Paris. City of Louvre, croissants, city of the O.G. Laduree and Louis V, the city of pure AESTHETIC. I’ve been dreaming of coming to Paris for as long as I can remember, and those of you close to me know very well how big of a deal this is. Being in Paris has only heightened the love I have for this beautiful city - just as I have always hoped it would. Although my time in Paris was grudgingly short, I’ll do my best to put the whole experience into words.
After stepping foot in Paris, the first thing I see: the Eiffel Tower, hovering over me - the warmest welcome I have yet received. This, along with the best weather I have ever experienced in Europe. Mid-70s, felt just like home. As you walk away from the Eiffel, the view only gets better and better. The Eiffel stands on a bed of smooth grass, while fountains of water dance around it. It's an incredible sight.
We didn't spend too much time at the tower, because we had a schedule to keep. We made our way to the Louvre Museum by walking along the River Seine, crossing the love lock bridge. Unfortunately the original bridge was torn down due to too many locks (the dangers of love lol), so now it’s literally replaced with wood, decorated with some street-style art work and other graffiti – yea it looked kinda ghetto tbh, but they did keep a piece of the fence nearby, so it still had the same feels.
The Museum de Louvre was super nice – so many people + the heat + midday slump was hard to ignore, but #wemadeit and found Mona Lisa! It was near to impossible to get a decent picture, but it was still really cool to be in her presence. Da Vinci’s trap queen was a big hit. We didn’t stay in the museum for too long, but from what we explored, all the pieces of art, along with the gorgeous intricacy of the decorations & walls in each exhibition room was enough to amaze me.
One of my favorite sights in Paris is the glass pyramids outside the Louvre. So so beautiful, and we were lucky enough to be able to get pictures with it on a nice & sunny day. SO PHOTOGENIC, SO ON POINT. #ILLUMINATI
I think one of my favorite moments in Paris was walking to the Arc de Triumph. To get there from the Louvre, it’s down a street that also passes through the Jardin de Tuileries and a shopping street. The garden was so pretty – the dirt/sand in Paris is almost white, and its contrast with the green grass and trees in the garden was such a great aesthetic. I remember thinking that if I had more time in Paris, I would definitely find myself posted in the garden all day, because it was so relaxing & soothing.
Adjacent to the Arc de Triumph is a shopping street with designer stores and bougie restaurants. I tried an Irish coffee here – coffee + whiskey, and OMG was it killer. Lowkey, I felt a little buzzed after because it was so strong lol. Laduree is also on this street, and of course we all got our pretty square boxes of macarons :3 The Arc was beautiful, obvi. They let people go up to the top & see the view, which I wish I had more time to do too, especially at sunset.
We had to get back to the Seine for a river cruise (aka nap time). But on that cruise was my “moment” when it hit me that I was in Paris. I think the perspectives of how you look at some things are really important. While before I was more focused on certain landmarks, being on the boat on the river allowed me to see all the landmarks and beauty of Paris from afar, and as a whole. This, along with seeing locals hanging out right next to the river, whether they were sitting with their lover, or with a group of friends. That to me, is what was beautiful about Paris – the carelessness of time, the forgotten sense of urgency, and the intimacy of love and friendship.
The next day we went to Versailles & Montmarte before going home. Versailles was unreal – too beautiful for pictures do it any justice. I find it amazing that its beauty has been preserved for so long – and that I was able to walk the same grounds Marie Antoinette (might have) walked on. I legitimately felt like I was living in 18th century France. Ending our time in Paris at Montmarte was icing on the cake – that’s where Moulin Rouge is located, and I was too excited for my own good. It’s a lot of souvenir shops and restaurants, and I tried escargot & their authentic croque-monsieur there! So so good & my new favorite dining experience so far. I was really sad when we were leaving, Paris got me sprung for real.
I had a lot of fun in Paris – going with a group of good friends really made the experience better. If only there was more time, I could’ve seen the Eiffel at night and explore more Parisian life – but I guess that just means I’ll have to come back another time :)
Merci, Paris for staying true to your culture & beauty – je t’aime forever & always!