Last week was quite amazing. I was selected to participate in Boston Consulting Group’s Traction Europe workshop for top engineering students across Europe and Middle East. Quite a memorable experience! On top of that I got to spend the weekend in a French chateau, and that is something truly magical.
But fear not, my thoughts will focus strictly on the magical day I got to spend in Paris, and not turn into my humble rumbling of how cool and proud I felt to be there That I will rather leave for my memory book.
Paris… a city that never ceases to amaze me and make me fall in love with it every time I step onto its grandeur and glamour. Since I was little, Paris was one of my dream destinations. That princess dream turned real a few years ago, and since then I am in love.
In connection with the BCG event, I had an extra day to spend in Paris and for that I have made a special program. I arrived late in the evening to find this magical sight bienvenue-ing me. I mean who can resist its charm? Certainly, not me!
Next morning I directed my steps to Montmartre. The day was a grey one, yet even that greyness was giving a certain charm to the city. That inspired me to take some black & white photo motives.
Back to Montmartre. It is one of my most favourite districts in Paris. I love ascending its charming cobblestone streets, which usually leave me short of breath and awed by its beauty. I love the sheer white, imposing grandeur of Sacre Coeur Basilica. I love the view opening upon Paris from its platform. I love the narrow streets and the artistic feel.
Next up was a visit to my other darling – the area around Louvre and Palais Royal. I have mixed feelings about Louvre. Its hugeness and art is of enormous value, however visiting the museum is not one of the most pleasant experiences. I paid it a visit during my first time in Paris, and oh my couldn’t wait to get away from the hoards of tourists. Poor Mona Lisa… if only you could experience even for a split of a second all the commotion and insane crowds you draw to your tiny framed masterpiece. I think you would have been petrified… This time my visit to Louvre was only limited to a photography session of the pyramids, as I smiled and passed the 100+ queue waiting in the drizzling rain to get inside. They had no idea about the secret entrance to the greatest museum of all. I was surely not going to disclose my cherished secret.
Palais Royal is a place I return to every time I am in the city. In its courtyard there is a beautiful park and a very special black & white art installation – Colonnes de Buren. I remember the first time Andreas and I discovered this place. We kept jumping from column to column and organizing running contests. Talk about releasing the inner child in us…
Here at Palais Royal was where the pouring rain finally got me. Despite my itching feet to explore more, walking in that downpour wasn’t really a viable option, so I took refuge in Galeries Lafayette & Printemps – yep the coveted shopping paradise. I did not leave the glittering department stores with my credit card maxed out. Unbelievable as it may sound I mostly spent my time standing on the shopping meccas’ top floor and admiring the view. The view over the city from Printemps is so pretty.
Finally it was time to get to the sight, which makes my heart beat every time. Tour de Eiffel… looking at it from all possible angles, different areas of the city, longing for its pretty face day and night, I am truly addicted. On this trip, I was in no hurry to walk away from it, so I spent a good couple of hours slowly taking in the view.
This was my day in Paris, not with all of the juicy details though. I did manage a visit to a very interesting and unique museum – Musée du quai Branly, highly recommended, and an evening stroll on Champs Elysees, which was decorated with Christmas stalls on both sides.
Au revoir Paris et à bientôt!
Photos © Ani Movsisyan