Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Les Printemps

We arrived in Paris at around 10.30 in the morning and stumbled across a gorgeous flower market, where I allowed myself to indulge in my flower obsession. The wonderfully rich crimsons and bright yellow shades made everything feel like how spring should be; despite the fact that they were framed against a screen of bleak grey clouds and an icy air. But even through the grey sky, Paris still looked beautiful. I still was taken away by the perfect symmetry of the trees and the elegance of the little cafes. We ate lunch at a lovely restauraunt, which I am ashamed to admit was Italian, when it really should have been French! After, we walked pass the Arc de Triumph and then down Champs-Élysées. 

I could not control my excitement as we passed by the pastel green coloured Laudree, which I had been dreaming about for so long. Once inside it was a very difficult decision of which macaroons and what tea to choose from the long list. I settled with four macaroons: raspberry, salted caramel, pistachio and rose petal, with a flowery berry tea with wonderful things like cherry and marigold in it. They were absolutely delicious, and the tea room was exquisite. 

We then followed the Eiffel Tower which poked out behind various buildings in the distance. When we arrived we sat on the grass and admired the view. We stayed for some hours, and then got in a taxi to Musee de l'orangerie where I had hoped to see Monet's water lillies. However, to my disappointment it was closed, so we popped into the Louvre instead. 

As it gradually became dark we walked through the amber lit streets as it slowly started to rain. It hadn't rained all day, so these last few moments of Paris in the rain weren't a disaster. In fact, it reminded me of a part in one of my favorite films, Midnight in Paris.

Gil: Can you picture how drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain? 
Inez: Why does every city have to be in the rain? What's wonderful about getting wet?

But there is something very exciting about the rain. Paris in the rain is beautiful. It's about how it tangles with the sparkling street lights and illuminates their orange glow. The magical sound. And the wonderful feeling of the cool drops over your skin as you walk through the beautiful streets. 

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