I never take it for granted whenever I get the chance to go to Paris for a long weekend. A certain feeling of happiness like I’m a little kid always comes into my mind when I know my next trip to Paris is coming up. No visit is ever the same and I always discover something new every time. Thankfully with each trip my sense of direction and navigation around certain places, especially the metro, is gradually improving. In this post, I’ll be sharing with you all of my combined favorite memories and moments from my long weekends away in the one and only…(cue French accent) Paris!
The best way to see Paris is by foot. I feel that if you are constantly taking buses, the metro or taxis to get around a city, you are potentially missing some great things, such as the beautiful architecture, window shopping and people watching. By observing your surroundings you can take in a sense of everyday life, people’s behavior and mannerisms, etc. which can help you to understand more about the culture. The next time you find a park bench, have a seat and absorb what you see around you for even just a couple minutes. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised with what you see.
I don’t know what it is about the Eiffel Tower, but every time I visit Paris I cannot leave without getting a little glimpse of it, up close or in the distance, it doesn’t matter to me. I can remember the first time I saw the Eiffel Tower very clearly: it was my second time in Paris (the first time being when I first arrived to France but had no time to visit the city) when my love had planned it all out to have me see my first take of the Eiffel Tower via the metro. I was as awe-struck as you think and everything I had imagined when seeing the top portion of the structure beaming up into the sky, peering out from the tops of apartment buildings and businesses that hide the bottom half.
Another favorite memory was celebrating my 30th birthday in Paris last November. It was probably my favorite birthday celebration yet, as it involved my first boat tour along the Seine, lunch and live music included, making eye contact with French actor Omar Sy at an exclusive art exhibit, and ending the festivities with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
When my sister came to visit last summer we had a guided midnight tour by my love’s brother who lives in Paris and is a pro at giving special tours and showing places that are typically not on the tourists must-see list. It was my sister’s first visit to France and she loved seeing the different vibes of Paris during the day and seeing how it transforms at night. It was a perfect summer evening, going across bridges and getting a view of the Seine river with boats passing by and the Eiffel Tower lit up and beaming in the distance. We ended the tour with a drink at a rooftop bar called Le Perchoir Marais and we were in a spot to see the Eiffel Tower glimmer in the distance with its glittering lights for the last time of the evening and it was magical.
My last trip to Paris was to celebrate my love’s brother’s 25th birthday. Before his big birthday bash I managed to go see an exhibition at the Grand Palais featuring the pioneers of Mexican art, including Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera – two of my all-time favorite artists. I couldn’t wait to feast my eyes on some of their pieces and wasn’t at all disappointed. It took a good 2 hours to complete the entire exhibit including listening to the audio guide. I probably stood close to 5 minutes at a few works, principally because I couldn’t believe my eyes that I was actually staring at a work completed by artists I have been admiring since I first discovered them in middle school. What an amazing sensation!
I hope you enjoyed reading about my favorite moments in the most romantic city in the world! I’d love to hear from you. Have you been to or dream of going to Paris? What was your favorite thing to do or see?
♥ Useful websites when planning your trip:
- The best views of the Eiffer Tower – Where to go around Paris to get an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower and other famous landmarks and monuments.
- Get Your Guide – Find tours and tickets for the Eiffel Tower and more.
- http://www.airbnb.com – stay with a local or rent an entire place for yourself
- http://www.verychic.com – feeling fancy? Book a premium room at a discounted price, plus enjoy exclusive amenities/upgrades included in each package
Until next time: Go.Get.Inspired!
Inspired By…Song lyrics: La Vie en Rose by Edith Piaf
Il me parle tout bas He speaks to me softly
Je vois la vie en rose And I see life in pink
Des mots de tous les jours They are every day words
Et ça me fait quelque chose And they do something to me
Une part de bonheur A bit of happiness
Dont je connais la cause That I know the cause of
Il me l’a dit, l’a juré pour la vie He told me, he swore to me, for life
Alors je sens en moi I feel inside me
Mon cœur qui bat My heart beating