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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

J'aime Paris

To be honest Nadav and I didn't have the highest expectations for our time in Paris.
We had heard a bunch of stories about rude Parisians, persistent pickpockets, and just straight up pretentious people.
We figured we'd spend a week in Paris, take it easy, and try not to take things too seriously.

Maybe it was our stupidly low expectation, but I straight up LOVED PARIS.
For reals,
I loved everything about that city.

The history, the style, the parks, the museums, the cafes, the wine, the incredible food, the kind people we constantly encountered, and well I could go on and on and on.
Paris turned out to be absolutely magical.
My biggest regret is that we only had a week there, but I know we will most definitely be back.

While in Paris we stayed at the Hotel Jacque de Molay in the Marais neighborhood. The Marais neighborhood is known as the Jewish and Gay neighborhood in Paris and naturally I loved it there. =P The neighborhood also felt less touristy than others, but was a short bike or metro ride to all the places we wanted to visit. Our hotel room was beautiful and modern, and the service we received at the hotel was top knotch. If you are looking for an affordable and enjoyable place to stay in Paris I would definitely recommend the Hotel Jacque de Molay in the Marais.

Our first breakfast in Paris. I know what you're thinking, and yes it tasted even better than it looked

Renting Velib bikes was one of the best decisions we made on our Parisian adventure. We picked up our bikes down the street from the hotel and rode to almost all of our destinations. I really think that those bikes were the perfect way to experience Paris in the summer. We were able to stop and really take in so much of the city that I think we would have missed had we relied on the Metro. Oh and we burned so many calories that all the croissants, wine, cheese, macaroons, chocolate, bread, you get the point didn't seem to matter one bit. =P

Paris I love you.

Just take me back,
pretty please.


Nicole Marie said...

i think if you aren't thinking paris is going to be a magical amazing incredible perfect place then it actually will be that to you.... its when you have high expectations that those yucky things happen to you in paris

Anonymous said...

I agree - every time I've visited Paris, I've found the people really lovely, and nothing like the American stereotypes of them. And, yeah, that first breakfast looks incredible!

gina said...

looks amazing! i need to go back there...maybe next summer ;).

Brittany said...

Every single day, I read your blog and drool over the amazing pictures. Looks like so much fun!

Erika @ rouge + whimsy said...

i am SO glad you loved it because I LOVE PARIS and I have never had a bad experience there. The city is truly lovely and soo beautiful.

Man I could go for a cafe au lait and croissant right about now.

Anonymous said...

ughhhh i want to go!! i have heard so many horrible things about paris but still keep dreaming of it!

BKCsquared said...

I'm in LOVE with Paris -- almost as much as I love the photos you took of my favorite European city.

As cliche as it sounds, I really do want to live in Paris someday. Even if it's just for a year. For now, I'll just have to brush up on my high school French notes!

xo, B

Whitney & Devin said...

Gorgeous!!! I love that photo of you on the bike!

Jessica Polley said...

Oh yes, Paris is a magical place indeed! I was there a few years ago and also experienced very kind and happy people. A few rude ones too, of course, but those people are anywhere. : ) I remember our hotel breakfasts being delicious as well. Thanks for sharing!

Danielle Villano said...

Oh, what beautiful photos! Total trip envy... I hope I get to Paris one day soon :-)

The bicycles are a great idea!


Ashley Aguirre said...

I am so glad I came across your blog! I really like reading about your traveling and seeing pictures you've taken. I'm now so excited to eventually go to Paris. Right now i'm planning and saving for Spain.

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

I didn't love it the first time, but the second time I was smitten! Gorgeous pics!!! Hope you can return soon.

Jessica L said...

You photos capture everything I imagine Paris would be! Totally jealous! -Jess L


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