Audrey Hepburn once said 'Paris is always a good idea' - still, it took me 19 years until last week, I finally visited the city of love, style and macarons. It's a peculiar feeling to visit a place that you have heard and read so much about. Maybe that is why I decided not to plan my visit at all and discover the city as I am going instead. But what can I say, Paris really is what people say it is - beautiful, very french, monolingual, delicious and quite romantic. Although we were only in the city for the weekend, I was amazed by the many things I got to see and discover.
On our first day in Paris, we took a trip to la Fondation Louis Vuitton, which holds a collection of art works owned by LVMH and Bernard Arnault. While the exclusive Kanye West music video installation seemed to fascinate most of the visitors, the architecture of the building by itself is what I found particularly inspiring.
Of course I couldn't visit Paris without seeing some of the worldfamous landmarks such as le musée du Louvre , le pont des Arts and la Tour Eiffel. A walk along the Seine takes you to Notre Dame, le Centre Pompidou and Paris cityhall, which is part of 'Le Marais'. This area is how I always imagined Paris - hundreds of small boutiques, home decor stores and an amazing tea shop called Mariage Frères make visiting le Marais an absolute must!
What would a trip to Paris be without trying some Macarons from Ladurée - one of my friends who recently moved to Paris treated me to some of his favourite flavours - orange and cherry blossom, salted caramel and raspberry - très bien!
Our last day in Paris was a dream come true, as we were given a tour of Yves Saint Laurent's atelier within la Fondation Pierre Bergé. It was an incredible feeling to see where his ideas came to life and hear about how his garments were created from design to runway. Apparently, Monsieur Saint Laurent got most of the inspiration for his collections from the arts and art books in particular, reflected in the giant bookshelves inside the atelier.
After this surreal experience, we headed towards Sacré-Cœur and the Montmatre, which offered us an amazing view over Paris including a breathtaking performance by a street peformer. Although like many other places in Paris this area was evidently transformed into a tourist haven, Paris is always in for a surprise, a special moment that contributes to maintaining the magical atmosphere surrounding the city - this time in form of newlyweds, who had their pictures taken infront of the picturesque background of la Place du Tertre.
Merci Paris for a truly unforgettable time, it surely won't be the last!
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