Paris, mon amour!
Paris Travel Blog› entry 12 of 16 › view all entries
January 17th, 2006 – by: mel_kay
The only problem was that the city had little love for me in terms of the weather. It was pouring with rain on my first full day here, forcing us to spend the majority of the day hiding in department stores and cafes. This was no great tragedy, as I particularly love visiting the food section at Galaries Lafayette - it's like a scene from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, only a world of gourmet food instead of chocolate.
I don't think it's possible to avoid art galleries in Paris. We visited the fantastic Musée D'Orsay, and happened to stand next to Leonardo DiCaprio and his gorgeous girlfriend whilst looking at a Van Gogh! We also made a trip to an exhibition of Australian artist, Ron Mueck's life-like sculptures, and the less well-known Petit Palais (for free!). Le Petit Palais has been recently renovated and has a stunning garden in the centre.
Perhaps our more unusual trips included the Père Lachaise cemetery to see Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde's graves. I actually learnt that the most famous grave in the cemetery belongs to a complete nobody.
I also had the good fortune of being in Paris while the Star Wars exhibition was there. There were all sorts of costumes and props from all six movies, as well as small videos explaining the special effects.
But my favourite Parisian experience will always be afternoon tea at Ladurée. This luxurious 'salon de thé' is worth the high prices for every decadence it offers. We savoured every taste of our croissants, thick hot chocolate served in a silver pot, and the famous macaroons in every flavour from rose petal and pistacchio to pepper and caramel with salt flakes (?!?!).
All this time my French was certainly improving, given that it has been seven years since I studied the language at school. The only problem was that my ear was not used to the French accent. Every word is slurred together into one continuous and very fast sentence. Even when Julie's father spoke to me in English I had trouble understanding what he said.
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