Monthly Archive November 2012
As I’ve previously said, I hate the winter and I hate the cold. But despite that I really hope for a few days covered in snow once I move back to Paris. How beautiful wouldn’t Paris look under a cover of white snow? But only for a couple of days. And only if it doesn’t get all slushy afterwards.
I think I’ve gotten a little snow obsession…
La Pâtisserie des Rêves is a little piece of heaven for anyone with a sweet tooth. Stroll around the boutique and let your eyes wander from pastry to pastry before you make your pick, then wait in line to receive your little treat. This is a place you shouldn’t miss if you find yourself in the 6th or 7th arrondissement. I think my pick would be the Mille Feuille du Dimanche. Or the La Tarte au Citron… Decisions decisions.
A little bit of colour can brighten up your day!
Now when I’ve been away from Paris for quite some time I get a little bit nervous about returning. Why? I’m afraid that I won’t like it as much as I think I do my head.
Before I made my first move to Paris I had the exact same feeling. Even though I’ve visited the city before I planned my move there I was still anxious and afraid that I had made up Paris to be more than it ever could be in my head… I was afraid that I had romanticised this beautiful, fantastic and absolutely wonderful city just a little bit too much for my own good. I was so afraid that I had made the wrong choice, that I would be super disappointed once I arrived and that my dream about Paris would be crushed.
When I arrived in Paris, in the beginning of what would become a few of the best months in my life, I loved the city, the people and everything else just as much as I had thought. If not more. It really was just as good as I had imagined it to be.
So why am I back to square one again? The same thoughts as before are running wild through my mind, just a couple of weeks before my move. “What if I don’t like it anymore?“, “Was it really that good?“, “What will happen if it’s a mistake?“, “Are you really sure about this?“, “How great can a city really be?“. I can’t seem to shake this feeling. And it doesn’t get any better when your whole life is suddenly turned upside down and everything you thought you loved is gone…
So please, remind me why both you and I have fallen madly in love with this city? I think I need a little bit of help to cure my cold feet!
Ducks and owls in the windows of Burberry.
Finally, after climbing 284 steps you reach the top of the Arc de Triomphe. And what a view you get as a reward! From here you can see Paris from whatever way you want to. Just take your pick! I would love to come back, preferably when the sun starts to set over the city and you get that golden pink sky…
My ideal Saturday would be spent here. Having a cup of tea in the salons of Hôtel Plaza Athénée and wandering the beautiful Avenue Montaigne… Have a wonderful weekend everybody!
I can’t wait to explore all the new cafés, restaurants, boulangeries and pâtisseries in my new neighbourhood once I move back to Paris. I want to find that café I can sit at for hours, the boulangerie where I can buy my fresh bread and croissants from and that pâtisserie who has the best tarte aux framboises.