“There are only two places in the world where we can live happy: at home and in Paris.” Ernest Hemingway
Call it a cliché, but I simply adore Paris! Been there several times and still can’t get enough of it. I don’t find Paris particularly romantic but I do think it is a one-of-kind place that nourishes your soul. Everything about Paris is magical: the streets, the noise, the food, the wine…that feeling that you are in a movie, not in real life.
My personal Take to Paris list includes the following:
stripped top – For a typical French look you can also add a red beret.
comfy shoes – Because if you take the subway, you will miss all the beauty of strolling down the incroyable Parisian streets.
romantic clothing items in pastel colors – For that la vie en rose kind of moment.
stylish umbrella – It’s all fun and games until the clouds gather and you don’t want your day to be ruined by a little rain.
a good book – Nothing is more relaxing that feeling the sunshine and the breeze on your face while reading a good story, sitting at one of the metal tables in the beautiful Jardin Du Luxembourg.
great attitude – Don’t forget! Paris exists to remind you that your dreams are real. So take all your positive vibes with you and get to know the real Paris, not the touristic one.
I think that once you are in Paris, you should let all the surroundings overwhelm you. For the best memories, I suggest wandering the streets of Le Marais until you reach the Place des Vosges – my favorite spot, where you can just listen to the silence and meditate. As Thomas Jefferson once said, a walk in Paris will provide you lessons in history, beauty and the point of life. You just have to go with your heart open and your mind eager to explore.
If you plan a trip to Paris anytime soon, here are some advice in having a full French experience:
Eat the Tarte au Orange at the Cafe Campana after you see the breathtaking gallery inside Musée d’Orsay.
Have dinner at a local, family-owned restaurant near Châtelet. For amazing foie gras, terrine, escargot and the best Rhum Baba I have ever tried (and trust me…I ate a lot of babas even in Italy) book a table at Chez Denise.
You must not forget about the famous café gourmand (tasty espresso and a delicious selection of mignardises, also known as petits fours, served together). Need I remind you that the desserts most commonly included are chocolate mousse, apple pie, ice cream and Crème brûlée?
Take a cruise over the Seine River, by night of course, so can see the sparkling lights of the Eiffel Tower.
Try to get to know some French people. You will be impressed about how nice they are, in spite of the rumors, and you may find out some useful tips for your trip. It may be a new exhibition in town, a jazz concert, a chic boutique or maybe just an old corner with incredible charm waiting to be photographed.
If you are not convinced after reading my post, you can check out my photos below.
For now, all I can say de tout mon coeur is “À la prochaine, Paris!”.