The Cereal Paris City Guide

Fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera wears Zara jeans and a leather jacket in ParisPortrait of style blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, wearing Ray Ban Wayfarer sunglassesStyle blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera walks on rue Saint-Sulpice in Paris wearing a leather jacketPersonal style blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera stands on rue Saint-Sulpice wearing a Cupcakes & Cashmere jacketDetails on lifestyle blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera, including H&M block heels and grey Zara jeansPortrait of fashion blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera in Paris' Saint-Germain, wearing Ray Ban wayfarer sunglassesLifestyle blogger Cee Fardoe of Coco & Vera walks in Paris wearing a leather jacket and Express Barcelona tankCupcakes and Cashmere jacket (c/o Shopbop)
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Cereal Paris City Guide

It seems a bit silly because I am practically a walking Paris guidebook, but I can’t help myself – whenever there is a new book about the city, I have to get my hands on a copy. My collection of Paris books is extensive. But it doesn’t matter. I still find myself craving more, pulled in by each new title. The Cereal Paris City Guide was no exception. After a few hiccups with shipping, it finally made its way to me in Vancouver just days before our departure. Admittedly, very little of the information in the guide was new to me. I have been to the coffee shops, visited the sights. But there is something magical about seeing a place you love through someone else’s eyes. It is almost as if somehow you were discovering it all over again with them. The beautiful photos in The Cereal Paris City Guide didn’t hurt, either.

Paris will always be my first love. And that’s because it was the first place whose reality exceeded my imaginings when I finally saw it in person. But I have reflected on leaving once again. And on reflection, it strikes me that maybe, possibly, finally, after all of these years, I have done everything I really wanted to do here. (Okay, with the notable exception of buying a Chanel jumbo flap handbag at the original 31, rue Cambon boutique. But the boutique is closed for renovations at the moment. And, furthermore, that goal is still very much out of my financial reach…!) It’s a strange feeling. And a feeling that, if I am honest, I expect will pass soon after we land on Canadian soil. But I am willing to acknowledge that it’s possible that next year, our travel plans may involve a destination that isn’t Paris… or even in Europe.

C’est marrant, car je suis un peu une guide touristique vivante, mais je ne peux pas m’empêcher – à chaque fois que je découvre un nouveau livre ou revue au sujet de Paris, il faut que je l’achète. Le Cereal Paris City Guide n’a pas fait exception à la règle. J’ai reçu ma copie à Vancouver tout juste avant notre départ. J’avoue que je n’ai pas trouvé grande chose de nouvelle dans la guide. Et cependant, j’aime bien voir la ville à travers les yeux de quelqu’un d’autre, car ça me donne l’impression que je la redécouvre en même temps qu’eux. La ville de Paris sera toujours mon premier amour. C’est aussi le premier lieu dans le monde qui a dépassé mes attentes lorsque je l’ai enfin vu de mes propres yeux. Et pourtant, en me réfléchissant sur l’idée de la quitter encore une fois, je me demande si ce n’est pas possible que, après toutes ces années, j’aie finalement pu faire tout ce que j’ai voulu faire à Paris. (A l’exception notable d’acheter un sac Chanel dans la boutique historique à 31, rue Cambon, mais ce but demeure hors de m’a portée pour le moment.) C’est un sentiment assez étrange pour moi et, franchement, j’imagine que ça va passer le moment où nous atterrissons au Canada. Pourtant, c’est possible que je ne vienne pas à Paris – ou même en Europe – l’année prochaine.

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  1. I honestly can’t believe your trip is coming to an end! I’ve loved your snaps’s & stories so much and I’ve loved exploring with you – thanks to modern technology!! 😉 We’ve especially been stalking and watching your Prague captures, and I must say, I’m amazed at how beautiful the buildings are and can’t wait to hear more from your perspective! On that note, cheers to new adventures and a big YAY to your gorgeous look! xo

  2. It’s always amazing to see a city or some other place in a new way, isn’t it? And something tells me that, while I have do doubt you’ll be travelling to many, many other places, Paris will always call you back….

    Courtney ~ Sartorial Sidelines

  3. I can understand that your love of Paris is more like that of a home. It doesn’t need to be full of new exciting things on your bucket list. It’s comforting and familiar. If next year your wanderlust causes you to seek new places, it isn’t because Paris is any less, as you mentioned previously, you find yourself wanting to revisit the same places you’ve already been, simply because that is what you do when you go home.

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