Scrapbook: Le Gay Paris!

The City of Love

It is no wonder why Paris is nicknamed ‘The City of Love’. All you have to do is view the city from high up the iconic landmark, the Eiffel Tower, or walk down the beautiful Champs-Élysées with its magnificent shops, cafes, gardens and statues, to see how wonderful the city is. Even the stone-hearted are won over in this town.

With impressive landmarks, including the above, l’Arc de Triomphe and the famous Notre Dame Cathedral, you won’t be stuck for things to go and see. Intricate designs and architecture across these attractions means that this is a particularly pleasing town for the more artistic person. As well as the famous monuments, there are some excellent museums in the French Capital, as you would expect from a country which has bred so many world-renowned artists. On my trips there I have visited the Musee du Louvre, Musee d’Orsay and Musee Rodin, to name a few, and it has to be said that all three of these are beyond impressive. My personal favourite and recommendation is the Musee d’Orsay which holds masterpieces from the likes of Monet, Manet, Renoir and Van Gogh.

Another exquisite thing about Paris is the food (and not to forget the wine). ‘Les escargots’, ‘cuisses de grenouille’ and ‘foie gras’ are a must have in any French restaurant. Last time I visited I had two lovely meals at Les Deux Magots and Le Cou de la Girafe, where the food was divine, the service impeccable and the wine even better than both of those! We also went to a wonderful bar/club called L’Arc, which seems to be the place where all the good looking men (and women) of the world hang out. Being a group of 10 ladies, this was all very exciting. A city of love and I can see why!

Everything in Paris was another level up on the scales of sophistication. While we were trailing home at 3am tired and slightly worse for wear, the Parisians were still sitting at their outside dinner tables eloquently sipping wine and smoking cigars. The night was still young for them; it must be noted that the Parisian body clock is 3-4 hours later than that of a typical Londoner.

Their fashion is also the height of sophistication. Every man and woman dresses as if they just walked off the ‘Chanel’ catwalk, which is less surprising when you see the fabulous stores which line the Champs-Élysées. You would have to have the best self-restraint in the world to not be tempted by the elegant garments of clothing inside!

A final place to mention which is worth visiting is the Pere-Lachaise Cemetery, where you can find several famous people including Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison (one of our group was a big fan of The Doors!) The Cemetery is well preserved and makes for a good place to wander around and appreciate those who are buried there.

So I would definitely recommend a break away to Paris, the City of Love. You never know, you might find romance there too!