OY VEY! It’s been almost a whole year since I went to Paris and in typical me fashion, I have only posted one blog post about my adventures and stay with my friend Meg. I swear I will never get through my travel pictures. I just keep taking them and hoarding them all to myself!
I’m pretty fond of Paris for a lot of reasons, but one of the main reasons is the incredible attention that goes into the landscaping and city planning. The hedges trimmed, the buildings with their patina touches, everything is so aesthetically pleasing. Even among the sprawling beauty of the city, places like the Tuileries Garden are a step above even that. Immaculate and pristine. Picture perfect. Je suis sous le charme.
Located in the posh posh 1st arrondissement, Meg and I spent the day eating macarons, shopping and tourist watching. The garden was an interesting split of tourists and locals on their lunch hour, enjoying the windy afternoon outdoors.
That’s another great thing about Paris – it’s maybe the most tourist-visited city in the world, yet the locals are everywhere! They mingle their way through all of Paris, not allowing the consistent stream of foreigners to deter them from enjoying their own city too. Sometimes I wonder if the magic, charm and beauty of Paris wears off if you live there…
Can I admit something? I cannot speak a damn word of French. Actually, I can speak 1. I know how to say “beef” in French. Please don’t ask. *wink wink*
When I was prepping to go to Europe, I only had 3 weeks between the time that I booked my ticket to go and the time that I landed in Holland and then traveled to Germany and France. So I frantically tried to learn a small handful of phrases in both German and French (I didn’t even attempt Dutch, lol) and I only learned how to say “I do not speak French” in French and apparently even that was not quite correct. I think maybe I should devote some more time in my life to foreign languages. Since college, my Spanish has gone to the birds too. Uni-lingual. Or maybe just… lingual? Sigh.
Tuileries Garden is a must in Paris. Even the Louvre is not a must in my book (I mean unless you plan a whole extra day for it), but the garden is so beautiful and the perfect place to stop for lunch while you walk your way through the shops and sights in the 1st.