There are very extreme views when it comes to the Eiffel Tower in Paris. Visitors delight in the iconic structure’s first appearance and many pilgrimages to France are based around it. However, like many tourist attractions, not all of the local Parisians are as fond of the Tour Eiffel.
Paris holds different meanings for everyone, but when I picture Paris, I see moody skies, elegant streets full of balconied views, bistro after bistro, and a quartet of old musicians, playing mournfully beautiful music. These memories are all based off of my first visit to Paris, over six years ago, and with each return visit I still see the city that way. Gloomy, beautiful, sad, and perfect.
On Wednesday night I joined France Passion Magazine in celebrating their one year anniversary at the French Institute Alliance Francaise with Atout France, the French Tourist Office. The event was a celebration of all things French, with a perfume bar by jeweler Mauboussin, a Saint Germain cocktail station, and a live jazz band, calling to mind the romantic entertainment outside most Parisian brasseries. The room had a hazy blue shade, adding a soft glow to everything and in true French fashion, creating a warm, romantic glow. The night made me recall my days wandering the Marais, a handsome man on my arm, and the wind in my hair. I think a return to the city of lights is now firmly in order.
In August 2011 I left my job at a corporate fashion brand and dedicated myself to becoming a full time travel and style writer. Living in NYC, I wrote, traveled, and snapped photos as the days turned cold, and then slowly warm again.
With the comfort of home and the fallback of side projects, my writing did not always take the forefront of my time, something that constantly nagged at me.
Now, almost one year later, I have decided to take the next step in the travel writing lifestyle: living abroad indefinitely.
I will be starting my journey in Europe, spending most of my time in Spain and London, and hopefully a good dose of Paris and the Cote d’Azur. Giving up the security of my home, friends, and family is definitely a challenge, but one that I hope will push me to take this blog, and my blossoming career to the next level.
I will continue to share my journey as I explore some of Europe’s most dazzling summer spots.
First up: London!
For Karl Lagerfeld’s latest Pre-Fall 2012 line for Chanel, he drew on India for the core theme of his line, a place he has never been to! Drawing inspiration from his idea of Bombay, Lagerfeld commissioned the Chanel atelier to create each embroidered piece, showcasing the true Parisian talent and attention to detail.