My envy during the recent Paris Fashion week was twofold. Not only did I crave the clothes, I was beyond jealous at all those who were spending time in the city of lights.
I heart Paris.
My love affair of all things Parisienne began back in school on an art trip. At the time, it felt like we were given an unmanageable schedule of museums and art galleries to visit, but, in reality, the trip's manic timetable was a blessing in disguise. I got to know the city well and, being a student with limited funds, chose to walk between most places. Meandering through Parisienne streets not only gave me a good sense of direction in the city, it (literally) afforded me the chance to experience Paris's culture away from touristy crowds in the middle of our visits to the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.
Over a decade later, my love of the place is yet to subside and I am always hungrily anticipating my next stay. In this week's Limited Edition Prints, I have documented my last trip there to celebrate my friend, Miss T's, 30th birthday. Paris was a fantastic backdrop to help celebrate such an occasion. Miss T and I stayed in the Latin Quarter at another friend's apartment, which was an ideal location to rediscover the city from as well as an area of interest in its own right - we certainly ate well near our abode. I can heartily recommend Au Pere Louis, a wine bar come restaurant where tipples of Chateauneuf du Pape and Sancerre are possible to order by the glass. An obvious plus point to this wine lover.
Paris Must Sees:
Sacre Coeur and Montmatre; well worth the crowds, but try to lose the tourists in cobbled side streets
Notre Dame; again, well worth the crowds. A truly awe inspiring building.
The Marais; soak up the area's coffee shops and bars amid browsing its quaint boutiques
People watch at Cafe De Flore
Mooch around the canals behind Gare du Nord
Favourite Museums (check opening times before embarking on a visit to any Parisienne gallery)
Palais De Tokyo
Musee D'Orsay (if you must go to one big museum - make it this one)
Give it a miss
Walking up the Eiffel Tower; by all means, go visit it, but if you climb anything, climb the Arc de Triomphe.
Champs Elysees; only go if you want your wallet hit by pickpockets and over priced shops & restaurants