Winding lanes of Montmartre
Cobblestone backstreets and lamp-lit stairways wind up to the top of Montmartre, one of the most bewitching districts in Paris. Seek out the area’s two remaining windmills – Moulin de la Galette and Moulin du Radet – and the last vineyard in Paris for a taste of the countryside in the city.
Montmartre Website (www.montmartrenet.com)
Twilight views from the Eiffel Tower
As twilight turns to night and the lights across the city sparkle, the panoramic views of Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower are made for sharing. Stay on for dinner at Jules Verne, the tower’s second-floor restaurant, for a candle-lit meal to remember.
Champs de Mars, 75007
Jules Verne Website (www.lejulesverne-paris.com)
Rodin’s The Kiss sculpture and secret garden
On the Left Bank of the River Seine, the Rodin Museum has a special place in visitors’ hearts. Perhaps it’s the 19th-century sculptor’s renowned marble The Kiss, or that Rodin’s Paris hôtel particulier (grand private home) has one of the most tranquil gardens in the city.
Hôtel Biron, 79 rue de Varenne, 75007
Rodin Museum Website (www.musee-rodin.fr)
Medieval stained glass at Sainte-Chapelle
There’s an audible gasp as visitors emerge from the stone stairwell into the shimmering light of Louis IX’s 12th-century chapel. On the Île de la Cité island in the River Seine, the chapel is made almost entirely of stained glass, and the effect of sunlight filtering through the soaring windows’ jewel-box colours is pure magic.
4 boulevard du Palais, 75001
Sainte-Chapelle Website (http://sainte-chapelle.monuments-nationaux.fr/en)
Relaxing in the Bois de Boulogne
Pack a picnic and spend the day in the woodlands of the Bois de Boulogne on the western edge of Paris. Walk hand-in-hand through the Bagatelle rose garden, hire rowing boats or bicycles, or watch the horse races at Longchamp.
Monet’s water lilies at the Orangerie
Time seems to stand still when you enter the two oval rooms lined with Monet’s ethereal water lily paintings. The rooms were specially designed by Monet to display his luminous masterpieces.
Tuileries Gardens, 75001
Orangerie Museum Website (www.musee-orangerie.fr)
Monuments and statues at Père Lachaise Cemetery
The final resting place of famous Parisians, this cemetery in the eastern Paris quarter of Ménilmontant is crammed with angels and obelisks. Tree-lined avenues lead to the graves of songbird Edith Piaf, writer Colette and, of course, two of history’s most famous lovers, Abélard and Hélöise.
boulevard de Ménilmontant, 75020
Père Lachaise Cemetery Website (www.pere-lachaise.com)
Sunset cruise on the River Seine
Cruising the River Seine is an essential romantic Paris experience – especially at sunset. Paris lights up its monuments and bridges at night, and the riverboats are glass-lined for 360-degree views.
Bateaux Mouches Website (www.bateaux-mouches.fr)