Hey, I’m back.
It’s been a while due to my long trip and my new job, but here i am typing once again. I had been travelling for a month in Europe: France and Portugal in particular. During my visit in France, i spent an amazing week in the french capital. So here is my story and a few tips about Paris!
Paris is such a famous city for its romance and light and fashion, so i stepped on the plane with the impression that i would find an overrated capital which nothing really special to show. After a few hours, it had been proven that i was completely wrong.
For the first half of the week, i stayed with a friend in Saint-Germain area, right behind Saint-Sulpice’s church. My first realizations in the city: Paris is expensive. Of course it depends on your preferences and budget. But you are still able to enjoy the city to its fullest. In addition, Parisians are nice. Really! Talkative, outgoing, elegant. French people think a lot of appearance and are usually never casually dressed. (Why is that Frenchies?) In addition, they really like to party and especially dance!
On my next days, i visited all famous landmarks of the city: The Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Thriophe, the Champs-Élysées. . . The more i was walking up and down its narrow streets, the more i felt in Love with the city!
First walk around Paris, what else than “La Tour Eiffel“!
Paris is one of the most well- preserved cities. It’s really worth a try, to walk around arrodisements, just to capture the essence of its rich history and architecture. A brief glimpse is enough to travel the observer back in time, where she/he can realize the origins of this miracle: Roman, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Rocco, Neo-Classical, Empire, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, Post-Modern, and Contemporary Architecture elements diffusely ‘planted’ all over the city.
Another aspect I loved about Paris was culture. It was not only the French culture, but the combination of different ones: multiculturalism. Different types of people, speaking different languages, cooking different types of food. A cultural diversity that makes you feel part of the city.
And Paris museums! From the Ancient Greek sculptures to Contemporary Art exhibitions, the city combines everything naturally. If you are a true art lover, you will not be disappointed. I visited Musée du Louvre, Musée d’ Orsay, Musée Picasso Paris and Centre Pompidou and was absolutely blown away by the masterpieces I’ve seen. Since, I am a painting enthusiast with Van Gogh being one of my favorites, I was quite thrilled by having the original paintings standing a breath away – definitely one of my favorite spots in Paris.
El Beso, Pablo Picasso, 1925, Oil in Canvas, Musée Picasso Paris
My No.1 spot couldn’t be else but Montmartre. In the heart of the 18th arrondissement of Paris, a high hill dominated by the Basilica of the Sacré Cœur, is the (not so secret anymore) artsy spot of the city. With the aura of being forgotten by the time and the displays of the small paintings with the melancholic but vivid brush strokes all the around Place du Tertre, the whole place gives the impression of coming from another, innocent era.
Tips for Travellers!
- Speaking French is practically essential to survive. Most of people living in Paris would understand English, but none of them would reply back in the same language. In case you have no idea about French, try to learn a few essential to help you through daily activities!
- Book tickets in advance in major attractions to avoid waiting in huge lines! Unless you are an EU citizen, under 25 then you have free entrance in many places of interest and especially museums! Yay!
- Take maps/ e-maps with you! Although magic happens when you get lost in Paris, make sure to have some kind of navigation, because there are a lot of narrow small streets to allure you.
- In night Paris is even more beautiful, so make sure you experience the city in night lights.
- This is an important one! When meeting a French (or someone living in France), you have to kiss him/her. I found out the hard way that it is insulting to enter a room full of people and not greet & kiss each one individually. No kidding!
There shall be a series of posts about Paris starting with this one. Till then,
“La vie c’est ça, un bout de lumière qui finit dans la nuit.”