Along with having the lucky opportunity to work with all the wonderful shoes, we three girls from the UK team are all fortunate to live right in the heart of Paris. I know. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to do it right?
Honoré de Balzac once said “whoever does not visit Paris regularly will never really be elegant”. I’m not sure I’d completely agree with such a bold statement, but Paris is definately worth a visit. So with this rather bold statement in mind, I thought I’d share some of our favourite things to do in our adopted home town, both of the elegant and more chilled out variety. As no Sarenza blog would be complete without a little link to our favourite footwear, I’ve also included a mini shoe guide from each of us. You know, just in case you were looking for some new shoes to bring with you too…
The Bohemian weekend
I like to think of myself as being a bit bohemian. In other words, I can be a bit pretentious, so my favourite Paris past times include taking long walks along the river, people watching and attempting to write my first novel in various coffee shops à la Ernest Hemmingway. I also love alfresco dining, which for me and my friends in Paris, means taking a baguette, cheese and ample wine to some sort of park or open space.
Tourist stuff to do: Kiss Oscar Wilde’s grave at Pere Lachaise, lose yourself in a good read at the Shakespeare & Company book shop and round off your weekend by having a late picnic at the Eiffel Tower and wait for the lights to sparkle.
Shoes to pack: lace ups for acquiring the look of a shabby chic boho.
The Romantic weekend
Eleanor has fallen in love with all of the beautiful architecture that Paris has to offer and on weekends likes to visit all the pretty gardens, churches and cathedrals. Of course, she still has time for shopping and can regularly be found looking for bargains in the cool vintage area of Paris. If like Eleanor you’re in love and want to see the amorous side of Paris, these beautiful landmarks are a must.
Tourist stuff to do: Take a walk along the Pont de l’Archevêché and leave a padlock to symbolize your everlasting love in Paris, or if this is slightly over the top, then go for a long hand held stroll in magnificent art in Rodin’s Sculpture Gardens. If you’re there on a Sunday then grab a bite to eat in Montmatre and take in the awe inspiring Sacre Coeur.
Shoes to pack: a cutesy pair of ballet pumps, they’ll be great for day time walking, but will also go nicely with a pretty outfit for a romantic dinner.
The Free Spirit weekend
Anneca is a free spirit and always looking for a new adventure and ways to meet new people, so for her Paris is great for exploring. In her spare time she can be found joining couch surfing groups for yoga in the park, rummaging through antique markets and sharing recipes for cooking. She also studied art at university so it comes as no surprise that she loves all the amazing culture Paris has to offer.
Tourist stuff to do: The Louvre and Musée D’Orsay are the obviously must see museums if you’re a culture vulture. Take a trip down to the Marais to discover lesser known but equally cool exhibitions and shows. If you’re looking to make new friends, find some free yoga or concerts in the beautiful Buttes Chaumont.
Shoes to pack: sandals, they’ll be great if you want to kick them off and dip your feet in a fountain or chill on the grass and they’re also practical for walking around museums.
If you are coming to Paris in the near future let us know, we’d love to hear all about what you got up to. If you choose to do one of our weekends, we’ll happily accept commission