Marian Meets Paris
There’s so much to say about Paris. I mean where do I even start? But I had to admit, ’twas quite a tedious job to prepare for a trip you were dreaming your whole life. Never in my wildest dreams did I think this would be possible, let alone travel with someone I love. Paris has charmed me with its achingly beautiful corners and exquisite art. From museums to palaces, towers to cafes, bookshops to cathedrals, every bit of it was captivating and just hands-down surreal! I had to pinch myself time and again just to make sure I was breathing it all in.
Here’s my PARIS FAVE FIVE:
This is what Paris is all about. The Louvre, Orsay Museum, Musee d’ Orangerie, Musee d’ Picasso were just some of museums we visited and I seriously couldn’t get enough. One of the best decisions we made during this trip was to purchase the Paris Museum Pass. It was a bit pricey at first but then after prioritizing which museums and attractions to visit and calculating the expenses, we realized we actually made a pretty good deal out of it.
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I’m always on the lookout for unique bookshops and I love chasing movie locations so being in Richard Linklater’s Before Sunset and Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris got me so excited and giddy! I was like a little girl in a vast toy shop for the first time. I didn’t want to leave! More so, to be in the same place as the millennial writers and storytellers who walked before me was such an honor. It was definitely the cherry on top of my Parisian cake.
Thanks to google maps and Lonely Planet, we managed to find Amelie Poulain’s sweet little cafe in the heart of Montmartre. I was a bit surprised that fans of this spirited character flock to tick this place off their bucketlists. It was quite the tourist spot too. Fortunately we arrived just in time to sit in the most coveted spot beside the iconic Amelie playbill. And yes, we had escargot for lunch!
I’m so channeling Celine in this photo that my husband took while sipping hot chocolat in the gloomy Parisian weather. This will remain one of my favorite chic french spots, and would always remind me of romantic Paris, a proof that time would always lead me back to the Jesse of my life.
Cherry blossoms and the Iron Lady in one photo? Yes, this is what dreams are made of. Walt Disney once said, “All your dreams could come true, if you have the courage to pursue them.” Well then, I guess I have my brave heart to thank for. It got us here.
You see Paris has just been one of my “somedays” a long time ago. Now, I can look back to that “someday” and tell myself that dreams do come true as long as we work hard and put our hearts in everything we do. Of course all of this would not be possible if not for the One who guided us every step of the way. His love is truly, wonderfully amazing. I plan to go back when fate would knock on my door again. You know what they say, Paris will always a good idea.
I’ll be writing more about my Paris adventures in detail soon.