A Parisian love affair

It’s become a bit of a cliché to call Paris a city of romance, but, walking its quieter streets and seeing its old buildings gleam in sunlight, it’s not hard to understand why it has such a reputation. Though parts of the city are, throughout the year, rather thronged with tourists, it doesn’t take much exploration to find the more interesting side streets, where the old-fashioned bars are full of locals rather than too-loud visitors, and charming corners where you feel almost as though you have the city to yourself.

The city is a great choice for a honeymoon – wonderful by itself, but also ideally placed to be coupled with a stay further afield, and the excellent European high-speed train network means you can easily reach other parts of the continent. It may not be the cheapest city in Europe, but, providing you steer clear of the tourist traps, you’ll find that it’s surprisingly good value, and it’s compact enough that you can really get a feel for it without having to rely too heavily on the Metro.

I am, I have to admit, completely biased about Paris – it was here that my husband proposed to me, so of course I find it romantic; though, to be honest, I was seduced by it long before he popped the question. After quite a few years of regular visits to the city, plus a week there researching the Paris section of The Rough Guide to Europe on a Budget, I can happily say that it’s somewhere I know very well. Having far too many recommendations for one post, I’ll be splitting my guide to Paris over a number blog posts over the next few weeks, covering where to stay, what to do, and, perhaps most importantly, where to eat.

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