When a friend comes to visit me in Paris, I immediately start a list of all of the things I want to take that person to. It’s actually really hard, almost like when you think of things you want to and inopportune moments, but then when the time comes to think of them, you’ve got a brain freeze. This happens to me all the time. When Rachel was in town only just a few weeks ago, I wanted it to be perfect, because I was so excited to share my city with her on her first trip to Europe. But when one creates lists, sometimes they get pushed, eh? With the turn of events and spontaneous change in plans, I get so stressed about fitting everything in. I guess to say it simply, I just love playing host.
On her first afternoon in the city, freshly arrived from Germany, we went for a stroll around Notre Dame before heading northwards into the Marais. Funny as it was, on that first metro ride, someone I knew, and then getting out of the metro I ran into another person I knew enjoying a beer on a terrasse. I’m sure Rachel’s impressions were something along the lines of, “jeez, in Paris you run into your homies all the time!”. I really found it quite funny, but then I realized how that has rarely happened before. It was just one of those magical days I suppose.
We kicked off our stroll by crossing the bridge Pont de l’Archevêché, the one filled with hundreds and hundreds of couple’s locked love. The view from this side of Notre Dame is one of my favorite views in Paris. the little park right behind it is definitely worth a stroll, and had the most beautiful big roses planted. You could smell them from a ways away.
A cocktail at La Favorite gave us a little pick me up as we strolled up and down rue de Rosiers, finishing the evening early at L’As du Falafel for dinner.
Rachel and I had many more adventures that week, that I can’t wait to share on here. Having a close friend in town is magic. I love showing my favorite people my favorite things in this city. And a little girl talk is always the best, n’est-ce pas?
Where do you take your close friends when they’re in town?
This is also one of those places that I don’t know why I did not go until NOW. I feel that this should have been discovered within my first month of living in Paris. Oh well. 3 1/2 years later, I finally made it to Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature with miss Caroline, where we formally met a guy who makes all of these crazy animal heads & bodies (….totally the winner of the most unique profession I’ve heard of thus far in my life!)
The Musée de la Chasse is in the heart of the Marais, and definitely worth a visit. Each room is decorated so precisely with amazing color schemes that will make your jaw drop.
Have you stopped by Beauty Cakes yet? I’ve got a post to come on that hidden cupcakerie up in the 17th!
I also want to find some of this wine from Australia. I am totally obsessed with their labels that I discovered here.
I changed my Tumblr theme again. I think that this one will stick. Check it out right here.
Stoked for the new American series Pan Am, check out Anne’s recap of Planes, “Trains and Yesteryear” at Prêt-à-Voyager.
Currently loving this We Are All a Part of the Same Thing.
I just can’t get enough sweets: 10 days until Paris’s Second Cupcake Camp organized by Sugar Daze!