There is definitely something magical about Paris. What a glorious time we had in this city of love and light.
We rented a little apartment and for seven days we lived the life of Parisians. We bought a weekly Metro ticket, and after a few days we knew the underbelly of Paris like the back of our hands. We discovered the best supermarkets to buy croissants and local beers as well as other yummy grocery supplies and found the quickest routes home when we were caught in a thundershower (yes, it always rains in Paris!)
We did all the touristy things as one does when visiting Paris. We visited the Louvre and the Pompidou Centre that houses the Museum of Modern Art to soak up a bit of culture. We decided not to go up the Eiffel Tower(partly because of the hideous queues, but also because when you are on top of it, you don’t really ‘see’ it,) instead we had a picnic at its base and decided to see how many different views we could get of it from all over the city. We did a day trip to the Palace of Versailles and went up to the top of Notre dame.
But the true pleasure lay in exploring the alleyways and back street cafes of Montmartre, the Latin Quarter and the Marais or just going for a stroll along the banks of the river Seine. We could live out our dream of street photography in Paris and walk in the footsteps of Henri Cartier Bresson. It’s amazing how many markets and other interesting little shops, nooks and crannies you stumble across when you take the long way around. We met so many French bulldogs along the way and it became clear that they are both very cute and very stubborn.
So here’s to Paris! Picnics in the park, macaroons, sunset on the banks of the Seine, the Metro, thundershowers, old Citroens, street markets, Parisian architecture and NUTELLA CREPES!
And in the words of James Thurber
The whole of Paris is a vast university of Art, Literature and Music… it is worth anyone’s while to dally here for years. Paris is a seminar, a post-graduate course in everything.