I’ll be honest, I’ve never been able to find that elusive ‘romance of Paris’. That is, up until I visited the infamous city a couple of weeks ago with my other halves Olivia and Kristabel! All that chat about magic and beauty finally started to make sense as we trotted from place to place on the girls’ lists. I’m no pessimist but every other time I’d been, I couldn’t see past some of the less pretty sides of the city but now that I’ve finally branched off and discovered more areas like the Sacre Coeur and Le Marais, I’ve realised that the reason for my disappointment was simply that I hadn’t seen the best bits, plus not being on my lonesome helped too!
This time round, I proclaimed to the girls that I was ‘finally discovering the beauty!’ on almost every boulevard we came to. Our frequent stops at pretty street-facing cafes to eat pain perdu definitely got me all in-touch with my French roots and into the swing of the laid back lifestyle. I even tried the Parisian classic – steak tartare tartines for the first time too!
As well as climbing those famous Montmartre steps as the sun set, we discovered Boulevard Saint Germain (this being our go-to place for meals), felt all edgy and chic checking out Kenzo stores and frantically stocked up on Bioderma in that Paris pharmacy. Because taking a trip to a Pharmacie is the new queuing at Laduree. Well, we couldn’t be romantic all the time!
Le Sacre Coeur