Monday, June 18, 2012

J'adore Paris

Ahhhh Paris. I love it here. When we visited a few years ago, this city just captured my heart and never let go. I couldn't wait to go back. There are so many neighborhoods with charming little streets and grand boulevards, stylish boutiques, and delicious restaurants.  You are likely to find something beautiful and delicious around just about every corner. My ideal day consists of walking around the city—exploring, taking in every single detail, stopping at a cafe for a glass of wine and some people watching—and then doing it all over again. So, for the five days we were in Paris, we did just that.  Having seen most of the museums and monuments during our last visit, I didn't feel guilty about skipping some of the tourist attractions. 

While the weather in Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, and Split was very warm and sunny, it was cool and rainy for much of our time in Paris. But you know what? It didn't matter one bit. How could it? We were so lucky to be in Paris! 

We stayed in the Bastille which was a fun neighborhood and really lively at night. We explored the Marais, Latin Quarter, the Opera, and ate ice cream at the famous Berthillon on the Ile Saint-Louis. We went into what felt like a thousand different stores and ventured to the Paris Flea Market (more on that to come!). I got a real French manicure and bought an awesome pair of sandals. We ate amazing Thai and Spanish food, Breton crepes, and traditional French fare which was to die for. And of course we went to see the Eiffel Tower (and took dozens of pictures). 

One of the coolest things about this time of year is that it stays light out until really late (the sun doesn't set until nearly 10pm), so you feel like you have 24 hours of incredible possibilities. It's really an amazing feeling. 

Here is just a sampling of some of the things we saw in this majestic city. 


Instagram images by The Pink Chalkboard

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