5 Places To Eat In Paris

autumn, Europe, fall, France, Leila Mekhdiyeva, Paris, place, travel

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As some of you, guys, may remember last fall I went to Paris. I already wrote about it on my blog, I even have a travel vlog on my YouTube Channel, but what I did forget to do though is to write a post with top 5 places to eat in Paris. And as we all know it’s better late than never, let’s begin!

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Restaurant L’Avenue. 

Hands down, this place is a must visit for every fashionista going to Paris. The neighborhood of the restaurant is all chic and glam, which gives you an indescribable feeling of French aura. And of course food! Can you see how this photo from my instagram is basically an #aestheticgoals?

Angelina.

Ever since I saw a photo of Angelina tea salon on the internet (was it tumblr or maybe instagram, hard to tell now) I knew that when I will go to Paris I will visit it for sure. And I did. It was such a classy high tea date with my friend. Starting with choosing delicious cakes ending with finally trying it after a long day in Versailles, what could be better than that?

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Laduree.

Going to Paris without visiting famous Laduree? No way! Of course, it was a must for me, and as it was my first trip to Paris, I was so excited to go there finally. Frankly, I adore how there are so many classy places in Paris that have their own traditional way of serving food (or even just a tea), that truly makes you see Paris without filters.

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CUP – Cuisine Urbaine Parisienne. 

We found this cafe at the airport, and as we were pretty hAngry, we didn’t care to much where to eat as long as we could finally eat. But this cafe was so good and so stylish, which is quite unusual for the cafes in the airports, right? Nevertheless, if I could ever go there again, I would definitely do that.

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PAUL.

I know that you can find PAUL bakeries almost everywhere now, Almaty, Baku, Prague, you name it, but still I thought that while in Paris I had to check if it was different from the other PAUL cafes that I’d been to. Nope, not really, but who cares. As I am such a fan of PAUL bakeries I was glad to have a breakfast in a very familiar environment.

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I Made A Promise In Venice

Europe, Italy, Leila Mekhdiyeva, travel, Venice, video, winter

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I had 4 days to spend in sunny and magical Venice, but I didn’t have a plan, a list of places to go, or a clear idea of what we were gonna do there. Frankly, there was no point in that. I went to clear my mind, to kill my anxiety, to take a deep breath and just to relax. I wanted to turn off the connection with the reality, to finally let myself wake up without any plans for a day, without any to do lists, without any obligations. And so I did. And  guess what? It made the whole time of living in Venice so freaking special and inspiring for me. As I was walking there, I started feeling the need to write, and not just some notes or articles, but a novel. My novel, with my characters, with their story, that I need to tell.

I always become extremely happy when I travel, but such a creative mood that aspires me to create a piece of art doesn’t visit me in all of my travels. As far as I remember last time I had this feeling of pure and powerful inspiration was back in winter 2014, when I went to Azerbaijan for a month. I was going through a major depressive episode in my life and wanted to find a direction for my future. After that trip I got my first job as a fashion journalist, started my Russian YouTube Channel, moved to Europe and started studying Journalism & Communications at my university.

Nevertheless, this time I opened a part of myself, that I was trying to find/create/make/understand, and as simple as that I set a goal and made a promise to myself: to write my novel, about my unique characters living in their own reality, with their own story that I will be lucky to tell… one day.

But for now check out my travel vlog from Venice. Hope you’ll enjoy!

Love, Leila.

Venice – The City of Love

Italy, Leila Mekhdiyeva, travel, Venice, winter

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So, I went to Venice. Enjoyed sunny and warm winter days there, ate as much pizza as I wished, stayed in the hotel with the most gorgeous view, one may possibly imagine, forgot about all the worries in the world and just lived my happy life in Italy.

Venice is a place to go for all the romantic dreamers out there, to feel an overwhelming amount of inspiration and creativity. Trust me, after Venice you’ll feel the need to keep that sweet feeling of beauty inside, that will make you want to upgrade your life and change your priorities for you to be able to grow. Isn’t it why we all should travel more, after all?

You’ll find more photos and notes from Venice in my next post, so stay tuned!

Love, Leila.

I Wanna Wake Up In Paris With You

art, autumn, Europe, fall, France, Leila Mekhdiyeva, Paris, travel

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This city indeed was made for lovers. Wandering around Paris, holding each other’s hands, falling in love with life itself, and making promises that only two of you, well & Paris of course, will know.

I think, we all decide for ourselves what we see around us. We decide by what we choose to grow in the depths of our souls. If you have a light inside, you will see it all around you; if you keep love in your heart, the same way you will spread it and share it with the world. If you are empty and sad, no one and nothing may save you, even Paris. As I mentioned in the previous post, this trip actually changed my mind and awoke my soul, reminding what it is exactly that I want in life. It is still hard for me to fully answer to all the questions that I, as an almost senior year student, have. It is hard to stop worrying and be quite sure in the future, but that’s life & this is how it works. We may act as we control our lives: achieving goals, staying motivated, growing and moving forward, however, there is no guarantee of tomorrow at all. But isn’t it the reason to celebrate life, to take it easy, to enjoy every single moment, to capture as many memories as you can, to love fully, to help others, to forgive, to become better, to work on yourself, to dream big, to make new friends, to forget all the pain from the past, to stay soft and kind, to have open mind and warm heart, to be who you are and to become the best version of yourself, without comparing yourself to others?

Don’t let the noise, that people around you make, to be louder than the voice of your intuition/soul/heart/your-inner-self, you name it, because in the end of the day, you are the only person who knows what is best for you. And this is one of the lessons that Paris taught me.

Love, Leila.