Last weekend I had exactly 30 hours, no more no less, to spend in the most fashionable capital of the entire world.
People say “to see Paris and die” because there is no place like Paris. The city is a different world. It is not better than Barcelona but just so different in so many ways. Whenever I am in Paris be begin suffering from Stendhal’s syndrome: heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion! I want to share some of my tips on how to Discover Paris In 30 Hours…
What can you do in Paris if you have only 30 hours. Better make a plan and be prepared that you will only manage to half of it.
Pick a Hotel
I was lucky to stay at Hotel Le 123 Sebastopol that my boyfriend chose for us. That was an amazing experience. The hotel has a very unique design inspired by French movies. Each floor is dedicated and styled to a particular French movie star’s style: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claude Lelouch, Danièle Thompson, Jaoui and Bacri, Elsa Zylberstein or the Italian film music star Ennio Morricone. Just three minute walk from the metro Reamúr Sebastopol and Strasbourg Saint-Denise.
Have Breakfast Les Parisienne Style
Strong black coffee or green tea with mint, orange juice, the famous croissants or a crunchy toast with salmon and tomatoes cherry, and all kinds of cheese.
Go To A Museum
For me, Paris is all about art, fashion and culture. Exhibitions and museums, with fashion and luxury, splendeurs et misères. I could not miss an exhibition at Le musée de la mode de la ville de Paris. The museum does not display its permanent collection instead, from time to time, on display are the creative genius in fashion from the 18th century to present day. That time is was Azzedine Alaïa, a Tunisian-born couturier and shoe designer. Clear lines, strict silhouettes, refined curve and high-quality fabrics define these works of art. I wish one day to have Alaïa’s dress.
Just in front of Museum of Fashion is Museum of Modern Art, go there to see Matisse, Picasso, The Cardiff Team by Robert Delaunay, Modigliani and some unexpected creations.
Be a Gourmet (even if you eat gluten free)
Paris makes it so easy to be a man of pleasure. To be in Paris is to drink perfect wine and eat terrific food. I was at restaurant Paul Chêne. It’s located in the the Trocadero district, and what is more important is recognized as an institute of traditional French cuisine.
There I had my first pan–cooked Frog’s Legs with Parsley & Garlic. I tell you, just as everybody who has ever tried frogs’ legs, they do indeed taste like chicken. What a chicken! Soft, tender and juicy. The huge lump of Pan-fried Foie Gras with the Paul Chêne Orange Cognac Liqueur was breathtaking. By the way, they produce their own Orange Cognac Liqueur. I am not a big fan of strong drinks I always like to mix them but that one was just perfect.
If you are short of time enjoy every moment, every second of your trip. Take a stroll. No matter where you are in Paris, New York, Rome or at home. What we actually should learn from les parisiens is their of view on life. They feel each moment, find enjoyment in everything. In food, art, wine, shopping and music. It seems that they really know how to balance work and pleasure.