To Paris! Day Two! Part One!

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Well, I had to break up my busy time in Paris into two posts because I was a bit afraid I’d break this little blog with a picture overload…so here’s part one!

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We had such beautiful weather during the entire trip, which definitely made walking around the city more enjoyable. If you’re taking a little vacation to Paris, make sure to bring a good pair of walking shoes…or a whole lot of thick socks and band-aids. We spent almost the entire walking from place to place and winding our way over bridges and through alleyways. Because I was there working with the gang from Rosetta Stone, I wore this fuzzy microphone the entire day so they could record me practicing French and finding my way around the city. It was pretty funny walking down the streets with one or twoΒ camera men trailingΒ behind me. I tried to “look cool” and show them “my good side,” but I’m too much of a dork and was way too excited about the places we visited to even remember that the cameras were rolling. Darrin followed behind us and took the majority of these pictures, so three cheers for a rockin’ husband who documented the entire trip beautifully! I’m thinkin’ he may need to start his own photography business. We’ll call it “Darebear Photography.” I’m sure he’d love that. πŸ˜‰

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I’ll admit that I was both excited and somewhat internally freaking out about the prospect of speaking French all day. It’s one thing to practice a language on your comfy red couch, wearing your pajamas, drinking a glass of wine, while Snapchatting goofy pictures to your sisters in Iowa {I promise that doesn’t happen every time… πŸ˜‰ }. But transporting yourself to Paris and trying to buy a full tray of pastries pastry while sounding somewhat intelligent is a completely different story. One particular cashier at Au Petit Versailles du Marais was so sweet and patient with me. He spoke both French and English, which was helpful when I was trying to learn a few of his phrases that were a bit confusing. The marvelous men behind the cameras were from Sweden, so my little language adventure had me thinking in English, speaking in French, and listening to both French and Swedish. To be immersed in so many languages at one time was literally and figuratively “mind-boggling.” And I loved every second of it.

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On a different note, Darrin and I were a bit astonished to learn that the boys from Sweden had never before eaten Swedish Fish, so we made sure to “expand their horizons” and fix that problem real fast by bringing some Swedish Fish to the airport. Good thing they had me around to introduce them to their country’s most famous dish! πŸ˜‰

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I’ll share more pictures and stories soon! Thanks for reading and putting up with all of my photos! It’s so fun to share this experience with you guys. Learning a second language can be pretty freaking difficult, but there’sΒ a very particular sense of accomplishment that you feel once you’ve mastered even just a couple words and phrases. Can’t wait to share some more pictures with ya! πŸ™‚

Have a beautiful rest of your day!


  • Reply Jamie April 23, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Seriously, I am so jealous. It looks absolutely wonderful there!

  • Reply jennifer prod April 23, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    what a wonderful post – the photographs and the weather and YOU’RE A SPOKESPERSON/MODEL for rosetta stone?! and all i can focus on is the little bit about the men never having tried swedish fish – good thing you fixed that πŸ™‚

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