Paris / by Cinthia Contreras


I have to admit I have been drawn to many countries and European ones haven’t really been in the mix BUT fashion week is always an exception to me and decided to take the leap and go to Paris. I couldn’t be happier about this decision, now I understand why people are so in love with this city! Everything about it is just a sight for the eyes; the buildings, the flowers everywhere, its wide streets, are just lovely and romantic. What I have seen in New York is just a miniature version of Paris majesties edifications and gardens.

I always have the hard duty of attending shows and of course touring around even if that means changing outfits several times a day and being exhausted all day long.

Novotel Paris Centre Gare Montparnasse

As soon as I landed I hit a show and then had a pleasant and luxurious afternoon tea at The Peninsula hotel. Towers of delicious pastries, chocolates and salty little dishes to nibble paired with rosé champagne was just what I needed it to forget the jetlag and enjoy the great adventure ahead.

During this trip I had the opportunity to stay at Novotel Paris Centre Gare Montparnasse, I’m a fan of this hotel chain, because they are modern and well located. Just like in Dubai my room had a view of the Tour Eiffel from the balcony, yesss a big open balcony! So bad it was cold, because otherwise that balcony would have been a wine and breakfast spot.

Another change of look and show later, I found myself in a night cab with my friends around la rue du Montagne, plaza Vendome, hotel Costes, fumoir restaurant, la tour Eiffel and a little bar I never learned the name.

The Peninsula

The rest is history! Louvre museum, Notre-Dame, Siena, Montmartre at night, the opera, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-élysée, Place de la Concorde, Le Marais, Centre Georges Pompidou, Moulin Rouge, Latin Quarter, Place de la Bastille, Place Vendome, Trocadero, were some of the places I was able to visit but Paris is overwhelming, too much to do and see, several trips are necessary to be able to finish and visit all the museums and galleries this rich city has to offer.

Obviously I have to go back and when I do I’ll visit the Yves Saint Laurent museum, Rodin museum, enjoy the Louvre, Les Invalides, Tuileries Garden, Sacré‑Cœur, Jardin du Luxembourg, Ile de la cité, pantheón, and everything else!

Feta cheese and tomato tart (Halle Quattre)

Feta cheese and tomato tart (Halle Quattre)

If you are in a diet you can forget about it, eating there is a pleasure, I had most of my breakfasts at Halle Quatre and the rest everywhere else, keep in mind that a cappuccino is more expensive than a glass of wine….