Travel | Paris is always a good idea

August 12, 2013

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Ahh, Paris... Those ornate Metro signs. Those iconic grey roofs. Those winding, leaking underground tunnels of public transportation. Paris was the first big European city where I spent time during a summer study program in high school, which only fed my Francophile fire. Even in my sad, suburban clothes and surrounded by our rambunctious middle-school traveling companions, I could feel the magic of this city and knew it was a corner of the world where I felt, at least in part, that I belonged.

Host to a very eventful (read: boderline disastrous) engagement and a few road trips from our not-so-new home in Germany, Paris has become a regular in our travel rotation - something this California native couldn't have even hoped to imagine on that first trip all those years ago. So when we got invited to a friends' wedding in Bordeaux, we knew it was a required stop on the way. Sometimes, you just need a couple of days in Paris.

July being peak tourist season, we didn't even bother with the usual suspects, but instead just wandered, hit up some of our favorite spots and finally got to try that authentic California burger truck. Paris isn't always the Champs-√Člys√©es or the Louvre. It's also finding new, hole-in-the-wall places to eat, enjoying the beauty in your favorite Metro stations and being surprised by nightly free concerts a block from where you are staying. I didn't even see the Eiffel Tower this trip, save a few glimpses of it peeking out from behind various city architecture. But that's OK, there's always next time. Because Paris is always a good idea.

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9 comments:

  1. It's funny -- in the first few photos I thought you were actually in Berlin. Looks so similar around here. I know you're going to love it :)

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    1. No wonder I fell so in love with Berlin! ;) Can't wait to get there...

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  2. Paris is always, always a good idea. I still miss it horribly... and live vicariously through you!! :)

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    1. Perhaps we'll have to try again on that girl's trip once I've moved and meet there one weekend!

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  3. I spent a week in Paris over Christmas - just walking around, eating, looking. It sounds lame but the best thing for me was all the underground stations. I love how each one has its own theme and character.

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    1. That doesn't sound lame at all! I love checking out all stations. Even the leaking, smelly ones are kind of an adventure.

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  4. Paris looks wonderful! I'm so excited to get to see it this December!

    Brittny
    www.awrittenjourney.com

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