{travel diary} bonjour, paris

posted on: August 9, 2013

Hotel Design Sorbonne Walking along the Seine Notre Dame de ParisNotre Dame de Paris Paris Views Portrait at Notre DamePortrait in Paris
Love Lock Bridge Paris

Seeing Paris for the first time isn't comparable to any other experience in life.  Looking at those familiar buildings and sights, it was exactly how I'd imagined it to be, and yet so much grander and over the top than you could ever prepare for.  Reliving it through these photos still leaves me in awe, feels like it was all a dream or a very distant memory.

We stayed at the Hotel Sorbonne in the Saint Germain area, which was perfect for our first time in Paris.  After getting caught in classic downpour, our first day was a bit of a write off.  Turns out, that being a vegetarian in Paris is impossible.  I dragged poor Adam to an awful Italian restaurant crawling with tourists and bad, bad food.  You really can't win it all, so that's why we were so excited for our next day in the city.  My wonderful pal Cee of Coco and Vera (who is very organized, fluent in Parisian french, and currently living there) was playing tour guide for the day.  Honestly, our entire experience wouldn't have been the same without her, we're so thankful.  She showed us all of the essentials including some well kept secret locations, helped us take photos, and was just great company all day long.  Here are some of my favourite moments from that special day, that I like to look back on with a little jazz music and a smile.

Cafe de Flore Paris Laduree, as you do Reunited with Cee in Paris Arc de Triomphe, Paris DSC_0298 DSC_0299 (2) DSC_0320 (2)DSC_0337 DSC_0331 (2)DSC_0322 (2) DSC_0343 DSC_0350DSC_0348 DSC_0357 (2) DSC_0362 DSC_0381 Tarte au Ctiron and Carrot Cake at the Rose Bakery Tea Room


  1. I've never been to Paris..It looks so beautiful!

  2. Looks like you had an amazing time... and I LOVE that you got to see Cee too!! You both look absolutely gorgeous!!

    By The Shore

  3. beautiful photos x


  4. You're making me miss the City of Lights.

  5. Cee is the perfect Parisian companion :) Gorgeous pictures - so glad you had a wonderful trip.

  6. Amazing photos, they make me want to travel soo bad! i cant wait to go to Paris some day!

  7. Oh so jealous of all your excursions lately! This one looks amazing!!! I didn't know you were a vegetarian! Well at least there were macaroons to fill your belly I am guessing :)
    <3 Kastles

  8. You're really making me long for a trip to Paris. It really is a magical city and it's even better that you had a friend there to be your tour guide and take you to places off the beaten path.


  9. Gorgeous photos. I hope you had an amazing time!

  10. Local knowledge makes such a big difference, especially in a city like Paris! I remember being too confused to use the Metro, so we walked everywhere... and I mean everywhere. Determined to master it next time. Wonderful photographs! x

  11. Really nice pictures.Looks like you guys had an awesome time. Paris is such a fun place to visit.

  12. Love your photos from Paris - it was definitely one of my favourite cities. Super fun post.

    Elizabeth George

  13. i feel the exact same way about Paris, my life has been changed forever and all I wan to do is go back!!

  14. Hi Alicia! Your pictures are beautiful! Isn't Paris amazing? My husband and I are heading there next week and looking at your pictures makes me so happy! It'll be my husbands first time there as well, we are celebrating our first wedidng anniversary! :) Was it very cold there? I'm already trying to think about what outfits to pack!! :)


  15. Thank you for your beautiful pictures and suggestions: we are heading to paris Sept06 and I think it's going to be amazing. On your rave reviews of St. Germain, we are also staying in the same area (thanks to airbnb).



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