It was almost a decade ago when I moved to Paris for a year to study French in school. Paris was such a magical place for me it made me dreamt about all the things I want to do when I grow up. As I was turning 30 this May, I realized I’m not where I thought I’d be at this point of my life, I decided to take a trip back to where all my dreams began, to spark my passion again and search for new directions in life. I therefore set a mission to explore a different side of the city I’ve never been to before and I was so inspired by all my new explorations! So here I want to share my special guide to Paris with you:
1) Staying at a Parisian home// 巴黎民宿
I was so excited to arrive my first ever airbnb home! I always love to stay with a local friend when I’m travelling because you get a taste of how the local people live. As my dear friend Tanja from Vienna flew in for a long weekend to celebrate my birthday together, I had chosen this cool and spacious apartment in Montmartre which has two nice bedrooms.
想當年與同學合租apartment, 今次回去當然也要感受一下! 因為我的好友Tanja 從維也納飛過來巴黎一個長週末陪我慶祝生日， 所以我特意挑選了這家位於蒙馬特並很有特色設計的兩房一廳airbnb. Tanja比我先到， 我一到埗已有一個mini 生日蛋糕在等待我， 真的很感動!
Few days later we moved to another apartment in the left bank after Tanja left. I knew I had to rent this place the second I spotted it on airbnb because it is so unique and one of a kind! The apartment is located inside the courtyard of a residential building surrounded by a lovely garden. It used to be a printing factory and the owner has revamped it into a two-storey house. I just love the ambiance and interior design of this place!
幾天後Tanja 要回去維也納所以我們搬到另一間位於巴黎左岸的住所。 我挑選住所除了考慮位置和租金以外，最重要的就是室內設計。 這間住所是小巴黎很少有的特色房子。 以前本來是印刷廠 ，屋主將它改建為兩個獨立房子。因為樓底高，所以房子內還多建一層。 外面被一個小花園包圍著，很有特色!
2) Visit Shakespeare and Company // 拍攝日落巴黎的古老書店
One of must see places this trip is Shakespeare and Company in the 5th arrondissement . As a fan of Before Sunrise trilogy, I’ve wanted to visit this book store for so long! This is the book shop where Jesse did his book readings and met Celine again at the sequel Before Sunset. Inside the 2-storey book shop, there’s a lounge for people to read and a small corner that allows people to sleepover. When we were there someone was playing piano it felt so romantic like being in the movie!
3) Spend a day at Fontainebleau // 到巴黎南部的楓丹白露一天遊
I’ve wanted to visit Fontainebleau ever since I fall in love with impressionist painting when I was a student. This was the place where my favorite painters Auguste Renoir and Claude Monet used to come and do their paintings. Just an hour away from Paris, I felt like I went to a different era stepping into Fontainebleau. We spent our Sunday morning walking around Château de Fontainebleau and afternoon picnicking and napping under the trees in the forest nearby. It was the most relaxing and laid back Sunday I’ve had in a very long time.
大部分人去巴黎都會去凡爾賽宮一日遊 ，今次我們則選擇了距離巴黎一小時以外的楓丹白露 。如果喜愛印象派畫的人應該聽過這名字，因為很多19世界印象派畫家都來楓丹白露的森林練習油畫。 楓丹白鷺位於巴黎南部市郊 ，由巴黎坐火車出發加一程接駁巴士到楓丹白鷺堡壘大約個半小時。這裏風景比我想像中更為嘆為觀止! 堡壘當然不能與凡爾賽宮媲美，但其大自然景色實絕不比下去! 星期日的下午當大部分的香港人在巴黎名店血拼的時候 ，我們花整個下午遊閒的在草地上野餐和午睡，真正體驗法國人的生活態度!