So I'm back from my trip to Paris and of course it was wonderful. Filled with lots of laughter, inspiration, adventure and of course fatigue. I took so many photographs, I think upwards of 2,000 and probably will only keep about 1,000. That's still a ton of pictures to go through! So I would love to post a bunch and separate them into categories, interiors, window displays, monuments, food, and of course the odd and random beautiful things one can discover that wonderful city.
Our apartment was in Le Marais, which is the an older part of town with many boutiques and thrift stores. The culture is composed of young artists, Jewish families, gays and lesbians. I love that neighborhood because of the cool little unique stores that you can find while wondering along the small streets. Unfortunately our apartment was also outside of a loud restaurant/bar that was literally open everyday from 6 am to 2 am. We weren't the most well rested travelers, that's for sure. But coming from NYC, it wasn't the worst to have a loud apartment, we enjoyed being in the thick of the city and being able to walk to many monuments easily.
That is what we did a lot of too, walking, walking that caused for me, 4 blisters and a swollen tendon! Of course i chose the cutest shoes I own and not the most comfortable to wear, because after all it is Paris. I also did not want to be the token American wearing sneakers and a backpack. Believe me there's a ton of those! We were just as good as spotting Americans as the French.
The first day we arrived I forced my boyfriend to fight the fatigue by going to get the Eiffel Tower visit out-of-the-way. This construction is truly a beautiful creation.
Being the cheap-ies we are, we also decided to take the stairs. . . . Yeah, that was pretty stupid. Fortunately, we got a different perspective of the architecture and construction as we ascended up the tower. Getting up there was of course a great pay off, looking of the city and getting to see all the beautiful 2nd empire architecture makes me all warm inside. It was also to great to finally experience this place with Jack, its awesome to be with someone who has so much common interest and appreciation of art, architecture, history and the overall beauty that Paris holds. He's now hooked on the city and it seems like my plans to move there someday are becoming a little more realistic.
all photos owned and copyrights to: Lauren Gries