Travel

Paris

This time's travel throwback is Paris, the city of the thinkers, poets, libertines, lovers, and actually the city that fulfils all of your favourite clichées. While walking around Montmartre on my first evening in Paris, there was something in the air: The lights of the bars and Brasseries were shining softly and culminated with the endless blue evening skies - clear and smooth, like a perfect Bordeaux wine. And the Parisians sitting outside to smoke cool and drink and enjoy their good dinner and mostly enjoy life. One thing every one of us could work on more.



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Paris is a dreamy city when you have the money. Full of architecture from a different time, history on its feet and in the minds - the waiters have moustaches and serve you hot chocolate with an extra shot of Rum even in the early morning just because. There is no reason but feeling that Parisians seem to embrace at least in the heart of the town. Once you overstep and land in the 'wrong' alley, you see another, more realistic part of Paris. You see something that reminds you of home - poverty, dirt, and criminality. The contrasts are immense at first but make a lot of sense once you understand the poems and songs about this beautiful Paris. No other city ever seemed more fair and yet dirty, more timeless and yet old, more emotional but cold, more effortless and yet demanding than Paris.





If you never visited Paris, maybe it is time for you to get there, too. By the way - just a little tip, I know 'Les Deux Magots' was the famous Café where Hemmingway, Sartre, and De Beauvoir used to spend their time but nowadays it is just a cafe for tourists spending too much money on moderate food. But visit the Shakespeare & Company! It is totally worth it if you want to find beautiful editions of your favourite books but careful - don't go there if you don't want to read or buy something - know your place!



Bath


If you ever have the chance to travel through the UK, take at least one day out to visit Bath in the west country. The first view of Bath once you're off the central station takes you back in time immediately - the Georgian style architecture gives the whole city a rather unconventional but exquisite look. The buildings are incredibly beautiful and nothing like you have ever seen before. For anyone who has ever watched a Jane Austen film can surely feel home in Bath. Austen used to live in Bath for some years and indeed the Regency era still, lives on the streets everywhere. Once you walk into town you discover more than just pretty buildings. The Roman Baths are definitely a highlight of Bath and must be visited at least once in your life! The imprints of an ancient era are tried to be kept as real as possible. The Victorian architecture of the Roman Baths with its real Roman-styled structure and some of the oldest stones from the Roman empire in England can be watched at the Roman Baths. A tiny highlight for me is always the reconstruction of what a bath spa might have looked in ancient times. You can enjoy your time sitting by the stones and find yourself in a different era of time. Also, actors running around like Romans definitely help you with some imagination. I have been to Roman Baths twice in my life, but will try to get back there soon. Next to the Roman baths is Bath abbey. This building is majestic and incredibly beautiful. It is also another beautiful example of Medieval architecture in England, which I always find fascinating.







The Jane Austen Centre is a beautiful little Georgian-styled house designed to let you relive the Regency era. Since Austen used to spend a lot of time in Bath, it is only natural that Bath even has a Jane Austen festival to dress up and go crazy. Unfortunately, I have never visited the festival but enjoyed my time at the centre. Especially, the tea room was exceptionally cute with a portrait of Mr Darcy (BBC version) hanging in the middle of the room. Here, I also tried the apparently world famous (never heard of it before) Bath bun, really just a sweet bun. Still, I really enjoyed my time at the centre and will come back for sure.




Bath is ideal for shopping too if you shouldn't be too interested in history or culture. Especially, the tiny alleys offer cute little shops for different occasions. For example, I found a shop of 'Sixties'-inspired games and toys, which I really loved. Also, in questions of design and fashion, Bath offers a lot and is definitely more relaxing than a busy city like London.



I would and will always recommend Bath as a place to visit because it has so much to offer and it is less crowded than London. (Let's admit it Bond Street can be like hell sometimes only with nicer bags)

I took all the pictures so don't steal them, please. ;)