The next holiday I have is to visit all my friends in New York in about eleven weeks. So, I decided the best way to cure my holiday blues was to have a fellow blogger tell me (and all of you) a little bit about some of the travels they had been on.
We are starting the series of guest blog posts with the beautiful Emily Fata from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Somewhere I definitely need to visit at some point in time. If you enjoy this post, then make sure you take a peek at her blog http://emulatingemily.com, but for now, take it away Emily... xo
La Vie en Rose: Immersed in Parisian Opulence
Last October, after having been separated from my favourite country for four and a half years, I decided on my twenty-second birthday in late August that I would go to Paris by the end of 2016. I asked my mom if she’d be willing to come with me and gave her exactly one week to make the decision. By the end of those seven days, our flights and hotel were booked, and I had purchased us each the Paris Pass (http://emulatingemily.com/the-parispass/) complete with métro tickets for our eight-day stay.
Despite having been to this deeply cultured city before, I was once again swept off my feet upon immersing myself into the heart of the City of Lights. Though I could write pages and pages of the countless things to do in Paris, I will be focusing on a particular aspect of it in today’s post: a selection of three of the most awe-inspiring places, visually, that the city has to offer.
Palais Garnier (Opéra Nationale de Paris)
8 Rue Scribe, 75009 Paris, France
With construction beginning in August of 1861, this ornately decorated opera house is home not only to countless Parisian ballets and operas, but also the setting of Gaston Leroux’s novel The Phantom of the Opera. I had the pleasure of going on a guided tour through this palatial structure, learning the history of each room and the symbolism you can find even in the opera house’s most minute details. The most spectacular of rooms, in my opinion, was that of the Grand Foyer. I have never seen something so absolutely lavish in my entire life (fourth photo below).