Originally posted on The Huffington Post on Aug 11, 2014
As we head into summer, a great romantic travel destination is France. Everyone knows that Paris is the city for lovers and that the entire country is full of amour. However, sometimes a couple wants more romance than a kiss at the top of the Eiffel Tower or while sunning on the Mediterranean in St Tropez.
Here are 10 unique places to say your I love you’s in France this summer:
1. While meandering down a cobblestone street in St Paul de Vence. St Paul de Vence is just up above the hustle and bustle of Cannes and Juan le Pins, but it feels like it world’s apart. The whole town is perched on a hill and very few cars drive thru as most people make their way on foot. A great place to say I love you in this town is at the outdoor restaurant of the hotel Le St Paul. It overlooks the entire town and the rooms make you feel like you are in a little castle.
Le Saint Paul
2. In the Fondation Maeght sculpture garden. I love modern art and particularly large outdoor sculpture gardens like this one at Fondation Maeght in St Paul de Vence. Bring along a bottle of wine, a baguette and fromage, so you can create a romantic picnic for you and your beau and share that great place to say I love you.
3. Overlooking the sea in Corsica. Not considered a touristy as South of France,Corsica is a great romantic alternative for a beach getaway. The weather is beautiful, the drives are picturesque.
And hotels like The Sofitel Golfe d’Ajaccio with it’s romantic location, beautiful sunsets and view of the sea are a great place to say I love you.
4. In a vineyard in Bordeaux. Bordeaux is full of magical romantic vineyards that appeal to every palate. I love stopping by a vineyard or two in the various regions which are not only known for their wines but also for their beauty. Definitely head toMargaux and checked out Chateau Kirwan and Chateau Dauzac, then head to Paulliac to to explore the famous Lynch Bages. We found our favorite place to say I love youunder the topiary arch in the gardens of Chateau Beychevelle in St Julien.
5. In a countryside restaurant. While in wine country, no visit would be complete without splurging on a traditional french dinner. We went to many places but our favorite was at Château Cordeillan-Bages. I love you will spill from your lips as you sit staring out at their vineyard while luxuriating in Chef Jean Luc Rocha unforgettable 2 Michelin star fare which included langoustines two ways in tomato puree and in pistachio crust and a one of a kind chocolate trolley for dessert. Can we say food coma?
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