Visiting Paris has become a regular thing because my sister and niece live there. It almost feels like a home away from home. Even though I’ve been there several times it never gets boring, and it’s always a pleasure to spend time with my family and friends. My niece Dasha is now old enough to know who I am (she even remembers Lady!) and she talks amazingly well in both French and Russian so I was able to have conversations with her. It made me such a proud auntie to see how smart she is at only 2 and a half years old (even though she did drive me crazy sometimes)!
Apart from spending time with family and friends, I also managed to revisit a lot of my favourite places: the Latin Quarter and Boulevard St Michel, Montmartre, l’Opera, Pont Alexandre III, Chatelet, Canal St Martin, Jardin des Tuileries & Palais Royal, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, and more. I took as many strolls along the Seine as possible, and I couldn’t help but take advantage of all the amazing sales going on! I found myself visiting Rue de Rivoli and les Grands Boulevards more than once. I’m really happy with all of my purchases and can’t wait to share them here!
There was one new place that we went to that really stood out for me: Fontainebleau. You may have heard of the castle, but Fontainebleau is also a big forest. It’s the most unique one I’ve ever seen. In the middle of it there is a white sand oasis scattered with boulders. My mind was blown when I saw and felt the sand – I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen sand that soft and white since I was a kid in Australia! It’s all natural too – apparently the sand is a product of erosion from the boulders. Is that incredible or what? It was really nice to get out of the city for a day to enjoy nature’s wonders with a picnic and a bouldering session. Rock climbing is my favourite sport but I usually only do it in the gym, so I was really happy to be able to boulder outside again and in such a cool spot too!
I must admit I didn’t want to leave at the end, the only thing that made me want to catch my plane home was the thought of being reunited with Kirill and Lady. It’s funny because even though I felt like the trip went by so fast, at the same time it felt like I had already been there for ages. I guess my brain went into Paris mode and to be honest it’s still not completely off, as I find myself craving walks along the Seine, glasses of rose on the terrace of a cute cafe, and of course the cheese! I even miss speaking French on a regular basis. Oh well, jusqu’a la prochaine fois, Paris!