Last weekend I went to Paris! I visited my friend Alex who is studying abroad for the semester in Paris. During my sub-72 hours in Paris, I was able to see some of the biggest attractions, dine on traditional French cuisine (and treats), explore the city with Alex, and experience the night life in the City of Light.
I’m including this poster in the post because it provides an adorable depiction of the post’s title and because I have a poster of this exact image already hanging in my bedroom in New Jersey (as a souvenir from my trip to Paris with my dad in 2010!).
One of the first things I did upon arriving at night to Paris was to see the beautifully-illuminated Eiffel Tower, a structure that was unbelievably built to be a temporary display during the 1888’s World Fair in Paris. The next day, I enjoyed seeing paintings at the Musée d’Orsay by renowned artists including Manet, Monet, Degas, Cézanne, Renoir and van Gogh. My favorite paintings in the museum are Degas’ numerous portrayals of ballet dancers, Manet’s provocative and shocking The Luncheon on the Grass, and Renoir’s Impressionistic masterpiece Bal du moulin de la Galette (see image below).
After I went to the Musée d’Orsay, I enjoyed a croque madame at a cafe along the Avenue des Champs-Élysées and admired the famous 164ft tall Arc de Triomphe. I also enjoyed a salted caramel macaron from the Ladurée, which has been serving macarons and other pastries in Paris since 1862; I proudly became one of the 15,000 daily customers at Ladurée. Travel, touring and treats made this a fabulous weekend in Paris!