One of the places I have always wanted to go to was Paris. You hear about the city all the time as being the fashion capital of the world, the place of amazing food, the City of Lights or the most romantic place on Earth. I was able to finally experience what it was like to be in Paris these past few days after my trip to Barcelona, and I can say that it was one of the most enjoyable trips I have had.
Where do I begin with Paris? Well, we took the Eurorail up to Paris from Barcelona. You really get a chance to see the countryside this way – which I really liked.
We were on a whirlwind tour when we finally got to Paris – we took a boat cruise around the major sites (thanks to Sabrina for organizing this!) and saw some of the major landmarks. We got to see Notre Dame, which was pretty fab! It was also great to see all of the fashion and interactions with others while we walked all over Paris. It was fun to sit down in a cafe and have a cafe and croissant and just people watch. I have to thank my friend Patrick for his wonderful suggestions on what to do in Paris – thanks Patrick!
There were so many experiences I felt were very wonderful to participate in when we were in Paris. Sabrina and I stayed a few extra days so we could do a few more activities.
We got to see and go into the Sacre Coer (which was amazing!) as well as shop and talk with some of the locals. We embraced the cuisine of France with open arms with trying out some amazing restaurants. The food was incredible – we went to this tiny restaurant (our hotel manager recommended it to us) where we had the best chocolate cake ever. It will indeed be a legendary memory for me as a foodie!
Coming from a family of foodies, of course we had to take a cooking class. Dad found us a great place called La Cuisine (which was truly amazing!) Kristin and Scott learned how to make macaroons and Sabrina and I learned how to make croissants.
Chef Justin was very helpful and we truly were able to embrace the culture through food. The precision, time, and perfection in selecting just the right ingredients along with understanding the reason and history of the food in Paris was very enlightening. A truly remarkable experience that I will never forget.
As I am writing this blog post in the Paris airport, I am reflecting on a past post where I talked about what are some things I found out about myself from each of my travels. If I could categorize what I found out about myself on this trip, it would be appreciation.
I was able to appreciate all of the history, culture, cuisine, and people I met and saw during my trip to Barcelona (and at the RI Conference) and in Paris. I also appreciated the people I was able to travel with for their friendship and support. Also, I appreciated the life and opportunities I have both professionally and personally.
Hope you are having a great day!