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July 21, 2015

Nimrat Kaur Picks 4 Things To Do in Paris

Text by Nimrat Kaur. Illustration by Hemant Sapre

Unique food experiences, romantic vibes and shopping destinations….

Paris, I love, for the history that the city has. I feel like there’s a lot of love in and around, and I can feel a deep sense of simple romance every time I visit. There’s so much I haven’t discovered yet — the more time you spend, the more there is to know. Like someone you’ve had a love affair with and you just want to know more and more about them — it’s like you can’t have enough of them. I would want to spend more time there at leisure and get to know even more of this city.

WHERE TO STAY
I stayed at a boutique hotel called St Vincent at the Rue du Pré aux Clercs in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. But I would like to stay in the Montmartre area the next time, because it’s very warm and is the art district of Paris. It’s where all the great artists have lived and the Moulin Rouge is located. Amelie was shot there so it’s obviously very popular too. The church-upon-a-hill in Montmartre, Sacré-Cœur, is really beautiful and quaint.

SHOPPING CART
Paris offers a lot of street shopping. There are some beautiful neighbourhoods where you can explore flea markets over the weekends and the local designers who make wonderful stuff. There’s a store called Merci which has some beautiful unique things. The Boulevard Beaumarchais is really hip and I loved the time I spent there.

FOODIE’S DELIGHT
I loved Montmartre. I visited the restaurant where Amelie used to work, called Café Amelie. The setting was gorgeous. I loved the graveyard, Cimetière de Montmartre that was really amazing to see. One must visit the iconic Café de Flore, where the who’s who of the world used to meet — Ernest Hemmingway, Pablo Picasso, and many other intellectuals have been there, written poems and discussed art. It’s just a really beautiful feeling to be there! Another must-visit is Café Angelina, renowned for its hot chocolate and desserts. And not to forget, you have to try the macaroons from Pierre Hermé and Ladurée.

ARTS AND CULTURE
I’d love to go back to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop. It’s one of the oldest bookshops one has been to, and is a great location for bookworms. Just pick up any street in Paris and start walking — there’s so much to see, and it’s just all beautiful. The Pont des Arts, a bridge of ‘love locks’, is a wonderful spot. I personally put a padlock there and threw the key into the river — it’s a sweet experience. I saw a unique painting, The Origin of the World (L’Origine du Monde) by Gustave Courbet, in the Musée d’Orsay, by the River Seine. It is a well kept secret, and no one tells you what it is — you just have to go and discover it for yourself. I didn’t go to the Louvre, because one needs a lot of time, but I visited some of the smaller boutique museums which were all amazing in their own ways.

Nimrat Kaur came into the limelight with Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox. She had a recurring role in the 2014-2015 season of American TV series, Homeland, and is currently shooting with Akshay Kumar for Airlift.

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