Parisian Triumph

Paris has it all. The food, fashion, and art are why I chose to study French. Paris is one of the cultural capitals of the world because the people seek out the “interesting.” I have eaten at some of the best restaurants in the city: sipping lavender eggnog out of the very eggshell it was spawned from, tasting sizzling chocolate confections from the best chefs in France, and eating at the “cool” and “minimalist” bistros this city is celebrated for. The culture is very open — the people are friendly and interested in everyone who walks by. The cafés are situated so you sit facing the street, for people watching is encouraged. In turn, the people dress casually but well — darker tones, gorgeous coats paired with the popular Adidas originals, long flowing scarves and fabulous hats.

Paris carries a sense of intrigue. There are museums on every city street that are beautifully done, and gorgeous statues on every corner. Chicago is a relatively new city. Paris is extremely old. I love seeing how the history contrasts with the new innovation. In a matter of minutes I can walk from Notre Dame, one of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals to date, down to the Pompidou Center, a museum built inside out: pipes rounding the building and escalators built beyond the windows. The Arc de Triomphe is the symbol of Napoleon’s victory in war. To me, however, because it leads into one of the poshest areas in the city, the Champs-Élysées, it marks the wealth that Paris has achieved in becoming one of the coolest and most interesting cities there is. Paris has triumphed the arts!

xoxo,

Cecilia Roses

My Look: Contrarian dress, Calvin Klein tights, Topshop booties, POSH earrings, and fuzzy pink Zara coat

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