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How to spend Valentine’s Day in the city of love ?

The city of love, so long associated with romance of a rather canned and cliché variety, has so much more in store than the movies show. If you’re lucky enough to spend Valentine's Day in Paris with someone you love, you're not likely to come away disappointed. That is, on at least one important condition: you have to keep your eyes and mind open to the capital's particular magic, and suspend some of your expectations for things to go a "certain" way. After all, perfection is the enemy of the good, and during these pandemic times things do get harder when it comes to outside activities.

Activities during the Covid-19 situation are hard to be do, but there is always the option of getting a special gift for your loved one . If you can’t go to Paris, the city of love , you can purchase and gift the ”My French Country Home” the magazine, which will give you the same feeling of being in France . So do consider this option as we continue sharing some activity ideas you can do in Paris. Even if the French capital seems to have romantic magic inside it, planning ahead for your special day is essential. Here you can find some activities to make your day a little bit more special and not that much of a cliché :

1- Book a Seine River Dinner Cruise

One of the most popular activities for couples on Valentine's Day? Taking a romantic dinner cruise on the Seine River. It's obviously and indisputably appealing: you can take in some of Paris' most-iconic sights and attractions while you enjoy a full menu of French or continental-style dishes, served with wine or even champagne. Soft candlelight and even live music are common features on many cruises. As you drift under beautiful bridges and pass by sights such as Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Louvre, enjoy the soft play of city light reflecting on the water, and get a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower looming in near or far-distance.

2-Go on a Chocolate-Tasting Tour of the City

Chocolate and Valentine's Day are pretty inseparable in most people's minds, right? While we don't think you need an excuse to explore the finest chocolate shops and makers in Paris, you get a free pass on February 14th or the days around it.

Many of the best chocolate makers are found in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district and the Marais neighborhood. Pick one neighborhood or both and go on a self-guided tour of the chocolate shops. Buy a couple of "bouchées" (individual pieces) to enjoy together while walking around, or with afternoon coffee. Make sure to consider bringing secretly a box home too !

3-Have a Drink at One of These Secret Parisian Bars

For some couples, the idea of nursing creative cocktails in a "secret"-style bar somewhere in Paris sounds like the height of romance. Luckily, this is on-trend: several charming little bars have popped up around the city in recent years, many located behind "secret" doors.

Here, the city's most creative mixologists serve up cocktails. Head out together for a drink or two at one of the best-hidden bars in Paris, order a gorgeous tipple, and sink back into a comfy sofa or armchair together, taking in the heavy hum of conversation and music. We are listing some of them : Moonshiner , La Mezcaleria , The Library Bar , Little Red Door, Silencio ect..

4- Shop for the Perfect Parisian Perfume

If you're both in to traditional Valentine's Day gifts but prefer to have input from your sweetheart before you take the plunge, Paris is the perfect place to shop for unique and elegant perfumes. It's one of the world capitals of unique and even entirely personalized fragrances, and there are plenty of beautiful boutiques where staff are more than happy to help you choose or blend the scent that really speaks to you.

Some of the best scent-makers, including Diptyque and Serge Lutens, are masters at producing excellent unisex scents, too. Who says you have to find a boring scent that automatically says "man" or "woman?" Let your imagination and olfactory joy guide you in choosing the right one. You can even take an excursion together to the Fragonard Perfume Museum, a free collection that explores the history of scent-making. After touring the collections, visitors can peruse the shop or even take part in perfume-making workshops.

5- Enjoy Panoramic Views of the City

Get up there with your sweetheart to enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Paris. Whether from La Tour Eiffel, the rooftop at the Centre Pompidou, Montparnasse, Montmartre or Notre Dame, there are plenty of spots where you can enjoy sweeping perspectives ,sometimes for free !

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