It is always a good time to visit Paris. To fall in love in Paris. To let it show us that it is still the city of love. We all know (if only for literature and cinema) the Eiffel Tower, the Notre Dame cathedral or the Louvre pyramid, but today we want to get closer to those corners that are more unknown but perfect to believe in love again and again.
Moulin de la Galette
In Montmartre there is more than the Sacré-Cœur Basilica or the Place du Tertre. The Moulin de la Galette is, as the name implies, a mill, located on the most famous hill in Paris. When he lost his original function, it became a party room, frequented by Renoir (who immortalized him in his unforgettable painting Bal du moulin de la Galette), Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh or Picasso. With some macabre history behind it, and currently closed to the public, It has a romantic halo that can only be understood if you walk under the shadow of its blades at dusk.
Hôtel de Ville Square
The Paris City Hall square could be romantic for a lot of reasons, but none is as famous as having become the scenario of the most famous kiss in history: the immortalized by Robert Doisneau in his mythical photograph. Mentioned in Our Lady of paris, by Victor Hugo, and setting of the first executions for guillotine during the French Revolution, today is one of the favorite entertainment centers of Parisians and visitors.
Rodin Museum Gardens
And, speaking of kisses, we reached Rodin, of course. The Rodin museum is located in the heart of Paris, near the Alexander Bridge and Les Invalides. The interior is worth a visit, but the gardens of this particular mansion converted into an art center are the true haven of peace and romanticism. Among some of his most famous sculptures, and with privileged views of the Eiffel tower and the dome of Les Invalides, we can think of few better places to spend a few hours in Paris.
The Île aux Cygnes ("Swan Island") is less famous than the Île de la Cité or the Île Saint-Louis, with which it shares space on the Seine, but keeps one of the most recognizable views of Paris for visitors : the silhouette of the Statue of Liberty, twin to the New Yorker. Three bridges link this island with both banks of the city. its particular configuration (it is 850 meters long by only 11 wide at the widest point) and the tree-lined walk that runs through it gives it a romantic halo in which no, we won't find swans. They existed in their day, by royal mandate, but they have not reached our time.
Tomb of Chopin in the cemetery of Père Lachaise
A cemetery may not seem like the ideal place to experience romanticism, but ... Paris is different. And the Père Lachaise cemetery, the most famous in the capital, is an indispensable pilgrimage site. Few places in the world honor so many figures in the art world: poets, painters and musicians ... like Frédéric Chopin. Chopin died in Paris, from tuberculosis, death romantic quintessential 19th century, and his wish was to be remembered forever in this place. Its melancholy is perceived in the marble tomb, always full of flowers and in the profile of the sculpture of the Greek muse of music, Euterpe, which decorates it.
Medici Fountain in the Luxembourg Garden
Located in the Latin Quarter, the Luxembourg gardens are probably the favorite green area of Parisians. On one side of the palace that presides over them, we find the Medici fountain, built in 1630 by María de Médici, regent of Louis XIII. An elongated pond, topped by a fountain several meters high and mythological motifs, permanently taken by the verdín and blackened by the passage of time, which give it that decadent air that only Paris can make romantic.
Place des Vosges
The place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris, located in the Marais, perhaps the liveliest neighborhood in the city, throughout the different stages of its history. It is a huge but quiet square, surrounded by 36 symmetric red brick pavilions in whose ground floor are some of the city's most charming cafes and avant-garde art galleries. Its center is presided by a forest of lime trees, decorated by fountains and statues. Victor Hugo was his most famous resident.
Pont des Arts
We go to the most visited Paris and stop at the Bridge of the Arts, the pedestrian walkway that connects the Institute de France with the Louvre Museum. It has always been considered the most romantic bridge in Paris, for its views of Notre-Dame and for having appeared in different artistic representations, like in Hopscotch, from Cortázar, for example.
But it was precisely romanticism that almost killed him. The custom of fixing padlocks to their railings as a symbol of love (popularized by Federico Moccia's novel I desire you) endangered the stability of the bridge, as more than 700,000 came into existence, with the weight that entails. In 2015, the City Council decided to remove them and save, thus, the favorite bridge of Parisians.
The Île Saint-Louis
And not far from the Pont des Arts we will reach the island of Saint Louis, the haven of peace par excellence of Paris. Although it is increasingly popular among tourists, in its streets you can still breathe a peace and silence that make it seem incredible that some of the most visited places in the city are just a few steps away. Berthillon ice cream, sitting on the walls from which the Seine can be seen, with Notre-Dame in the foreground and the Eiffel tower in the background, is the ideal plan to end a romantic day in Paris.
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