I’m not sure if I mentioned this earlier on the blog but I was in the La Ville-Lumière aka Paris this past weekend. I’ve been there a few times as a child but barely remember it and didn’t really enjoy or appreciate the city back then. This time it was different, loved the architecture, fashion and food. The people are no where near as bad as the ones in Rome, so I retract that comment I made in one of the When In Roma posts about Parisians being ridiculously rude. The taxi drivers are rude, the rest of the people were somewhat friendly to me. Well the ones that I asked for help as navigating around the city on your lonesomes is quite difficult especially since I don’t know a word of French. I was there for a site; photographing the Fashion Week activities, showrooms and mainly photographing (capsule) Paris trade show. More on the reverse.
So during my trip I actually didn’t get any touristy stuff done, this post solely contains photographs that were taken on my journeys to events and back. My trip got off to a really bad start – my hotel reservation made my client was cancelled for some reason so I had no where to stay. Spent a few hours trawling the city in search of a hotel, managed to find a pretty nice one. The hotel conessieur was probably the nicest person I met in the city and definitely spoke the best English.
This trip was a challenge and always another chance for me to discover more about myself. Life = a journey of self-discovery. I got homesick really quick and I NEVER get homesick on holidays but this time because I was on my own – it was very different. I knew no one in the city, I made acquitances and networked a lot with brands but I can’t exactly call them ‘friends’. I must have spent a fortune texting my other half and friends back in London. One thing I’ve learnt – never go to a non-English speaking country on your own so unprepared. I really need to learn the basic phrases for next time, learn how to navigate the metro and so on. Taxi’s were expensive and waiting for them in the boiling heat was not the one. Alas, the events were highly enjoyable and made some really good connections. I’m not saying you shouldn’t travel on your own, just be prepared and know what you’re getting yourself into. I clearly wasn’t prepared and paid the price.
Shout outs to Dutch leather goods brand Property Of… who gave me a swanky A4 leather case. Perfect for my work notes. Enjoy the photography.