Travel Series: Paris (I)

Friday, 7 September 2012




Paris - the city of love, the capital of fashion and haute couture, home of the best food and wine and the place where sightseeing could also just mean sitting down at a cafe and watch the stylish people pass by - they're like monuments of chic Parisian attitude. This lively city caught between modernity and centuries worth of history and culture was an incredible experience during our road trip - it helped test our endurance levels. Just to give you a few stats: an average of 13.5 h walking every day, about 1.5 h for resting your feet and eating (sometimes even less, because "Hey! The clock is ticking and we have to see everything!") and hundreds of little streets and monuments seen in just about 3 days and a half! If you want a piece of advice: don't try to visit Paris in less than a week, or you'll be crying over your sore feet every night (like some of us here did - no names, Bogdan knows I'm talking about him haha!).

How about I give you a few tips on how you could plan your visit? What to see, what is the best circuit around town, you name it! Don't hesitate to ask me anything, I'd be glad to answer! This is how you could approach a first day in Paris - not too many monuments, just start easily getting used to the overwhelming city:

As you already know, I studied for a year at the Sorbonne in Paris, so it was my role to be the tourist guide and show Bogdan (and you of course!) all my favorite places in the city. We started first by going to a quiet relaxing spot - the Jardin de Luxembourg, home of the Palace of the Senate and located right next to the Sorbonne. The park is the typical display of a French garden, with rows of perfectly trimmed trees, dusty alleys and a pond in the middle. 








After some chilling time in the park, we headed towards some of the most renowned universities in the world - the Sorbonne and the Ecole Polytechnique and further towards the Pantheon, a temple and mausoleum dedicated to some of France's most distinguished and renowned citizens, such as Victor Hugo or Antoine de St. Exupery.










The next stop was for food in the famous Quartier Latin, too bad we were so hungry that we didn't take any pics, but trust me it was a feast: foie gras and tomatoes and mozarella for starters, then beef steak and fried duck breast for seconds and a perfect finish with profiterol and creme brulee. Mmmm I'm already getting hungry again! After charging our batteries, we walked on the banks of the Seine until we reached the Notre Dame cathedral, the Hotel de Ville where people were watching the Olympics on giant screens and finally the Louvre and the Tuileries gardens.
























A really cool thing you can do if you visit Paris in July or August is go on the banks of the Seine, to the so-called Paris Plages it's like an actual beach next to the Seine- sand, deck chairs and beach bars included!




The view on Place de la Concorde from the pond of the Tuileries Gardens at sunset is priceless, I always love to go there and seize the moment on camera.








We then walked to the Pont Alexandre III to catch the best view of the lights on the Eiffel Tower and called it a night on the Champs Elysees.










I hope I didn't bore you too much with the photos, I was just trying to create a travel itinerary for you guys!


What I was wearing:
Top: ZARA
Skirt: ZARA
Bag: H&M
Shoes: ZARA

Bogdan's look:
Shirt: H&M
Trousers: H&M
Shoes: ZARA


31 comments:

Holly Scrivener said...

really lovely blog and pictures dear! now following you on GFC, have a look at my travel blog if you get the chance www.hollyscrivener.blogspot.co.uk and follow if you want to! keep in touch :)

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Rainbow Gatherer said...

hello dear!
thanks for your lovely comment. Your blog is very cute and I loved your Paris photos. Last year at this date I was in Paris, it's my fave city. I loved your bag+skirt also =)

Antonella C'est moi said...

I love paris..it's fab...kisses

Amanda Chic said...

You are so pretty! Lovely pics

Paris is always a good idea

A chic kiss ;-)

Call me M said...

You didn't bore us at all! I loved your photos.
You look so beautiful and stylish in these photos! I always try to look stylish when travel, but every time it feels impossible. Usually the weather is far worse than we had imagined, and we must wear many of our clothes together, not to be cold. But you looked wonderful.
I know how difficult it is to see so many monuments, when travelling, and my bf can testify to the fact that I was indeed crying over my sore feet, every night last summer, when we visited Vienna. It was crazy.
I visited Paris in 2007, and thankfully, we booked with a travel agency, which provided a guide for us, and we had 8 days, to discover Paris. Not that it was easy, we were still in a hurry to see everything, but it was enough to see most of the things in the schedule.

Juju said...

I love Paris and you are so fancy!
My passion is becoming animalier but I'm not sure it's my printing... for the moment I chose animalier ballet flat maybe in the future I'll try a shirt o tee...

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Francesca Romana Capizzi said...

I love paris but I also love that bag!!!

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Ileana said...

Great pics! Can't wait to go to Paris! Love the leopard skirt with the yellow handbag :D
xoxo

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the chilicool said...

Paris is the city I love most ! gorgeous pics
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Jana ★ said...

Cool pics!!
Love Paris :D
Un besito ^^
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Lucia Del Pasqua said...

I hope to go there in October, I would see it better, from a 28 years old point of view :)

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Sveva said...

I've never seen Paris but I hope go there soon!

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Admirably Pretty said...

Paris is so beautiful, I love going there as well! Great purse you're wearing, goes well with your skirt!

And I only finish books very fast when I really like them. I've been reading War & Peace by Tolstoi for two months now and I still haven't finished, haha!

XO, Imke

-PS: I'm hosting a give-away on my blog, there are ten dresses to win! You can take a look & join if you like!

Sammie said...

oh yes i do remember my feet being sore and full of blisters at the end of my paris stay :) i was also running from one thing to another and back,just to make sure i don't miss anything :)

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Marcela Gmd said...

Hermoso post!!! amo ParĂ­s!!!
Buen fin de semana!
Besos, Marcela♥

Outside Looking In said...

Wow, great pictures! Keep posting them---I never get tired of your travel pix! Love your outfit too! Are you back to school now?

The Hearabouts said...

Wonderful! I'm so glad you had such a beautiful holiday!The pic with the pigeon is hilarious!

Hugs,
E.

Deborah D said...

Lovely pictures!!

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Marie-Eve said...

Love your outfit ! Great pictures too !
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Margaret Cruzemark said...

I love this. Your photos are always so stylish and refined!!!!
Thanks so so much for your lovely comment on my blog.
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Meera said...

These pictures are amazing! It look like you had an amazing time.

xoxo,
Meera

Tammy Lau said...

you are SO cute!! Love your bag:)..and the photos are beautiful:)

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the chilicool said...

Have a good sunday!

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Lila Moonlight said...

One can never have enough of Paris so I enjoy the Paris pix always : ) I need to revisit Paris soon, starving for it : ) Your ballerinas are so cute. And how did you allow pigeon on your head, I don't feel comfartable when they surround me.

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