“Paris is always a good idea,” declared Audrey Hepburn, and I would agree with that, but only if you´re a tourist. I mean, the beauty of the city, the wine, food and the Eiffel tower, how could you resist it? However, to live here, it is a little bit different story. So, here is my view of the Parisian life.
As many of you know I´m living on a relation Paris-London and for a while now I can even understand french. It will be fourth language I know, once I learn it properly. Before moving here, I never had expectation of Paris to be like a movie, but a lot of people come here anticipating it to be a dream full of champagne, the Eiffel tower, pretty dresses, macrons and romance, which could be if you´re only visiting it for couple of days. However, living here is everything but that. There is a big migration crisis here, lack of jobs and most of the places are not safe to walk around. God forbid you enter the metro. If you´re an expat trying to move here, think twice if you´re not fluent in french. Now when we passed the worst, let´s see the best of the city. Fooooood, wineee, fashion and all the wonderful events. French people love its history, and that´s the reason there is a lot of historical events. Here is my list of how to make your french life more interesting.
1. Historical Events
As I mentioned, french love its culture. 18th centuary, renaissance, 1920´s.. nobody does it better than french. It is really magical to make events and balls dressed as Marie Antoinette or Sisi, and with that learn dances and manners from that era.
2. Fashion Events / Going outs / Gallery openings
Paris is full of events, starting from fashion to galleries. Every day there is something happening, and if it´s not, you make it happen. Girls night out, vernissage, wine tastings.. Don´t miss that.
3. Explore your neighborhood
I live in Le Marais quarter, my favorite park in Paris. Every day I take a small walk and I always see something new, such as a new restaurant, shop or meet interesting people. Le Marais is well known for its fashion streets, falafels and cute little streets.
4. Amazing places just one hour from Paris (my favorite six)
Giverny – Family home of Monet. He lived and painted here from 1883 until his death in 1926. Today, his magical gardens and the nearby Musée des Impressionnismes are one of the most enjoyable day trips from Paris, drawing around half a million visitors each year.
Auvers-sur-Oise – This small town is a peaceful and charming hamlet of greenery, located only thirty kilometres from Paris. This picturesque destination has seduced other painters, mainly impressionists: van Gogh of course, but also Charles-François Daubigny, Paul Cézanne and Camille Pissarro who came to draw inspiration from it.
Fontainebleau – The medieval Palace of Fontainebleau served as a home to Napolean III and Louis VII, and was known as ‘Second Rome’ due to its suite of rooms decorated specially by Napolean I for Pope Pius VII. Magnificent castle.
Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte – One of the most famous castles next to Versailles. Did you know Versailles garden was designed by the same architect and apparently Louis IV. killed mister Vicomte as he was jealous on his castle?
Versailles – Versailles has to be one of the most impressive royal residences in Europe. Transformed from hunting lodge to palace by Louis XIV in 1682, with the help of more than 36,000 craftsmen and labourers, its scale and grandeur are unmatched.
Thoiry safari – Missing animals in Paris, no problem. Visit the beautiful safari of Thoiry where you can enter with your car and make friends with elephants, giraffes, lions, bears, wolfs….
5. Take a lot of pictures
Don´t forget Paris is extremely photogenic, take a lot of pictures of it and you. Once you´ll get old you will want to see them again. I will post professional pictures where I was a model in Paris.