One of the best ways to make this Valentine’s day unforgettable is to take a trip to the city of lovers. Paris is not only an exciting place to visit for those who have been bitten by the travel bug but also an ideal location for couples looking to reconnect with a romantic getaway.

lovers paris evening by van gogh

Once you arrive in Paris, there are so many activities to enjoy that you may not know where to start. First, it’s a good idea to head to Montmartre in northern Paris where you can catch your breath and spend quality time with your partner. This area is a great first choice because it has all of the essential romantic locales: cobblestone paths to walk down hand-in-hand, a gorgeous view of Paris and romantic cafes where you can people-watch and consume delicious and delicate pastries.

When you’ve got an appetite for something more substantial than pastries and coffee, however, you have a wide array of dining locations to choose from. One of the most romantic is Le Train Bleu, which is actually inside the Gare de Lyon terminal.

Le Train blu

Not only will you be able to gaze at the amazing architecture of the station itself, but you’ll have a chance to dine in one of the most visually opulent restaurants in the world. Le Train Bleu is more than a century old, and tells the story of rich French culture with a collective 41 paintings on the walls and ceiling of the restaurant.

Or you could make your way to Palais-Royal to see the grand gardens and the former palace of Cardinal Richelieu. While you’re there, you can dine at Le Grand Vefour, which is the longest-operating restaurant in Paris. Like the palace itself, this restaurant is steeped in the past, and every table is titled for a prominent figure of French history.

Before you go, you should make one last round of the city, stopping in a handful of speciality shoppes to purchase authentic Parisian goods that will remind you of your lovely getaway. La Dierne Goutte is a famous wine shoppe where you can find unique varietals of their mostly organic wine selection. You can even get a free wine tasting in English.

Next, satisfy your sense of scent with a trip to Diptyque to purchase rose parfume and scented candles as a keepsake of your Valentine’s Day. Lastly, don’t forget to pick out at least one box of handmade gourmet chocolates from Patrick Roger, known as one of the most expert chocolatiers in Paris.

By the time you finish your shopping, you will have had a perfect day in a perfect city, and the souvenirs to prove it. There’s no better way to celebrate your love this year.

A trip to Paris is easily affordable if you’re creative with your budget. If you want to have a few extra pounds to spend on one or two treats while in the city of love you might consider selling unwanted stuff on websites like Music Magpie.  You can get cash for dvds, cds, games and even computers – look for the sell my laptop link and follow the straight forward instruction to put your stuff on the site.