The independent has revealed what many of us already know: that Paris is regarded as the most romantic city in the world. It was also revealed that prior to the pandemic almost 1 in 5 people only managed to go out and enjoy a date twice a year. Now we are in lockdown, the opportunity to go out and enjoy a date or to travel to a romantic destination for Valentine’s Day is out of the question. So until we can all travel once again – we’re bringing Paris to you so that you can enjoy a virtual Valentines Day.
Whatever your relationship status may be, our five ways to experience Paris from your home is sure to keep you entertained this lockdown and may even inspire your future travel plans.
5 Ways to Experience Paris from Your Home
1. Virtual Tours
Although we’re all currently unable to experience the wonders of a real life tour we can still enjoy a virtual tour. These online resources will enable you to enjoy some of Paris’s historical and cultural treasures.
2. Cook a French Dish
Paris is not only celebrated for its romantic qualities but also for its love of food. French food is celebrated around the world. So, if planning a Valentine’s Day dinner at home this year- why not cook a French dish? Here are a few of our favourites:
- Macaroons recipe by BBC’s good food
- Three-cheese soufflés by BBC’s good food
- Crustless mini vegan quiche by Cadry’s Kitchen
- Crêpes by diabetes.org
3. Watch a Film set Paris or France
If you’re going to watch a film this Valentine’s Day – why not opt for one set in France? Here are two that we highly recommend:
4. Drink Champagne
Champagne is located between Paris and Lorraine, it is one of France’s most famous and historical provinces. It is there that they make their globally renowned sparkling white wine – which is named after the province itself.
As we all know, a bottle of bubbles is the perfect treat for any romantic celebration. For just £34.99 – you can enjoy Champagne Bollinger Special Cuvée Brut – which is recommended and sold by The Sunday Times Wine Club.
5. Book a Romantic Post-Lockdown Trip to Paris
So, now that you’ve experienced Paris this Valentine’s Day from the comfort of your own home – why not book the real experience for later this year as a post-lockdown trip?
Eurostar offers a two-hour train service from London St. Pancreas to Paris for as little as £39 return.
France’s Vaccine Rollout and Future Travel
When planning future travels it’s always good to check the FCDO website for the latest travel advice. When it comes to choosing a destination, following each country’s vaccination rollout programme could provide you with useful insights that can help you make travel-related decisions. So here is a brief insight into France’s progression so far:
On January 18 2021, France began its public rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine. They began with the over 75s and those who are most at risk of developing serious forms of Covid-19. As of February 9th 2021, France has delivered 2.12 million vaccinations.
However, France has recently experienced some controversy following delays in the delivery of the Pfizer-BioNTech and Brexit, President, Emmanuel Macron has stated that:
“Vaccine exports should be controlled, not blocked or banned, which would make no sense because we are also dependent on non-European production”
Following President’s Emmanuel Macron expression of frustration at delays, the pace appears to be picking up. You can check Frances progress and other countries around the world using the COVID-19 Vaccination Tracker.
As we know the vaccination offers the biggest hope in life returning back to normal and so we wish every success to the countries within Europe and around the world with their vaccination rollouts.
Travel Insurance for Paris
If you’re planning a post-lockdown holiday to Paris, whether it be this summer or looking ahead to 20222, you’ll need comprehensive Travel Insurance for France. Travel since 2019 has of course been unpredictable, so you’ll want to be certain that you have the right level of cover in place. We’re confident that we can protect you and your holiday – but don’t just take our word for it. Our Covid-19 cover has been rated Superior by a leading independent UK Consumer Champion and is included with AllClear policies at no extra cost.