Travel Story: Paris Part I
By Vanessa Palencia
I’ve been drawn to Paris since I was a young girl because of the reputation for romantic. And if Paris isn’t on your bucket list, it should be. Known to some as the City of Lights and to others as the City of Love, it is a bustling, diverse city home to over two million people.
From the quaint corner cafés, to the cobblestone streets, to the breathtaking landmarks to the sparkling lights, Paris is truly a remarkable sight. Even if you aren’t quite the romantic type, you need to at least go for the food.
I recently visited Paris and documented some of the highlights of the trip. Because Paris is such a big city, there are so many things that you can do during your visit, but not all of us have much time to do everything. Whether you’re a foodie or a big sucker for museums, Paris has it all! So here are a few pictures of places that I went during my trip there. Whether you decide to try them out during your visit there or not, that is up to you.
Palais de Garnier
The Palais Garnier is one of Paris’ largest opera houses and is the source of inspiration for the famous Phantom of the Opera. It is lavishly decorated with marble and velvet drapery and seats nearly 2,000 people. The opera house was specially decorated to allow its guests to socialize and show off their elegant dress. There were mirrors everywhere, allowing people to continually check up on themselves and ensure that they were still put together! The Palais Garnier is a must-see for history lovers and those who fancy being in extravagant buildings. Strolling through the halls of this opera house, I truly felt like royalty, even while dressed in a black puff coat and blue jeans.
A restaurant was built on-site in 2011. Unfortunately, I was unable to try it out and see if the food was good, but if anyone else goes, please let me know how your visit went! I did make a stop at the gift shop at the end of my visit there. The gift-shop contains little trinkets for ballet lovers and other souvenirs, such as post cards, magnets, and pens. They also had a small selection of clothing that was a replica of the attire worn by dancers on stage. The gifts in the shop were on the pricier side, but it was a treat to stroll through the boutique and find some unique treasures.
Voted as one of the World’s Best Restaurants, Pierre Hermé is home to some of Paris’s best macarons! The shop itself is a bit on the small side, but it’s worth the visit. They have tons of unique mixture of flavors, like banana and ginger and chocolate and passion fruit. If you love macarons, then you’ll fall in love with this place.
Most macarons I’ve had in the past are crunchy all around, but these have a slight crunch on the edge and give way to a soft pillow of yumminess in the middle. It is truly a melt-in-your-mouth kind of dessert. The employees here are also delightful people and are willing to help you the minute you walk in (provided it isn’t packed to the max of course). It’s also located conveniently next to the Palais Garnier, so you can combine the two in one visit.
Make sure to keep an eye out for Part II of my travel story on Paris. Leave comments below about your favorite places to visit!