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PARIS: THE CITY OF LOVE

Ah Paris, the city de l'amour. What better place to spend the Valentine weekend?

Who knows or cares how Paris's reputation as the City of Love came about; the fact is romance saturates the air. The city's architecture is beguiling, the gentle curve of The Seine, hypnotic. Perhaps it is because Parisians themselves seem so much more open in their gestures, unashamed about making public displays of affection. Well, when in Rome, as they say...

With flights from London airports to Charles De Gaulles starting at just 20.99 or the Eurostar from 69, it is a fantasy easily turned into reality. Plus there are some great deals to be had on hotel accommodation, saving you money for all of the city's many attractions.

If you're not too bothered about finding privacy and queueing during the daytime, then visit Paris's popular landmarks: Sacr' Coeur, Notre Dame, the Champs lyses and Montmartre to name but a few. Naturally, don't miss the irresistible Eiffel Tower from which you and your significant other can marvel at the 360 degree panoramic of Paris below, no doubt falling in love all over again at the sight.

Say the words 'cafe culture' to anyone and it instantly evokes images of Paris streets, chic women in sunglasses sipping coffee, engulfed by swirls of cigarette smoke, handsome Gallic men reading Le Monde making flirty eye contact, perched with effortless elegance on the stylish cafe furniture. Make a point of stopping for un cafe, s'ilvous plait and soaking up the atmosphere. Sit at separate tables and catch each other's eye provocatively, as if you're perfect strangers.

When evening comes, enjoy a romantic cruise along The Seine, taking in Paris by night or simply stroll along the streets, hand in hand. Stop for dinner at a little bistro and sample the recommended vins or feed each other spoonfuls of sumptuous dessert. You can do that in Paris without putting fellow diners off their grub.

The city of love may only be a couple of hours, away but it's guaranteed that you will remember your visit to Paris for a life time.



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