Our latest trip to Paris ended two weeks ago, but I still haven`t found the right moment to look back and write about it.
It felt incredibly short yet very intense and full of friendly faces, so I wanted to make sure I put all the details into one place and write about it all at once.
So, If I were to make a photo album or a diary entry about the four days spent in the city of lights, this is what that would look like:
- Arriving in Paris & settling into our apartment located in the beautiful and quaint 7th arrondissement.
- Going for some grocery shopping at La Grande Épicerie de Paris and being totally overwhelmed by the deliciousness of this place (never before did we see so many nice producs under one roof!).
- An unforgettable dinner in two at Le Réminet, an excellent French restaurant in Quartier Latin. The restaurant experience was so fulfilling that we decided to skip the Easter Mass at Notre Dame cathedral, which we had been planning to attend after the dinner.
- A little walk by the Seine at night before heading back to the apartment.
- Easter egg hunt at Champ de Mars and the first signs of Spring in Paris.
- Lunch at Les Cocottes, a place we had been longing to return to ever since our first visit two years ago.
- Meeting Iza & Paul for a walk in the park followed by a visit to Philharmonie de Paris to see the exhibition we were looking forward to: David Bowie Is. It was a unique experience to hear “Starman” in my ears, while looking at the piece of paper on which Bowie himself wrote down the lyrics of the song (the very moment he was creating it!) and also at the costume he wore in the video of that same song.
- After the exhibition we all went to Le Marais to meet yet another friend of Iza & Paul and to all dine together at the restaurant we seem to choose each time we are in Saint-Paul area (too bad I can`t remember the name). I am totally addicted to their “Moelleux au chocolat“!
- Iza & Paul drove us back to the apartment, so we asked them to stay for a cup of tea and some more story telling. We also decided to join them in the trip to Normandie the following day!
- Driving through the beautiful French countryside all the way to Normandie with the beach in Etretat as our destination.
- A very sea-oriented lunch at one of the local restaurants in Etretat followed by a long and extremely pleasant siesta on the rocky beach: taking photos, reading and napping were all involved.
- We picked up a cone of ice cream from a local parlour (“deux bulles s`il vous plaît!”) as we were heading back to the car and we all agreed that it had been a lovely day!
- The drive back to Paris was rather long, but it felt nice: on the same road and at the very same time, Parisians seemed to be all returning back to the city at the end of the Easter break. From the backseat of the car where I was sitting, I could clearly read on their faces that special kind of sadness: the post holiday nostalgia. After all, I could feel it myself.
- Entering Paris that night was an amazing experience itself. As we were approaching, I could see the Eiffel Tower getting bigger and bigger, glittering in all its splendour – as if signaling the fact that we were about to reach a place of greatness. Continuing our way along the Charles de Gaulles Avenue, we were welcome to the city by yet another landmark – the Arc de Triomphe, with the flag of France majestically moving in the wind. Champs-Élysées Avenue, a bridge over the Seine, École Militaire and there we were back to Rue Oudinot, in front of our apartment building.
- Showing up at Iza & Paul`s lovely home in the upscale 17th arrondissement and feeling overwhelmed by the elegance and cosiness of their place. Iza was studying French, but she happily accepted to join us for brunch and then shopping in Le Marais, in what was the last day of our trip to Paris.
- We stopped for a little while in the garden at Palais Royal to breathe in the Spring that was finally showing up in the city, then had brunch at nearby Le Pain Quotidien – another place we were keen to revisit.
- Once in Le Marais, we headed straight to my no. 1 attraction in the city: Diptyque. I know I can buy these perfumed candles online and that they are for sale even here, in Amsterdam, but I have the outmost pleasure of getting myself one whenever I visit Paris, each time a different fragrance. This time, I chose “Violette”, while Iza was completely charmed by the “Mimosa”.
- Our time in Paris was running out, so we decided to have a cup of tea at Place de Vosges before heading back to Iza`s apartment to pick up our luggage and go to the train station.
- We left the city while it was in full on Spring and made a promise to return in Summer (that picnic by the Seine is still on my dream list!)
Four days in Paris are never enough, are they? 🙂