Morir Soñando Visits Paris
Sometimes love can sweep you off your feet and land you in unexpected places. What felt like a fairy tale was the best gift Santa has ever given me. My boyfriend surprised me with a gift to the love capital of the world. PARIS! I never had been, but as a fashion major it was always on my agenda. I was able to get away from New York’s harsh cold winter and spend time in Paris with my new love. We left in January as a little weekend getaway. I remember the day he told me we were going to Paris, I was speechless! I couldn't thank him enough. Before he sent me our flight confirmation, I had already started doing research on what we will be doing during our stay there. Even though we didn't get to complete our list, every place visited was just spectacular, truly amazing.
Being that this was the first time we traveled together, we were excited to share this experience. Our flight to Paris had a connecting flight to London. Our connection time ran so close that we had to dash to make our flight from London to Paris. We almost missed it but we made it. In the midst of all of this, we met this wonderful lady who gave us fried chicken. Yes! Fried chicken on the plane. She called us love bird #1 and #2. We headed to pick up our luggage and discovered that one of our bags was missing. Despite the excitement of the trip the loss of our baggage caused me major anxiety and I wanted to cry. All our jackets were in this one duffel bag. I managed to focus on the positive and didn’t let it get to me. Luckily, the bag was sent to our hotel room two days. First tip when traveling to Paris is to check the weather. When we went the weather was comparable to an early winter day in New York. So outerwear was a must! I packed about 3 coats. (Come on, a girl needs options.) Second tip, check currency exchanges and look up what things cost on average. This helps give yourself a guideline on how much to take/spend. Third tip, on your way to your hotel please be mindful of your mode of transportation. We opted on hailing a cab. BUT to our surprise we grabbed the WRONG one! Let's just say the cab driver jipped us. He charged us what could have been a one-way ticket to an island. Another hiccup. We didn’t let get to us though. We took it as a learning experience, and next time we decide to visit Paris we know which cab to take and how much to pay. (If you happen to visit Paris, please make sure to take the taxi that has the taxi sign up top, not one of those mafia looking taxis.)
We stood at the Moderne Saint Germain Hotel in Rue des Eccles. Located near the Latin Quarter which is a strip filled with bars and restaurants, and happened to be walking distance from our hotel. Our hotel room was the most coziest room ever. The accommodations were perfect BUT as we were settling in to our room we noticed the bathroom didn't have a toilet. Wait what?! To our surprise the shower and the toilet were to be in two different rooms within our room. The first thing that came to mind was, "How the hell am I going to use the bathroom? Who the hell separates the bathroom like this?!" We figured out a plan and I made sure whenever I had to use the bathroom that he would be in the shower. Our relationship definitely grew stronger after this, as we had to break the ice with bathroom protocols.
One major takeaway from this Paris trip was how I learned to expand my taste pallet. I am a picky eater at times, but I had the chance to taste frog legs and snails. I loved them both. Especially the snails with bread. It was amazing! This was one of the reasons why I appreciate my partner. He got me out of my comfort zone and introduced me to different foods that I would had never tried in a million years. As for other cuisines, I expected to eat many different dishes in Paris, as it is such a diverse city but I didn’t feel their selections had many options to pick from, as many restaurants had similar menus.
Whether to Paris or elsewhere with a significant other this is a great way to learn about each other. (Especially at the early stages of your relationship.) During our trip, I automatically knew I loved him. The bond we created during this trip was indescribable. We stood up all night just talking about life and sharing stories. There was one night, the front desk guy came up to our room and asked us to lower our voices because the neighbors were complaining (lol). I must say he's a great storyteller and I love hearing his funny stories. His stories gave me a better understanding of who he is as a person and why he is the way he is.
Here is a list of things I suggest to add to your ITINERARY!
Places to visit:
Notre Dame Cathedral, Eiffel Tower, Loure and Jardin de Tuileries, Musee d'Orsay, The Palaces of Versailles, La Marais, Louvre Museum
Things to do:
French Bakeries, Visit small markets, Wine tasting, Tattoo Palor, Perhaps visit London - 2 hours and 30 minutes via train (Day trip), Paris Flea Market, Musee Galliera (Fashion Exhibit)
Bubar (Wine bar)
L'As du Fallafel (Fallafel sandwiches)
La Cafeotheque (Paris's first and most famous coffee bar)
Le Loir Dans La Theiere (Coffee)
La Bonne Excuse (French)
Brezih Cafe (Crepes)
Quartier Latin (Best known for their restaurants located across from the Notre Dame)
Frenchie (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays 6:30 - 10:00)
Huitrerie Regis (Seafood)