I think the thing that struck me most about Paris was the style and grandeur of the buildings. In architecture-speak (I feel like I’m on one of those audio tour thingymabobs when I’m with Andrew at times! 😉 ) it’s the way each and every church, and museum, and grand arch has room to breathe. There is space and air around them, unlike any other city I’ve been to.
The Parisians clearly really understand the concept that beautiful things must be set in context. I mean, they apply it to everything, don’t they? Food, clothes, interiors – everything has a place and a purpose. It’s the essence of why they are so quintessentially chic. I love the whole notion of it, and of really valuing everything that you put out into the world.
We started off Sunday morning by visiting the Sacre Coeur, on the recommendation of so many! We took a metro directly there and then the little funicular railway up to the top. The views were beautiful, even in the gloomy January weather, and the little streets of Montmartre directly behind are something that really shouldn’t be missed. Although undoubtedly very touristy, this area has a real village type feel. Cobbled streets, pretty little shop fronts and artists displaying their pieces at little stalls. It is beautiful, and quaint, and everything I imagined traditional Paris to be.
After a wander and a coffee stop, we headed back towards Le Marais, firstly to Jardin Anne Frank, a little garden that we had come across when searching for something else. Situated in a little hidden courtyard it is home to a tiny playground and pretty open space. I imagine in the Summer it would be utterly beautiful. It did a good job of it in Winter too!
The heavens opened on us as we were leaving the garden, and we made a beeline for the first restaurant we could find in Le Marais. It’s such a vibrant and buzzy area with lots of cafes and beautiful shops. We had coffee (and ice cream!) later at Le Petit Place and it was the perfect respite from the really wet weather.
We spent an hour or so in the Musee de la Magie before heading back to the airport and home, but I’ll talk more about that in my Paris with kids post. Coming very soon!
It was the briefest (and rainiest!) of trips, but one we all thoroughly enjoyed. I’m most definitely a city break convert now, and we’re already thinking of our next one. Always open to hearing where you guys have loved – your suggestions are always so spot on and we’re so appreciative of them!