Paris, the Most Romantic City ?

Old Jun 30th, 2009, 06:19 PM
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Paris, the Most Romantic City ?

I have been once before as a single gal.
Now I am going in Sept with DH. He has never been to Europe.
Today a male friend told him it was the most romantic city in the world.
He wants to know if and or why any of you think it is also.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 06:58 PM
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I guess you will have to define "romantic." I have been to Paris 4 times and have yet to discover anything that inflamed my passions, other than a performance of the opera Turandot with Jane Eaglen, Franco Farina, and Patricia Racette.
I guess a performance by the Violins of France in Ste. Chapelle was a close second. We wer there the evening with the setting sun illuminating the stained glass windows. Eine Kleine Nachtmusic and The Four Seasons on the same program should be enough to get any Mozart-Vivaldi fan stirred up.

It was more the music than Paris that appealed to us.

I can name some other places and scenes that revved me up more. One was in Dalgallau in west Wales and the other was in Lauterbrunnen Switzerland.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 07:00 PM
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I think so, but the man you are with can only make it so or enhances it.
I had a friend who hated Paris as it was where her lover broke up with her.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 07:18 PM
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I adore Paris more than life but don't see it as a "romantic" place. While Venice is for lovers, Paris is perfect for solitude. In Paris, I always wanted to ditch all my travel companions and wander the city alone, so a while back I decided to make all my future Paris trips solo. (Maybe my romance is with the city itself, so any companion becomes a fifth wheel).
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 07:30 PM
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Gosh, no.

I find it stuffy, impersonal, and far too large to be considered romantic.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 07:38 PM
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It is a large city, but some areas of Paris are absolutely the most romantic places anywhere IMO.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 07:47 PM
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I've been 106 times and think it's the most romantic place on earth. How can you not just shrivel and die if you find yourself on the tip of the Ile de St-Louis with the best person in your life? Could you ever replicate that in Kansas?

Of course, there are a million other places in France that would qualify as romantic. And then there's Italy and all those other countries....
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 08:29 PM
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I would put Paris somewhere in the top 20.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 08:42 PM
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If you're there with someone you feel romantic about, Paris will seem romantic. I think that's true of many places.
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 10:04 PM
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Who cares about semantics? Call it romantic, lovely, intriguing, or whatever I'm sure you and your DH will have a wonderful time
Safe travels
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Old Jun 30th, 2009, 11:44 PM
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Anyone who deludes themselves there's such a place as "the most romantic place on earth" is a geek list-maker who really ought to audition for a part in a remake of "High Fidelity"

A dull - and largely hideous, though there are some nice bits in the middle - theme park at the best of times, Paris might be wonderful with the right companion. With a few overheated godchildren in tow in the middle of August, it's hell on earth.

But with the right person, Skelmersdale's pretty romantic too.
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Old Jul 1st, 2009, 04:47 AM
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Actually, the Pizza Garden in a suburb of Kenya was the most romantic place I personally have ever been. But it's all about the company you're with.
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Old Jul 1st, 2009, 04:48 AM
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Wow what a wide range of comments.

To define a romantic place, I guess, for me and my DH,
it would be somewhere where that stirs your senses and that is beautiful. Somewhere full of history, good food and wine.

Too funny, St.Cirq, Im from Kansas and I couldnt agree more.
The second I could drive away, I did.

Bob, the stained glass and the music sure sounded intreging.
St. Chappelle is on our list for sure.
Praying for sunny day to get full effect.

Madam,
I feel that way about Venice. It is intimate and private.

thanks wordteacher..

cigalechanta,
it just doesnt seem right to have someone break up with you in a place that has brought so much joy and love to others.
I hope your friend have found someone twice as good.

Flanneruk, I would never travel in August or with small children...
and where's Skelmersdale ??

Rather than tackle alot of museums...
(we going to d'Orsay and Rodin Sculpture Garden Only)
we have decided that several hours each day will be spent on the Isles or by Seine, at a cafe imbibimg and people watching.

For those that have done Degas Marias Walk, where would be a romantic place to stop to get a drink and snack?

Also, whats your favorite bakery in the 4th, 5th, 6th?
We plan to walk alot this summer so we can induldge.

thanks
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Old Jul 1st, 2009, 05:31 AM
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Hi jet,

>Paris, the Most Romantic City ? <

For some people, yes.

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Old Jul 1st, 2009, 05:34 AM
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Ira,
is it for you and your dear wife?
if so, why?
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re >

That's interesting Jetsetj; I'll have to revisit Venice in my "Paris mode" and find that side of it.

re >

OK, romance wasn't my department, but baked goods, now we're talking! In the 4th, get the twisty "Callas" (named after Maria) bread from Boulangerie Legay Choc (45, Rue Ste Croix la Bretonnerie)-- crusty outside, soft and chewy inside. http://images32.fotki.com/v1065/phot...11B1220-vi.jpg

From there, walk three blocks up rue du Temple into the 3eme for Pain de Sucre on rue Rambuteau and gawk at the colorful cakes in the window. Try the gold-leafed "Miss Marple" http://images31.fotki.com/v1051/phot...11B0973-vi.jpg

Continue west on Rambuteau to the corner of rue St. Martin for Boulangerie Béatrix. Best almond croissants out of the half dozen bakeries I tried in this area. And many other goodies.

Then walk to Rue Montorgueil in the 2eme. At Stohrer (oldest bakery), get their specialty, the "Puits d'amour". It's small and pricy but tastes divine. http://images34.fotki.com/v1149/phot...11A9931-vi.jpg

In the 5eme, Patisserie Bon near the Pantheon for gorgeous cakes and a caramelized onion tart.
http://images42.fotki.com/v1380/phot...11B6399-vi.jpg
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Also try bags of fresh chouquettes from any bakery.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2009, 02:27 AM
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Yes.

For her qualities that can not be quantified.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2009, 05:20 AM
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I do not associate Paris with romance. I do associate Yonkers Raceway with romance. But that's just me.
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Old Jul 2nd, 2009, 07:05 AM
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Hi J,

>is it for you and your dear wife?
if so, why?<

I don't think that my Lady Wife is as fond of Paris as I. She certainly doesn't share my liking for Naples.

Paris is the most alive, vibrant, interesting and exciting city I have ever visited. Romance, I think, encompasses above.

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That sound like it was one hell of a trifecta, NIkki!!!!
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