France is one of the world's most romantic countries, and within its boundaries there are several cities that are perfect for couples. Planning a honeymoon or a special getaway with your sweetheart? Use this list as your guide.
St. Paul de Vence is a charming hilltop fortified village in Provence, filled with art galleries, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. It's hard to find something ugly about this quaint village. A walk through its winding streets reveals elegant fountains, vine-covered stone walls and statues tucked into nooks in the walls. There are breathtaking views of mountains and sea. As a bonus, it's five minutes from Vence, featuring a church designed by the artist Matisse.
If you and your honey are the outdoorsy types, hit Montsegur to climb the famed Pog mountain. While the climb is tough, the reward at the top is intense. Situated there are the ruins of a Cathar castle, and the final stand of the religious sect during the Middle Ages. The atmospheric ruins will leave their impression. There are also striking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys. Stay the night at L'Oustal, and indulge in an hours-long dinner with the proprietors.
Think romance, and most people immediately think Paris. That's for a reason. This ever-charming city is a wonderful place to wander, hand-in-hand. Walk out onto a bridge over the Seine and kiss. Sip coffee and watch the world go by. La vie en rose, to be sure!
What could be more of a couple indulgence than getting naked? Visit the world's capital of nudism, a gated mini-village devoted entirely to naturism. Shop, bank, or lay out on the beach naked.
Wander in the footsteps of the elite by touring the luscious, beautiful and elegant Loire Valley. The countryside is dotted wth luxurious chateaux (castles). The wine and food here is splendid. There are even some castles that have been converted to hotels. What could make for a better honeymoon hotel than a bona fide chateau?