfect for a romantic stroll. Stretching from the Louvre all the way to the Place de la Concorde, its trees, fountains and sculptures make this one of the most beautiful public parks in the world. Besides the Louvre, the Orangerie and Jeu de Paume galleries can also be found here, so this is a natural resting place. Dating back hundreds of years, the art of the romantic stroll has been perfected here.
This casual French game is great to play with your date, or even better, a double date. In this game of boules, a small wooden ball (cochonnet) serves as a target as you try to get the larger metal balls as close as possible to it. Played on grass, gravel or other surfaces, it is easy to learn and play. You can usually borrow a set of balls from cafés in popular areas for the game, like Canal St Martin.
Space Invaders Hunt
The French street artist, aptly named, Invader, has put up characters from the classic video game on streets all over the world. His mosaic tile creations are found throughout Paris, the city he has “invaded” the most, and stumbling upon them is usually a cheeky surprise. There are maps available through his website if you want to find all of them (there are 1000 in Paris alone). What a fun way to spend the day and to familiarize yourself with Paris!
This 130m hill lends its name to this artsy area. At its summit stands the beautiful Basilica of Sacre-Coeur. Take the funicular up the hill and admire the view from here. There are plenty of cafés to be found here, and anyone who has seen Amélie will recognize the café she worked at, Café des Deux Moulins. For an authentic experience, head to Café le Nazir. Caves des Abbesses is another great place to go, especially if you want to taste a few different wines. Though this area grows increasingly touristic, it still has a great vibe and yummy gaufres. There’s also a Christmas market here until Jan. 3, so go check it out!