"I simply remember my favourite things, and then I don't feel so bad..."
Welcome to the very first post of my new blog series, My Favourite Things! I always find that when things get tough, or you're generally feeling a bit down, it can be so helpful to reflect on some of the more positive things in your life. It can really put things into perspective. So, my aim with this series is to share with all of you some of my absolute favourite things to hopefully inject a little bit of positivity in your day!
The minute that I stepped off the train at the Gare du Nord station, I fell in love with Paris. It had always been my dream to visit France and the short 3-day trip to Paris gave me a taste of something I definitely want to see more of. Without further ado, here are my most favourite things about Paris...
1. The Eiffel Tower
Bienvenue à la Tour Eiffel, mon amis! (There are my eight years of learning French hard at work haha). I know, I know. This is a terribly typical way to start off a post about Paris, but I mean it when I say that the Eiffel Tower stole my heart. If you've ever visited Paris then you'll know that you can see this tower from most anywhere in the heart of the city. Keep that in mind when I say that every time I saw the tower, I took about a dozen photos. It's safe to say that choosing just two photos for this post was a challenge. Oh, and please enjoy this picture of a very little sixteen-year-old me haha.
The Eiffel Tower will always hold a special place in my heart because it's one of the obstacles I've overcome. I was so overwhelmed at the idea of going up the tower, due to my fear of heights, and the night before I outright refused to do it. My parents wouldn't let me waste the opportunity and forced me to go, which I am so glad they did because it was such an experience. The view was unbelievable! It was extremely nerve-wracking but it's something I'll always remember. I even made it all the way to the Summit, which is the highest peak you can visit. I was so proud of myself for making it and I got amazing pictures.
Oh my god, I have so much to say about Versailles but I'll try my best to condense it all. I am a huge history buff, but I hadn't heard about the French Revolution or the Palace of Versailles until this trip to France. Now, because of visiting the palace, it's my favourite era of European history. The palace is absolutely gorgeous in person, not even a million photos could do it justice.
My family took the Fat Tire Bike Tour which took us first into town, where we bought baguettes and fromage, and then through the palace grounds to a lovely spot of grass along the Grand Canal where we had our delicious French food. The tour included a full self-guided walk through of the palace itself which was incredible. I am so glad that we did this tour, I would do it again without hesitation.
3. Pont Des Arts
This is a bit of a sappy portion of the post but bear with me. For those who don't know, Pont Des Arts is a bridge in Paris that crosses over the River Seine, leading into the main square of the Louvre. The Pont Des Arts is famed, as it was once known as the Lovelock Bridge, which you may be familiar with. Visitors would write theirs and their loved one's initials on a lock, then throw away the key. Of course, being sixteen and in love, I was dying to do this. I put my lock on the bridge, got rid of one of the keys (there were two - I kept one) and then went on my way. Unfortunately, in 2015 it would appear that the area of the bridge in which I placed my lock collapsed, which was pretty devastating at the time. I still have the key though and I keep it in a memory box, so I will always remember the sentiment of the Lovelock Bridge in a less destruction-of-property kind of way. :)
4. Nighttime in the city
In my eyes, there isn't much better than a sunset. But a sunset over Paris? Wow. I was only in Paris for a few days but every evening when the sun came down, the city came to life. They don't call it the City of Light for nothing! It was so wonderful to walk around the city at night, especially with all the people sitting outside of bistros and restaurants at tables, sipping wine and eating amazing food. Speaking of food, French food? To die for. My diet consisted of baguettes, crepes and croissants - mostly baguettes. Seriously, I'm still dreaming of the food.
There are a hundred other things about Paris that I could list here, but then you'd be stuck with the lengthiest post known to man and no one needs that! I hope you've enjoyed reading about one of my favourite cities in the world and I hope that it brightened your day in some way. I can't wait to share more of my favourite things with all of you!