Paris, je t’aime!

Paris – August 12 – 17, 2014 Paris was by far the best stop yet, however it had a slight advantage as we spent time with Jess’ Aunt Mary and Cousin Dion for the 5 days we were there.

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Eiffel Tower

The grounds surrounding the Eiffel Tower are where we spent the bulk of our time, especially at night.  I don’t think the view  or the atmosphere could ever get old.  Not even the constant pressure to buy replica Eiffel Towers, wine and beer from the hundreds of peddlers would deter us from spending every evening there.  There were moments that we definitely will never forget and we made sure of this by taking about a thousand pictures.  We’ve included several below because we couldn’t choose!

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First sight of the tower, and Paris after emerging from the Metro

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Evening view of the Museum as we passed by on our river cruise

Notre Dame Cathedral On our final day in Paris, we visited the Notre Dame Cathedral on the Île de la Cité, which splits the Seine in Central Paris.  We took advantage of the free entry and walked around inside the amazing structure.  Construction began on the cathedral in the 1100’s and it has been restored and altered multiple times over the years. DSC01149 DSC01167 DSC01178 Seine Evening Cruise We did an evening cruise with Bateaux Parisiens on our last night is Paris.  This particular tour had mixed reviews on Tripadvisor, but it allowed us to finish the tour at the base of the Eiffel Tower which is why we went with them.  The cruise lasted an hour and took us east along the Seine, passing the Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and under several of Paris’s beautiful bridges.  On this day, our backpack contained the essentials: Camera, Bottle of wine (and corkscrew), and snacks, all of which came in handy sitting under the Eiffel Tower.

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Notre Dame from the Seine

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National Assembly building

DSC01048 DSC01056 DSC01082 DSC01083 DSC01092 DSC01113 DSC04162 The most romantic bridge in Paris For years, tourists from all over the world have been engraving their locks and fastening them to the famous Ponts des Arts bridge.  The idea is to place the lock on the bridge and drop the key into the river, sealing your love.  In June of this year, the side of the bridge collapsed into the river due to the extra weight from the locks. As a result, several European have been banning this practice and have designated various locations in the city where its appropriate to ‘seal your love’. (Budapest is one of those cities!) DSC01017 DSC01013 Montmartre Our accommodations were in Paris’ Montmartre neighbourhood, which is slightly north of city centre.  Montmartre is the quintessential Parisian neighbourhood with its tiny, stair-filled and steep alleys and cobblestone streets and squares.  Cafe’s and quirky boutiques are scattered throughout, as are tourists from all over the world. Monet, Picasso and Vincent van Gogh all made Montmartre home at one point, contributing to the fascinating history of the area.  For a hand-painted or hand-drawn self-portrait, head to Place du Tertre where the square is filled with artists. The Sacré Cœur, or the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris is the centrepiece of Montmartre, which sits atop the hill and is Paris’ highest point.

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Artists in action at Place du Tertre

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The Sacré Cœur

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The Sacré Cœur from the back

 

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The ‘I Love You’ wall in Montmartre. I love you in 300+ languages

 

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“The man who could walk through walls” by Jean Marais

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Moulin de la Galette

DSC00988 DSC00833   TIP: if you are planning a first time trip to Paris, we would suggest not staying in Montmartre and taking a day trip to explore the area.  It is a short ride on the metro from pretty well all of Paris’ attractions, however we found it a little seedy at night walking to our apartment from the train. Having said that, we had another amazing experience with Airbnb, with our Montmartre hosts, Mary and Tom. If you are looking for accommodations in the area, definitely give them a look! We had our own studio apartment, with Mary and Tom a few steps away if we had any questions. Here is the link to their place: Charming little annex at Montmartre in Paris IMG_1496 Parisian Food We ate in Paris. Like actual food.  Meat, cheese, wine and pastries.  One restaurant in particular by famous french chef Christian Constant called Les Cocottes was a treat for us given the constant monitoring of our budget to this point.

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This is a picture from the restaurant website. It was pouring rain when we left and I couldn’t grab a picture

 

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One for the road…

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Pain au chocolat

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Merlot, crab salad, ginger cod, berry tarte

 


Overall, Paris was amazing – and I (Steven) have to admit that I wasn’t originally keen on going to Paris as both Jess and I had been there before. Despite the truck loads of tourists, pick-pocket threats, peddlers and slightly higher prices than the rest of Europe, Paris gets a 10/10 in our books.  We loved everything about it.  Mary and Dion definitely get a special thanks for making Paris the most memorable stop in our trip to-date.

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Wine and cheese at Dion’s apartment

As we finish this post, we are already in the midst of our first adventure to Eastern Europe… BUDAPEST!  We will have a post for Budapest this coming weekend. jess + trickett   Some additional pictures from Paris:

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The Louvre

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Jess and Aunt Mary reunited

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Charles de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle – Former French President

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L’Hôtel national des Invalides, home of Napolean Bonapartes tomb

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12 Comments on “Paris, je t’aime!

  1. Wow guys, this was absolutely beautiful! What an adventure, memories forever! Keep the blog coming we are enjoying every post. Take care!

  2. I feel like I am travelling with you. Everyday, I look and see where you are, and your new adventures. I so enjoy your posts!!!

  3. Hey Jess and Steven……. I am reliving Paris again through your pictures. Steven, you really brought the city alive (not that it needs help) through your outstanding photos. I sense a new career in the offing (though you should really invest in a lens that makes people look skinny lol). I was happy beyond belief to spend those few, precious days with you guys and I think that after you left, Dion and I felt like something was missing……. So, now I am back to work and counting the days till I see you here in Kenya…….. be safe my lovelies …. hugs and kisses from Embu

  4. Which one of you is taking the photos and when did you become such awesome photographers? Enjoy Budapest! Its one of my favorite all time places!

    • Trickett has become quite the photographer – which is why there are more picture of me. Lol. Budapest was great, blog post coming soon! We just made it to Prague! 🙂

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  6. Oh I have been to Paris but your images are so beautiful and different and I would like to go back now. Definitely will try Les Cocottes this time. Thanks for your great information 🙂

    • Paris is an amazing city, one of our favorites. Definitely let us know if you have any questions about our visit there. I heard there are some beautiful Marriott properties in the city 🙂

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