To Paris! Night One!

Sometimes Gracefully Paris

Happy Tuesday! Here are a few pictures from our first night in Paris! After a long flight with a number of different connections, I was so happy to not only be in Paris but to also have the ability to stretch my arms and legs as much as I pleased! After 10 hours of flying, there comes a time in every traveler’s life when you just have to get. off. the. plane. AndΒ I can only enjoy the obnoxiously loud snoring from the man sitting behind me for so long.

Sometimes Gracefully Paris

We stayed at Les Jardins du Marais, which was a beautiful little hotel {more pictures on that tomorrow!} tucked within the city. After checking into our room, dozing for a half hour to recover from our numerous time zone changes and immediate jet-lag, we hit the town! I was not expecting to race around the city for as long as we did, with the camera boys following me around to capture my reactions {which were a bit enthused and touristy, to say the least… πŸ˜‰ }, but my adrenaline and excitement was pumping, so we thought we’d ride that train for as long as it lasted.

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We explored this little sea food stand where the Frenchmen behind the counter proceeded to laugh while convincing me that the crabs they were selling were very much alive, just a bit frozen. I’ll admit that all of the eyes staring back at me from those seafood platters was just a bit creepy. My “typical meal” doesn’t usually gaze back…but the guys behind the counter were sweet and didn’t throw their fish in frustration as I tried to use my broken French, so I’d call us friends now.

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The architecture throughout Paris is absolutely beautiful. I’ve got so many more pictures to share of our daytime adventures, but the evening walks throughout the city still seemed to highlight the charming buildings and cobblestone streets. We did lots of walking throughout the trip, and I couldn’t help bouncing from one street corner to the next, getting somewhat lost among a beautiful maze of old streets and architecture. As beautiful as the Eiffel Tower is during the day, it is incredibly stunning on a clear night. We found the perfect viewing spot that overlooked the park and pond beneath the tower, and we were in an area that lacked all of those tourist crowds {even though I expressed my most touristy “Ooos” and “Aahs” as I stared at that beautiful landmark}. It was amazing!Β The Eiffel Tower started sparkling when the clock struck 1am, and then it was turned off for the rest of the night. This, apparently, happens every night, butΒ in that moment I was convinced that the French government knew I was coming to Paris so they put on a little light-show for me and the Rosetta Stone gang. A bit unrealistic, I know…but so is traveling to Paris for the weekend. πŸ˜‰ Whatever the case, I was not expecting to be as amazed by the Eiffel Tower as I was. To be in Paris on a beautiful night, watching the Eiffel Tower twinkle, was a bit of a dream come true.

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I know, corny. But awesome at the same time.

{cue the Disney song “When You Wish Upon A Star”… and you may also roll your eyes at this particular point in the blog post πŸ˜‰ }

Anyways, tomorrow I’ll share some more of our crazy adventures throughout the city! There are just so many fun pictures to share! Thanks for reading! πŸ™‚

 

4 Comments

  • Reply two birds April 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    I’m so jealous…I’d love to go back soon!! I love the nighttime pictures, they make it seem even more romantic!

  • Reply two birds April 22, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I’m so jealous…I’d love to go back soon!! I love the nighttime pictures, they make it seem even more romantic!

  • Reply jennifer prod April 23, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    aww, your enthusiasm for the lights and the city reminds me of my first trip to paris – and now i want to go back!

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