January 5, 2018

Paris Reflections Part 2

Paris Travel Guide Part 2

I have too many ‘favourite’ photographs of Paris that I was unable to narrow down. Here’s part 2, or catch up on part 1 here.

I couldn’t go to Paris without visiting Versailles, especially considering there were Anish Kapoor installations throughout the garden.

This piece (titled Dirty Corner) was actually heavily vandilised, twice, for being so controversial. I love the mix of contemporary art and sculpture with traditional landscapes and architecture. 

For some reason, I thought that visiting the Louvre at night (after spending most of the day at Versailles) would be a good idea. It was fairly quiet inside, but I was so exhausted! I knew that I wasn’t going to be able to see everything (apparently it would take 100 days to see all the artworks for 30 seconds each), so I chose to spend time looking at the Renaissance pieces, the ceramics area and found the Mummy! I also found this painting of ‘Michael Cera’.

Our time in Paris was running out, so we returned to Laduree for breakfast croissants and breakfast macaroons (that’s a thing, right?). One of my favourite things about Paris is the walkability – everything is so pretty and if you plan your day right you can walk everywhere, and even stumble upon many side-of-the-road crepe stands. After indulging at Laduree, we wandered to Musee D’orsay to view their art collection, and Galeries Lafayette to admire the beautiful architecture. Later that evening we ate French onion soup at Cafe St Regis.

Our final day was spent exploring Monmarte and it’s amazing flea. I followed Oh Happy Day’s guide to finding the Paris Flea (I’ve spoken to friends who have said they end up lost and miss out). If only I had space in my suitcase to burn! There were so many beautiful and intriguing pieces. I walked away with a vintage Lea Stein cat brooch, which I was so thrilled to find.

I wish the vintage Campari post was on my wall at home. I’ll have to go back and get it.

After visiting the markets we wandered in Monmarte, stopping to eat pastries and admiring the view over Paris from the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. We found a cute bar (Brasserie Barbes) to enjoy a final aperol spritz.

I couldn’t leave Paris without one final goodbye to the Eiffel Tower. We timed our visit so we could see it sparkle one last time nice and close up. Paris is truly a magical and beautiful place – I can’t wait to return to soak in the Parisian atmosphere sometime soon.

Before catching our seven-is hour train trip to Barcelona, we fuelled up at Holybelly and bought some pastries for the train trip (which we managed to completely squash by the time we boarded!).

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