It’s been a good week here in the City of Love.
Amorino’s Ice Cream
I’m a sucker for ice cream. Like if I have to choose between cake and ice cream, ice cream always wins. Pie or ice cream? Ice cream. Donuts or ice cream? Ice cream.
Do you ever say a word so many times in a row that it starts to sound funny in your head? Yeah, me too.
Anyway. Amorino’s is a really great ice cream store that you can find all over Paris. (Well, not all over, but they’ve got a few locations.) Their flavors are yummy, but the best part?
THEY SCOOP YOUR ICE CREAM IN THE SHAPE OF A ROSE.
And if you’re feeling it, you can get a macaron in the middle!!
speculoos ice cream & hazelnut macaron
The chateau of Versailles is probably the most well-known castle in Paris, maybe even in all of France. However Versailles isn’t the end-all-be-all of castles to explore in France. Chantilly is about a half hour train ride outside of Paris, and it’s well worth the trip.
Chantilly was the home for the princes of Condé, who were cousins of the French kings. Gotta keep up the family image, right? Well Chantilly was (and still is) the leading area for all things horse racing, and the region is also associated with chantilly lace.
And let’s not forget that it’s a castle set on a lake.
I’m convinced this is the library from Beauty and the Beast.
Exploring Paris on foot is the best. Seriously.
Like I’ve said before, I like to just walk around and see where I end up (obviously with some caution. hey mom!). Paris is amazing because history is tucked around every corner just waiting to jump out at you.
So the Pantheon was originally a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve and was commissioned by Louis XV to be reconstructed. Now after a few hundred years it houses the remains of famous people like Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Marie and Pierre Curie, and Alexandre Dumas.
Full disclosure: I didn’t actually go inside (hehe) because I’m cheap and I would rather spend ten euros on pastries.
Exploring the 2eme
For one of my cultural activities I decided to walk around the second arrondissement and map it out.
A little treasure I stumbled upon, though, was this little guy.
Aka this huge Arc de Triomphe-esque arch.
I’m not joking when I say this, but I almost didn’t even notice it. Yes, you read that right. I didn’t even see it until I noticed a bunch of touristy kiosks and wondered what was nearby. Then.. WHAM. I saw it.
Then there’s also this fun market street where I had to talk myself out of buying flowers. Every time I walk past a flower shop, I think to myself, “I should buy those to take home!”
Illogical logic, that’s what that is.
Anyone ever seen the movie Taken?
If not, I’ll give a two sentence synopsis: A dumb teenage girl gets kidnapped in Paris. Liam Neeson comes to rescue her.
It’s actually one of my favorite movies, but I was convinced for the longest time that if Mama Baker saw it, she would never let me come to Paris. Turns out she saw it and I’m here anyway, so all is right in the world.
Back to the movie. The dumb girl gets taken to this street in Paris called Rue de Paradis and Liam’s character goes searching for her behind an infamous red door.
The movie was filmed in not-so-scary part of town, and while waiting for my train to Chantilly, I ran across Rue de Paradis.
I thought I found the red door from the movie, but it’s actually not. I just checked online to see the address, and it’s not the same number I found. (Jokes on me.) Either way, I now have a picture in front of a red door.
À bientôt !