„Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn
It took me 19 years to visit Paris for the first time and although I’ve never been there before, it seems to be familiar. I love french movies and french music, the french language (it’s a pity that my french got so rusty), french wine and french cheese. What I adore the most is the fashion, that comes from Paris, labels like Chanel, Saint Laurent, Dior, Isabel Marant, Céline or Hèrmes to mention only a few and french woman with their parisian chic, the simple confidence they embody, to look and act classy toujour with surprising facility. I just got to love this city with all what it stands for.
At the 16th of May 2015, two days after my birthday I finally got to know the City of Love. We stayed in the 9th arrondissement, near the Opéra Garnier and the Galeries Lafayette. A 3-days city trip is perfect to explore the most important sights and corners of Paris and is a great break from everyday life.
We had the luck that we arrived on the date where a range of museums extend their opening hours until midnight, called La Nuit des Musées. A great chance to visit the Louvre and the Mona Lisa without a bunch of people queuing in front and without paying the entrance fee.
After we had Pain au chocolat for breakfast (tastes like heaven!), we sat down on the stages in front of the Opéra Garnier and were watching people while listening to a street musician and enjoying the sun. The famous Café de la Paix in the ground floor of the InterContinental Hotel is also located there. Losing yourself in the streets of the 18th arrondissement and walking up Montmartre to the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur should be on every to-do list for Paris. The beautiful facades with its ornaments, all the brasseries, cafés and boulangeries are making Paris to such an adorable and picturesque place. In the afternoon we passed the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Strawinski Fontain, designed by the sculptor Jean Tinguely and the french artist Niki de Saint Phalle. We were walking downwards to Hôtel de Ville and were crossing the Seine to get to the Île de la Cité, where the Cathédral Notre-Dame and a cute flower market are located. Afterwards we took a walk through the park Jardin des Tuileries, near the Louvre.
The next day we took a walk through the neighbourhood Pigalle, the entertainment district in Paris where the Moulin Rouge got its place. Then we took the metro to Arc de Triomphe, were strolling along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées while looking into the numerous stores and boutiques. Thereafter I finally got to see the Eiffel Tower in real life, representing Paris and symbolizing peace and hope. Somehow I was so fascinated that I couldn’t stop staring at it. We bought some camenbert, baguette and grapes and had a picnic in the park in front. As soon at is gets dark outside the Eiffel Tower sparkles and twinkles ever hour until 1 am – absolutely stunning.
On our 4th and last day we just strolled through the Galeries Lafayette and got lost in the gourmet department, where you can find everything the heart – or rather the tummy – desires. It’s also a good place to have a quick lunch and I bought some foie gras, macarons and truffle oil there. In the afternoon we were heading back to Munich, taking the parisian flair with me.
No matter what happened on January 7th or November 13th last year, love, joy, liberty and tolerance will always be stronger than the hate that wants to destroy it and Paris will always be recognized as the City of Love. Seeking for a next trip? Paris is always a good idea.
From Paris with love,