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At once cosmopolitan, historic and effortlessly chic, Paris remains an unparalleled destination for romance — and honeymoons! The key to planning a mini honeymoon in the City of Light — whether it's your first visit or your fifth — is to not try to do it all. Instead, create a list of "must sees" together with your fiancé. Plan on getting to a couple of sites each day, but also take time for the small stuff: appreciating the views from your Parisian flat; lingering over un café au lait at a sidewalk cafe; strolling arm-in-arm on the Seine, and through the city streets, soaking it all in. Before you know it, Paris will have you swooning.
Thinking about splurging on an airline upgrade for your mini-moon? La Companie, the exclusively business class airline, operates a route between Newark-NYC and Paris with roundtrip airfares from $1,700, and promotional fares that can go even lower — not a bad option when economy seats can easily cost $1,200 roundtrip.
French company LeCab offers fixed-rate fares between the airport and central Paris (as well as around the city). Book in advance online or via wifi after you've landed and collected your luggage. On-demand car service Uber is also a great option for navigating your way to your romantic destination.
Live Like a Parisian
For a true taste of Parisian life, eschew traditional hotels for some of the city's more unique stays. Luxury apartment rental company Paris Perfect features elegantly appointed rentals and offers dedicated concierge services for booking restaurant reservations, excursions, and itinerary planning. Alternatively, BedandBreakfast.com has more than 65 full-fledged B&Bs in the Paris area; in addition to breakfast each morning, B&B proprietors are a wealth of local knowledge.
Boutique hotels in Paris are anything but ordinary. Christian Lacroix designed the interiors at Le Marais-based Hotel du Petit Moulin, where each of the 16 rooms has its own signature look. Also in the Marais, Hotel Dupont-Smith features just eight luxe rooms and suites with designer finishes including Phillipe Starck decor, Hermès wallpaper and Maison Martin Margiela bathrobes. The Hotel Les Bulles de Paris, a Champagne-themed boutique hotel located in the Latin Quarter, was designed with romantic escapades in mind.
Romantic Outings in the City of Light
There are an infinite number of ways to experience Paris. For a more intimate encounter, consider adding one of the city's smaller museums to your itinerary. The Picasso, Rodin or Gustave Moreau museums feature masterworks in elegant settings that are inevitably less crowded.
A picnic lunch in any one of Paris' iconic green spaces is always a good idea. Rue Mouffetard, affectionately known as "le Mouffe" by locals, is one of the city's most beloved market streets, home to many food shops and also a farmer's market in the morning. Shop and sample your way down the street before heading to nearby Luxembourg Gardens.
Consider booking a once-in-a-lifetime experience pour deux. Discover 7 Travel Services specializes in just such amenities. Two on offer in Paris include a private cooking class with a Parisian chef in the intimacy of his own home and a private tour of the Eiffel Tower after dark — no doubt the tower's sparkling light show is the perfect backdrop to a newlywed Champagne toast.