So yeah, this happened. And I still cannot entirely believe that it did. At first, my weekend wasn’t looking up to be a good one. Lots of PowerPoint presentations to catch up on, tens of papers to read, an extra college to attend, spending all my leftover money on school books and feeling a little sick made me feel pretty stressed at the end of the week. When K asked me on Saturday if I felt like driving down to Paris, I told him I was absolutely not in the mood for jokes about travelling as I still needed to finish reading a few papers. He was not joking.
K’s parents had won a Roland Garros tour and meet-and-greet with Mauresmo, and were driving to the French capital early the next morning. We parked our car near the tennis stadium, and then took a metro from Porte D’Auteuil to the city center. We started our tour at the Eiffel tower, just so that I could check if all that was happening was real. There were huuuuuge crowds everywhere, and as I don’t handle those too well we quickly disappeared into the underground again to make our way to the Galleries LaFayette. I would really love to find a new pair of black ankle booties this fall, and I remember they had an extensive shoe department where I surely would find something. There were again, waaaaay to many people in a waaaaay to small space, so I didn’t really got to look around before the masses got a bit overwhelming and I wanted to leave. But, on our way to the exit we came across the Michael Kors mini-store and my heart just stopped. I’ve been wanting a MK handbag for a few years now, and you know, they’re kind of really pretty and kind of really tempting. Dropping €375 on a handbag after spending a few hundreds on school books te day before, was not going to happen though so I turned my fashionista heart into stone and walked away. Today, I regret that decision.
We remembered there were quite a few Starbucks cafés in this neighborhood from our last visit in 2011. We walked around for a bit and then we found one that still had a few of those comfy leather sofas to sit on. I ordered my first PSL ever and boy, you Americans definitely know what is good! They didn’t have the matching muffin, but the free wifi made up for that. I was Instagramming my heart away yesterday, please forgive me for the major photo dump. My account will go quiet for a while now, because I don’t have wireless internet in my building. After our latte fix we took a metro to Le Marais to go and find L’éclairs De Génie. My goodness, are those the best pastries ever. They are a little expensive, €5-€6.50 for a small éclair, but considering others pay €4.50 for an eenie meenie macaron, I think their pricing is still quite fair. I choose an éclair with a passion fruit-raspberry topping and pudding inside, and K went with a vanilla-pecan cream-filled pastry. We found ourselves a hidden garden to enjoy our “lunch” and rest a little before we continued to stroll around the Le Marais neighborhood. Le Marais is hip and happening and therefore really crowded, but also a great place to spot fashionable people and do a little shopping and dining. We only had a few more hours left in the city, so I didn’t get to explore as much as I would have loved to. The Notre Dame was calling and I still wanted to shoot my outfit on the Île de la cité. We walked to the island and again, there were huge lines outside the cathedral so we decided not to go inside this time. Instead, we used our saved time to chill a little along La Seine and then went for the last place on our checklist: Le Sacre Coeur. My favorite part about this place in Paris is not so much the basilica itself, but the marketplace behind it: Montmartre. You can buy posters, prints and custom portraits there that are inspired by the city. I have always bought something here, but as we suddenly noticed it was almost time to head back to Roland Garros, all I got this time was a crêpe and the amazing view to enjoy while eating it.
Paris, you are amazing. I hope to see you again soon, very soon. And then I’ll buy that Micheal Kors bag. And totally regret spending so much after all.
There’s a list of metro stops behind the break.
Roland Garros: Porte D’Auteil
Eiffeltower: Bir-Hakim for the tower, école militaire for the park and Trocadéro for the look-out platform
Galleries LaFayette: Chaussée D’Antin – LaFayette
Le Marais & Eclairs De Génie: Saint Paul
Notre Dame: Cité, but also within walking distance from Le Marais
Sacre-Coeure: Anvers (also possible are Chateaux Rouge & Berbès-Rouchechouart)