Over a year and a half ago I went to Paris by myself. It was the middle of spring, the flowers were in bloom and the weather was gorgeous. I had arrived in Paris from St. Pancras train station, overwhelmed with no idea where to go, where to start my small parisian journey. I googled healthy restaurants in the area as I had ate my weight in London. Cafe Naturellement popped up, and after looking at the photos I found I had made my decision togo there.
To set the mood the photo below is what Paris was like that night.
I realized when I got there that I barely knew any french. When I looked at the menu I was in shock. How could I understand what to order? The waiter arrived to my table and asked me what I wanted. Quickly he knew I was a little bit confused. I asked him if there was any cheese plates (I mean come on, I just arrived in Paris, I need a taste of all the amazing delectable cheeses) He laughed and said he could put together something. When he asked me what I wanted to drink I said whatever you recommend.
I believe that’s a little bit of mustard and pear slice on the side.
Five minutes later he came back with a plate of cheese and three different bottles of wine. He literally went off the menu and gave me my own wine and cheese tasting. It was such an fantastic and memorable experience, one I’ll never forget. After the cheese dish I needed something light and refreshing so I ordered the raw fish dish. The course was layered with bits of cucumber, radish, beans and herbs.
The best bottle of red wine I’ve ever had was the “Vin de France”. Highly recommend it if you can find it.
For dessert I ordered the pot of chocolate mousse that was perfection. It was scrumptious and a great way to begin my parian experience.
To get a taste of it yourself:
33 Bis Rue Mademoiselle, 75015 Paris, France
TEL: +33 1 73 73 23 69
The summer is coming to an end as September is just two weeks away. I still have Parisian memories last year of walking along the Seine River, then getting lost in the side streets. Paris is a place near and dear to my heart. It’s an ultra romantic and historical location, filled with rich history and culture.
Sometimes as a tourist you want to see all the sites and go to all of the recommended restaurants and bars. But when I travel the best advice that I have learned is to also explore the city without any plan. Somedays I would just walk along the Seine and wonder where it would take me. There are times I would buy an icecream and suddenly I was in the corner of a parisian alleyway and had no idea how I got there.
The best times are often not planned. So schedule in a day or two when going around a new site to just explore freely. You’ll find that cute little cafe that was not listed on Yelp, or that amazing vintage store that has no website. You’ll find your own little special part of town that no one knows about and create unexpected memories.
I can’t tell you where I was in these photos as I myself have no clue. Sometimes the best places are truly off the beaten path. It’s not just about not making in plans in Paris, don’t make plans on any trip you go. For then you will finally have an adventure on your own. Hope you are having a good weekend.
Some of you might not be aware that I have been applying to many schools in London to get my Masters in Marketing. I’ve received several acceptances and am excited I will soon be making my decision on which university to attend. From here on out my impossibly dream will become more tangible and real. I’ve been wanting to move to London since I can remember. I’m bit of an anglophile (as written in my “About Me” section) I’m not sure exactly what has always drawn me to London, but I think it’s always the unmentionables that make us fall in love with a place.
I could list the historical nature, old european architecture, swooning british accents, foreign food labels, easy travel between other countries, calming cloudy and rainy days as all reasons why I’ve fallen in love with London over my life. But there is something I can’t put down in words that just makes it feel like home. I’ve had a urning to keep returning and I don’t have the answer for everyone else. Not everyone feels like there is another location in the world that belongs to them, but I do.
I came to London. It had become the center of my world and I had worked hard to come to it. And I was lost. –V. S. Naipaul
I’m excited to take you on my journey to London this year. I’ll be really trying to post several times a week, if not at least one a day. I already post daily content on my Instagram @peoniesandplaces so make sure you follow to see my posts and instastory’s. Eventually I’ll start writing about my favorites in London, recommendations for shopping in town, and even where my weekend travels take me.
I’m more of just a traveler but someone is attracted to and stimulated to aesthetically pleasing things and visual intrigued. That’s why I gravitate towards all things photography, fashion and lifestyle. They all have an importance in my heart. Once classes get rolling I’ll write some posts on marketing tips and tricks and how I’ve been growing my social media following. For now, the future is in process
You find no man, at all intellectual, who is willing to leave London. No, Sir, when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford. -Samuel Johnson
As the weekend comes to a close I really wish I was having a nite cap at Le Perchoir in Paris. ✨🖤 It’s an amazing rooftop bar that has several stories and a great view. You might recognize this place from the movie Midnight in Paris.
“At the roots of Le Perchoir, there is a strong desire to reclaim Paris’ mythical rooftops and give Parisians a chance to live and enjoy special places in their city. For us – Le Perchoir’s crew – the first challenge was to transform the 400 meters-square rooftop of an industrial building in a nightlife venue. Our first rooftop bar has quickly attracted a young, creative audience, looking for new experiences. For us, it is also important to develop a lot of projects, through diverse collaborations and partnerships: exhibitions, concerts, pop-up restaurants, outdoor screenings…We want to gather and create surprises.
We then opened several other venues to meet with Parisians’ need for escape: the rooftop of Le Perchoir Marais, with a view on Paris and its most majestic monuments; Le Pavillon Puebla, at the heart of the historic Parc des Buttes Chaumont; and the exotic La Passerelle, quietly floating on the green banks of the Seine River.
The mission of Le Perchoir is to highlight our urban patrimony and to help revegetating the city through the conquest and layout of uncommon places in Paris. All the venues, although Parisian at heart, invite our guests to an exotic journey. Our music programming as well as the selection of tracks coming from all over the world made by Karl Plank from Radiooooo come from this spirit of travel.”