I’m going to be honest here… I’ve never traveled outside the state of California. I know what you all must be thinking- But you’re so mature and worldly! How is that possible?? Honestly I’m not even sure, I guess I’ve always been so busy living life that I’ve never had the opportunity to truly live.
Now I’ve always considered myself a bit of a francophile (because I love croissants and took French in high school), so whenever I feel overcome by the wish to travel abroad, that envie d’ailleurs, there’s only one solution guaranteed to work.
Hit up my favorite street in Los Angeles.
It’s a secluded area just off a Wilshire and it’s a truly hidden treasure and well kept secret by all Angelenos- a little Paris right in the middle of our beloved city. I swear it is so French, all it’s missing is that Eiffel Tower. And the Louvre. And the Poodles (though maybe if you’re lucky you’ll see a poodle while you’re there because we have them here in America as well).
I love just grabbing a large latte and strolling along, stopping every once in a while to admire the shops. One of my favorites is an old antique store with the absolute quaintest things possible. I swear, last time I was there I wanted to buy literally everything. I was obsessed.
I can’t tell you the exact location, since I would hate for it to be overrun with tourists… but just know if you’re heading East on Wilshire past the 405, you’re probably on the right track BUT if you pass that Urth Caffe you might have JUST missed it 😉 That’s all I’m saying!
It’s so inspiring to visit different places in the world. I think it helps remind us that people are more than just people, we’re humans. To me, a place like a little Paris in LA is something that can bring us closer together because all people can experience a different culture together when they go there. I’m sure it’s no perfect replacement for the real thing, but it’s a definite start.
So honestly, you will thank me on so many levels if you find it. Get out there and start exploring. Even the alleyways are cuter (and I thought cute alleyways was an oxymoron in the US!)