“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life, it stays with you, for Paris is a movable feast.”
– Ernest Hemingway
I am heading to Paris for a couple of days in August and I’m very excited to go back to my favourite city in the world. This will be my fourth trip and I have been lucky enough to see much of the city on previous trips.
I have visited Centre Georges Pompidou (three times), Musée d’Orsay, Musée du Louvre, Musée Picasso, Sacre-Coeur, Père Lachaise (twice), Shakespeare & Co., Parc Monceau, Jardins du Luxembourg, Jardins des Tuileries, École des Beaux-arts, Notre Dame and Arc de Triomphe (Quick tip – DO NOT attempt to climb up the inside of the Arc de Triomphe in heels. I almost had to be hospitalised). This year the only museum I would have loved to visit is the Musée Piaf, a small museum dedicated to Edith Piaf, but unfortunately it is closed while we are there.
Instead of art and culture this year I feel slightly more low brow and I’d like to have some great recommendations for bars, cafes, restaurants, and music! I think I’ll have to have a coffee in either Les Deux Magots or Café De Flore this time. I was also recommended to go to the Duc des Lombards to listen to some jazz, but any other recommendations for jazz clubs would be great. I’m not really in Paris to shop (I won’t have le cash so instead I will be lecher-ing les vitrines) but I think I’ll at least have to look in Colette and maybe pick up a couple of magazines.
This time in Paris I’ll be looking at things with a more critical eye, as at the moment I’m doing a TEFL course and thinking seriously about heading away for a few months. I have always wanted to live in Paris and in Japan so perhaps my dreams may come true soon enough!
If anyone has any great tips I’d really appreciate it if you could leave them in the comments section or email me if you prefer. We’re staying in the Marais, but I love the Metro and have no fear, so I can travel anywhere!