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THE PHO­TO­GENIC ONE Paris may be the ob­vi­ous choice, but down south, your snaps will glit­ter with sea­side ro­mance – lit up with earl­y­sea­son sun, har­bour lights and piles of se­duc­tive seafood. The per­fect prom­e­nade: Ex­plore the streets of Le Panier, the Old Town, hap­pen­ing upon se­cret stair­cases, powder-blue shut­ters and In­sta­gram­wor­thy scar­let blooms. Sigh with French-movie long­ing as you turn into the port be­side the hon­ey­comb tower of 17th-cen­tury Fort Saint-Jean. The cosy bar: Snug wa­ter­ing holes are ev­ery­where in sailor-haunted Mar­seille. But noth­ing beats a sea-view drink at the stone-clad nook where Colin Firth pro­posed to his Por­tuguese paramour in Love Ac­tu­ally (Bar de la Marine, 15 Quai de Rive Neuve). The can­dlelit din­ner: Get messy with the city’s sig­na­ture: bouil­l­abaisse. Mi­ra­mar (lemi­ra­ does the best bowl­ful, in tra­di­tional sur­rounds. At Dh240 a head, it’s not cheap – but only the best for you and your date. The ro­man­tic stay: Casa Honoré has soft white rooms, a peace­ful lo­ca­tion – and just six other guests with whom to share the sunny ter­race (casa­; Dh585, B&B).

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