Paris Valentine’s Day Theme

Paris is possibly the most romantic city in the world to share Valentines day with the one you love. After all it’s called the city of amour where the French appear to have written the code on falling in love, so imagine a fantasy dinner cruise on the river seine or strolling around the park like grounds of the Champ de Mars with the Eiffel tower in full view. Nothing quite breathes the essence of love like Paris where couples profess their undying love and “La Saint-Valentin,” is honored as Parisians show their affection with red roses and heart shaped chocolates in red ribboned boxes, displayed in the windows of master artisian chocolatiers, such as La Maison du Chocolat store, located just off the Champs-Elysees, possibly the most famous shopping street in Paris

The story of Valentines day hails from the legend of a Roman Emperor who wanted his war weary soldiers to continue in his quests for more territory and forbade them from marrying their sweethearts, so they would continue to fight without distraction for the Empire. Along comes a priest appropriately named Valentine who did not agree the Emperors law and secretly married young lovers until he was discovered and jailed for his defiance. As the story goes, while in jail he gave sight to the blind daughter of a prison guard and before his sentence was carried out, sent her a heart shaped letter with the message “From your Valentine.” Once the Roman Empire met its own demise a certain Pope Gelasius l made Valentine a saint and established the feast of St Valentines day, February 14th in the year 496.

Back to the 21st century and we are still celebrating this special day where love conquers all and reminds each and every one us in our busy modern lives, to take moments and say those three precious words, Je t’aime to the one we love above all.

if the city of Paris is not on your radar this Valentines day, why not create a touch of this ancient lands alluring romance in the comfort of your own home, with a special Parisian theme. You could dress the dining table in a pink or black and white French stripes or damask cloth and have an Eiffel tower metal statue as your centerpiece. French wine, cheeses,chocolates and macarons may be all you need to inspire a flirtatious Parisian liaison with close friends or the guy or girl who has stolen your heart.

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