“People don’t take trips . . . trips take people.” – John Steinbeck
Oh Paris, Paris! I’m here again.
I visit France quiet a lot. I have a weakness for Normandy. I love Pays Basque and I never say no to Provence. So why I never write about Paris? I must have visited once of twice on all those French trips?
I indeed visit Paris a lot. I often come to spend just a weekend, and that happens many times a year. Ok, maybe not this year exactly. I have been out of Europe for most of 2013. But generally I visit often.
Do I love Paris? I do!
So why I never write about it? To be frank I do not feel like I’m really capable of doing so. I do not want to patronize you about places ‘must visit’ and activities ‘must do’! Often all the advices sounds soooooo cliché!
Generally I’m a bit fed up with my style of writing and telling people to get lost. Sit and have a coffee in an awfully French cafe to observe people etc. etc. I love those things but it doesn’t mean you must love them or enjoy spending your time this way.
There is no better or proper ways to do things. There are only right ways for each traveller. So from now on my posts will be more about my experiences. Things I have done. And many pictures of the places I have visited. If you fancy any of those feel free to add them to your Bucket list. I will be delighted! But if you prefer to go kayaking on Thames, go for it!
Did I fall in love with the city from the first sight? No! Not only I didn’t love it from the first visit. Neither from the second or the third! Paris is a demanding lover! It took me a lot of effort. A lot of sweet words and many many dates to seduce it. To fall for it. To look forward to the next meeting. Not like Oslo or Berlin, which you can’t help, but loving straight away!
And even after all that effort. All those romantic weekends. Many one-night stands and weeks of sweet love. It still, sometimes, plays hard to get and super moody. Like all French men do!
Getting a dinner is always a challenge, requires planning week in advance, many phone calls and actually knowing French ha ha ha
Not like getting a drink is easier. Those days Paris is all about secret bars and hidden nightlife spots.
I know them all. Thanks to my lovely friends who are Parisians and reveal all those privileged information to me. And maybe slightly thanks to my drive of always willing to try new things :)
So on this trip I had millions of coffees in awfully French cafes all around the city. I visited my favorite Centre Pompidou. Had crepes for lunch in Josselin with a friend from the Italian Team. Had dinner in Vivant and La Tour d’Argent restaurants. Eat the best sushi in Paris in the place I know well, but never remember the name. Although I know how to get there. Walk miles while taking pictures and visiting art galleries.
La Tour d’Argent Restaurant
La Tour d’Argent was a true highlight of my trip. When we (my secret lover and I) arrived they seems not to have our reservation, but this issue was quickly resolved and we were escorted to our table. Best table in the restaurant with a great view over the river and Paris.
What else do you need you would think? I had one idea… bottle of perfectly aged red! Which was served exactly a minute after I start thinking about, it was like they were reading my mind! Oh wait! It was my friend who took care of this. Strangely I was so lost in my thoughts, so mesmerized by the view that I didn’t pay attention.
And let me only tell you the wine list here is legendary. La Tour d’Argent is offering over 15,000 wines to select from, the list is thick and very heavy book which is way to long to comprehend. Luckily my friend is more than an expert when it comes to wine.
After I finally snapped out of my thoughts, I have enjoyed an amazing dinner and yes their ducks which come from House Burgaud in Challans which are numbered in La Tour d’Argent from 1890 are to die for! Number of my duck was 1127351! Wow!
And it wasn’t the end! We still had to face delicious crepes ‘Belle Epoque’ and an espresso which I felt I need after all the amazing food and wine I just devour.
Voilà that’s all! If you have any specific question. Maybe some picture caught your eye or you want to share a though just comment below!