Paris is so….Parisian ya know?
No but Paris is really really Parisian. All the artsy films? Yup those weren’t exactly lying… most of the time they are actually cute and honest. Best way to describe Paris : paved stones and fancy expensive shops and wrought iron in frilly designs and old paper written in cursive.
Now I get why Americans think Europe is very European – because Paris is The Most European thing.
Everybody just…talked to you in French first? Which yes Bonjur and Baguette and let me just Croissant??? Mate I know NICHTS here. I am just a cluster of confusion blown in the wind. I can speak only 2 languages and barley form sentences for a 3rd one on any given day. Spoiler alert : NONE ARE FRENCH!
Do you want me to pronounce ANYTHING more than Bonjur? Well even when someone was ringing up a slice of lemon cake I couldn’t even say that correctly! And I have a long winded love relationship with lemon cake – it’s special – so you know when it even comes to not being able to say anything then that’s SERIOUS and I’m a failure.
My French savvy parents were laughing AT me. The whole time. I hope you had a nice trip there MOM.
I do appreciate that Romanians have completely stolen the words “merci” and “pardon” at some point in history though. At least I didn’t have to stress my chickpea brain since I already say it all the time. Logic. AND USEFUL IN CROWDS.
La Tour Eiffel
I admit to being a blind old bat and not seeing how this one is the pivotal iconic symbol of romance. At all. It’s really pretty from afar and when it sparkles at night. But…the one and singular best rendition of romance? ….mehhHHHhh.
The boat trip on The Saine however is pretty cool.
I like boats. Really much. It’s speedy and I feel the wind in my face and I pretty much just have to stay put and breath it in.
What I don’t like are loud strangers that have no sense of personal space and keep pressing up against me. Please just let a 3 cm gap it’s not THAT HARD.
Regardless the BOAT TRIP WAS COOL. And it’s the perfect way to see Paris we did at sunset and in the yearly night the city IS BEAUTIFUL.
Noticing random pretty street graffiti in foreign cities is in my job description too. This one is rather feisty I like it.
Is pretty and block-y and very very grim. Does Notre Dame kill puppies in their free time? Who know mate – I am however very glad to not present my puppy to them. Caution as caution. See this is why you need a book to make people like you.
Disappointingly we didn’t climb up.
And, for all the Anna and The French Kiss feels out there – I present the mandatory Point Zero picture.
(All the tourists were stepping all over it 😦 !!! I wanted too grumpily shout WHAT ARE YOU DOING FICTIONAL CHARACTERS GOT ENGAGED HERE!! but alas I have a hunch they wouldn’t have cared too much)
Parisian streets of hidden corners – also really pretty and probably what it’d pop into your head first thing when somebody says PARIS!
Shakespeare and Company
This is one of those famous bookshops in Paris….and I confess I didn’t know about it’s existence until I checked my Youtube subscriptions with the crappy hotel wifi and I saw a “bookstores in Paris” video there right there.
FATE I TELL YA.
So this bookshop was an EXPERIENCE and the have a PIANO and A CAT and wow now I want to work in publishing and own a small crowded bookshop.
(I ended up buying 2 books – 1 is the English heritage book of short spooky stories and 1 is a poetry collection and one of the poem was called The Eve of St. Agnes and honestly can I point to Maggie Stiefvater and day it’s her fault I bought it? PLUS IT WAS NOT CHEAP ooHOhOhoHo.)
We couldn’t miss this pointy emblem now could we! It’s hugeeee and my feet hurt just remembering but I can say I’ve been to Luvre now.
The audioguide for the whole museum turned out to be a Nintendo 3DS – which I found particularly funny to toy with between all the 5000 year old statues.
My whole visit went something like:
Me: Look ancient dude. It’s a gaming console.
Me: I can see you in 3D!! ughhh TWICE!
Me: Wanna hold it?
Statue: …i have no arms…also I am an inanimate object and therefore cannot answer you.
Me: HA I bet you didn’t have these in 400 BC!
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned how this is one of my favourite statues from ancient times so here it is: ARTEMIS ON A HUNT. Because I loooove Artemis and nature and running around in a sheet being deadly is honestly life goals.
You’ve probably already heard of Mona Lisa and all those other really famous paintings in the Luvre so I’m not going to put them here. Just google Mona Lisa believe me it’s there in all her glory. I was not that impressed.
BUT there are some paintings that I thought were amazing and I’ve never heard of them before. So here is one underrated shy smol painting of death:
…I like what I like and I embrace my absolute hipsteresque hater-of-crowds typology.
And the pyramid at night LOOKS SO GOOD. Look at that maze of glass panes and how complicated and mysterious it is.
The Arc de Triomphe
(We have one of these ones in Romania too! It’s just the ugly and small cousin twice removed with a rather more communist flare. (They would get in fights at Thanksgiving over politics is what I’m saying.)
And hands down THE VIEW FROM UP TOP IS BETTER THAN THE ONE FROM THE EIFFEL TOWER.
In case you’re wondering what the occasion for this whole nice trip was : IT WAS MY BIRTHDAY!
I am officially 16 now!
Ahhhhhh I’m getting old and I haven’t stopped any apocalypse until now but!! I’m not giving up hope that my chance to go to a fantastical secret world of magic will come someday!
Last year for my dad’s and I b-day (because he’s literally 1 day before me….my whole family is born on 11 then 12 then 13 – SEE I’M TELLING YOU FINGERS CROSSED FOR THOSE MAGIC POWERS) – we went to VALENCIA and I wrote a blogpost all about it. Yes young and still smol newly 15 year old me did a thing I’m proud.
We go places for our birthdays since I don’t really celebrate it otherwise (sorry, real life friends you only get candy) and it’s this big collective present (yes that means no other books for my birthday it’s tragic but lives does move on).
THANKS PARENTS THOUGH YOU’RE THE BEST!