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5 of the most romantic spots in Paris

Feb 14, 2012, 6 a.m.

Who says romance is only for the young? Lovers of any age can attest to the fact that Paris is one of the world's most romantic cities. Whether the trip is for a second honeymoon or summer vacation, Paris offers a plethora of secluded spots and romantic neighborhoods that are sure to bring out the mushiest of emotions. When planning a trip to Paris with that special someone, be sure to visit one of more of these romantic spots.

The left bank of the Seine. If a stroll along Paris' left bank doesn't make a couple gooey-eyed, they're not really trying. The river embankment here features a photo-ready view of Notre Dame Cathedral (lovely in all seasons), historic stone bridges and, when the weather's right, lines of bouquinistes, the uniquely-Parisian mobile booksellers.

The Eiffel Tower. The number one attraction in Paris draws throngs of tourists, but it's still romantic. The 1063-foot symbol of Paris offers sweeping 360-degree views of the city. If splurging, make a reservation at the Michelin-one-star restaurant Le Jules Verne on the tower's second level.

A sidewalk cafe in Montmartre. Once home to artists like Renoir, Degas and Picasso, Montmartre (literally "the hill of Martyrs") towers over the city of Paris. Take the funicular up the steep incline and wander the cobblestone streets before settling down for a three-course lunch at Chez Catherine or one of the other cafes the line the Place du Tertre. After lunch, visit the Dali Museum, just off the square.

The Ile Saint Louis. Located in the middle of the Seine, just behind the Ile de la Cite and Notre Dame Cathedral, the Ile Saint Louis is a charming enclave with some of the most expensive and historic real estate in Paris. Stroll along the cobblestone streets of this small island and savor the architecture and the river views. Be sure to stop at Berthillon for ice cream. It's some of the best in the world.

A dinner cruise on the Seine. The exquisite views of the Seine River are one of the things that earn Paris high marks as the world's cities of love. One of the most romantic ways to enjoy this scenery is from a glass-topped boats that ply the river's waters. Many offer dinner cruises with dancing under the stars. How romantic is that?

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