Valentine's Day in Paris should be foolproof, but then the reality kicks in – where can you find a romantic hotel that doesn't cost hundreds of Euros a night? Which of the city's thousands of restaurants is a good bet for an intimate dinner? And what can you see and do in the city in mid-February that will be in keeping with the mood?
Don't worry – we won't leave you to try and wring romance out of a youth hostel and a rain-sodden queue for the Eiffel Tower. Check out our selections below for the best places to sleep, eat, shop and more for the most romantic trip possible.
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Plus, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ is out this week
It is a flawless LA morning, the sun already high enough to fill a sixth-floor suite of the legendary Chateau Marmont hotel. Yet despite the glow streaming through the windows, Jamie Dornan seems worried. The Northern Irish actor (who is also one of the highest-paid male models in the world) has the expression of a man about to leap out of a plane. It is the first day of a press junket marathon for the movie release of 'Fifty Shades of Grey', the sure-to-be-divisive adaptation of the global erotic phenomenon. And the film's relatively unknown star senses he might be thrown to the lions. At 32, Dornan has only just begun his ascent to the A list. As a brooding serial killer in BBC crime drama 'The Fall', he established himself as an acting force to be reckoned with, but with 'Fifty Shades of Grey', Dornan has been thrust at hyperspeed into the limelight. Playing the lead character of Christian Grey, he's gone from being a torso to swoon over in the occasional Calvin Klein ad to being an icon woven for ever into the silky fabric of female fantasy. In case you've been living in an Amish village, 'Fifty Shades of Grey' is a romantic novel with lots of sex – lots of rough, masochistic sex. When it was published in 2011, it was just what the reading public had been breathlessly waiting for. With the book garnering legions of fans, the movie has been hotly debated. And under the unexpected direction of artist Sam Taylor-Johnson, it's predicted to be either sheer genius or pure junk.Read more
Unless you’ve been strapped to the wall in someone’s sex dungeon for the past three years, you’ll know that this is adapted from the wildly popular series of kinky novels about a young couple who push the boundaries of erotic possibility. British artist turned filmmaker Sam Taylor-Johnson (‘Nowhere Boy’) is in the director’s chair, with newcomers Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson (no relation) as the two leads, a well-to-do couple who play domination games in their spare time. The makers are clearly primed for a major hit – but given that pretty much everyone who read the book did so on a Kindle or safely tucked away at home (or hidden behind a more respectable tome on the tube), will ‘Fifty Shades’ fans really want to admit their allegiances publically? It’ll be huge on DVD, though.Read more