The final stop on our European adventure, was Paris.  And I have an admission to make.  Last time I was in Paris, I was younger.  My parents and I had a long list of attractions to see, places to go, museums to visit.  Don’t get me wrong, I loved being there, and we had a wonderful time being introduced to the city of light.  But this time, it felt like we were returning to an old friend.  We didn’t place pressure on ourselves and we sort of let the days unfold naturally, depending on any number of things.  This time, wandering the streets and sitting by the Seine and browsing market stalls in a slow and even pace, was magical.  This time…the city truly stole my heart.

We stayed in this central and perfectly equipped apartment in the heart of Le Marais {via air bnb}.  Whilst the majority of meals were eaten from food we had gathered at the markets {our favourites being Rue Mouffetard and Rue Montorgueill} we also had some great experiences at these places:

L’Auberge Aveyronnaise – If you’re in search of a casual, family friendly bistro style restaurant with hearty and tasty food – look no further.  Incredibly friendly and helpful waiters made our experience memorable.

Blend Burgers – Actually the best burger I have ever eaten.  Take-away and have a picnic somewhere nearby if you’re not in the mood to wait over an hour for a table {although I have to say it would be worth the wait}.

Le Bistro Le Verre Vole – Upon recommendation from a friend of a friend, we had a great Saturday night at this tiny wine shop that doubles as a restaurant.  A bonus for us was that Mum & Dad babysat Jack for the night so we were baby free.

La Conserverie – An uber cool bar with delicious and inventive cocktails and very friendly staff.  Another sans baby affair for us!

Ladurée – Needs no introduction I know, but this store is beyond perfection.  And the macaroons aren’t bad either.

It is difficult to narrow down, but the absolute highlights beyond highlights of our week in Paris were:
*The food & the wine.  Shopping at the markets {using our most basic French} and returning to our apartment where Dad would cook up a storm.  Incredible cheeses and meats and fresh produce.  Although the Andouilette sausage would have to be the anti-highlight of the trip.  And if it’s ok with you, I’d rather not talk about it {but if you’re intrigued, you can read about it here}.
*Spending the morning browsing the forgotten treasures at the Place d’Aligre Flea Market {which I’ve written about before, here}
*A picnic of takeaway pizza and red wine with the most incredible view of the Eiffel Tower {Inspired by this post from Oh Happy Day!}
*Meandering through the covered ‘secret’ passageways of Paris on a drizzly Sunday afternoon and peering through the glass of the stores as all of them were closed
*Catching up with very dear friends {who we miss SO much} who made their way over on the train from London for the weekend.  A treasured reunion.

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4 Comments on Travel Series: Paris {is always a good idea}

  1. Sarah Ann
    August 23, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm (4 years ago)

    I absolutely LOVED reading this! Of all the traveling I’ve done, Paris has never been high on my list, but after reading this, I’m beginning to think it might just deserve its ranking as an extremely popular vacation destination. Thanks!!

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    • brownpaperbelle
      August 27, 2013 9:37 am at 9:37 am (4 years ago)

      I’m so glad you enjoyed!! Please take my advice and go to Paris! X

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      • Adrienne Beaumont
        August 29, 2013 5:22 pm at 5:22 pm (4 years ago)

        After reading your story, I can’t wait to go back!

      • brownpaperbelle
        September 2, 2013 7:25 pm at 7:25 pm (4 years ago)

        Isn’t there something spellbinding about the place!? Do you have plans to go back Adrienne?

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