This photo was taken in 2002 on a visit to Paris and before I had a digital camera. Appropriately for this Valentine's Day post you can see that "luv" themed graffiti decorated the construction walls around the Eiffel Tower. I was back in Paris in 2008 with a better camera, so decided to share some possibilities for spending the day with your sweetheart in this most romantic of cities. (Click on the collages to enlarge.)
Row 1 L-R: view the River Seine and city from the top observation deck of the Eiffel Tower; watch school children dressed in traditional French smocks playing in the park; take a city tour by bus.
Row 2 L-R: shop on the very fashionable Champs Elysees; view the city from the Eiffel Tower; have lunch in a cafe.
Row 3 L-R: walk through the park near Eiffel Tower; driver in Paris traffic; check out the cafe menu for a coffee and croissant break.
Late Afternoon and Evening
Row 1 L-R: men get a Parisian haircut; check out the sidewalk scene, including these gendarmes; take a cruise on the River Seine in a glass-topped boat.
Row 2 L-R: buy your sweetheart some flowers; enjoy the beautiful architecture; drive by the Eiffel Tower at night.
Row 3 L-R: buy some fancy French chocolates, browse the book stalls along the Seine; and, finally, end your day in the City of Love with an authentic cabaret show at La Nouvelle Eve (see the cancan and be prepared to be just a bit shocked!).
Hope you've enjoyed this little fantasy tour and that you have a great Valentine's Day where ever you are.