As we head into summer, a great romantic travel destination is France. Everyone knows that Paris is the city for lovers and that the entire country is full of amour. However, sometimes a couple wants more romance than a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower or while sunning on the Mediterranean in St Tropez.
Here are 10 unique places to say your I love you's in France this summer:
1. While meandering down a cobblestone street in St Paul de Vence. St Paul de Vence is just up above the hustle and bustle of Cannes and Juan le Pins, but it feels like it world's apart. The whole town is perched on a hill and very few cars drive thru as most people make their way on foot. A great place to say I love you in this town is at the outdoor restaurant of the hotel Le St Paul. It overlooks the entire town and the rooms make you feel like you are in a little castle.
Le Saint Paul
2. In the Fondation Maeght sculpture garden. I love modern art and particularly large outdoor sculpture gardens like this one at Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence. Bring along a bottle of wine, a baguette and fromage, so you can create a romantic picnic for you and your beau and share that great place to say I love you.
3. Overlooking the sea in Corsica. Not considered a touristy as South of France, Corsica is a great romantic alternative for a beach getaway. The weather is beautiful, the drives are picturesque.
And hotels like The Sofitel Golfe d'Ajaccio with it's romantic location, beautiful sunsets and view of the sea are a great place to say I love you.
4. In a vineyard in Bordeaux. Bordeaux is full of magical romantic vineyards that appeal to every palate. I love stopping by a vineyard or two in the various regions which are not only known for their wines but also for their beauty. Definitely head to Margaux and checked out Chateau Kirwan and Chateau Dauzac, then head to Paulliac to to explore the famous Lynch Bages. We found our favorite place to say I love you under the topiary arch in the gardens of Chateau Beychevelle in St Julien.
5. In a countryside restaurant. While in wine country, no visit would be complete without splurging on a traditional french dinner. We went to many places but our favorite was at Château Cordeillan-Bages. I love you will spill from your lips as you sit staring out at their vineyard while luxuriating in Chef Jean Luc Rocha unforgettable 2 Michelin star fare which included langoustines two ways in tomato puree and in pistachio crust and a one of a kind chocolate trolley for dessert. Can we say food coma?
6. While exploring the fairybook town of St Emilion. On your way out of wine country, make sure to make a pit-stop in St Emilion. The best way to explore this gem of a town is by foot, it all feels very Canterbury Tales while you wander around. And when you get to the top of the town and you can look down onto the square, that's the best place to say I love you.
7. At Chartres Cathedral. Most people think that Notre Dame is the go-to Cathedral to see in France. I disagree. Ever since I had to write a paper on Chartres in 10th grade French class, this one has been my favorite. This medieval french gothic cathedral is located just 50 miles outside Paris and is not to be missed. My favorite place to say I love you here is in the labyrinth garden behind the Church which also overlooks the entire city.
8. At a hotel that embodies french romance. There are so many hotels in Paris but when I travel there, I prefer to choose a smaller hotel that offers luxury but also french culture. My new fave is the Hotel St James. This hotel is an old chateau and from the moment you walk in, its feels like a castle. The rooms are purple and elegantly done and there arel many little nooks and crannies to grab a little kiss with your honey. However, my favorite place to say I love you here is in their outdoor courtyard where they have the most interesting hot air balloon decor.
9. On the veranda at one of the Paris's famed eateries. When in Paris, if you can, it's great to splurge on a true Parisien meal especially one at of the famed restaurant. Most recently, we chose Laurent because of the romantic outdoor veranda where you can eat under the stars. We found time to say I love you between the yummy Filled morels in a white wine "Poulette" sauce and the lamb loin in crème aux fines herbes.
10. At the Rodin Museum in Paris. I have been to all the museums in Paris but my favorite still is the Musee Rodin. Located in the 7th arrondissement, the Rodin museum is a must-see. My favorite place to say I love you here is right in front of the famous "The Thinker." And don't forget to pucker up for that kiss shot here.
What other places do you think are tres romantiques in France?
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