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And Then There was Paris.

I was supposed to post this already. Awhile ago. I didn’t forget… I was just otherwise occupied. Better late than never. Let’s pick up where I left off in Amsterdam

So after almost being stranded in Amsterdam because of snow and cancelled trains, we boarded a chariot, The IDBus. Six hours later we arrived in Paris by way of Lille. The bus ride was much longer than I normally like to ride, but after exploring Amsterdam it was good to have a chance to sleep and enjoy the countryside. Once we arrived in Paris we made our way to our next temporary home that I also found via AirBNB. Here is the rundown of our adventures.

Chilling with the locals. Being married to a Frenchman has its definite perks. On this occasion it was especially helpful because Frenchie has two childhood friends living right in Paris, more than willing to be our personal tour guides. David, Michel and Caroline were awesome with help finding food, quick routes for our sightseeing, taking us to the best shopping areas and taking us out for a dance party at Andy Wahoo’s.

Frenchie with his two childhood friends, Michel & David.
Frenchie with his two childhood friends, Michel & David.

Michel and Caroline, Frenchie & I after a full day of exploring.
Michel and Caroline, Frenchie & I after a full day of exploring.

Eiffel Tower and such. Our accommodations were just down the hill from the Sacré Coeur, making it easy to get started with sightseeing as soon as we arrived. Even though we ate our fair share of pastries and rich sauces, we all got our daily burn on as we trucked it around Paris. This visit to Paris was on my momma’s bucket list and we made it our business to make sure she saw as much as possible each day. We made sure to hit the Eiffel tower, Notre Dame, vintage shopping in the Marais, and strolling on the Pont des Arts.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart was just up the hill for our apartment
The Basilica of the Sacred Heart was just up the hill from our apartment

This pedestrian bridge is covered with locks left by lovers... perfect for the city of Love.
Pont Des Arts: This pedestrian bridge is covered with locks left by lovers… perfect for the city of Love.

Eiffel Tower
My momma has a few more check marks on her bucket list after this visit.
She has another check mark on her bucket list after this visit.

Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Just before heading inside Notre Dame with my mom.
Just before heading inside Notre Dame with my mom.

The Louvre. I think you should know by now that I love museums. If I could hide and stay all night in the Louvre I would be in heaven. It is one of my favorite museums and even though this was not my first time here, I still enjoyed it like I had never been. My mom was in heaven. She got to meet Mona and Frenchie and I got to explore some areas we missed the last time. For me the Louvre is one of the best things about Paris and should not be missed if you truly enjoy museums.

The Pyramid just as we were heading into the Louvre.
The Pyramid just as we were heading into the Louvre.
The ornate ceilings of the galleries in the Louvre.
The ornate ceilings of the galleries in the Louvre.

Entrance to the Egyptian Art at the Louvre.
Entrance to the Egyptian Art at the Louvre.

My momma had this on her bucket list.
My momma had this on her bucket list.

Versailles. So a few years ago I read a book called “Sex With Kings”. It was a scholarly text that outlined the sex/relationships/marriages of royalty. It was pretty amusing and ever since, because expansive coverage of the peculiar lives of the French monarchs, I have had an interest in visiting Versailles. Dipped in gold and spread out in an elaborate way, it was everything I imagined from reading. Just after museums, old buildings are on my list of things that peak my interest and our visit to Versailles did not disappoint.

The map was definitely needed or we might still be wandering in the wilderness.
The map was definitely needed or we might still be wandering in the wilderness.

All gold everything takes on new meaning in the bed chambers of Versailles.
All gold everything takes on new meaning in the bed chambers of Versailles.

It was raining, hailing and cold so we got some wheels to explore the grounds of Versailles.
It was raining, hailing and cold so we got some wheels to explore the grounds of Versailles.

If your guesthouse looks like this one at Versailles, I need to come visit.
If your guesthouse looks like this one at Versailles, I need to come visit.

This Rainbow greeted us as we headed back into Paris from Versailles.
This Rainbow greeted us as we headed back into Paris from Versailles.

There you go, a conclusion to the ten day adventure with two of my favorite people. Christian was the best for translating, navigating and keeping us safe. This wasn’t my first time in Paris, but being with my mother on her first visit made it just as exciting as my first time. I always think about the great lengths she went to when I was a child to bring amazement and education into my life. My love for books, travel and museums is only because she made it a part of every adventure we had. This trip was a definitely a grown up version of that and I cannot wait for our next international adventure. Hope you enjoyed!

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4 thoughts on “And Then There was Paris.

  1. Love, love, LOVED hearing about your latest GREAT adventure, you and your mama look JUST like those french girls with your hats & scarves not to mention the baguette!!

    1. If you and the one you love write your name on a lock and attach it to the bridge, your love is supposed to last forever. I’m sure it is also fun to come back and look for your lock.

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