France has long had a reputation for being one of the most romantic countries in the world, if not the most romantic.

Paris is often referred to as the ‘City of Love’ and is a popular honeymoon destination.

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As it’s not long since we celebrated St Valentine’s, I find myself wondering what makes France romantic? Or is it simply a myth, a stereotype or clever marketing?

When I first went to Paris, aged 17, I thought it was the most romantic place I’d ever visited. I also fell head over heels in love (well, I was very young!) with a gorgeous French boy. Or at least, I thought I had.

French is also known as the ‘language of love’ and, to this day, I love listening to and speaking French. However, I think Italian is another romantic and beautiful language which I would love to master.

What aspects of France could justify the ‘romantic’ label? Could it be the culture? Certainly the architecture, art and cinema, not to mention the wine and food, all contribute to the image of romance.

France has countless romantic castles…

…and many romantic French films…

To name just two…

Then there are the sculptures. ‘The Kiss’ by Rodin is one of the most recognisable.

The wine. Look at the label on this bottle. Could it be any more apt?

Not to mention champagne…

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And where do we start with the food?

Café gourmand

The music..

And the art. I’ve always thought of the impressionists as being romantic but French Romanticism is actually characterised by Delacroix.

Then there is the stunning scenery, blue skies and sunsets

Not forgetting my beloved Canal du Midi

I could give plenty of other examples of why France is considered to be romantic but this post would be too long!

The concept of ‘romantic’ is highly subjective and can depend on whom one is with. I think (some) British beaches, in winter, are very romantic!

What I’d really like to know, is which places you think are romantic? I look forward to reading your comments!

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