I CRAVE PARIS PART ONE

31 January 2011


Paris is an extraordinary city. I love that the old is seamlessly woven into the new. So much history yet so modern at the same time. I was there for a week and felt like it was a perfect amount of time to fully enjoy it all. The weather wasn't perfect, it was cloudy and drizzly. I think the sun peeked out twice the entire time I was there. Luckily, I love the biting cold so I had no problem with it. I also brought enough ammunition (vitamin c, ecchinacea, and zinc) to fight off any nasty buggers!

I stayed at the Hotel Roma Sacre Coer in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. It's in a charming area, near Moulin Rouge and Montmartre. I was very lucky to have the 6th floor where I had a spectacular view of the old neighborhood. I seriously could just sit there and stare out and daydream all day.

The Paris metro transportation is superb. It's incredibly friendly to use. I don't think I'd get lost even if I tried to. One interesting bit about the metro though, is that most of the train doors don't automatically open for you to enter or leave. It requires you to manually lift a handle or press a button to open the door. I actually really enjoyed that.

So the first thing I did in Paris was take the metro to the Vanves flea market. It was in a quaint neighborhood. The vendors were friendly. I only bought a little wooden figurine but there were some nice things I wish I could have taken with me, like lamps and some sweet chairs. Sorry, I have no photos to show but you have take my word for it. I enjoyed this flea market more than Saint-Ouen, it was overwhelming there, and it started to rain hard that day so I left after strolling for 30 minutes.

The people in Paris are nice and friendly. Many were very patient with me even when all I could say is bonjour, merci and au revoir in restaurants. And I already mentioned that the Parisians are gorgeous and dreamy with their effortless style, right? Swoon to the max!

Beside thrift stores, I was very curious about French food because I seldom eat it at home. Let's just say, I ate a lot of baguette with cheese, and drank more coffee than I did in the past five years. I loved eating duck leg (confit de canard) with potatoes. I even tried blood sausages (antilles boudin antillais). Scrumptious! I also had savory crepes every day from crepe stands. And it wouldn't be right if I didn't try some Parisian vietnamese pho which was delicious and perfect for the cold weather.

Alright, I'll post part two of Paris in a bit because there's much to show and I don't even know where to start and end. Oh, before I forget, I'm also planning to do a a giveaway of Polaroid prints I took in Paris, so be on the look out!

22 comments:

  1. Oh my, I don't know where to begin. First of all, I just love your blog, especially your thrifting adventures. I too love Paris and these photos just fill my heart, with the joy and beauty that only Paris can bring. Thank you, you have made my day.
    Sophie

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  2. Great photos. You're probably already missing Paris (while I sit here missing Santa Monica).

    I went to the flea market at Vanves last year and loved it! Not too touristy, not too big, and I thought the prices were reasonable.

    Looking forward to Part 2!

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  3. I adore Paris as well, my dream city! Your photographs are absolutely beautiful x

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  4. Paris is one of my favorite cities. Your pictures are making me want to take a little trip this spring.

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  5. You make me feel like I'm there again. Thanks so much for posting the images and thoughts. Looking forward to more.

    p.s. I discovered your blog via Bright.Bazaar and love it (miss the old header though; it had more character).

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  6. WONDERFUL PHOTOS!
    Welcome back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. SOPHIE ISABEL - So happy to heart that. Thanks so much. Now, you made my day.

    COCOPUFF1212 - Yeah, I am soo missing Paris. I woke up yesterday thinking I was still there but I knew I wasn't when I saw sunlight at 6am. Sighs...

    LOUISE - Thank you. Such a dreamy city. I can totally see myself living there, more so, than NYC.

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  8. JANDJHOME - Thanks. Can I tag along with you in the Spring time? I bet Paris is so lush and amazing with all the greenery.

    JAPANESE TRASH - Thank you for stopping by. Can't wait to show you more. And I miss the old header too.

    SHANNON - Thank you. I MISS YA! Now, who am I gonna play decorating your home in real-time with? And also did you find any goodies while I was gone?

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  9. Oh wowohwowohwow! I want to go to Paris! Your photos transport me there so vividly. It's so refreshing to hear that Parisians are wonderful & helpful people.. they get such a bad rap here in Quebec.. nos cousins.. ;p Love that image with la vielle madame and her baguette. Classic! hehe.. Can't wait to see Pt II..

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  10. CHANTALE - You will love it! About the Parisian attitude, they get a pretty bad rep here too. Even one of my French friends there told me that they can be a bit aloof. But it was quite the opposite for me. Most of them were nice, even the sales people, and especially that Berthillon ice cream man. Sighs...

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  11. oh, these photos! they are so perfectly...paris! as they should be. :) can't wait to see more!

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  12. thank you for sharing these photos! I have never been to Paris but it's photos like these that make me yearn to visit! I love the many locks on the fence.

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  13. wow this is so amazing!! the colors are rad, thanks for sharing! i was just in paris a month ago and loved the "love lock bridget"

    www.lovelyinfluence.com/

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  14. Dude, your Paris snaps are brilliant. You captured the spirit of the city perfectly. I love that blurry one of the cars at night. Also, 100% agree with you re: the friendly nature and chic dress sense of Parisians!

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  15. i'm starting to kick myself for not taking up my husband's offer to move to paris. stupid celia...

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  16. wonderful! your photos are pulling at my heartstrings. love that second one especially

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  17. stumbled upon your blog from hopping around and totally did a double take. we were just in paris a couple weekends ago, stayed at the hotel roma! we were on the 5th floor, weren't the views of the rooftops amazing? lovely, lovely photos and so happy to hear you had a good time.

    a few stories/pics/video from our trip @ http://krstype.wordpress.com/

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  18. CELIA - My oh my! Can you bat your pretty lashes and ask to move now? I would move to Paris in a heartbeat, for like a few years and move back? I want to speak French so badly after this trip!

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  19. AMY - oh sweet yes! The views were breathtaking. I had trouble leaving the room because I would sit and look out like a kittycat! Roma's a nice budget friendly hotel. I can't wait to go back to Paris. Thanks for the lovely comments.

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  20. Beautiful photos!! J'adore! :-)
    Natasha xx

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  21. i just found your blog! im from new zealand, and its sunday night here at the moment. i started from the newest posts and now im up to here!! i love paris. i went a year or two ago and i took a bagillion photos but then lost my camera on the train en route to somewhere else! what camera did you use? you've captured the mood so perfectly!!

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