Because you should always look forward.
Since I’ve been neck deep in exams and revisions, this week I’m dropping a quick post covering my Paris revisit checklist.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit Paris twice, so I think I’ve managed to hit most of the major spots and areas of interest. And while seeing many of these over and over again isn’t a bad idea by any measure, there are a few personal musts that I just haven’t managed.
Above all, I want to finally manage a river walk along the Seine. While anyone whose read my posts up until knows my love of walking along cities’ river-ways, Paris has some extra significance as an avid media junkie.
Firstly, if you’ve watched this season of Vikings, you’ll know that we just covered the siege of Paris. Seeing how vital the river and its surrounding area where in these events, I’m desperate to see the city with this in mind.
The second reason stems from my love of the film Sabrina, though the 1995 Julia Ormond and Harrison Ford version, more than its earlier Audrey Hepburn counterpart. In the film, Sabrina talks about walking by the river until you find your favorite bridge or spot and then coming back every day to sit peacefully and have your lunch by the river. This is the idea which has really inspired my love of completing river walks in every city I can.
When it comes to places to see, I have a great need to go into the Musee Carnavalet (exterior) and the Musee Jacquemart-Andre (interior) —the museums which makeup the heist worthy setting of Audrey Hepburn’s How to Steal a Million. This is probably my favorite of her films—it’s a quirky comedy with a splash of romance and a young Peter O’Toole as a fantastic male lead—any evening spent with Ms. Hepburn is well worth the effort, but this one will makes it even better. I don’t even need to know what’s being displayed here—I just want to skulk around the museum as if I’m casing the joint. Maybe I’ll pick up a boomerang if they have any on hand.
Then, of course, it’s all about exploring cafes around Paris as all the stereotypes of French living emphasize. Again, as a media girl, I still have to figure out where Audrey’s Sabrina cafe hangout is, where she sat and wrote her letters home (to round out the trend). Maybe run by Le Cordon Bleu while I’m at it.
As for revisits, I’d love to go through the Paris catacombs again as well as explore Montmartre and Sacre-Coeur again on a clear day where I can actually see the city stretched out before me. While I’m in the area, maybe next time I’ll see more than the outside of Moulin Rouge.
That’s the checklist and, hopefully, I’ll be back soon enough to tick these off! But until then:
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