I visited the city at the end of 2012, during my winter vacation in Korea. I was really excited because I would be seeing my family for the first time in seven months, AND I was going to the City of Love and Lights.
To be honest, though, I was a bit disappointed. Paris is beautiful, there is no doubt about that. The Eiffel Tower was definitely a sight to behold, and I could have spent days wandering around the Louvre.
But would I return? No. Pretty as it is, the city didn’t really touch anything in me. That sounds weird, I know. But I can say with certainty that South Korea has a special place in my heart. Lobitos, Peru, will always hold fond memories. New Zealand was full of friends, and of course, Hobbiton. Paris…I can’t put my finger on a single thing that makes me smile.
My favourite part was, without a doubt, Fragonard Parfumeur. My friend, Karina, had asked me to buy her a specific perfume that she wanted to wear on her wedding day. And so off I went with my mum, dad and brother, determined to find this shop and not let her down.
The interior was just divine. And the smell…I could easily have pitched a tent and never left. We spent ages in there. I quickly found Karina’s perfume and then took my time finding a fragrance I liked, too. Paris was WAY too expensive for me to do much shopping, but I have a major weakness for perfumes.
A lot of our time in Paris was spent window-shopping, and being awestruck at the crazy prices of even the simplest things. We once paid five Euros for a bottle of water! It almost hurt to drink it.
I was quite happy to get on the plane to sunny, summery South Africa after a mere 4 days in Paris. Give me humidity and load-shedding over bitter cold and jackets, any day!
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