Sunday, 4 May 2014

THE DISSECTION OF PARIS

"A city with an authentic attitude, that totally approves of cafe culture plus the art of real style AND wraps it all up in an accent and language that makes our English sound, well yano, kind of dull"


Bonjour mes amis,
If you have been following Rough-Dreams on FACEBOOK you might know I've been planning a trip at the end of the month of which I'm very excited about.
Judging by my greeting and the 'subtle' hint above you may have guessed that Rough-Dreams is in fact going to Paris!! This is a city which has had a hold on me for sometime and for many reasons. It is, of course the mother of romance, the father of food and the GOD of fashion, but there is a much smaller (albeit more complexed) reason I am so fond of the idea of this city and that is it's culture. This is a city with an authentic attitude, that totally approves of cafe culture & the art of real style AND wraps it all up in an accent and language that makes our English sound, well yano, kind of dull, so far for me, a total winner.


However, when one has been so engrossed the touristy ideals of a city, we're faced with two dilemmas. One being that all the 'inspirational images', poems and general reputation of a place can cause a case of Paris Syndrome, you know, kind of like when your friend tells you "it's the best movies EVER" to which the movie rarely can live up to? 
The other being that Paris is one of those cities that is literally bursting at the seems with iconic sights, museums, shops and restaurants (more so than almost any other city I can think of) and if like me your only going for a few days (4 1/2 to be very precise) one of the biggest challenges has to be prioritising your 'absolute musts' from your 'I really, really want to's'. I had a list as long as my arm packed with places to see and experiences to have and it was only after I got down to some real research- hello Google Maps and TripAdviser- that I realised my novice approach was not going to cut it.

Since I have never visited the city it took a while to cotton on to such practical ideas like sticking to Arrondissements (or Arrs. for short, Paris is divided up into 20 of these areas/ districts) and cluster sight-seeing- many of the most desirable destinations share Arrs.!! So the well prepared traveller can have their cake and eat it too- Like the 7th which holds Musee d'Orsay, Le Bon Marche AND The Eiffel Tower or the 1st which boasts not only The Louvre and The Tuileries but also the incredible rue du Fabourge saint-Honore, one of the most fashionable streets in the world, containing almost every major fashion house, major swoon.-

Another priority of mine was finding a balance between sampling the extravagances and simplicities of the city, for instance having Tea in the flagship Laduree on Champs Elysees but also visiting Marches du Puces- literally a city of FleeMarkets- to get my thrifty on! I am of course aiming to squeeze as much as possible into each day, so I have devised an exciting (if a little over-ambitious) photo guide to my favourite Parisian places I'd like to see. 

-The commercial hub-
Champs Elysees
Full of High Street giants & ends in the Arc De Triomphe.

The Flagship Laduree on Champs Elysees

Le Bar Laduree

High Street giants, esp. Sephora, my god the size of it!



-Exploration-
 The touristy/ cultural bits depending on who you ask.
Jardin Du Luxembourg

Musee d'Orsay 

The Tuileries Gardens

The Louvre



-Fashion-
The department stores

Le Bon Marche

Au Printemps

-The Flee Markets-
Marches au Puces St Ouen



-rue du Fabourge Saint-Honore
The famous fashion street






I hope you enjoyed my guide to Paris' hot spots,
Peace out,
Lv.T.x

"When spring comes to Paris the humblest mortal alive must feel that he dwells in paradise."
-Henry Miller