Category: Paris

When there’s 24 hours left and the 10 best Paris quotes

Hello darlings!

I can’t believe I’m leaving Paris in just about 24 hours. I remember 10 months ago when I was writing a post about my last 24 hours in Denmark. And what a year it’s been!
Paris is one of the most romantic, cultural and historical cities in the world. Whenever you leave your apartment (or hotel), there’s always something to do. And even though I could go out and do so many crazy things in my last day here, that’s not what I have done so far. Instead, I went to my favorite bakery to buy the best macaroons in Paris. I went to one of the places where they make really good crêpes. I went for a walk along the Scene and bought a final souvenir. I bought a bottle of rose wine and enjoyed it with my friends. Because tbh, as great as Paris is, those things and all the memories I’ve made this year, is what I cherish the most. It’s things like that I’ll look back at in the future and miss. I’m gonna miss this city more than anything, and a thing I’ve realized is that Paris is without a doubt my favorite city. All the songs, movies and quoes haven’t been made out of nothing.

So as I’m writing my last post in my last hours in the city og lights, I’ll give you the 10 best quotes I’ve learned about Paris this year:

  1. “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway
  2. “An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
  3. “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” -Thomas Jefferson
  4. Paris… is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail. -Edmund White
  5. “He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.
    Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.
    Nothing is more sublime.” – Victor Hugo
  6. “I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.” – Amy Thomas
  7. “… you’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.” – E.A. Bucvhianeri
  8. “Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.” – Willa Cather
  9. “I cannot tell you what an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” – Charles Dickens
  10. And at least, but not last, as I’ll keep saying from now on: “We’ll always have Paris.” – Casablanca 

That’s all for now – bisous xx

What to do in Paris

Hello darlings!

My time in Paris is nearly done, and what a year! I’ve fallen deeply in love with Paris, and I’ll definitely leave my heart here. I’ve gotten to know the city pretty well by now, and I’ll here give you the top 10 places to go if you’ll ever find yourself in Paris . I do want to recommend you, not to come in the months march-august if possible, since it’s the tourist season, where the lines will be pretty long for almost everything.

  1. The Eiffel Tower. Okay so I know the first might seem a bit obvious, and so many people have called Paris’s landmark overrated. But it is a must-see in Paris, no matter the season. Of course going up for an amazing view is even better, but it can also easily be enjoyed from either Champs de Mars or Place de Trocadero.
  2. Musée du Louvre. The Louvre museum is the most visited museum in the world, with its most popular painting being the Mona Lisa. But that is just one of the many wonders you can see at the museum.
  3. Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Montmatre is definetly my favourite area in Paris, and if you’re set on going, you should consider a visit to the church of  Sacré-Cœur. Not only does it have an amazing view if you climb all the stairs to the church, Montmatre is also know as it’s one of the most authentically Parisian neighbourhoods.

  4. Chateau de Versailles. The Versaille castle is technically not inParis, but if you the time, it’s definitely worth a visit. King Louis XIV wanted to have the most pompous and amazing castle in France, where the Versaille castle and its wonderful gardens became the result. One of the most popular rooms is the Hall of Mirrors.
  5. Jardin du Luxembourg. If you find yourself in the 6th district of Paris, you should definitely consider a visit to the Luxembourg Gardens. It’s the perfect place for a Sunday stroll, or go to the nearest bakery or supermarket to buy some food and enjoy a picnic by one of the many beautiful spots in the park. There’s also a big park for kids, though with a small entrance fee.
  6. Cruise on the Seine. This is something I’ve done several times, and though many recommend to go just around sunset, it’s worth a trip any time of the day. You can book a dinner on the cruise Bateau aux Mouches (including piano and violin playing). Of if you just want to enjoy the city of Ligts with a guide, you can book tickets for 10€ online for Vedettes du Pont Neuf.
  7. Arch de Triumh. The Triumphal Arch is one of Paris’s most fmous monuments,  standing at the end of Champs Elysée (which is deffinetly worth wlking down. Another opportunity to get an amazing view of the City of Lights.
  8. Nore Dame & La Chapelle. Notre Dame and La Chapelle might be some of the most famous and extraordinary churches of Paris. Notre Dame is one of the first Gothic cathedrals in Paris, also with the opportunity of a great view, if you do decide to climb the 400 steps to the tower. La Chapelle is known as the prettiest church in Paris, used by the royals before the French Revolution.
  9. Père Lachaise Cemetery. This is the largest and most popular cemitary in Paris, the first garden cemitery in Paris. There is several famouse singers, writers etc burried here, etc. Edit Piaf, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.

  10. Any bakery in Paris. As timeout wrote on their article about bakeries in Paris “Not to indulge your sweet tooth in Paris would be a crime.” No matter which bakery you’ll go into, you find yourself drowling over the most delicious french cakes, pastries, baguettes and macroons. If you want to try some of the real french special but dont feel like going to a resturant, a bakery in Paris is the perfect place to go.

Thats all for now darlings! If you have any questions or comments, write them under this post! xxx

A booklover’s Paris

 

Bonjour a tout le monde

Today is the first day of spring! Can you believe how the time is flying? The weather is getting better, the days are getting longer and summer is just around the corner. For a writer like myself Paris is such an amazing city with loads of inspiration, and it’s gonna be so nice being able to sit by the Seine and write again. However it’s still gray and rainy, but until the weather gets better I’ve written a post about the Paris I love, a booklover’s Paris.

The bookstores

Have you also tried walking around in bookstore after bookstore, leaving disappointed because there were no English books to be found? You don’t have to worry any longer, because I have founf the 3 best bookshops in Paris with english books:

Shakespeare and Co.

If you have ever read about Paris, talked to people who have lived here or been visiting yourself, and you like to read at least a bit, you have heard of Shakespeare and Co. It’s an English bookshop, right next to Notre Dame. It was founded in 1951 by George Whitman. Ever since it opened, many artists, writers and intellectuals have visited the shop, and many have even been invited to sleep among the bookshelves and piles of books. Shakespeare and Co is without a doubt my favourite bookshop in Paris.

Where to find it: 37 rue de la Bûcherie
75005 Paris (metro stop Cité)

The Abbey Booksop

Not far from Shakespeare and Co, you’ll find the Abbey Bookshop. A wonderful messy and completely full, English bookshop. As you can see on my photos you can barely enter between the bookshelves because of the many piles of books. Unfortunately, the Abbey Bookshop is often overlooked my shops like Shakespeare and Co. However, I can promise you it has all the books you desire and to considerable smaller price than the more famous bookshops.

 

Where to find it:   29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris
(metro stop Cluny – La Sorbonne)

 

Gibert Jeune – Librairie générale et papeterie

Gilbert Jeune is, as the name gives, a yellow bookshop right in front of Saint Michem metro. It its a french bookshop, but they have a rather big english department (seperated from the 4-floors of french books though).You can basically findy anything you want, new books as well as second hand books, which you can find on sale to resonable prices.
It has a great collection of books in both english and french, not to mention all the gorgeous notebooks and cute gifts you can get in there as well.  It’s very central and close to the other two bookshops I’ce described for you, so if you’re already in the area I’d recomend you to have a look at this “little” yellow bookshop as well!

Where to find it:  5 Place Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris
(metro stop Saint-Michel)

 

The best cafés in Paris

Salut a tout le monde!

So after almost 5 months in Paris, I’ve gotten to know the city pretty well. Of course there is always more to discover in a city like this, but I’ve crossed of most of the things on my bucket list. But to be honest I’m spending a lot of my time on cafés, which is a big part of the Parisian culture. Here I have collected some of my favourite and best cafés here in Paris.

1. Season Paris
If you love a cozy and hipster café with delicious breakfast Season is the best. With their reasonable prices and delightful bowls of greek yogurt and musli, decorated with fresh fruit and granola Season is my favourite place to go for a non-french breakfast. They have base close in the 3rd district, just a couple of stops from Bastille.

Adress:
1 rue Dupuis 75003 Paris (metro station: Temple or République)

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2. Le Carette 
Le Carette is one of the more expensive cafés to try in Paris, but one I’d recommended to try. It’s an amazing atmosphere, cozy from the cute, flowered cups and plates to great service to delicious food. It is described on their website as “one of Paris’s prettiest pâtisserie”, founded  1927 by Jean Carette and his wife Madeleine, There is 2 Carette cafés in Paris, one in le Marais and one close to the eiffel tower at Place du Trocadéro.

Adresses:
25 Place des Vosges (metro station Chemin Vert)
4 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre (metro station Chemin Vert)

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3. Le vrais Paris
Le Vrais Paris is located in a perfect spot in Montmartre, ideal to experience the atmosphere in (according to me) the best area in the city of lights. If you´re going there for a cup of coffee or a full meal, I can definitely recommended this lovely café. I’ve been there so many times since I first arrived in Paris, though I always preferred to sit outside by the street to really absorb the atmosphere. As I said you can find it in Montmartre in the 18th district.

Adresses:
 33 Rue des Abbesses (metro station: Abbesses)

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4. Bistro François Félix

Bistro François Felix is located right next to Place De Concorde, very central at the very end of Champs Elysée. I’ve often went here for a cup of coffee and a pain au cocolate for breakfast, however their menus consists of various drinks and plates. The café is very cozy with a perfect location, especially if you have a lot on the program. This would be a great café to start a busy day in Paris!

Adress: 
9 Rue Boissy d’Anglas (metro station: Concorde)

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I will keep adding cafés to this list, so stay updated!