Almost everyone wants to get lost in the city of lights — and for good reason! This vibrant city is full of flair, fashion, and fun. So when we heard that community member Leslie of Splendid Rags was going to be spending some time in Paris, we needed to tag along! Since we couldn’t fit in her luggage, we happily settled for a Q&A and some of her insta-famous effervescent pics. Read on to see Paris through Leslie’s colorful lens…
There are some must-sees in Paris — the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre — but what, in your mind, is often left off that list that needs to be on it?
The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Notre Dame, and Arc de Triomphe are definitely big tourist attractions and “must-sees”. I think something that should be added to the list is Musée d’Orsay. It’s a smaller art museum that was originally a railway station built in 1898. It isn’t as grandiose as the Louvre, but it is BY FAR my favorite museum (and I’ve been to a lot)! The structure and space is so unique you almost forget you are in a museum! Musée d’Orsay holds the largest collection of impressionist and post-impressionist in the world. Names like Monet, Manet, Degas, Sisley, and Van Gogh. I studied art in college so I’m a bit of a nerd and absolutely fell in love with this museum when I first experienced it about 12 years ago. This was my third time visiting it, and I’m always so surprised how it’s never crowded. This is why if it were up to me I would put it on the “must see” list of Paris!
We’ve read that dogs outnumber babies in Paris, and we couldn’t be more intrigued by this fact! While perusing through Paris, how does the Frenchs’ relationship with animals differ from the United States’? Are dogs as commonplace in cafes as we imagine?
To be honest, I didn’t see many dogs, or babies for that matter. I was on the lookout for pets and Parisian couples walking their dog, but I saw maybe just a small handful while I was out and about. It could be too that the weather was hit or miss, I experienced rain when I was there. One observation I had one day was, I needed to go into a market to buy hairbands (to put my hair up into a ponytail). I thought this market would easily sell hair ties, bobby pins, hairspray, and such, but they looked at me like I was crazy when asking for these things. They did however, have an ENTIRE isle dedicated to dog accessories and toys! This popular market sold groceries and dog accessories… but no hair ties! I had a good laugh and moved on.
Pictured: Sight for Sunrise Dress
We’re never shy about our love for food! Paris has well over 1,500 bakeries and is known for a lot of their delectable dishes and desserts. Tell us, what was your favorite Parisian meal and treat that you had on your trip?
The food!!! Gosh, I can go on AND ON about the food in Paris! The first thing I ordered was a bowl of French onion soup. It seems so simple yet when I had my first bite I was HOOKED. There is just something different about onion soup in France. It literally melts in your mouth. French soup is better in Paris the way gelato is better in Italy. I, of course ordered a plethora of other dishes. But I found myself always ordering some sort of cheese plate, onion soup, and a glass of rosé. My breath probably wasn’t very pleasant but my taste buds were at an all time high!
The bakeries are EVERYWHERE. I couldn’t keep count of how many croissants and pastries I ate while guzzling them down with a cappuccino. Everything is just so fresh. It was common to see a crepe stand with a solo person making fresh crepes and a long line of people waiting to order. It was always well worth it.
Nearly everyone who travels to Paris describes a distinct and transformative rhythm to daily life. What do you find so unique and alluring about traveling there?
This is such a great question. I find it very difficult to put into words. There’s so many different elements to Paris that makes it very alluring and impactful. For me it was a mixture of the beautiful architecture, the food, the fashion, all the amazing little cafes…it’s very different from Los Angeles (where I’m from). I also love the energy of the city. People are never rushed, they allowing themselves to enjoy the scenery around them. You won’t see an argument, you won’t hear cars or taxi’s honk. I believe when people are in Paris they are truly happy. It’s hard to explain, but easy to experience.
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