That's because when we think of the most romantic people in the world, we almost certainly think of the French.
French films like Amelie and French perfume commercials have programmed us to believe that natural, exciting, electrifying, romance inevitably materializes simply by setting foot in the country.
Her Way.com, a new site in the US, is trying this concept too, calling itself the "Sadie Hawkins" of online dating. And while it's clearly objectifying men, it's fun to see the guys sell themselves.
The site, which is free for women, resembles a catalogue of eligible bachelors.
I was relieved that he skipped the roses; this may be Paris, but it’s not a Woody Allen movie.
He did, however, begin caressing my forearm before we even ordered wine.
The mix of laissez-faire attitude and unabashed attention can be baffling for an American more used to the game of Do You Like Me? It’s like you skip courtship and go directly to coupledom shortly after exchanging texts.
When I showed up for my date with Marcel, for example, part of me thought he might actually have a bouquet of flowers with him — that’s how over-the-top Romeo he’d seemed.