MY TRIP TO PARIS
My trip to Paris in June inspired me to create a way to spread my love of food and share it with the world. I visited such impressive restaurants and cafes when I was there. Everywhere I turned, I was in food heaven. I learned a ton about moderation and the importance of quality, organic ingredients. The food there may be expensive, but you can practically taste the chef’s loving intention in every bite. It feels like each ingredient has been studied and tested so that the final product is absolute perfection. Their way of eating and preparing food inspired me to only feed myself the best of the best.
Food is now one of my top priorities. If my body tells me to stop eating, I listen to it. If my family is making pasta and I’m in the mood for a salad, I make a salad. If I order a meal at a restaurant and it only tastes okay, I send it back. Sometimes the reactions to these choices are negative, but food should be a pleasure. Too many times I have eaten unappetizing food because I was bored, because I was hungry or because it was what my family was eating. Promising myself to thoroughly enjoy the amazing sensation of taste was the best decision I ever made. Life became more enjoyable.
I’m not going to lie; there was plenty of temptation in Paris. Everywhere I turned, there was a buttery, sugary pastry staring me in the face. I think I did a pretty amazing job of mostly avoiding those temptations, but I allowed myself a few indulgences here and there. After all, it was a vacation. I had a self-educating moment after my mom and I bought a molten lava brownie cupcake to split and after one bite, which I took about two whole minutes savoring, I said, “That was heaven, but I don’t need any more.” I learned then and there that with the right quality ingredients, enjoying a cupcake doesn’t have to mean eating the whole thing.
I have to admit, Nutella is my biggest guilty pleasure. Paris is a Nutella lover’s heaven. It’s in every window and on every menu. After visiting the beautiful Sacre Coeur on our last day there, I ordered Nutella banana crepes, which I also enjoyed every bit of. I had avoided ordering the dreaded sugar-filled spread almost my entire time there, but on the last day, I realized that life is too short to say no to possibly once in a lifetime chances, even if they’re as simple as crepes.
Not only was the food incredible, but the scenery was also amazing. I couldn’t have asked for a better location for a vacation. My favorite places that we went to were: Le Bon Marche (to shop), Arc de Triomphe, Sacre Coeur, the Love Locks Bridge, Saint Chapelle and the Palace of Versailles. I’m so impressed with the endless sights to see and places to eat.
I took this photo on the Love Lock Bridge (Pont des Arts.) Some of the locks there are so incredibly beautiful that I couldn’t help but spend an hour taking pictures of every pretty lock, even though it was almost a hundred degrees and the sun was blazing.
One of the best things about Paris is the amazing architecture. Every doorway is a gorgeous golden arch or a carved stone pillar. Everywhere I turned, I thought I was dreaming. Although, I’ve never dreamed of something so beautiful. One of the most fascinating places I’ve ever been was Saint Chapelle (in the picture above.) The golden archways and colorful stained glass windows were incredible. It was too bad that the three lines we had to stand in to get there kept us waiting for two hours. I didn’t plan ahead with sunscreen, so I was left with quite a painful sunburn.
The only downside to visiting Paris is the lines. Even the public bathrooms, which you also have to pay for, have lines around the block. My patience certainly was tested. If you’re planning on going there, I recommend buying one of those nifty museum passes that lets you cut in front of all of the lines. Trust me; on a one hundred degree day, you don’t want to be waiting in a long line outside for hours.
After visiting for only one week, I am positive that I will return. Even on the last day, I didn’t worry about missing anything because I knew that the more I missed, the more I would be able to come back to. Even when I got home, my mom and I made a pact to live like they do in Paris. We only buy fresh, organic produce and we prepare meals with meaning, paying special attention to quality and moderation.
I have no doubt in my mind that one day my life will allow me to visit Paris at least once a year. Now, if only I could pay attention in French class…
The city’s every detail was built for perfection. Every building is gorgeous, every park looks like a scene from a movie and every meal looks fit for a king. Many people make a list at some point in their life of places they must see before they die. It would be a shame if anyone missed out on seeing Paris at least once or twice in their life. For me, my list is filled with places that I missed when I was there. Just like many others, I have fallen in love with Paris. Someday, I will spend enough time there to let Paris fall in love with me.