There are few things not to love about the City of Lights. But if I had to narrow it down, here’s a few I would choose from my recent trip there… Such as roaming the quiet streets and watching the sun rise before the tourists appear.
Reading the names of lovers written on the locks of Notre Dame bridge
Having a local, sweet old Parisian man recommend a good and inexpensive wine at the grocery store (he bought the same bottle).Munching on bread and camembert, and sipping the previously recommended wine, in front of the Tour Eiffel at sunset.
Meeting crazy people from all over the world at the even crazier party that is the annual, Bastille festival Bal au Pompiers (yes, this is a huge raving Fireman’s party open to the public and hosted by the sexy firemen of Paris in their very own station yard!)
Leah‘s chic Parisian style no matter where we went, rain or shine. Biking along the river Seine and trying to dodge the masses of people as they make funny faces when trying to skive out of the way
Seeing the Paris views like a kid again, on the giant flying swings.
Trying to communicate with our new Brazilian friends we met at the youth hostel over the most expensive Heinekens in the world…
Bargain hunting and vintage boutique shopping in the Marche aux Puces Saint-Ouen.
Picnic inside the Louvre, next to the Mona Lisa, laughing as everyone else in the world tries to take a 50 mile away picture of a little smiling woman
Enjoying the peacefulness of Renoir, Degas, and Pissaud at the Musee d’Orsay for free.
Watching the funniest street entertainer I have ever witnessed, while sitting on the steps of the museum (Leah and I laughed so hard we were crying)
Being transported to another time in the Shakespeare & Co. bookstore
Running through the rain in the puddle-filled streets of Saint Germain de Pres.
Watching Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, and walking out of the cinema, at midnight… in Paris.
Enjoying live music and Sauvignon blanc whilst watching a traveling musician/tourist pull out his guitar to play with the local band.
Hearing all about the best restaurant in France, Chateaubriand, from our passionate new Brazilian friend who wants to become a chef…We experienced finest French cuisine without breaking the bank.