Facebook has a lovely feature reminding you where you were on a given day in years past – also a stellar way of subtly confronting you with how much you’ve aged and how much weight you’ve gained! When I first started drafting this post (pre-Christmas lol) I had woken up with a notification that that particular day last year, I was painting storefronts in Paris with my art school.
Circling back to Paris, it was a pretty surreal experience spending time there studying drawing and a bit of painting – especially since it’s quite a departure from my normal life working in an investment bank! Probably because of this experience, Paris remains one of my favourite cities and somewhere I continue to travel to on a semi regular-ish basis. So a week after returning from Madrid, I felt it was due time to pay the city of lights another visit.
Living in London means that one can simply get the train from Kings Cross to Paris in only 2 hours – the time it sometimes takes to drive into Sydney CBD in peak hour! I arrived at Gare du Nord on Saturday morning and headed out to Bel-Air, where I was to stay with my old neighbour back when I lived in a little Parisian studio. Even after moving away, everything felt really familiar and I quickly sunk back into autopilot mode, except for the sad fact that my French was now a lot more rusty than it was last year 😦
Being such a photogenic city with so much to do, I thought it would be nice to share some snaps that I never uploaded during my time staying in Paris, as well as from the subsequent weekend trips ive taken since moving to London. Sure, it does get a bad rap sometimes, but flaws aside, Paris is in my opinion, one of the most interesting, amazing cultural centres in the world (which is why I continue to rave on about it like a mad man)! But if you’re not quite convinced of how incredible this place is, here’s a few reasons to love the city of love:
Amazing cityscape views
History all around you, and even underneath you:
The Notre Dame, inside and out, and the Musee d’Orsay
And the most wonderful reason of all, the joie de vivre!