Paris, oh Paris. Every time I go back it just completely sucks me in again, be it the beautiful people, the romantic parks or the incredible food. And the salted butter! Oh, the butter... And this time there was glorious, sunny weather as well.
Not sure why, but I seem to care more and pay proper attention to the little things when in Paris. In a good way, you know. Like, I just love to sit and stare at the Eiffel Tower glitter at night. Nothing else needed (well, I guess a glass of wine would be nice). Or just walk around and discover new streets and look and look. Or putting on nail polish for the first time in ages, because the city makes me want to feel pretty. And I like it. Is that silly? I mean Amsterdam is so relaxed and I basically walk around in yoga pants all week and no one cares, but once in a while it feels so lovely to care. And Paris does that to me in a polite but distinct way.
And while the nail polish is slowly chipping off back home, I thought I'd share a few places & things with you that I enjoyed.
Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, Paris' biggest cemetery, which is more like a beautiful park really. Visiting the graves of Oscar Wilde and my namesake, the French playwright Molière.
- Parc de Belleville, the highest park in Paris with an amazing view of the city, all the way to the Eiffel tower in the West.
- Actually, all the parks.
- If you are in the mood for Pho, Paris Hanoi is a little neighbourhood joint, serving amazing Vietnamese food. Be super on time, or super late, otherwise prepare to wait for a good half hour to get a table.
- We had a regular cheese fondue and raclette feast at Chalet Savoyard. Seriously incredible if you love cheese and alpine food :)
- Le Viaduc des Arts, is a former railway that was transformed to now host artist's ateliers, showrooms and shops. On top is an urban garden and promenade reminiscent of the Highline in NYC. Definitely worth a visit on street level and a stroll on the roof.
- Rent a bike and cycle along the Seine, with plenty of pitstops in between for coffee or a nap in the grass.
- Folks and Sparrow, a cute little coffee shop, selling delicious sandwiches, which came decorated with a tiny flower (see above)! Also, the owner looks like a mix between Brad Pitt and Benicio del Toro, only shorter I guess.
- Merci, always
- Salted butter, aka beurre demi-sel croquant aka creamy heaven flecked with sea salt crystals. You can buy it at Fromagerie Beillevaire, or just look for it in any other fromagerie and then bring back as many as you can carry. I froze some to give to my Mom for Christmas. But be warned, I've been eating this stuff non stop, constantly buying more bread to serve as a butter vehicle. It's so good I could eat it pure. Ok, I already did. What can I say, I am my mother's child...it had to happen eventually.
PS: Excuse the iPhone snaps. I am starting to believe that only taking pictures with your phone and not with your actual nice camera you've been dutifully schlepping across the border makes for a nicer trip. Maybe it's just the lazy in me talking, but I feel like I can just BE and enjoy the moment, the sights, the weather, watching people and unobtrusively snapping a pic with my small camera hiding in my pocket. It's just so.much.easier. And well, Paris just screams nonchalance and easiness, no?