Paris through your 5 senses – Summer edition

In full sight – One of the problems you might have while in Paris is to suffer from chronic indecision if you have to chose what will you visit first. There are so many things to see (monuments, museums, parks, etc.) that you shall make a list before visiting the City of Lights. Forget about going from one museum to another the same day – it can be not only tiresome, but stressful as well. Better go to a museum in the morning, stroll in the parks, and finish with a monument such as the Eiffel Tower or the Arc de Triomphe (both at walking distance from each other). Or start with the monuments in the morning so you can avoid queuing, stroll in the parks, and finish in a museum (consider that most of them close by 5 pm). My personal favourite is the Orsay Museum, just in front of the Senna River and not far from the Invalides esplanade.

The sound of music – Paris has so much to offer when it comes to cultural activities that you won’t have to worry about getting busy by night. Whether you are an open-air-jazz-concert-addict or a salsa dancer you will always find a place to go, the only restriction being that the bars and discos shut down at 2 am on weekdays. One of the best options is to buy in a kiosk L’Officiel des Spectacles, a very rich and up-to-date cultural guide of Paris and its region. And once you’ve got it, all you have to do is chose where will you end your night!

                                                             (French) Touch  This may be the favourite item of shopping addicts, and with good reason. Fashion capital of the world, Paris has a myriad of boutiques and stores where you can find that perfect dress or that lovely pair of shoes, as well as booking expensive rendez-vous with a designer that will make your fashion dream come true. Have you heard of Champs Elysées? Well, that is haven in Paris for fashionista’s from all around the world. Hugo Boss and Louis Vuitton will be your best friends if you have the money to pay for them, and if you don’t you can always go window-shopping. Then, if you are interested in vintage clothing you should head to Le Marais, where the frippery shops are legion. They are not that cheap but it is worth taking a look if you’re around the corner.

Smell the glamour – Somewhere in the world, French people have this weird reputation of smelling bad. I cannot confirm nor deny this sentence, but in this domain you will be more than satisfied when visiting Paris and you might need an entire week to visit all the boutiques and beauty shops before you get an idea of what scent is the one you need. Champs Elysées avenue is an option – pricy, you know – otherwise you might find what you are looking for at Boulevard Haussmann and its thousand of shops. Got some more days? Visit the Perfume Museum at the Opéra district.

Taste it! – On a lazy summer afternoon, the best decision you could make after sunbathing in a park is to go for an ice cream at Pozzetto. Having only 12 flavours based on milk or fruit recipes, they will prepare a certain amount everyday for its costumers, so be ready to queue for at least 5 minutes. Yoghurt and Gianduja won’t disappoint you, fig will be rather scarce depending on the season.


Tasty stuff #1: Chocolate

Dark or white, filled or just tablets, chocolate is one of the most delicious things that Mother Nature could provide us (although technically she only gave us the cacao beans). Some people become addict, some others are allergic to it but, truth be told, the world would not be the same without it. Oh, chocolate…

I must say that the best chocolate I have ever had was Belgian, and I got it from Bruges, the small city made famous for it’s canals (no wonder they call it “The Venice of the North”), and for the movie starring Colin Firth. My mouth still remembers the truffled flavour that got me to the moon and back – and I’m not exagerating. Of course, you can always find good chocolate shops in the big cities, and in my personal experience that is an important factor when it comes to decide where to live.

If you are as fond as I am for this sweet pleasure of Gods, you may find interesting the Schokoladen Museum in Cologne, Germany. Located by the Rhein river, nearby the city center, it’s the perfect hangout for a Sunday afternoon with its giant chocolate fountain (…) and the chocolate cakes they sell at the Café (and if you’re lucky and have good weather, you can also enjoy the sight of the Rhein at the terrace).

But then, if you’re rather into more warm latitudes, Spain is always a good option for having churros con chocolate in Madrid. After a night out, a short stick of fried dough dipped into thick bittersweet hot chocolate it’s just the right thing for going to bed happy and fully sated.

Finally, turn on your speakers and listen to some of this songs while you let it melt in your mouth!