Paris

Paris is always a good idea.

So naturally I decided to kick off my 2015 travels by revisiting Paree.

Fanny, my former classmate and old flatmate, now calls the French capital home, and was a lovely host during my short weekend stay, even succumbing to my request of visiting the ultra-touristy Montmarte.

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My Five Favourite Cities in Europe

I have been mentally working on this blog post for almost four years. Having been to more than 20 major tourist cities in Europe, I still don’t feel fully equipped to pass judgement on this topic. But, it’s about time I put my thoughts on paper. Well… on the Internet (And thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I can always edit this list if I change my mind a year from now).

A  lot of people often ask me, “What’s your favourite city in Europe?” and I am always stumped for an instant response. Copenhagen has the best cafes, Berlin has the best street art, Rome has the best food, and Paris has the best shopping. Ranking them in any particular order is definitely a tough job, but it’s a challenge that I am up for.

So, after years of deliberation, here are my five favourite cities in Europe:

5. Venice

I’ve probably already lost credibility for those people who think that Venezia stinks of dirty water and tourist traps. Regardless of the colour of the water and whether I can swim in it, I am an aqua aficionado. I am also huge admirer of urban planning. This entire city is built on 117 small islands in a marshy lagoon! How cool is that? There is something charming about the fact that people in Venice give you directions that sound something like: “Walk this way until you pass three bridges and then make a left under the fourth bridge and then right at the next small bridge.”

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Postcards from Paris

I am in love.

Truly, madly and deeply.

Well, at least if a person can fall in love with a city, then I am in love with Paris. The magnificent stance of the Eiffel Tower; the symmetry of the urban planning; the history in the Louvre; the thumping life on the street of diamonds and jewels, Champs Elysees; the larger-than-life light-leaks of Notre Dame… I am in love with all of it!

I just returned from three weeks of Euro-hopping. Paris has always been something I wanted to check off my list of things to do but a lot of negative feedback from other tourists dampened my spirits regarding this dream destination: I was told that it was dirty compared to a classic European city; it was polluted with traffic and overflowing with tourists. All of this is true, by the way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But, there must a reason why 82 million people visit Paris every year: it has so much to offer! From excellent photography options (that is if you can manage to ignore or photoshop the large hoards of crows) to an intense history lesson to fun for kids (Disneyland) and adults (burlesque!!) Paris has something for everyone. I spent two days speed-walking this city and was left wanting a lot more. I know I am going back one day, but in the meantime, here are some glamour shots of this diva of a city. Continue reading