Yesterday my roommate Amber and I went with the rest of the group for a walk through Montmartre. Having seen it before, I knew that I wouldn’t spend the whole day there. Sundays are our free days here, and it’s on my bucket list to visit the house of Coco Chanel at 31 rue Cambon. We hopped on the metro and made our way there after a quick lunch of chocolate pastries.
Coco Chanel has always been somewhat of a hero to me. I admire how fierce she was, how unique and strong and equally feminine her designs were. During her time, the clothes she was making weren’t traditional…she broke the mold. I did a big history project on her my sophomore year of college and learned more about her past than I had previously known, and grew to respect her as not only an artist, but as a woman and game-changer as well. Seeing her home was like a fantasy.
She used to live up at the top floor, and today I hear that it’s still entirely in tact from the way it used to be when she was alive. We didn’t get to go inside sadly; it was Sunday. I’m pretty sure they don’t allow you to go inside where she lived anyway. But it was still so amazing to see. The Chanel house takes up like five buildings…it’s huge! Lined in the iconic double C you can even peek inside and see that they still use the space as a shop. Of course, we had to window shop and take some photos while we were there. Can I have it all please? haha
Chanel lived in Paris at the Ritz hotel but used the apartment to work and have parties up until her death at age 87 in 1971. I so wish we could have went inside, but even still…walking the same streets that the Mademoiselle herself did was thrilling.
We had a great afternoon exploring yet another hero’s part of town! Au revior until next time!