Paris is the city of love and is a great destination for a romantic break for two when the winter chill begins. With world class art and unrivalled gastronomy, there are few better places to spend a long weekend.
Paris has stunning architecture and walking its streets in winter is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon. Stroll down the River Seine to the Eiffel tower, which becomes illumined by thousands of lights when night falls. The Avenue des Champs-Élysées is also a great place to enjoy the Christmas fervour, as the road leading down to the famous arch is like a winter wonderland of light and colour. The best views of the city can be viewed from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in the Montmartre district. From here you can stop by the Café des 2 Moulins, the café made famous by the cult film Amelie,for a warming cup of hot chocolate and a French patisserie. The giant Louvre museum with its famous pyramid is also a great day out, and contains miles of paintings upon its walls including Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
French cuisine is world famous and Paris is its epicentre. What many forget, however, is that many of the small bistros have been taken over by chains proffering average-at-best food for exorbitant prices. Avoid the tourist traps and head to the independent brasserie La Stella, where you will find an inviting atmosphere and a menu of French classics including steak au poivre, moules-marinieres, escargots, and delicious French onion soup. Finish it off with its range of fine patisserie and a warming brandy. If you’re a fish lover then head to the Saint Germain des Pres eatery,Huitrerie Regis, for its speciality of oysters, in addition to sweet langoustines and lobsters. There are also a range of more upmarket offerings, such as the three Michelin-starred Le Meurice or the renowned L’Astrance. If you have ever read Ernest Hemingway’s ode to Paris entitled‘A Moveable Feast’, then head to his favourite haunt the Deco La Rotonde brasserie for a seafood platter and a glass of ice-cold white wine. If in doubt, the best advice for finding good food in any city is to do as the locals do.
There are a range of Christmas markets in Paris, most notably the Place Saint-Germain- des-Prés where you will find a selection of Christmas goods along with Crepe stalls, mulled wine, and a host of other sweet Parisian treats. Paris is also famous for its fashion, and plenty of top-end boutiques, such as Chanel on Rue Cambon, can be found in the city as well as numerous department stores. Notre Dame also leaps into life at Christmas, where you can find choir displays throughout the run up to the main event as well as Midnight mass on Christmas Eve.
A New Year’s party
With a fine meal, a glass or two of Champagne, and good company, New Year in Paris will be a welcome change and a memorable experience for all. The most romantic spot is the Sacré-Cœur Basilica in the Montmartre district. Here you will get panoramic views of fireworks, spectacle, and an exultant city where millions of party goers are celebrating the night away. Crowds also linger around the Eiffel Tower and the Champs Elysées, where you can be surrounded by revellers, lights, and celebratory music.
Winter breaks in Paris are an ideal getaway when the colder weather hits, so book your tickets now and head off for a weekend of wonder and merriment.
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