Me and Paris have had a pretty “interesting ” relationship. Let me explain to you quickly why.
I lived in Paris for 3 months to do my final year internship in a PR company and at this time I really lived my experience there. I was working in a cool company, discovered Japanese food (well the French version of Japanese food – where you can find sushi cheese and sweet soy sauce) and this is also where I met my best friend Charlotte 🙂
After that, I decided to go to England to learn English, and gambled on finding a family to au pair – which was one of the best decision I have ever done (I am still thanking the 19 years old me ^^) Long story short, I just feel in love with London and I started to really dislike Paris …
I ended up comparing London and Paris for a very long time, and pretty much hated everything about Paris for a while… I only saw all of negatives, and every time I was going there, I never felt comfortable, couldn’t get myself to want to go back and so I didn’t for years.
Last year, one of my best friend Mathieu took me on the back on his motorcycle and drove me around Paris … It was a rainy day but it didn’t stop us from going from street to streets, driving around the beautiful Haussmannian avenues, some popular areas and finally back to Gare Du Nord to catch my Eurostar. I started to see again why people describe the city as the “most beautiful city in the world” or how “romantic” it can be.
The end of the story is that I stopped comparing Paris to London and that was for the best! They are two completely different cities, different people and different atmosphere, and of course it is normal and a must! We are sadly starting to see our Capital cities turning into “Global” capital cities. Same high street brands, more and more “instagramable” places, which are similar from cities to cities and that’s a shame.
Paris, please keep your bistros and your Parisians.
Places I love
Café de la Poste: for delicious brunch with Frites and charcuterie and Cheese platers, 124 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris
Wild and the Moon: Cute coffee shop, with healthy and vegan options for food, 25 Rue des Gravilliers, 75003 Paris
Poilâne Boulangerie: Delicious Bakeries around Paris!
Quais de Seine from Pont de Art to Notre Dames : I just love walking down the Seine, where you will find a lot of nice places for a drink/ food.
Le Marais: my favourite area in Paris, lots of little shops, little coffee places, restaurants ect … just very lovely to walk around.