Sunday, 27 November 2016
Sunday, 27 November 2016
Paree- Je T’aime
Ernest Hemingway once said, "If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast."
Summer of 2013 was my life-changing rendezvous with Paris and there was no ‘two-ways’ about it -Paris stirred me inside out! Like a ‘good disturbance’ the magical Seine and the brilliant L’ouvre imprinted on me! Be it immersing in some lush art or some quintessential Parisienne flâneur, sipping away finest coffee and delightful croissants- Paris is eternally -truly special!
And it had to be done again;) We hopped on our EasyJet flights and zipped away for a weekend of adventure- to experience a wintry Paris!
Oh boy, we loved it!
The lessened touristy throngs at this time of the year, truly gives you the opportunity to get intimate with Paree! Cobbled streets and the mighty wrought iron lattice-tower beckons you into a play of hide and seek!
It was certainly a tad bit wet for a picnic at champs-de-Mars, so we hopped off at Trocadero station instead, for the most-glorious-uncut view of the Eiffel!
The knotted skirt from Zara is a must have this season!
blouse from Mango has a retro vibe to it
Saddle bag from Topshop, Similar one from Mango here -its a bargain!
When you disembark at Trocadero, one doesn’t really need Google maps for directions, Eiffel will surely summon you;) It’s a mighty force!
|Love is in the air!|
With the cutest couples and polaroid camera lovers, the atmosphere is truly infectious!
You are easily spoiled for angles,fluttering doves and hot crepes! We certainly ‘captured’ the moment, with a million (or more lol) clicks and then whisked away to the Pont de Bir-Hakeim for further exploration and oh yes, it was such fine decision making!
With half the city running a marathon, it was remarkable to breathe in the mighty arches of the bridge built across the Seine.
Pont-de-Bir Hakeim is also notorious for the 15secs of reel-appearance in the movie Inception and the bridge truly has a very endearing feel to it!
It certainly seemed like the place –to- be for wedding-photography, stunning brides posed away-fierce fully fighting away the cold!
A stroll across the banks of Seine is certainly a romantic window of opportunity!
A trip to Paris is never complete without a visit to the markets! The Marché Bastille is open on weekends and if time-permits it’s a well-worthy visit. With the Freshest -Frenchest produce,From charcuterie to artisanal formaggio,it is a sight of a life time-I promise!
With famished bodies, we foraged for celebrated local eateries and discovered the little gem Chez Janou!
Sitting on a tight corner by the Rue Verlomme, Chez Janou has a retro vibe and it’s certainly buzzing, with plentiful locals( always a good sign;)!) , its renowned for Provençal cuisine!
We settled for the hearty soupe de jour served with some crostini and garlic sautéed prawns served with jasmine rice.
And for dessert we had to stop at the local boulangerie.
Like a well-oiled machine, finest baguettes and croissants were spawned with great class!
The patisserie displays were like little works of art, with glistening macarons and gleaming Mille-feuille -even the smallest berry placed with tweeze-perfection, it’s any sweet-lover’s greatest tribulation!
|Oh GOD ! HELP ME!|
|Heavenly Tarte Tartin!|
A quick visit to the Notre dame, and oh yes, Aux Merveilleux close to the Notre Dame is a thing of beauty!
Masses queue up to secure freshly baked cramiques and merveilleux cakes- a lovely meringue sandwich, camouflaged in whipped cream and smothered in fine chocolate shavings is absolutely divine and the produce literally sells like –hot cakes!
Picking up from where we left ;) a Notre Dame visit is dutifully right. The Gothic architecture and the significant stained glass work or even the deep notes of the magnificent church bells on the South Tower leaves one moved!
Paris is always a good idea-no matter when! Let the whimsical city romance you, may there be much merriment over abundant Rosé and joyful buzz of new things discovered !
Paree- Je T’aime
Until Next Time!
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