On top of the Eiffel Tower… on a boat down the Seine…. Yeah, yeah,we all know and are tired of the obvious Paris kissing clichés but want to think up something equally memorable. It’s Paris; the opportunities are endless!
A quick note on where not to tongue twist: outside a cathedral is a huge non unless it’s newlyweds. Inside the cathedral? Come on. Sexy thrill of the forbidden and all other considerations aside, they’re usually so packed with tourists that the whole ‘threat of discovery’ angle is ruined.
Below are a few ideas to really get your creative juices flowing:
If action adventure romances are what float your boat, head to Bois de Boulogne in the 16th. Make a break for the waterfall and slip behind it. What do you find? Not hostile ‘natives’ but a perfectly private place for a peck, or three.
The Jardins du Luxembourg is arguably Paris’ most beautiful park. Take advantage of frosty winter weather and indulge in a crepe or galette (waffle), followed by other kinds of sweetness. Bet you won’t feel the cold.
Deux Magots café in St-Germain-des-Pres: famed hangout of existentialist lovers Sartre and de Beauvoir. Annoy the snooty staff and get your money’s worth out of the overpriced coffee.
Take the lead roles in the French film Les Amants de Pont Neuf and get cozy in one of the alcoves on the Pont Neuf during a Parisian sunset.
The Place de Vosges in the heart of the Marais is a stunning arcade with a public garden in the centre. Tip your hat to the Georges Brassens song “Les Amoureux des Bancs Publiques” and get close on a park bench.
Lastly, a personal favourite: the courtyard of the Louvre is perfect in the pre-dawn, looking out over the gardens with an open bottle of champagne.
Bois de Boulogne, 16th. Metro: Les Sablons or Porte Dauphine
Jardins du Luxembourg, Pl Auguste-Comte, pl Edmond-Rostand or rue de Vaugirard, 6th. Open til dusk.
Deux Magot Café, 6 pl St-Germain-des-Pres, 6th. 01 45 48 55 25
Pont Neuf, 1st. Metro: Pont Neuf
Place des Vosges, 4th. Metro: St Paul
Louvre, Rue de Rivoli, 1st. Metro: Palais Royal Musee du Louvre