Paris is for lovers! Part five…

Last few days of the trip! It’s so nice to look back over all the photos for these posts, we took over 800. Since it was the two of us there are a lot of selfies! I want to develop quite a few of them and put them in a nice album. Now that we do everything online, I feel like we’re losing the fun of looking through albums. Lately I have been developing hundreds of pics.

The second last day we went to this great cafe called L’atelier where we sat outside for breakfast in gorgeous weather.

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Pain au chocolat and cappuccino!

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I just loved the decor inside the restaurant, it was so charming and picturesque.

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Then we hopped on the bikes and took a long ride to visit the Shakespeare and Company Bookstore, I had been so looking forward to this visit. Shakespeare and Company is an English language bookstore open in 1919 and it was a gathering place for Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. Today it sells new and used books and writers still come from around the world to write there, they stay in the bookstore on cots and just write all day and night. I am a big reader and my first degree was in English so I loved visiting this store. I wish you could take pictures inside so you could see how unique and charming it is.

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There are so many side streets in Paris, every time you turn off one street you’re on another cobblestone side street full of cafes, shops and apartments. Just down the road from the bookstore was a street with a couple small cafes so we stopped for a glass of wine and dessert – we ate so much dessert on this trip! The place we went to was called The Tea Caddy, and even though the name of the cafe was English the staff did not speak a word! I pulled out the trusty phrasebook and dictionary and really had to rely on the French I could remember.

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This little street was right near Notre Dame.

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We then did a long bike ride around the city (to attempt to burn off some of the dessert) and went back for a day time visit to the Eiffel Tower. It was jammed!

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This is one of my favourite pictures of the trip, definitely a framer.

That night we went to a restaurant we had been looking forward to for a few days. It was in the same building as the apartment we rented and in the airbnb page for the apartment, the restaurant was really well reviewed. Walking by it literally looks like a whole in the wall but when you go in it’s really sweet and is all fine dining, called Le Parc aux Cerfs. The food was the best we had the whole trip, my husband had the veal and said it was the best meal he’s ever had in his life.

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We had quite a bit of wine there too! We then went across the street to Cafe Cubana, a bar/salsa club/cigar bar. The server only spoke Spanish and apparently when I’ve been drinking my University Spanish comes back to me! That night I spoke English, French and Spanish, first and probably last time I’ll ever be able to! I’m in love this red dress I wore that night.

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The next day was our last day! So bittersweet. We spent the day as real tourists, biking around the city, taking a boat tour down the Seine, going to Moulin Rouge and Montmarte, and exploring the architecture we hadn’t yet seen. It was the only cold day of the whole trip. By this point we had been biking so much that I felt like I was doing multiple spin classes a day, so at every hill I just got off and walked it up – I got really lazy.

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Montmarte cemetery. Jim Morrison, Leon Foucault, Olga Preobrajenska and many other famous names are buried here.

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Moulin Rouge

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This area is pretty sketchy, I probably won’t stay in Montmarte when I go to Paris again.

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Boat tour down the Seine, it’s a great way to see Paris from a different perspective and go by the things you may not have had time to see.

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We finished the day with one last trip to the Luxembourg Garden, it’s so beautiful there.

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Thanks for everything Paris! Until next time!

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Paris is for Lovers. Our trip part one!

I have been terrible in neglecting my pet project blog! My last post was September 7, awful! But I’ve been so busy, working lots and we recently got back from Paris! Amazing trip, amazing weather, amazing experience. It was just Ryan and I and we went for about 12 days. We rented an apartment through AIRBNB and it was right between Montparnasse and St Germain de Pres, the location could not have been more perfect. Ten minute walk to Luxemburg Gardens, 2 minutes to tons of cafes and shops and we even walked all the way to Seine from our apartment.

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The cafe Le Select, which has a lot of literary history – it was a haunt for Hemingway, Picasso and Henry Miller, was at the end of our street. We went there for breakfast the day we got there and had the Petit Dejeuner, which was a cafe creme, orange juice, croissant and a basket of bread served with jam and butter. SO much bread every where you go! If you’re going to Paris get ready to carb load!

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We spent a lot of time walking the streets and just exploring and being in the city. It’s just so Parisian! Exactly like I imagined, like all the paintings and old movies.

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We found so many adorable old bookstores, outdoor flower markets and fruit stands.

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We walked our way down to the Seine with a plan just to walk along the river and walked right into Notre Dame. It was gorgeous, huge and every public space you go to has these beautifully kept gardens.

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We made our way to Pont de l’Archeveche which is one of the love lock bridges. I know the Parisians hate these love locks and they are really hard on the bridges but I loved putting one on and the whole idea behind them.

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We ended this first day with a drink on a restaurant boat on the Seine with the sun setting behind Notre Dame . It was pretty perfect!

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The next day the jet lag got us pretty bad, we were up for hours in the middle of the night then slept in way too late. One of the things I really wanted to do was have a picnic at the Luxemburg Garden. So we got a bottle of wine, some snacks and many macaroons and had a seriously dreamy picnic.

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We spent some more time walking and exploring our neighbourhood then ended the night with dinner at a cafe called Odessa. It was our first real outdoor cafe experience, sitting on the street facing out to people watch.

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The next day we started out again for breakfast at a very picturesque cafe called Bullier, the food was good as well as the service, and it just looked like it was out of a painting.

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Then we took a long walk down to the Seine and explored the Marais district. After that we went down a level and walked right along the river. Walking along the Seine was one of my favourite things that we did.

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Our first glimpse at the Eiffel Tower! We are such tourists!

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That night we went to the Eiffel Tower and ate at one of their restaurants 58 Tour Eiffel, the food was good and the view was incredible.

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You can’t go to Paris and not go to the Eiffel Tower! When we got there it was still daylight but I would suggest going at  night. It’s not as busy and it is far more romantic, special and fantastic. We went back later in the week during the day and I didn’t get that same magical feeling as when I went at night (maybe it was the wine at dinner but who can say really?)

The next day we spent at the Louvre, and it is really something else. We were there for seven and a half hours and didn’t even see one full floor. We saw some of the most famous works and also explored a lot of the sculpture exhibits. It is really something else there, a really amazing museum but very very busy! If you’re not crazy about crowds you might find this a little overwhelming. This was our only rainy day but by the time we left it was clear so we had time to enjoy the Tuileries Gardens outside the Louvre.

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Winged Victory

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Mona Lisa

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Venus de Milo

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Beautiful Tuileries Gardens

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That night we walked to a cafe on Boulevard St Michel called Le Luco. One of our favourite dinners where we closed the place down while drinking wine and then walked back to our apartment in the night time drizzle.

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My handsome hubby having his favourite dessert.

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This was only the first bit of our trip, Paris had so much more in store for us! Check back to hear more soon!