*Speaks French to self*
My second visit to this romantic city and yet it felt as if I were seeing it again for the very first time! This time around I was accompanied by my best friend, which made the experience all the better. Traveling alone, with family, a lover or friends definitely alters your trip. Depending on what your interest are or what kind of adventure you aspire to have, its always good to be accompanied by someone who shares the same enthusiasm. Using theAirBnB application we found a beautiful three bedroom penthouse flat walking distance from the Lourve and only minutes away from Eiffel Tower.
Settling in our new home we wasted no time getting dolled up for dinner. Due to the timing of this end of summer Parisian excursion we found the city to be very calm. Apparently August is when everyone in Paris goes on holiday and migrates to the South of France. While what felt like the entire city was yachting in Cannes and Monaco we were determined to find the party in Paris. Informed by a friend I was told to check out Le Matignon. Arriving to the sexy yet sophisticated supper club that I knew I’d love the moment I entered was everything I could’ve imagined. Dinner and a bottle of champagne later we decided on dessert, call it cliché if you must but the “French Toast” at Matignon was the best I’ve ever had. Not sure if it was the amazing dj or the dessert but we were left feeling great and ready to party. Going with the flow of the night we ended up at the trendy after hours lounge called Café Chic. At last, we found the party in Paris! Following Café Chic we stopped by Le Bar at the Four Seasons then finally ending the night at some Senegalese disco. #TalkAboutRandom!
Beginning our day at Du Lourve we said good morning to Mona Lisa and even managed to snag a selfie with the beauty after pushing through thick crowd. The Lourve itself is full of beautiful art but I honestly prefer the infamous glass pyramid entrance outside. Seated at the restaurant in the museum court yard we enjoyed Brunch with a view of exactly that. One museum wasn’t enough, after eating we headed over to Muse Orsee then did some shopping/site-seeing on Champs Élysées. The remainder of the day was spent roaming the fashion boulevard and checking out all the amazing shops which lead to Arc De Triomph. Once night fell we rushed home for a quick nap and yet again began getting dolled up for dinner. We dined at the exclusive La Cantine du Faubourg, allegedly it’s the restaurant where Jay-z proposed to Beyoncé. Upon entering the décor was very sexy and filled with art work. While being seated I couldn’t help but notice the massive painting hanging behind our table that read “F*ck Art Let’s Dance,” after a long day of museums I couldn’t have agreed more! Dinner at La Cantine was absolutely amazing. I definitely understand why it would be considered the “it” spot, leaving I already could not wait to return. Literally stumbling across the street we were back at Café Chic where the doorman let us in with no hesitation. Feeling like regulars we danced our way through the crowd to our table. Champagne s’il vous plaît!
Having visited Paris a few times before you’d think my enthusiasm to see the Eiffel Tower would depreciate. Instead I become more excited each time. With each tour of this iconic steal structure I appreciated its beauty more and more. Arriving to the top you see all of Paris and I’m almost sure it’s the moment where every visitor proclaims their love for this romantic city. Before departing one must seal the deal at Pont de l’Archeveche or as most call the “Love Lock” bridge. The locking of love at Pont de l’Archeveche feels like a scene from a movie. Scribbling your names on a lock, finding the perfect place to put it, locking it then throwing its key into La Seine river proves to be magical. Even those who lack imagination would gain from this experience. It’s a moment you and your loved one will be sure to remember. Also justifying the means as to why you return to Paris in hopes to scope out your lock amongst the million other lovers. Although I failed to locate my previous lock placed on the bridge simply knowing that it was there was enough. My mission was complete!
Something about Paris demands your attention, everything you see tells a beautiful tail if you let it. It’s not somewhere I would call home but it’s a place I will always come back to!