Hello Friends and Family,
I had the best weekend in Paris for Fashion Week! I had so much fun walking the catwalks…wait, no, that wasn’t me. I did have fun walking the streets of Paris, however, and taking in the beautiful city. Being that it was Fashion Week in the City of Love and Lights there was absolutely no shortage of people watching! While we did see a couple celebrities, we never reached our ultimate goal in finding Kim Kardashian & Klan. My mom told me that was Kim’s loss, and I like to think she’s right.
We had a match on Friday this past weekend which left us with the weekend off! So we decided to all hop in the car and make the road trip to Paris! It’s a little over a 4 hour drive, and it flew by thanks to the road trip essentials: great tunes and snacks! Thanks to Bianca’s dad we got a great room at the Westin right in the heart of Paris. Getting there proved to be a little bit of a challenge though. Parisians are no strangers to traffic chaos. Let me just set the record straight, you haven’t seen insanely bad/scary traffic until you’re in the heart of a massive round-about with people to your left trying to exit to the right and people to the right are cutting you off to get to the left. Oh, and on top of all that, you’re driving a stick shift. Everyone, please be thankful for automatic cars and American intersections that have clear-cut rules, not to mention LANES! With some brave and skillful driving by Bianca we made it to our hotel.
Immediately after arriving at the hotel I realized that my Lululemon yoga pants and Nike shoes were not up to snuff. We had ladies with slicked back hair, crazy high and intricate heels, long dress coats and sunglasses on inside. Men were in three piece suits or other suave attire. It was like I was looking around and all I saw were people who had just stepped out of Vogue magazine headquarters. I was immediately grateful that I didn’t run in these types of circles. I’m not quite sure if any of these women could remember the last time they wore athletic clothes, no makeup, and a pony tail to the grocery store. And what is life without that kind of simplicity? Although as I write this I’m realizing that they probably have someone that goes grocery shopping for them.
After a little freshening up we ventured out of the hotel into the city. The weather was absolutely beautiful with the sun shining down on us. It was exciting to be walking the streets as they were so alive with people, and it was fun to see what everyone was wearing. I’ve never seen so many different and outlandish shoes. Some of them made my feet hurt just looking at them, but these people did look fabulous. We made our way down Champs de Elysees for a late lunch, and then headed over to the Eiffel Tower. I hadn’t noticed it before, but Lady Eiffel is a pretty kind of copper and gold-ish color. Maybe it was just the time of day, but she’s so eye-catching. We enjoyed ice cream cones and some hot wine as the sun went down, and right at 7pm the Eiffel Tower began to sparkle! It’s a truly magnificent sight to see, stunning really. Even after it stopped sparkling we still couldn’t bring ourselves to leave just yet. We sat down on a bench to watch her glow in the night sky of blue and pink clouds. It’s funny how no matter how long you stare at it, it’s going to look the same, yet we still couldn’t take our eyes off her.
We ended up having a really fun taxi ride back to our hotel. Our driver, Maxim, was a real gem. He spoke great English and was very entertaining. He told us he even drove Paris Hilton once, and he was very excited about it. Said he got her autograph and everything. Strange he didn’t ask for ours… Anyway, we were asking him about the Love Lock Bridge, and he let us know it was a big farce! Max and his ex-wife of 12 years had locked their love up all around the world, on bridges in Paris, Italy, etc. Yet, the bond didn’t hold. He thought it was a nice idea though, said he and the ex-wife had a good run. Max also was telling us about the big Egyptian Obelisk that is in the center of the Place de la Concorde where Marie Antoinette was beheaded. Apparently France stole this from the Egyptians, the Egyptians stole it back, and then once they had made peace the Egyptians gave it back as an olive branch, if you will. What’s funny about this is that the Obelisk is crazy tall and solid…made of pure stone. The thought of anyone trying to steal this is kind of laughable because of its sheer size. I mean when the Egyptians gave it to France in the end they had to build a massive custom boat just to hold its size and weight. We couldn’t wrap our heads around how they stole it in the first place. On our way home we also drove in the tunnel where Princess Diana was in her fatal car accident. That was pretty surreal. It was strange they didn’t have more of a memorial there for her. I still have my Princess Diana commemorative beanie baby at home in mint condition. We were sad to leave Max. He was a great little tour guide, and he was a total master in the Parisian traffic!
The next day we went walking around the big park leading up to the Louvre. Once again, we couldn’t have asked for more perfect weather. The park had an active feel with kids playing, people running, and workout groups meeting. There were also beautiful ponds where people were sitting and basking in the sun. Sidenote: Scooter sales are alive and well here in France. If you’re a kid without a scooter, you’re nobody. We had lots of fun taking pictures at the Louvre pyramid, and then ventured over to the Love Lock Bridge. They have had to board off some of the bridge so that people can’t put locks on it in some of the main areas. The bridge was getting weighed down by all that love, and they are worried about its stability. Paris is such a fun city to adventure around. There is an incredible amount of detail in all the architecture. The building facades are intricate, and not the smallest detail is overlooked. It’s a treat for the eyes.
Right when we were getting back to our hotel to check-out the model GiGi Hadid was walking out! For all those who don’t know, she is a famous model in her own right, but she is also besties with Kendall Jenner. Which means she probably also knows Khloe Kardashian, ipso facto I met the Kardashians. There you have it, my brush with fame. Then as we continued into the hotel I literally almost bumped into Christian Siriano, fashion designer and winner of Project Runway Season 1. He has always been one of my favorites from that show, so this was really exciting for me. It was an exciting end to our trip, and we had the best time! I feel so lucky that my I get to have these kinds of adventures and experiences with great friends. It was really special to see Paris during Fashion Week and have these memories with them.