Photo Diary 16.03.2018
Paris is arguably one of the most famous cities in the world, but between the celebrated monuments and metro hustle is a Paris that I love. I found it in the streets beside the Notre Dame, crowded with little cafes and somehow blissfully silent despite the lines of tourists only a hundred metres away, or in the morning sun at Montmartre where a lone accordion player sits serenading passers by with la vie en rose.
Of course, we saw the Tour Eiffel, visited Notre Dame Cathedral and walked down the boulevards to the Moulin Rouge. But for me, the highlight of our day in Paris were moments that you wouldn’t find on a bucket list. Spending time once again in the silence of the Sacré Coeur basilica, enjoying a grocery-shop pasta salad on the muddy green behind the Eiffel Tower and discussing the big questions over a homemade chai at Shakespeare and Co were what made this day memorable.
My recommendation? Get up early (to beat the tourist rush) and go beyond the monuments themselves. Skip the big lineups and crowded museums and wander around Paris like its a city you want to get to know. You can plan a trip all you want, but at the end of the day the memories that stick with you are the moments of pure, unscheduled happiness.
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