About Victoria C
Lives in Paris, France
Since Sep. 2013
25-34 year old female
I'm a modern day explorer, always on the lookout for my next adventure (or restaurant). I now live and work in Paris, where I'm constantly discovering new places and corners even after all these years. I love the train, the open road and eating good food in good company.
Architectural Buildings, History Museums, Castles, Historic Sites, Gardens
Architectural Buildings, Art Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Jazz Clubs & Bars
Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Sacred & Religious Sites
Neighbourhoods, Bodies of Water, Points of Interest & Landmarks
Starting the day off with French pastries is a melt-in-the-mouth experience which feeds the senses as well as your hunger. La Pâtisserie des Rêves (The Patisserie of Dreams) lives up to its name. Walking in, you won't know where to turn first, spoilt for choice among the colourful pieces of heaven on display. The great thing is you'll be able to buy at least one each and share the delicious fun!
The Palace of Versailles, a royal chateau which dates from the 17th century, is a beautiful monument to French history. It's also a grand place that offers plenty of opportunities for a relaxing day out. For the ultimate romantic experience, head straight to the gardens. Here you can wander around the grand and the modest to find small hiding places and escape the others who have made the trip out. There are also plenty of places to share a meal or a drink together, including the restaurant La Flotille next to the Grand Canal, as well as Angelina's (a world famous café) with a terrace and take away.
All great cosy restaurants are located down hidden alleyways and this one happens to offer delicious Italian food - why not combine the romanticism of Rome and Paris? Not far from Bastille and just out of the way of tourist traps, Cafe dei Cioppi has ten tables to welcome you for the start of your evening. On the menu, you'll find authentic flavoursome dishes such as Tuscan Panzanella and Risotto with sausage and saffron, followed by heavenly deserts to sweeten your palette. Reservations essential!
By day, the Louvre is one of the largest museums in the world, offering you around 35,000 objects of art to explore. By night, it's lit up to give you a beautiful place to walk around, hand in hand - perhaps after you've been for a wander along the Seine or gone for a drink in the Marché Saint Honoré.
Good jazz and delicious drinks will always get you in the mood. Le Caveau des Oubliettes is a lively jazz den hiding under an unsuspecting bar. Not far from Saint Michel and Notre Dame, this is a great place to head to after you've enjoyed a picnic on the Quai de Montebello. They play live music every evening, and there's no entrance fee.
What is Paris without the Eiffel Tower? Climb it, have a picnic beneath it, stare at it lovingly from afar while sipping wine from a terrace. Whatever you do, make sure you include it in your weekend. Around the Eiffel Tower you'll also find the Champ de Mars which is a great park both during the day and early evening.
The Grand Mosque of Paris is not only a religious centre but a restaurant, tea room, hammam (Turkish baths) and souk (market place) - all in a small tree-filled mosaic courtyard. The tea room serves some of the most wonderful mint tea that, when served with delicacies such as baklava and lokum (Turkish Delight), will take you right into another world.
This has got to be the most romantic park in Paris. Positioned at the northeast peak of the city, Parc des Buttes Chaumont offers views straight into the centre and around. That is, if you need to look out. The park itself is a hilly, country-like paradise with paths, a lake, waterfalls and a small Greek-like temple in the centre (which you can climb up to). There are spaces for picnics and strolls and there's a great bar, the Rosa Bonheur, in the southeast corner.
There are many quays along the Seine, but I'm sure this is the most romantic. Here you have a view straight up over Notre Dame and her beautifully lit architectural form. In the early evening, just before dusk, this is a perfect place for a Parisian picnic and a first kiss.
Enter into a dimly lit bar with silk fabrics hanging from the ceilings and cosy sofas to cuddle up with your partner. Here you can eat and drink, but whatever you do you have to try the cocktails. La Conserverie whips up classic cocktails, cocktails of the house and cocktails of the season. If you're not sure what to choose, just ask the expert staff. Then, you can savour the flavours in tea cups and tall glasses as you snuggle up to your loved one.
The Canal Saint Martin is made for romantic walks. It's speckled with bars and restaurants that you can hide in, or you can picnic by the water's edge and even get a takeaway pizza delivered straight to your picnic place.
If you want to splash out on a meal, head to Kong. Right in the centre of Paris, this glorious restaurant sits under a rooftop, glass ceiling. The food is luxurious and the décor magnificent.
In the heart of the Bois de Vincennes is the Daumesnil Lake, in the middle of which you'll find the Temple of Love. Here you can hire a small rowing boat for a romantic waterside adventure.
Rodin's sculptures are full of emotion. You can literally feel the love, fear and questioning that goes on behind the bronze and marble forms. For anyone in love, you should see 'The Kiss' up close to truly understand it. The rest of the museum is of course beautiful too, and the gardens are a lovely haven full of Rodin's work.