|Image by Frank E Diaz.|
By Lissette Rondon.
As everybody knows, I recently got engaged (he proposed, I said “YES”). My fiancée gave me, along with my ring, an engagement vacation in a Mediterranean cruise with final destination in Paris.
The cruise was a great experience that I will write about it in another article, but Paris won my heart!
Last time I visited Paris was in 1999, but I only stayed 4 days because I was going to Italy and Spain and Italy was my major reason for my travel at that time, so I could not appreciate the magic that Paris has to offer, promising to myself to return someday.
This time was different. I took my time to meet the city and more. For fashion lovers like me, it was just hallucinating, visiting all the major houses of fashion such as Louis Vuitton, Christian Lacroix, Givenchy, Christian Dior and the unforgettable house of Chanel, among others.
Shopping at the “Champs-Élysées” was a dream come true for a woman like me (who used to live in a small town in Venezuela) and watching the Parisian girls’ style during the summer was priceless. I loved their fashion sense and style and the spectacular way they accessorize their outfits with scarves; they are real glamazons. That made me run out and buy a few (when in Rome, do as the Romans do).
No matter where I go, I always manage myself to adapt my style and promote my Miami designers. So I went to lunch at the Alain Ducasse’s restaurant, “Le Jules Verne” at the Eiffel Tower and I decided to go with one dress by another Miami-based Venezuelan designer (Petit Pois by Viviana G) and seeing the pictures now, it was the right choice (check out my photo).
Lunching at “Le Jules Verne” has been one of the most rewarding experiences because Chef Alain Ducasse has been considered one of the best chefs in the world (Ducasse has three Michelin Stars, the highest rank in three of the restaurants he owns in three different cities).
When I went out to walk around the Eiffel Tower, a couple of vendors offered me as a souvenir of Paris, a red beret, which I bought gladly. They also asked me to wear it right there (it took me a few minutes to decipher this, since I’m very bad with the French language), I replied “bien sûr” (sure!).
I think it was the perfect Parisian touch for my unforgettable photos that I will treasure forever. They also took our picture with the huge Eiffel Tower behind us, smiling at us with an expression that seemed admiration which made my day, as we continue holding hands, walking towards the Seine River.
As for Paris and its magic, I brought a little taste of this paradise that is Miami with my style, our Latin fashion, my 305 style!!!