Je T’aime, Paris…
What can I say about the time spent in Paris…although it was too short. Paris is an absolutely incredible city. From the architecture to the sights to the food to the people… most of the people. 🙂 My mama and I were there for almost 3 days, we had great weather, great food, and even greater laughs. We walked a lot of the city and saw and accomplished a lot in our short time there. But I feel like Paris is one of those cities that you need time and calmness for. To really be able to see and appreciate all that the city has to offer, you need more than just a couple of days.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved every moment, except for the moment when we tried to get a reservation at the restaurant I had researched and found 3 months prior and were told #sorryboutit, no space available. Something inside me cried a little bit at that moment. A lot inside my mama cried when she lost her prescription sunglasses in the massive Sephora on the Champs-Elysées. I was out a fantastic seeming meal, and she was out not only sun protection, but vision as well…. Good luck to her driving on those Italian roads.
The plus side of her Sephora-Sunglass-Stealing situation, is that she got some mascara, I got eyeliner, and we both walked out smelling of 4,500 different perfumes…so basically, we fit in perfectly. Among our favorites were Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, and Eiffel Tower at night. We’ve seen the Eiffel Tower before, we were in Paris 10 years ago for New Year’s, but seeing it at night is so different. And I realized something very important in the 11:30pm Eiffel Tower moment: when you sightsee in Paris at night, everything is so sexy. Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, bridges, buildings, bars. Maybe it’s because I think everything seems more French and authentic that way, but really it’s probably because it’s so standard and “normal” to go look at places during the day that the nighttime just puts those sights on another level of awesomeness. I saw the tower straight on, and also from below… our Uber driver stopped in the middle of a busy street so we could see it and snap a photo. It was worth all the honks and angry drivers to get that shot.
We had an opportunity to take a course at Le Cordon Bleu Paris as well. I had researched because everyone knows I love me some cooking classes and learning different things, and I found a day course on pastries: croissants, pain au chocolat, and brioches. It was such a cool experience with mama. We got to be fancy pastry people on our last day, and when it was time to take everything home, we gave them to a guy in the class with a little girl, and I brought some back to the people who worked at our hotel.
My biggest accomplishment in Paris was convincing my sweet mama who is very wary of metro/subway systems, to live like a local and take the metro, gasp!! We became quite comfortable with it on our last day, changing trains within stations, finding the routes on the map. We even always had some form of metro entertainment, whether it was the musical group that got on at one stop to play for a while, or the 2 guys who came on in business attire and proceeded to do a choreographed striptease, complete with a pole dance.
I feel like even though we didn’t get to see every single major sight, we saw so much, and I had done so much research on random places I wanted to go to, so I was happy I was able to make it to those. Most anyways, as we do not speak of the restaurant that wouldn’t give us a reservation.. The next time I’m back in that city, I’ll definitely make reservations from the US so I can experience the ‘why’ behind the perceived amazingness.
I must say though, Merci Paris, for accommodating my broken French, helping me with the words I was butchering, for your macarons, beautiful almond croissants and other food, and for the visual beauty.