A couple embrace in Le Progres on Rue des Trois Freres in Montmartre, a neighborhood bar that retains its old fashioned charm despite being in an area so popular with tourists. The French have genes inherited from the Celts, the Basques, the Romans, the Franks and the Normands (originally from Denmark), as well as a wave of more recent immigration from former colonies in Africa and Indochina, producing a wide diversity in appearance.
Valentine's Day - Travel Tips

5 awesome cities to visit for Valentine's Day

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Valentine's Day - Travel Tips 5 awesome cities to visit for Valentine's Day

Romance...passion...endless fretting about the most romantic place to eat. Yes, it's time for Valentine's Day.

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To give you a helping hand, we've scoured the streets of five cities. Don't worry: we have you covered.

New York

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George Washington Bridge, & Empire State Building, Mid-town Manhattan, New York, USA Photo by Peter Adams

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Peter Adams

George Washington Bridge, & Empire State Building, Mid-town Manhattan, New York, USA

When a city has it all, it's got Valentine's Day sorted. The problem with New York isn't finding something to do on February 14: it's narrowing down your options.

If the weather's good, a stroll through one of the city's many beautiful green spaces - Central Park, of course but also Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden - is something not to miss. Our resident NYC expert picks out Prospect Park: and if I were you, I wouldn't argue with her.

Excursions not your thing? Lucky you: you're in New York. Try out the city's oldest watering hole, get down and dirty in Chinatown, or head to one of NYC's best rooftop bars.

Lisbon

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A city with such a rich art scene needs a space to discuss it. Here, students mingle inside the Café A Brasileira a masterpiece itself. Designed in the art deco style, it has both an antiquated charm and chic urbanity, with mosaic floors, mirrored walls, and ornamental friezes further adorning its 19th century oak-paneled bar. Photo by Jurjen Drenth

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Jurjen Drenth

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A city with such a rich art scene needs a space to discuss it. Here, students mingle inside the Café A Brasileira a masterpiece itself. Designed in the art deco style, it has both an antiquated charm and chic urbanity, with mosaic floors, mirrored walls, and ornamental friezes further adorning its 19th century oak-paneled bar.

The Portuguese capital is arguably Europe's underrated gem.

Its old, refined neighborhood of Chiado is also ridiculously romantic. Spend your afternoon there, then go to Bairro Alto for drinks and dancing.

And if you're headed there this Valentine's, don't forget to read our expert's 3-day Lisbon guide.

Paris

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Built as the entrance to the International Exposition of 1889, engineer Gustave Eiffel’s Tower was described as “a truly tragic street lamp” and was supposed to stay up for only 20 years. “Sold” twice for scrap by a con man in the 1920s, it is now an icon of Paris and still the city’s tallest building as well as the most visited paid-for monument on the planet. Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

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Built as the entrance to the International Exposition of 1889, engineer Gustave Eiffel’s Tower was described as “a truly tragic street lamp” and was supposed to stay up for only 20 years. “Sold” twice for scrap by a con man in the 1920s, it is now an icon of Paris and still the city’s tallest building as well as the most visited paid-for monument on the planet.

The city of romance: walks along the Siene, views from the Sacré-Cœur, and incredible wine from absolutely anywhere.

For a less typical Valentine's Day, stay in and around the 11th arrondissement. It's still popular with tourists but has a real local vibe, and some of the best restaurants in the city.

If you can get a table, check out Clamato, Astier and Le Servan; for a classic Paris afternoon, head to Le Marais in the 3rd and 4th arroindisements.

Florence

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Florence is the capital of Tuscany and has a population of 380,000, with some 1.5 million people in the metropolitan area. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, which has left a rich legacy of art and architecture, it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Photo by Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

Jurjen Drenth

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Florence is the capital of Tuscany and has a population of 380,000, with some 1.5 million people in the metropolitan area. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, which has left a rich legacy of art and architecture, it is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

A city so beautiful that its art even has a syndrome named after it: Stendhal syndrome, the feeling of becoming dizzy, confused, and maybe even hallucinating, in the presence of Florentine art.

Not a bad sell for a Valentine's Day date.

And Florence is absolutely stunning. The city's neighborhood of Duomo is the perfect place to woo your beloved. For something quieter and equally romantic, head to The Oltrarno.

Prague

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The Old Town Square, between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge, is famous for its medieval Astronomical Clock – the oldest still working. Dating to 1410, the clock shows a parade of the Apostles every hour from 9am to 9pm. Photo by Peter Adams

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Peter Adams

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The Old Town Square, between Wenceslas Square and the Charles Bridge, is famous for its medieval Astronomical Clock – the oldest still working. Dating to 1410, the clock shows a parade of the Apostles every hour from 9am to 9pm.

The Czech capital has many nicknames, including 'The City of Love'. Prague's picturesque Old Town is home to the oldest working clock in the world; the New Town (not so new: it got the name in 1348) is home to the ciy's beautiful botanical garden.

Spend your Valentine's Day afternoon in one of our handpicked Prague cafes, and your partner won't be disappointed.

 

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