as I promised, here comes a special post only about Paris. I know now, why the saying “Paris Je T’aime” was invented: This city is somehow breathtaking and you immediately fall in love with it’s beautiful architecture, huge buildings, green spaces, parks, flowers and sooo many sights. You see, I am totally excited about that city and I am going to come back to you Paris – that’s for sure:)!
I didn’t really make a list of the things I wanted to see, because Paris is known for so many beautiful places. Of course I visited the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe and went to the Louvre – which is 700 meters long. Our guide said you would need about four monthes to see every corner of it. The most beautiful building I saw was definitely the basilica Sacré Coeur. This church is impressive, and the view you get all over that city from the Sacré Coeur is just great. I also loved the quarter Montmartre, where the Sacré Coeur belongs to. It is like a small village within that beautiful city – many artists are living there (van Gogh lived there as well with his brother Theo), you find creepy vintage shops and can buy paintings in nearly every street.
My Paris Tips?
- You don’t have to get on top of the Eiffel Tower to have a great view. We went on top of the Arc the Triomphe where you have a perfect view on Paris, especially the Champs-Élysées, and can see perfecty how crazy some Parisian are driving 😀 . And even at the terrace of the Galeries Lafayette you get great glances of that city.
- Drink a Hot Chocolate in one of the cute Cafés – I went to Café de Flore in the quarter St. Germain, in which even Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir drank their coffees.
- Visit the Marché aux Puces in Saint-Ouen, at this fleamarket you can find the greatest treasures.
- My personal highlight was a boat-tour at the Seine at night – the lights of Paris a really pretty.
- Take a walk through the quarter Marais with it’s small shops. I think there where less tourists then at the other quarters.
- Take a walk through the Avenue Montaigne for window-shopping, or even for real shopping if your wallet is ready for Chanel, Gucci, Saint Laurent, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga…
How to be Parisian?
There is a whole book, which deals with that question – and I am definitely are going to read it. But during my trip I thought also about it, how I would answer, when someone would ask me “how to be parisian”:
- as a girl you need: red lipstick, a designer bag, lots of black clothes in you closet, the talent to make your hair look effortlessly messy and stylish at once, black heels, less eye-make-up, a lot of perfume
- as a boy you need: a black leather jacket, zigarettes (well ok, actually the girls need them as well), a light scarf – and also a lot of perfume