In October of last year I got to return to Paris in France where I spent 9 days exploring the city, the last time I was here was back in 1999 and I was so excited to come back.
I just come off a long trip around Europe. I started in Strasbourg France for the WRC Rallye de France, after spending a week in Strasbourg i spent two weeks driving through Switzerland, Austria and Germany, I then headed to Barcelona Spain for my last WRC event of the year Rally Spain, following the rally I spent another week in Barcelona, it was the first time I had been back since 1999 as well, so 5 weeks on the road it was great to finally have a home base and get back to Paris.
The plan was to see a few of the key sites of Paris but mainly to experience the parisian lifestyle, grab a fresh loaf of bread, some fresh cheese and a bottle of wine and watch the world go by on the Seine river, and that I did.
My accommodation was in the heart of Paris, just 15min walk to Notre Dam, 15min to the Louvre, 15min to the left bank, 15min to my favourite cafe, so you can see 15min to most places, it was about an hour to the Eiffel Tower, but that was fine as I really wanted to explore other parts of Paris.
The night I arrived I decided to splurge and went to a restaurant recommended by a few different people, L’Escargot Montorgueil, it was a quick walk from my apartment and was definitely worth the long wait and price tag, fresh Escargot, an amazing steak and complementary wines, it was great watching the staff carve the food in front of the patrons, really impressive wathcing them carve a duck, it was a perfect way to start my time in Paris.
The next few days I spent walking around the most beautiful city I have been to, all my memories came flooding back and I felt like I was home again.
My first was Au Petit Fer a Cheval cafe, one of the oldest cafes in Paris, the Cafe et Lait here was literally amazing.
After 4 cups i made my way to Du Pain et des Idées, the famous bakery specialises in renaissance-era recipes, the counters are lined with all your favourite savory and sweat treats, I grabbed some of their fresh bread and a pistachio escargot, aka snail. YUM!!!!
I then made my way to the Seine river where I sat and watched the world go by for a few hours.
Yum, living the Parisian life.
After spending most of the day relaxing and doing very little I headed out later that night to capture some of Paris after dark, this is when the city really comes alive, the old buildings with architecture I dont see much of often are fascinating
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