I spent the weekend before last in Paris with friends. It was beautiful and happy and a little bit magical. I love that place! But also coming back to Madrid was so welcome; the trip made me realize how much this city is starting to feel like home, however temporary, and also I so appreciate being able to communicate! Someone recently told me that not being able to speak the language of the place you’re in is like having your hands tied behind your back and I agree completely. Language is power, having the power to communicate is something I hope to always cultivate.
All that aside, Paris is a really wondrous city and I had the best time for those few days.
My one request for our itinerary was a visit to l’Orangerie Museum—it was arguably my favorite part of the trip I took two years ago and it struck me just as hard this time. Seeing those water lilies in action is a profound experience. They are SPECTACULAR! There is absolutely no way to appreciate their magnitude and depth other than in person, and I’ve seen them in person twice!
Other notable things from Friday : being touristy at the Louvre, pastries at Odette, boat tour on the Seine (so much fun!), and a delicious dinner involving a bottle of red wine and french onion soup, yum.
Saturday : Picnic by the Eiffel Tower! So yummy and cheap. On the recommendation of the lovely Alison Graham we spent the afternoon in the Jewish Quarter exploring shops and art galleries—and of course I bought a t-shirt at Cheap Monday. We grabbed sushi for dinner and then had THE BEST EVER crepes as a late night treat. I am not kidding when I say that they were some of the most delectable things I have ever put into my mouth. I’m developing an increasing dread that I will never again have a crepe without sighing longingly in remembrance of those.
Sunday : We went to the Catacombs and they were amazing. The amount of bones in that place is unbelievable, and being so far under the ground is a crazy feeling. You can’t help but think about all the rock pressing down above you and the possibility of its collapse (!!!). Overall, highly recommend. Afterward we did lots of walking, hot chocolate drinking, and macaron eating. We ended up by the Sacre Coeur and spent a long time just sitting and looking. Such a beautiful spot, and lots of good people watching. It was the perfect way to start bidding the city goodbye before our early flight the next morning.
Merci, Paris! See you soon.