The Best of Ideas

I have avoided writing this post for about two weeks now because I felt like it was going to take a long time to write, and I can never quite explain it all: everything I saw, everything I felt about everything I saw. At first, I thought that was the only way I would be able to possibly convey how splendidly wonderful this trip was.  Luckily for both of us, I’m not going to do that.

Here’s what I will say: I didn’t expect to love Paris. I’ve always been drawn to smaller cities that feel more authentic (see: Granada), and find that capitals tend to be cool in their own right but not always worth the trip for anything more than a check-mark on your not-to-miss list.  Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely excited but also thought it would be great to see more of France in the weekend than just Paris (spoiler: this thinking changed…quickly).

Here’s what happened: I LOVED Paris. It was freezing and rained for a good portion of our trip, yet even when my socks were wet and my knees ached from the cold, I can’t remember a single moment where I wasn’t having an indescribably good time. There are very few things in life that I find less charming than 45 degree rain; Paris simply sparkled even more.

We did a good job of getting to most of the must-sees while there, and somehow not a single one of them was over-rated.  I cried when I saw the Eiffel Tower, I cried in Notre Dame, I couldn’t stop staring at the Mona Lisa, and the history and grandeur of Versailles made me giggle like a school girl. I was simply blown away by every single thing I encountered. From the moment we stumbled off of the subway in the city centre until we dragged our feet to the bus station, every corner I turned held a gasp, an “oh!” or “what’s that?!”  Every day the beauty and the history swept through me – Paris reached right out and plucked my heart in a swift, graceful movement…with a smile.

Abi and I actually stayed with a Romanian couple who had moved to Paris about four years ago.  Our first night there, after about two hours of a whirlwind walk along the Seine, we asked the question “what made you move?” A few moments of silence passed until all four of us chimed in… “well, Paris.”

It didn’t take long to get, and oh boy did I get it. I will be going back. As the painting in our room read, “Paris is always a good idea”

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Paris landmarks

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An afternoon at Versailles

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The city that sparkles

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We got to light candles in Notre Dame

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Another beautiful moment in Notre Dame

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The Rodin Museum

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The D’Orsay Museum

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Last visit to the Tower

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Thanks to Abi for this beautiful view from the Montmartre district

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For now,

xoxo

Katie

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