My Visit to Paris

Summer is the perfect season for travel & never have I dreamed to visit Paris for the second time in three years. Paris is known as one of the most attractive and most visited cities in the world! We did the typical “touristy things” in Paris, but we loved every minute of it! This time we got to stay a whole week in this lovely city & our stunning apartment made it very hard to leave at the end of the week only a few meters away from the Eifel tower. I can’t wait to share all my favorite spots in Paris.

Probably one of the most “touristy” things to do & definitely a must is to pack a basket & a bottle of wine and have a picnic at sunset under the Eifel tower.

Jardin du Luxembourg is one of my favorite spots in Paris, situated on the border between Saint-Germain-des-Prés & the Latin Quarter. The gardens which cover 25 hectares of land are split into french gardens & english gardens. There are many activities & facilities for children & adults such as chess, tennis, bridge & remote control boats. For photographers it’s best to visit first thing in the morning before tourists arrive & that is exactly what we did! We did a shoot with French blogger and photographer here named Ketevan Giogadze (instagram: @katie.one)

The Louvre was one of the first museums on our list to visit. The Louvre is the world’s largest museum & also most visited with an incredible 8.5 million visitors in 2009. The famous Mona Lisa painting can be seen in the Louvre along with some of my favorite artists works like Rembrandt and Vermeer, Caravaggio and Rubens. Jardin des Tuileries is the most stunning gardens between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde. It was the place where Parisians celebrated, met, strolled and relaxed.

A window in time, literally. This is a view through the clock face at the Musee d’Orsay. The Musée d’Orsay, originally a train station on the banks of the Seine is designed by Victor Laloux in 1900, houses a huge collection spanning the period between 1848 and 1914, and is home to a profusion of works by Delacroix, Corot, Manet, Renoir, Pissarro, Gauguin, Monet, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Van Gogh, Toulouse-Lautrec & others.

The views in Paris is spectacular, especially in the summer time. You can almost go up any building or monument like the Arc de Triomph, Eifel tower, Sacre coeur & there are a South African inspired rooftop bar that we also visited at sunset. The sun sets around 22:00 in the summer so the days are extra long. Have a look at all the amazing view we experienced.

Tour Montparnasse
Sunset drinks on the Seine overlooking the Notre Dame

View from the Arc de Triomphe
Le Perchoir Marais rooftop bar

We spent a whole day at Montmarte & that’s the best to do because you get to discover all the hidden spots. The Sacré-Cœur is located at the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in the city. Almost visible from anywhere. Montmartre is probably my most favorite areas to visit when in Paris. The district is about the atmosphere, the narrow streets, the artists & all the stories behind all of that. The well known Cabaret in Paris, the Moulin Rouge is also in this district.

Paris is famous for many things, not least of all the marvelous foods & treats that you can not help but taste. Around every street corner you can get your hands on Nutella Crepes, ice cream or Macaroons. Macaroons have become quite the trendy dessert & while they are abundant in Cape Town, you haven’t tasted a real macaroon until you’ve tasted one made in Paris. The best Macaroon I had was from Pierre Herme, slightly crispy on the outside & soft and creamy on the inside.

Au Revoir Paris! Until next time.

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