Paris, je t’aime!

It took me way too long to visit Paris, especially since Jenny has lived there since September. Ridiculous. That aside, I finally did and it was amazing! When Jenny realizes she doesn’t want to teach French anymore, I hope she will follow her other calling and start her own tour company.

I flew from Venice to Paris, where I successfully navigated the metro system and located Jenny by a statue, sans mobile phone in case of emergencies. Thanks, Orange.

I have never been so busy in my life! We did the commute into the suburbs where Jenny lives, and because there’s no time like the present we dropped everything and ran to Versailles. The fountains in the gardens were on which made for a real treat.

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Why do I torture myself? The stairs up…

Why do I torture myself? The stairs up…

The hazy city

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Hanging on for dear life..

Hanging on for dear life..

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The evening ended on the Bateaux Mouche, a boat ride down the river and around the main islands of the city. We saw all the big sights at night, definitely would recommend it.

Saturday and Sunday included la Place de la Concorde, the Champs Élysées, L’Arc de Triomphe, the Moulin Rouge, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Canal St. Martin, Place de la Republique, Place des Vosges, Place de la Bastille, Pont des Arts, Jardin des Tuileries, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and the Jardin du Luxembourg. That doesn’t include everything we walked by! I’m so happy to have seen everything that “must be seen,” and now I have the chance to look into the things I really enjoyed. 

Place de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde

Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe

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The famous Moulin Rouge on an equally suggestive street.

The famous Moulin Rouge on an equally suggestive street.

View from Sacre Coeur

View from Sacre Coeur

At the Musee de Montmartre

At the Musee de Montmartre

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Place des Vosges — so gorgeous!

Place des Vosges — so gorgeous!

Centre Pompidou, the modern art museum. Quite a contrast to the architecture in the neighborhood.

Centre Pompidou, the modern art museum. Quite a contrast to the architecture in the neighborhood.

Oops.. raining at Notre Dame.

Oops.. raining at Notre Dame.

Girls night in on Saturday! Our feet needed it..

Girls night in on Saturday! Our feet needed it..

The Louvre

The Louvre

Yes, I saw her. Too much hype!

Yes, I saw her. Too much hype!

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

As every English student must do, I also visited Shakespeare and Company.

As every English student must do, I also visited Shakespeare and Company.

On Sunday night we went to Le Procope in the Latin district. The restaurant dates back to the 1686 and apparently hosted Voltaire on many occasions!

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Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III

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Pont des Arts where couples attach padlocks with their initials on them. Cute!

Pont des Arts where couples attach padlocks with their initials on them. Cute!

On Monday we visited Angelina, a gorgeous restaurant with expensive pastries on the Rue de Rivoli. A perfect way to round out the weekend.

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I’d say it was a successful 3 days – Paris, je t’aime!

I’d say it was a successful 3 days – Paris, je t’aime!

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