“Paris is always a good idea”– Audrey Hepburn has dictated and we must listen. As cliché as it sounds, I’ve been in love with Paris since I first set foot on this magical city almost 5 years ago. The architecture, the fashion, the cafés, the ambience, I was not born French yet I feel so effortlessly blending in and so at home. And every now and then whenever I have a bit of free time, I’d find the next ride to Paris for a few days just to immerse myself in its indescribably inspiring atmosphere, walk along the little alleys of Le Marais and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, practice my rusty French, and of course get food-gasm from all the heaven-sent croissants and macarons. It’s always the same psychological process: first scolding myself for not trying to expand my travel map and go to countries I haven’t visited instead, while at the end feeling so happy and inspired to have explored other new parts and faces of Paris. And what could be the worst? I’d tell myself, you’re still in Paris, after all!
This time it was a truly unforgettable trip, when we encountered a lot of interesting people, came across many terrific places, and shared deep talks and beautiful moments. Since Impish Furrie had never been to Paris, apart from trying to investigate secret local places, we still visited such timeless attractions as Montmartre, Musée du Louvre, Tour Eiffel, yet exploring at our own pace and creating our own experience. Many a time, we just walked slowly and aimlessly to absorb the city’s beauty and ambience. Either sipping coffee at the Café Les Deux Magots or enjoying a peaceful stroll in the Jardin des Tuileries, we felt incredibly glad to be here together.
Despite the (unexpectedly) high number of (unexpected) twists and troubles, we conclude that those just added more spices to our trip. We wouldn’t learn much, have fascinating stories to tell, and it wouldn’t be fun and memorable if things always went according to plan, would it?
Pictures taken by Phoebe Nguyen and Natascha Asberger