Oct 5, 2015

French Days: Paris - A Fond Memory


By Suze

When I was 18 I went on holiday to Paris. My then boyfriend, and now husband, and I worked very hard the entire summer and the five day budget break was something we could only just afford. We booked the cheapest hotel, which was close to Gare du Nord (a good piece of advice, look for something a little bit further away). We stayed at a terrible place, but fortunately it was clean enough and somehow it also had a bit of charm in its own way. That was mainly because of the old lady with a crooked back who ran the place. She made the best croissants I ever tasted and her chocolat chaud was delicious as well. 

We stayed in a dinghy street with a lot of questionable shops and establishments. Every time I went out someone stopped to ask me for my services, which was quite uncomfortable, but it was also pretty funny. It was the first time I had the chance to explore Paris on my own terms. My first three visits were with parents and school and I enjoyed my new freedom. We walked around for hours. There's so much to see and do in Paris even without a big budget. We soaked up the atmosphere and had a great time.

The highlight of our stay was a brasserie close to our hotel. It was a typical Parisian establishment with red and cream walls, huge mirrors and white tablecloths. The art nouveau style of the place greatly impressed us. The traditional French food was absolutely delicious and we were treated like royalty by the staff. Here we discovered the romance of Paris. We fell in love with each other even more and at the same time with the beautiful city.

It was also during this stay that we discovered Deutz champagne. We didn't have any glasses and drank the amazing liquid straight from the bottle. No champagne has ever tasted as good as that bottle of Deutz. While taking careful sips to savor the taste we looked at the map and dreamed about places we wanted to visit. We still haven't seen all of those places even though we've been back to Paris plenty of times already. This particular stay will always have a special place in my heart and as soon as we arrive in the city we share our wonderful memories first and then it's time to start exploring again...

11 comments:

  1. We had been to Paris a few years back. Loved the place - especially the museums and the architecture. Probably will go back again sometime in the near future.

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    1. I love that as well, it has such a rich cultural heritage. Every time I go I discover something new...

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    1. A great plan to put it there, I hope you'll be able to go soon :).

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  3. Lovely post,.. I will be visiting Paris next January,.. Super excited about the trip...

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    1. Enjoy! Paris is lovely at any time of year.

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  4. Awe, I love this! It's kind of fun to stay in the "not so desirable" places. Thanks for sharing your memories. :)

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    1. It's never black or white right? I went on several holidays where the destination wasn't what I expected, but fortunately there were still plenty of things to enjoy.

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  5. I fell in love with Paris during our honey moon trip to Europe, we stayed only 3 days but since for i fell in love and your storry make me remember all romantic details and Paris :)

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    1. It's what I love most about Paris, the romance :). It must have been amazing to go there on your honeymoon.

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