europe adventure // paris


these parisian rooftops blend with the heavy gray skies to frame the most iconic landmark of all time -- and made me fall in love with paris all over again. 

when i was seventeen i came to paris for one day. from the observation deck of the eiffel tower to impressionist art as far as the eye can see at the musee de orsay, we fit in as much as we could. 
this time though, in celebration of our anniversary, I was determined to slow down the pace and enjoy -- maybe even sit on a sidewalk with a cappuccino or glass of champagne and watch the world go by. people watching in paris is by far the best. from the fashion forward to those laden with eccentricity, there is much to soak in. so we strolled and ambled our way through the city, admiring every detail. 

on our first night we made it to our airbnb apartment and after a bit of a fiasco -- our luggage got stuck in the worlds teeniest-tiniest lift -- we settled in. we were in the latin quarter on the sixth floor. the apartment was a small studio -- but oh the view! plus it utilized its space quite well. our hosts were very helpful and gave us all kinds of tips. first off we were very ready to eat dinner so we went to a recommended bistro across the street. we had baguettes, wine and four courses including pumpkin soup, foie gras (which daniel ate -- miraculous! paris is magic), beef and vegetable dish followed by sea scallops. lastly we had a trilogy of desserts including creme brulet. life: complete. now, although our lives were complete our wallets were empty, so -- with the exception of a glass of champagne and the most expensive yet decadent macaroons at laduree -- we ate crepes from street vendors for the rest of the trip. fine by me. ;)

on our first day we went to the louvre. we spent six hours there but we needed six days. and even then we would not have done it justice. this museum! its a work of art housing works of art. there are no words to explain how massive it is. HUGE. we bought those headset thingys which i never do but it was definitely worthwhile as all the plaques were in french. we started in the history of the louvre section which led us into the medieval louvre. the louvre started out in the 1100s as a fortress then it became a palace and then a museum. some of the original fortress has been unearthed and preserved. 
from there we went to the moabite stone, which is the artifact that we both wanted to see the most and the highlight of the day. then onto paintings, including the mona lisa of course.

the following days included much walking, climbing the spiral staircase to the top of the arc de triomphe, pushing through the crowds on the champs-elysées, riding to the observation deck of the tour eiffel, wandering the beautiful jardin du luxembourgmontmartre for the views, and meandering around the seine. that river is my favorite of all time. i love that it splits the city in two, that its lined with stalls selling old used books and postcards, that sometimes its blue/green and sometimes its gray,  and that it seems to have given a patinaed finish to its bridges and lampposts. 

so goes the story of my love affair with paris and so ends our europe trip. we flew home from paris to san diego via london & los angeles. its always bittersweet, isnt it?
heres to planning the next adventure...

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