Ahhhh Paris, the city of lights, the city of love! Last weekend, I was lucky enough to walk through the beautiful Parisian streets once more, with a camera in one hand and a baguette in another. I had been to Paris only once before and I have to say the second time was just as enlightening as the first, if not more. I felt like I knew the city a bit better, knew where to go, what to eat, what to look out for and as such I was able to really understand Paris better. The city offers something that stays with you for a long, long time afterwards. As Hemingway once said: “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young person, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast,”.
Walking around Paris, on a crisp winter morning, was an amazing experience. The Eiffel Tower, as beautiful as ever, dipped in and out of the cotton clouds. Without the throngs of touristy crowds, we were able to take our time wandering around the grounds of the Eiffel Tower, grabbing a quick crepe on our way, of course!
Paris in winter is unlike Paris in the summer, which was the last time I was lucky enough to walk through its cobbled streets. The chill nipping at your nose, the numerous street vendors selling hot chocolate and crepes and churros. Paris is indeed the city of lights around Christmas time. The lights, the people, the sounds, make the the city come ALIVE in a way that I have never experienced before.
For me, the best part about Paris was the food (which I have no shame in admitting! Just look at those cakes!). Parisian food looks utterly beautiful, tastes absolutely amazing, and so me and my friend Molly, went around buying and eating as much food as we probably could! And afterwards, I had not one ounce of regret!
I think my second time in Paris was far more relaxing, away from the hustle and bustle of the tourists, the festive atmosphere and the beautiful christmas markets really helped me get into the festive season. Walking around the Parisian streets with no sense of urgency or needing to be in a certain place at a certain time was blissful, and I was really able to understand truly why it was called the city of lights and the city of love. It’s not just the architecture and the history of the city that make it so, but also the people, the atmosphere and everything Paris has to offer. Should you find yourself lucky enough to make a stop there, I recommend you soak it all in and definitely take at least a day to get acquainted with the city itself, for such an experience is unlike any other.
I hope you enjoyed reading this mini account of my travels in Paris. I will be posting soon, all to do with waffles, chocolates and the beautiful architecture that is Brussels, Belgium . Hope you’re all having a wonderful weekend and a very Merry Christmas to you all!