Press play for some French vibes while reading this post. Some of these songs were playing on the tour bus as I went around Paris :-) Feel free to follow this playlist as well, I’m currently adding more songs as I go along!
A dream of mine since I was a young girl was to travel the world. I already knew that I wasn’t meant to sit still in one place, that I would eventually find a way to go out there, to leave, to discover, to learn, to explore. Paris, France was always on top of my list. My mom used to say, “Maybe you were a French actress in your past life.” because of my keen interest in Paris, the French and also acting — the interest in becoming an actress eventually faded in time, but the French and Paris? Never, ever.
I spent a total of 4 short days in Paris last June 2013. It was the last city for my mini (Germany – Amsterdam – Paris) Eurotrip. I stayed with my dad’s friend who, on the second day, had to leave for Marseille (southern part of France) on a business trip, so I had the flat all to myself for two days — getting the feel of living alone in Paris.
The view from the flat, you can see the skyline of the city’s business district in the far back. I really appreciate how they keep the old buildings, and modern areas are separated. I wish we did that here in Manila.
My first meal in Paris, Linguine with Snails served with garlic butter, from Oscar Le Restaurant (So fancy, shmancy! My tito/uncle paid for lunch, so I got lucky!)
Pretty safe to say, I definitely fell in love — actually ‘in love’ sounds like an understatement for what I actually feel for Paris. Imagine finding your true love (that would be Gab, for me) and everything about them aches — but in a good way. The beauty, the lifestyle, and even the shitty weather made me love Paris in a way that I knew I’d never love another city (I haven’t been to a whole lot of cities around the world, but when the time comes and I step foot in New York City, I’m pretty sure my love for NYC will still be different from the love I have for Le Pari) (Okay, I’ll stop with the drama — maybe I should re-think about not pursuing a profession as an actress? Haha)
Weeks before I left for Europe, I booked all the important tickets I would need, a 4-day Museum Pass from the Paris Tourism Office, a 4 day hop-on-hop-off (Hoho) bus so I could tour around Paris with ease, considering it’s a HUGE city. June was actually peak season for traveling to Europe, which means hoards and hoards of annoying tourists swarming everywhere. It made it impossible to actually go check out the museums I wanted to see, because lining up would’ve taken hours, hence losing time to actually see the rest of the city. So I mostly spent my days around Paris sightseeing on the Hoho bus, walking around the neighborhoods, and trying out the cafes (when it wasn’t so full — but they always were).
Pont de Arts, the famous Love Bridge. The Parisian government recently issued a plea for tourists to stop placing locks on the bridge because it’s ruining the infrastructure, and they are trying their best to preserve the historical places/structures of Paris. I have a lock on this bridge, but after putting things into perspective, I’d have to agree with the French that the locks should be taken out.
The locks placed on this bridge are CRAZY. You can’t actually find space to place a lock anymore, and most locks are attached to other locks. Haha. Maybe if I get to return next year, I can take off my lock!
The Louvre. Look at all those tourists. And this was after it rained. When the sun was out, this square would be filled by 50% more people. I never got to go inside the museum, but I did walk around the area.
This is part one of my Paris trip. I didn’t want the post to be too photo heavy, so I’ll be doing two posts. By the time you read this post, I’ll be off to dinner with my mom and her friend from Paris who wants to meet me so we could talk about my plans of doing a work + study abroad program in Paris for 4-6 months possibly sometime next year… So fingers crossed, and wish me all the luck!
Happy Thursday, mon amours! :-)