Oh La La… Falling in Love With Paris!

Paris- the city of love!

I am yet to visit the city but would like to share some glimpses into this beautiful place to be.

Wandering about the famous attractions, stopping for café lattes and macaroons, shopping in the boutique stores and admiring every corner of this gorgeous city makes one fall deeply in love with this city itself.

  1. Eurostar to Paris

    I can’t believe I’d forgotten how much I love the Eurostar. It’s just so easy and comfortable.

    Sometimes it isn’t until you experience something really good that you realise just how crap the alternative is. You know, like flying on a budget airline to Paris.

    With the Eurostar there are no queues, no hassle, no long waits and no idiot holding up the security queue with their ginormous bottles of liquids.

Catching the Eurostar to Paris

2.Exploring Paris

It is amazing to wake up early morning to the incredible view of the city from the window of your room or balcony. Waking up to a pink sky and the Eiffel Tower is an absolute dream come true

Eiffel Tower with tea

LA TOUR EIFFEL !

Eiffel Tower | The Travel Hack

There’s so much to see and do at the Eiffel Tower! Hidden within there are many a secret, and quite out of the ordinary, fun or even romantic places.

You can go up the Eiffel Tower using the lifts but you can also choose the stairs if you really want to explore the tower from every angle and enjoy  a walk which really is quite unlike anything else. The unique sensation of being outside and inside at the same time !

The stairs which are open to the public go up to the 2nd floor (115m). You can enjoy climbing up the tower at your own pace but at least when you get to the top you’ll have the satisfaction of having made it up 704 steps.

And those of you who are less into sport, you can choose to come down by foot! It’s a more relaxing walk but every bit as spectacular.

Musee Galliera (Fashion Museum)

This is also known as the Musee de la Mode, or the fashion museum. Of course, when you go inside, you will love it.

Musee de la Mode

The exhibitions are inside a 19th century Renaissance Palace so it’s a beautiful place with mosaic floors and domed ceilings towering above the clothes.

I love seeing the way fashion and history shape each other. You might think a dress is just a dress but when you think about the conscious decisions of the designers it’s really interesting.

Vintage fashion lovers will be heaven wandering among the beautiful dresses with the clinched in waistlines and swirling skirts typical of the 1950s.

These shapes created a fashion revolution after the years of hardship imposed by the Second World War. The dresses weren’t just about looking good, they’re about feeling glamorous and sexy after years of wearing whatever was practical, affordable or available during the war. Times were changing and women wanted to reflect this celebration in their clothes.

Within the museum are rooms filled with dresses from some of France’s most famous designers like Christian Dior, Pierre Cardin, Jacques Heim, Louis Feraud and Jacques Fath.

The 1950s were considered an isolated decade in fashion history. This was a time before high fashion came to the high street and affordable options were available for everyone. Just a handful of designers were influencing how every fashionista wanted to dress.

The museum is also filled with some of Paris’ best dressed women so it’s worth going just for the people watching. Seriously, these women looked incredible!

Vintage Christian Dior dress

Citadines Suite Louvre Paris

Citadines Suite Louve Paris

Living room Citadines Suite Louve Paris

Citadines Suite Louve Paris  bedroom

 

One can wander about the royal palace and the gardens. Surrounding the gardens are boutique shops and plenty of chairs to sit and enjoy the views.

Royal Palace gardensShops around Royal Palace gardens Paris

Royal Palace gardens Paris

LOUVRE

Louve

Louve pyramid

Have a walk through Jardin des Tuileries. This is a beautiful public garden and promenade filled with people relaxing in the sunshine with ice creams and cold drinks.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

Jardin des Tuileries

It turns out to be true what Audrey Hepburn said, “Paris always is a good idea.”

 

PONTS DES ARTES

The Pont des Arts or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the River Seine. It links the Institut de France and the central square (cour carrée) of the Palais du Louvre

Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (love locks) with their first names written or engraved on them to the railing or the grate on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture.This gesture is said to represent a couple’s committed love. Although this is not a French tradition and has only been taking place in Paris since the end of 2008, with locks occasionally being cut off by city workers, since 2012 the number of locks covering the bridge has become overwhelming, with locks being attached upon other locks.

 

Paris is any sweet tooth’s paradise. Famous for its superb patisseries, rich chocolate and super chic cupcakes, before you head to the city of light, make sure you know where to find the sweetest spots in the city!

Laduree Macaron Photo: Louis Beche of Flickr

If you’re craving chocolate in Paris you can bet a chocolate shop will never be too far away. One of my favorite Parisian chocolate shops is Michel Chaudun, which can be found in the 7th arrondissement. The New York Times actually described the Michel (the chocolatier who runs the shop) as a chocolate sculptor, and it’s easy to see why. Once inside his store you’ll be delighted with the magnificent display of chocolate figurines shaped in everything from cats to the Statue of Liberty!

Mad for Macarons

When in France it’d be a crime not to indulge in these bright little sweet treats.

Cup Cakes & Co, Paris Photo: with permission from Cupcakes & Co

Paris is a delight. It is hard to  bring everything into words.

“Paris is a place in which we can forget ourselves, reinvent, expunge the dead weight of our past.”
Michael Simkins, Detour de France: An Englishman in Search of a Continental Education

 

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