Since I was a little girl, I always dreamed about going to Paris. Being an avid art lover since childhood, especially with masters such as Monet, Manet, Degas and Pissaro it was inevitable that one day, this girl would travel to see the masterpieces. And I finally did!
Over Easter I flew over to Paris with a friend, and it was a wonderful long weekend.
Walking up the stairs to Sacre Coeur made me pant and luckily I had a bottle of water to quench my thirst when we reached the top. I really need to exercise more. But the view was amazing.
After being at the top, we went back down to find some food. We went with what seems to be a new restaurant, it was hip and chic. It used African fabric for textile interiors and lovely chic details. Unfortunately I do not remember the name of the restaurant, but their tabbouleh and falafel was amazing! It was really flavorful. The hummus went well with the cheese and the red cabbage. It was nice with a cold refreshing dish after all the walking. The weather was even pretty decent. There were loads of narrow streets close by lined with beauty salons, fabric salons, fashion stores, all African and eclectic. The buildings were amazing, old, and just beautiful where ever I looked. I found this cute jewelry shop that sold handmade jewelry and we got a few gifts but I also got myself a pair of enameled earrings. (Green elephants, of course!)
Later that day, we enjoyed some eclairs in Le Marais, by a lovely shopping street with cobbled stones and quaint little boutiques. I went perfume shopping here as there was a lovely Penhaligons shop. The bottles were so pretty. Although I imagined myself buying a Fragonard perfume, I ended up with Penhaligons, which is a historical English perfumerie. I brought myself a bottle of Cornubia. It smelled magical. Dark and sweet but warm and inviting. It is a perfume for a lady and not a lolita scent (as the French-Arabian lady told me in the boutique).
I could have probably posted pictures of the paintings or our museum trips to the Louvre and Musee D’orsay. But to be honest it was upsetting to see how people nowadays enjoy art. Instead of being in the moment and enjoying a visit to the museum for what it is, people spent more time taking selfies infront of paintings and took pictures of art than actually savoring the moment and just appreciating that one time you can just look at these masterpieces. It was saddening, and also.. disheartening. It broke my heart a bit that the museums actually allow this to happen. It ruined a bit of the experience.
The worst was Mona Lisa (La Jaconde). It was crazy! There was a queue, but no one really cared. People hovered above each other to be able to take a picture of the famous painting. It was a disappointing experience cause, let’s face it. Even if you try to ignore the hordes of people taking selfies and pictures.. it was everywhere. None the less, these museums were a lovely experience, finally got to see some lovely artwork from some of the most talented artists that have ever existed.
Our whole Paris trip was just amazing, can’t wait to go back again! I learnt about the metro transport system a lot which was a smelly affair, but efficient and easy to use once you’ve gotten the hang of the it. Also we managed to enjoy loads of cheap foods and eating out now and then. I learnt about Parisian food habits and etiquette. I also saw that by our local hotel there was a TGV line to Milan… This might be my next trip with my husband! ❤️