Vents from le Centre Pompidou and above, whistle-blowing traffic wardens at rush hour by one of the bridges across the Seine from Place de la Concorde – the strangest sight I saw!
5ieme etage, Plaisance, 18eme Arrondissement
I’m happy that so many of you commented that my last Paris post left you feeling nostalgic or eager to visit the city! It’s lovely to know that you enjoyed my trip via this bloggy, it’s cool for me to share it especially as I was on my own for much of it, and it felt like quite a personal experience.
The more private side of the trip is what I wanted to show you in this post. We’ve all seen photos of beautiful Parisian buildings and macaroons (if not, then you have to take a look at my last post for context!!) but how about inside the appartment that someone stayed in? Or a view from a balcony inside the city hospital that their cousin works in as a doctor? Maybe not so much! My 4 day trip was a perfect chance to live with my cousins, go out to bars and be invited for dinner with their friends (nutritional observation: there’s a severe lack of green vegetable matter in the Parisian diet!!) and to meet up with a friend, Sadie who blogs about ethical fashion in Paris at Sadie’s Warbrobe.
The absolutely delightfully sweet Sadie showed me her favourite vintage haunts in Le Marais, tried out a real hot chocolate in a retro cafe and walked me to see the oldest house in Paris! She then allowed me to experience the romantic but no less authentic, popular Paris eaterie L’as du Fallafel. Its a good old seedy fallafel restaurant/take away in the jewish quarter where the ‘code’ to the toilets is 69… Get the veggie pitta, just delicious, thank you Sadie!
Do keep an eye out for the 3rd post from my trip, about seeing and hanging out with my favourite bands!