Monthly Archive January 2013
This week started out so perfect with absolutely goooorgeous weather! Blue skies and sunshine that actually warmed you up if you stopped for a minute. So after an exciting meeting on Monday I decided to walk around the city for a little while instead of taking the métro home.
Since I’m trying to limit all the sugary sweets to the weekends I had to settle for a peek inside Ladurée instead of actually going inside. Once I’m inside I know that I could never have enough willpower to withstand all that deliciousness…
One of my favourite parks in Paris is actually the one behind the Notre Dame (if you can call it a park). Perhaps it’s because it reminds me so much of my first trip to Paris, when I had to cross this park to basically get anywhere in the city, or perhaps it’s because it reminds me of spring. During spring time some of the trees are covered in pink blossom and it just looks magical!
I wish that all January days would look like this one but now we’re unfortunately back to grey and rainy weather I’m afraid…
Even though I’ve almost been back in Paris for a whole month now I still have a super long list of favourite places I would love to revisit and new things that I would love to do, see and eat! Since my move started out with some very frustrating problems and continued with a hectic internship (that made me want to go to bed as soon as I got back home) I haven’t really had time to check off that many things from my list so far… Well, better luck this month!
When I moved to Paris last winter I was part of a couple and head over heels in love. When I moved this time around I arrived with a broken heart and a million new and strange feelings all at once. I must admit that I was terrified about facing Paris again… Simply because you’ll find signs of love and happiness absolutely everywhere you look, even if you’re not looking! I was afraid that this would be way too much for me to handle since I just got out from a long relationship and that all the signs, couples kissing and embracing one another everywhere would be like being punched in the stomach x 100.
Even though it’s incredible sometimes I must admit that seeing all the love in this city doesn’t make it that much worse. I actually still think these little signs of love that you’ll find everywhere in Paris are sweet and they often put a smile on my face. Although I could do without all the people groping each other in public places and trying to stick their tongues as far as they possibly can down each others throats. But hey, that’s just me!
Anyway, I guess the point I’m trying to make is that Paris can be great and absolutely amazing even if you’re not in love. Although Paris is known as “the city of love” I think it’s a pretty good city to experience on your own as well!
I have a confession to make. I’ve never actually been inside the Louvre! Oops. I know, I know, I have to go but when you live here you tend to postpone certain things since you know they’ll be there forever (at least I do). But yes, it’s on my to-do list.
Yesterday I had plans to meet up with Grace, from Will She Love Paris?, and Edna, from Expat Edna. Our original plan was to overindulge in delicious pastries at Jacques Genin but as you probably can tell from the photos above we didn’t exactly end up there. Due to an ongoing photo shoot we had to relocate our little Sunday date and instead we ended up at a cute little café near St Paul called La Favorite.
Don’t worry! We managed with pizza, French toast and some yummy pancakes. Even Diane, from the blog Diane, a broad, heard about our little brunch date and decided to spontaneously join our group!
Since we only were a few steps away from newly discovered L’Éclair de Génie we decided that it almost would be wrong not to stop for a little dessert. Caramel beurre salé, chocolat au lait mangue banane, praliné and chocolat avec coco were the flavours that caught our eyes.
A walk along the Seine couldn’t be avoided when the sun finally decided to pop out for a minute. Suddenly you could remember that spring actually existed and that it wouldn’t be rain and -4°C all year long.
To my delight Diane took us to La Caféothèque for a little coffee break, which I somehow have missed even though it’s just a minute or so away from my old Parisian apartment. Great place to visit if you’re looking for a cup of delicious coffee and cosy atmosphere!
After that we parted ways and I started to make my way back home. When you have these gorgeous views on your way home you don’t really want to go down underground and take the métro…
And I’m glad I didn’t because then I would have missed this beautiful Parisian sky. Sometimes you have to pinch yourself a little bit, or just stop for a while and look out over all of this to actually realise where you are.
There’s so many beautiful places in this city.
I know I go on and on and on about this place but it’s a true favourite of mine (the staff has even begun to great me now due to my many visits). The food is absolutely delicious and it’s so unbelievable price worthy! The mushroom soup, the starter seen in the first two photos, is crazy yummy and would be more than perfect during these freezing cold days… Another thing you’re not allowed to miss while you’re there is the white bourgogne wine. One of my favourites! Mmmm. I’m getting hungry just writing about this, I need to go back.