Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Country Highlights: Paris- The City of Lights and Love

French Couple

According to the laws of conservation, certain things cannot be created nor destroyed. Although these laws are aimed towards scientific purposes, I believe that they can also apply to love.

March has come and February has left. The month of love, has become a thing of the past; Valentine's Day candies have been eaten, themed decorations have been put away, and the flowers that were given have now died. But just because we have moved on from the season of celebrating love, it does not mean that love itself has died, especially in the capital of love: Paris!

Hundreds, even thousands of couples choose Paris every year for a romantic get away. Wherever you go, you'll be able to find couples, local and foreign, enjoying of the enchanting sites and streets of the city, maybe sitting together at a café sharing a croissant, or admiring masterpieces at the Louvre. Paris's statues, as the capital of love is no secret. But what is it about Paris that makes it so breathtaking?

In a recent visit to Paris, a young couple approached me at the Basilique du Sacré Coeur and asked me to take a picture of them. I took this as an opportunity to reveal the mystery behind Paris's romantic magic.

irish Couple

"There isn't a particular thing that makes Paris a romantic city," explained the young Irish woman, "It's like an all inclusive packet; you have the great cuisine, the simple yet beautiful architecture, the amazing views, the classic fashion, the history and art, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower. You can never forget about the Eiffel tower."

Enchanted by their own descriptions,  they ended the interview and left me free to roam the streets of Montmartre, a district of artists. There I found various couples, willing to be interviewed. When asked about what make's Paris a romantic city, they all mentioned the lights as a factor.

"There's nothing more romantic than walking during the night with the streets to yourselves, with the lights shining bright, and the splendour of our monuments looking over you," explained one Parisian guy, "It's almost intimate, even for us."

An accessory store owner also stated that what makes Paris romantic is that you find love "everywhere, and in any form". It doesn't matter if you're married, separated, single, or in a relationship; traveling alone or with someone. If you are on the look for a captivating vacation, Paris is definitely the place to go!

By: Nadia Rendón