It has been four years since I last visited Paris in 2013. It was a cool April where I was still wearing a winter coat. Back then, I was a lot more spontaneous and unplanned with my travels. I booked one of those ‘secret hotel’ deals only to be pleasantly happy that I was staying just minutes walk to the Eiffel Tower. I was there for Art Paris Art Fair and PAD Fair, and simply referred to a map for the big tourist destinations. I remember wandering around Montmarte shops and cafes (though at the time, I didn’t realize it was the area), Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. I was only there for a very short amount of time, before going back to London.
This time, my stay was a lot longer. I was staying in a lovely apartment in Montmartre furnished with art deco furniture and a number of paintings. I could tell the occupant was into the arts with numerous books lined up the bookshelves and original works of art everywhere. I actually had a daily itinerary this time around to help plan the trip.
Paris was a lovely, beautiful city filled with so much history, culture and the arts. However, it was a reminder as to why I probably would rather be a visitor rather than as a resident. As much as it is a lovely city, I missed going back to Germany after my trip!
A few other (food-related) snaps from the trip…