I just love Paris. It is one of the most beautiful and sensational cities in Europe. The food, the art, the wine, the cheese, the books, the style. My friends and I spent a long weekend in this incredible place. Picture tipsy friends, pastries and heaps of cheese.
Musée d’Orsay was our first stop on our Parisian adventure. I love the Romantics, and the Musée d’Orsay’s selection is magnificent. ‘Women in the garden’ by Claude Monet was a personal favourite.
We spent our first night sitting beside the Seine, overlooking the Sacre Coeur, drinking wine and laughing. I thought I saw a chap proposing to his girlfriend, but it turned out he was just tying his shoe lace.
Our first full day was spent at the Château de Versailles. As a history grad, I was understandably excited to explore this immaculately preserved 17th Century Palace. Exploring the Château de Versailles is akin to walking through time, I was transformed into Madame de Pompadour. Also, Kayne West and Kim K got married there, so thats pretty cool.
The Royal Chapel and the Hall of Mirrors are simultaneously decadent and tasteful. Also, a woman on our tour decided to sing opera solo without provocation and was removed from the chapel by the security. It was hilarious.
Countless better writers can, and have, described the Lourve. Its collections are legendary. It’s busy and always full of school groups, but in my opinion it is worth battling through the endless crowds.
Wander the streets, enjoy the books, the food, the art, the music and of course, the wine. The Notre Dam is worth the queue, and I recommend walking the entire length of the Avenue Des Champs-Elysées. We ended our walk at the Arc de Triomphe, then caught the metro to the Tuileries Garden. Oh and of course, la tour Eiffel. The most iconic landmark in Western Europe. The evening light show is a tourist ‘must do’.
In the evenings, we explored the Panthéon district, known as the Latin Quarter. It consists of sprawling, open bars. People drank and laughed in the streets. The weather was warm and the drinks were chilled. We ended up in the club above a parking lot where we found a drawer full of knives and forks. It was bizarre, but the shots were cheap. Understandably, we didn’t make it home until the early hours of the morning.
Paris, you will forever hold my heart.
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