1.Horse and Carriage
Create your very own European Fairytale and hire the services of a Horse and Carriage. Hoofs clip clopping on cobble-stoned streets at a yesteryears pace as you drink in the moment amidst a Paris back drop, whilst sipping Champagne, and devouring chocolates. With endless location options for a proposal, the hardest question may just be deciding which monument to romance suits you best when popping the question. For inspiration on which carriages are available, the below link offers several choices, including the glass carriage called, “The Cinderella. (I’m yet to ride in this one). http://www.manstouch.com/horse-and-carriage.html
This photo of Paris Horse and Carriage Rides is courtesy of TripAdvisor
2. Yachts de Paris
Aboard a luxury yacht, gently cruise the River Seine whilst in the luxury of an intimate setting. A degustation dinner is served with or without beverage, and transport services to and from port can be arranged with a range of vehicle options available. Please be aware, Parisians are very fond of children (well behaved ones), and at time of publishing (06/02/14) Yachts de Paris does permit children aboard for dining. http://www.yachtsdeparis.fr/individuals.html
3. Pont des Arts
Script a grandiose proposal speech and on bended knee propose on the famous Lovers Lock Bridge, Pont des Arts. Be sure to bring a padlock to attach and seal your love whilst on the bridge, proceeded by the customary tossing of the key into the River Seine.
4. Fairytale, Balcony Proposal
For the big spenders, consider a balcony proposal from the heights of Four Seasons George V, with the Eiffel Tower twinkling in the background. Private butler, combined with the knowledgeable and professional concierge staff at your disposal, anything from flowers to tailored services will make this occasion an unforgettable memory. http://www.fourseasons.com/paris/ http://www.dorchestercollection.com/en/paris/hotel-plaza-athenee
Four Seasons George V
Whisk her away to a Fairytale Hotel, where service and beauty dovetail, and the ordinary becomes extraordinary at George V.
5. Progressive Sweet Treat Stroll
For the lads with sweet tooth ladies, commence your tantalising sensory stroll at anyone number of chocolateries that Paris is so famous for. From the once is never enough Jacques Genin, found in the third arrondissment of Paris, make your way at your leisure on a self guided exploration towards Pierre Herme (master Macaron and Pastry chef). Then continue on to discover Jean-Paul Hevin located along the ritzy rue Saint-Honore street, and before you decide you have committed choco-cide stop in at award winning Christian Constants Chocolaterie, conveniently located in close proximity to Luxembourg Gardens. Take your sample of goodies, along with picnic rug and champagne, and be at one with the birds and bees. Oh! Whatever you do, in amongst all the distractions of sweet treat purchasing, don’t forget the ring! On a side note, Dani Roses is a show stopping floral genius, guaranteed to leave her oohing and arghing, if the ring fails to do so. The boutique is open Monday to Saturday from 10am – 8pm, and Saturday 10am – 2pm and located at 239-241 rue Saint-Honore in the 1st Arr. for purchasing the perfect floral arrangement.
(Above Image, Photo Credit to Grey Publishing)
6. Food Fantasy
For the men with a foodie aficionado, grab an empty picnic basket as you’ve found yourself in the perfect city for a proposal. For something unique and out of the ordinary, create a mood of celebration, exploration and discovery as you scour the city for the finest frommage (cheese) and wine together. Preparation is the key, so do your research before hand on what types of wine she may like, otherwise you may find yourself drowning in choice. Together, venture through an early morning market (TripAdvisor have plenty of suggestions), and be sure to visit a Boulangerie (bakery) and Patisserie for sweet treats. Some of my favourites for quality and beauty include, Cafe Pouchkine, Fauchon, Artisan Eric Kayser, Pierre Herme, Du Pain et Des Idees (amazing!!), and Cantin Frommagerie. With your basket of goodies, choose from the many parks and gardens in Paris, or along the River Seine (Spring or Summer), and together partake in a Food Fantasy. A surprise ring in a decorative macaron box from Laduree or Pierre Herme is unique and makes for a beautiful sentimental keepsake.
Photo Credit: Courtesy of Marie Anne’s Cantin Face Book Page.
7. Cedric’s CV Tours
On a clear cold Paris morning in November, I had the pleasure of meeting Cedric, both owner and driver of Cedric’s CV Tours. I am horrified to think that I came so close to cancelling this tour, and am thrilled to report that this experience exceeded my expectations. Chauffeured in an authentic 1982 Citroen (with a roof down option) Cedric is every bit the professional and gentleman, and offers an extensive selection of tours.
Rise with the sun and Cedric will pick you up from your hotel, guiding you to the most romantic hide aways, beyond the tourist track. Born and bred in Paris, he is a local fire fighter by day, so you can count on his expert knowledge of the streets, and excellent command of the English language. He is a wealth of information, and I strongly encourage you to read the glowing reviews on TripAdvisor for this service.
Cuddled up in the rear of his vehicle, you can customise the tour, tailored to your needs, or at time of booking choose from the pre-set selection. Night tours add a heightened sense of drama to your proposal, as Paris comes to life with thousands of twinkling lights illuminating the city. Champagne, roses and chocolate stops, are all an option in the name of Love. Two of my favourite hidden treasures include rue Montmartre in the first Arrondissment and Place Dauphine, towards the western end of Ile de la Cite. Removed from the tourist trappings, serenity and respite hallmark this public triangular shaped square, making your proposal understated, yet intimate. Simply put, Place Dauphine is more about the moment of just ‘you and her’, (void of the fan-fare, clichéd distractions, ).
These photos of Place Dauphine are courtesy of TripAdvisor