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Romance is in the air.
With St. Valentine’s Day just around the corner and not much time left to plan, you can still show your partner that it’s more than the thought that counts by whisking them off over the Channel and saying ‘Je t’aime’ in one of Europe’s most romantic capitals. Hop on a fast train from London, or board a flight from any of the capital’s airports; getting to Paris couldn’t be easier.
Die-hard romantics, apart from all the well known sites, can take that special person to Montmartre's Wall of Love to read amorous declarations in 300 different languages, before heading off to a nearby bistro for a candlelit dinner.
Take in an amorous Impressionist exhibition. You’re still in time to catch the ‘Monet: son Musée’ exhibition at the Musée Marmottan (2 rue Louis Boilly, www.marmottan.com), which finishes on the 20th of February. Gaze with your loved one at the ‘Impression, Soleil Levant’, the sunrise view that gave its name to Impressionism. The exhibition’s paintings represent all the significant stages of Monet’s life’s work, including the famous paintings inspired by his Giverny garden.
Finally, visit the Petit Trianon chateau in the grounds of Versailles, commissioned by Louis XV in 1762 as a monument to love for his mistress, Madame de Pompadour. It was later given by a young Louis XVI to his bride, Marie Antoinette, reports Budget Travel, where she escaped from the formality of court life, and was rumored to receive her lovers. See her lantern adorned with diamonds and symbols of Cupid, and the mirrored shutters in her private quarters which deflected prying eyes, either as part of a complete Versailles tour or independently (en.chateauversailles.fr)