Paris. The city of love and the place where fashion was born. They say that no one has it all – well they’re lying. The French have it all. The food, the fashion, the wine, the champagne, the weather, the culture… the list goes on and on.
I just returned from a lovely trip to Paris with my darling friend. It’s the first time I’ve ever been (I know, shameful) and I guarantee it will not be the last time. We stayed at my cousins apartment in the centre of Paris, a stones throw from the Eiffel Tower, and from the moment we arrived on Parisian turf we simply could not get enough French in us. We started on the champagne at lunch and even on the Eurostar home we were drinking vin blanc (that’s ‘white wine’ for those of you who didn’t pay attention in French class). It’s safe to say we were intoxicated the entire time, and thank goodness as we were on a shopping mission for Louis Vuitton and Christian Louboutin – which is far more enjoyable when you’re drunk.
With a firm grip on our Amex cards we paraded the streets of Paris in search of extortionately price leather goods. The tourists were out in their hundreds on the streets and in the stores, luckily we managed to snag a sales assistant at the Louis Vuitton Champs-Élysées maison who was terribly attentive. We gave our credit cards the exercise they were craving in LV and then went on our way, off to the next location, Louboutin.
We approached the Christian Louboutin boutique and much to our horror we found a line of people waiting to get inside and try on the red soled delights. At least 20 people were patiently waiting to spend their hard earned euros, but the rain was setting in and we were in need of beverages. We made our way to the nearest bar and ordered in some drinks. “Queue? For shoes?” I hear you ask. My thoughts exactly, we don’t queue for anything. Alas, Rachel was disappointed and shoeless but she has many other pairs of Loubs that are in need of some affection.
Paris is one of those cities that I would trade a pair of Gucci loafers to live in. Much like London, it’s a fast paced metropolis with an abundance of style and substance. Every corner there is a little cafe waiting to be discovered, every French woman walks a tiny little dog on a tiny little lead around the streets, the shops beckon you to indulge in the beautiful things they have to offer. From shoes to pastries there are delights on every street to tempt you. And Paris is so easily accessible from London that no one in the English capital has an excuse not to visit, for all other countries the Paris airport is a short cab ride away. So get your berets and baguettes at the ready ladies and gentleman, Paris is one fabulous city that should be on the top of everyones list of places to visit. Bon voyage!