Paris is currently my new favorite city.
Last week I took a “field trip” to Paris with school, and let me tell you this was no ordinary field trip. Not many people can say their school flew them to Paris for three jam packed days.
Paris is absolutely beautiful, from the neutral buildings to the immense detail, I loved every last inch. It is a modern city stuck in the past. It is a mix between New York City and Florence and I’m counting down the days until I can go back.
First, I visited the Musée du Qual to see the La Pierre Sacrée des Maori exhibit. This wasn’t my cup of tea, but some of the artwork had amazing patterns. Following the museum, we were set free for lunch where I ventured to the infamous Champs Elysées and had a delicious Croque Monsieur sandwich. As we kept walking we ran into the breathtaking Arc de Triomphe and then got macarons, of course.
The Medusa exhibit at Musée d’Art Moderne was amazing. It was an exhibit full of jewelry from all over including well known jewels, such as Cartier and Michael Jackson’s glove, and everything in between. After the day of museums, I ventured to the Eiffel Tower to eat my delicious macarons from Pierre Hermé in the park, so French, right?
I think I have a photo of the Eiffel Tower from every angle. I got to see the tower twinkle from all sides—across the river, from the top of the Arc de Triomphe, from underneath and from the top of the tower. Each time was even more beautiful.
Day two consisted of Premiere Vision and shopping, my favorite activity. Premiere Vision is a massive insiders fashion trade show that houses fabrics, trims, findings and anything else you could need for your Fall/Winter 2018/2019 collections. Unfortunately, you are not allowed to take pictures inside, but it was so cool to see these future textile trends and be able to touch and feel the materials we will be wearing over a year from now.
Following the trade show I had the afternoon free, so naturally I chose to shop. I also had a banana Nutella crepe and bought more macarons (this time from the infamous Ladurée), because why not? That night I decided to take the 284 step journey up the Arc de Triomphe. Not only did I make it to the top, but I made it to the top carrying all of my shopping bags from the day, it is truly an accomplishment. The view from the top was breathtaking. Seeing the Eiffel Tower lit up in the distance and the Champs Elysées glowing was truly something I will never forget. I will also never forget the climb down the spiral staircase.
Day three was the busiest of them all. We started the rainy morning visiting the Notre Dame Cathedral. Following that we made our way to Trend Union, which is a fashion and trend forecasting company in Paris. Basically, the people who work there have decided what we will all be wearing three years from now and we got a sneak peak of what’s to come. Then we ventured to the Musée des Arts Decoratifs for the Christian Dior exhibit and all I can say is WOW. Christian Dior was truly a master of his craft and I would give anything to have a Dior Gown. The exhibit housed every dress and prototype Dior and his successors have produced and they are truly works of art.
Following the glittering world of Dior, I went to the Louvre and wandered through the beautiful gardens before going to see the Mona Lisa.
As my final activity in Paris, I waited in the line with four friends to go to the top of the Eiffel Tower. We probably waited in line longer than we were up there, but it was so worth it. Even though it was freezing at the top the views from all sides were absolutely breathtaking. There are truly no words to describe how the lights of the city reflect off the Seine or seeing the Arc de Triomphe lit up in the distance. Paris is beautiful, and no pictures can do this view justice.
Paris is the city of love and not only did I fall in love with this beautiful city, it made me fall in love with fashion all over again. This was just a small, but gorgeous, reminder that I love what I do and I love exploring new cities.
Paris, I will be back.
On to the next adventure,