It has been a while since I packed a suitcase and headed off to Paris. The last time I visited I think I was in the final years of secondary school and the nightly twinkle of the Eiffel Tower had become a very distant memory.
But last weekend I got to experience the Parisian beauty that I used to love and enjoy, as a child. Natalie Glaze and I headed to the city of love with Home Away to do yoga in the Eiffel Tower. I know, the words ‘Tashi and Yoga’ still don’t sound right, even though I practice 2-3 times a week. But I have started to enjoy practising yoga, and my body is beginning to thank me. My hamstrings are not as tight as they used to be which allows me to accelerate faster from the word ‘go’.
We caught the Euro Star to Paris, which was another first for me and in the time that it usually takes me to visit my home town in Nottingham, I found myself in another country.
Our accommodation for the night was a lovely apartment booked through Home Away UK. It was the apartment that Christian Dior used to live in with his Boyfriend at the time, and the owners had decorated the room in the style of the Parisian fashion house.
We spent our first night drinking a glass of wine in a little café and we could see the Eiffel Tower peeping out through the trees. That was one for the bucket list.
Our second day in Paris saw an early start followed by us rising to the first floor of the Eiffel Tower to practice Yoga in the Sky. Home Away had transformed the floor into an apartment, and this was the first time that this had ever been done! We performed a powerful Vinyasa flow, and I actually managed to do a Bird of Paradise!
What I have enjoyed the most on my journey to discovering yoga is that yoga is the complete polar opposite to my usually competitive training regime. Whenever I go for a run, I have to be the fastest and on the days where there isn’t anyone to race against, the clock is my competitor. With yoga, I will happily perform a few bunny hops and then sit back and watch other students as they hold their handstands for an impressive amount of time. The flow was challenging at times, but it left me with the yogi high that I have become addicted to. It’s a feeling of empowerment, mixed with content and relaxation.
What followed next can only be described as food in abundance, bread to be precise! I forgot how good fresh baguettes tastes on the continent! It was the Euros so central Paris was oozing with tourist, but the side streets of Paris still looked as romantic and picturesque as they thought they would be.
When we returned to London, we were greeted by the same grey clouds that had waved us goodbye, but I didn’t mind. This short city break was just enough to recharge my batteries and fuel me for another week in the city.
Paris you were a dream. Next stop, the Beach!
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