(November 9-12, 2011)
Many women dream of the romance, beauty, and glamour of Paris for years before they visit. After they arrive, they're often hit with the "Paris Syndrome", meaning they get disappointed and depressed because the city does not live up to their grand expectations. (This syndrome also sometimes causes them to go crazy and have hallucinations and other crazy stuff.) I had never really understood the Paris hype, but that was before I actually got a chance to go.
Paris really is always a good idea.
It's a gorgeous city filled with crepes, macarons, delicious ice cream, wine, and of course history & fashion & art & all that très chic stuff.
This was the first time I ever traveled alone. After weeks of traveling with my friends to various places, it was a good change of pace. It was pretty therapeutic to spend time alone with my crazy thoughts. I also had the best awesome personal photographer Sharon Kim, who was studying abroad in Paris at Sciences Po and I had come to visit. She took me to the best gyro stand ever, to hidden bars, to macarons at McDonald's and Laduree, to bargain-hunting at the flea markets and pretty much everywhere else including the Eiffel, Louvre, Versailles, and Angelina.