I’ve just returned from a springtime getaway to Paris. It was an amazing ten days spent walking (76 miles!), eating, shopping and visiting museums. The last time I was there was more than 16 years ago with my husband. During that time, much had changed, but much had also stayed the same.
Unchanged was that the French are still effortlessly fashionable. They look good even in their casual wear – which there was a LOT of. Sneakers were no-nos when I was there in 2003, but they were everywhere this time.
Changed were the crowds. There were so many tourists there this time I couldn’t believe it. I was told that the recent terrorism scares had kept a million visitors away year-to-date, but the lines to get in to anything remotely touristy were gigantic so I can’t imagine what a million more people would have looked like.
Unchanged was that French architecture is still jaw dropping. It is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and fortunately, they know it. They really take care of their buildings, keeping them clean of dirt and maintaining gardens and surrounding sidewalks.
Changed was that there seemed to be a lot more modern furnishings in rustic and historic settings. I loved seeing how stores like Kartel had their ghost chairs in a classic French chateaux setting. I also noticed clothing retailers everywhere were creating residential type settings in their stores underscoring that fashion is a lifestyle. See photo above.
Unchanged is that, if I were to win the lottery tomorrow, I would buy myself a little pied a terre in St. Germain de Pres and spend every Spring in Paris.