My fifth time in Paris but this time it was different – there was no itinerary and no specific plan. I was attempting Slow Travel for the first time. Slow Travel is basically throwing the guide book out of the window, ditching the jam packed itinerary and taking a slower pace to really enjoy the details of a place.
This was a first for me and being the itinerary maniac I am (think Monica from FRIENDS), it felt very strange. In an attempt to simplify my travels and apply a little minimalism, I’m trying to spend less time researching and planning. It can be really time consuming, not to mention expensive, when you’re cramming as much in as possible.
It’s actually quite exhausting with too much structure and you often miss those spontaneous moments that are the most memorable. I have this idea that leisurely wandering around and seeing where the day takes me is a better, more relaxing and enjoyable option. So, off we went to Paris for two nights travelling light as always and without an itinerary.
– Place Saint Sulpice – one of my favourite spots in Paris. It’s not too touristy and you’re within walking distance of all the best boutique stores and patisseries
– Palais Royale – a quiet haven right in the middle of the city and a people watching gold mine
– Staying in Saint Germain. This is the 6th arrondissement of Paris and it is by far my favourite. Everything felt like it was in easy reach
– Montmartre – it takes a pretty picture but I felt a shift in this part of Paris on this trip. It had a certain seediness to it, which I didn’t like. I wouldn’t rush to go back to this part again
– I found the city quite busy in May. There were a lot more tourists than when I came off-peak
Food and Drink
– Pierre Herme – the home of the best macarons (yes, better than Laduree) I pre bought my dessert here one day, always thinking ahead!
– L’eclair de genie – the home of the best eclairs I’ve ever tasted
– Cafe Kitsune – my favourite cafe. I’ve visited the last three times I’ve been to Paris and it’s still the smoothest coffee I’ve found yet. Sit outside a while and enjoy the beautiful Palais Royal
– Huguette – a restaurant we stumbled upon in Saint Germain. It wasn’t the cheapest, but the food was worth it and it’s another great people watching spot. Despite specialising in seafood, they put a delicious vegetarian dish together for me
Where we stayed
http://www.mayet.com This was a good little find via www.iescape.com a website I find myself using more and more. They specialise in small boutique hotels which I prefer over the bigger hotels. I also find their reviews very honest.
What I packed from my capsule wardrobe
– White button down shirt
– Black skinny jeans
– Black trousers
– Ballet flats
– Black trench coat
– Striped tee
– Long sleeve grey tee
– Large black bag
– Small black cross body bag
All photos were taken on my Canon 6d camera with a 50mm 1.8 lens.
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