Europe 2013: Paris

Travel & Leisure

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My feelings about Paris can be summed up in this photo set: I wish I’d been born French. Not only did my hair look better than it ever has in France, the “joie de vivre” lifestyle that made Paris famous was completely intoxicating. A culture that breaks for croissants and believes in making things inherently beautiful? WHERE DO I SIGN UP?

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The surprising thing about Paris was how non-cliche the cliched parts were. The ornateness of the architecture, the romantic views, the street musicians, even the Eiffel Tower itself was impressive, authentic, and culturally significant. Buildings were created with aesthetics and functionality playing equally important roles, and the average French woman will tell you that style equates to timelessness, and fashion is for fun. They’re on to something over there.

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We stayed in Saint-Germain-des-Prés on Rue de Bonaparte, which was bustling with locals, with a few tourists here and there. It was an incredibly safe neighborhood and we felt completely comfortable walking around at night. Our hotel was a few blocks away from Les Deux Magots, and we spent most of our nights exploring cafes close to home.

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Other highlights included the ham and cheese crepes available on every corner, long walks through Montmartre with my lady Dee, and cafe conversations in half English, half French, with strangers seated to our left and right. We sat amongst the most fashionable people in Paris in Le Marais, and Dee put up with my geekiness at Musée du Louvre… so many of the paintings I studied in art history class came flooding back as we walked slowly through the winding hallways.

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I could have spent the entire week in Paris, and another 3 traveling the french countryside. Hopefully I’ll be back to live out that fantasy soon. The last stop of our trip was Prague, which couldn’t be more different than Paris…

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BY Kate - August 19, 2013

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  1. Olivia

    August 19th, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I went to Paris this summer as well! Intoxicating. I wish I could move there right now

  2. Mailinh

    August 19th, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    Oh, Paris! This is on my “to go places” list. Love the photos!

  3. Quyen

    August 19th, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    Wow, these pictures are incredibly beautiful and romantic!
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  4. Jenna

    August 19th, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    beautiful photos!

  5. Amy

    August 19th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Love the pictures, especially the one of the Louvre pyramid and all the little people. It looks so elegantly vintage.

  6. rajveer

    August 19th, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Oh my! Just when I thought it was impossible to look forward to Paris more. Your pictures are beautiful.
    http://www.sundaynightpaper.com

  7. Caitlin

    August 20th, 2013 at 12:52 am

    Such lovely photos, looks like the best trip.

  8. Kate (@shoegirlinDE)

    August 20th, 2013 at 3:37 am

    I completely agree! I have settled in Germany (coming from CA), but France will always have a big piece of my heart. If you didn’t get enough of it outside of Paris, I posted all last week on our road trip through Paris, Bordeaux and to the stunning southwestern coast. I seriously can’t wait to go back!

  9. petal and plume

    August 20th, 2013 at 10:35 am

    girl, you said it all so well! this post was perfect.
    xx

  10. Kate

    August 20th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Thanks, lady!

  11. Joyce

    August 20th, 2013 at 11:23 am

    omg where’d you get your sunglasses! they’re soooo pretty!! 🙂

  12. Kate

    August 20th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Hi Joyce! They are by Super Retro Future: http://store.retrosuperfuture.com/collections/ciccio/products/367

    Glad you like them 🙂

  13. andra / fox lane

    August 20th, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    agree. love Paris. wish I was French.
    🙂
    ps – great photos!!

  14. Sarah

    August 21st, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I’ve been twice, as soon as I return to the states I only wish I never came home!

  15. Second Floor Flat

    August 21st, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    I’m headed to Paris + Nice for the next couple of weeks and your photos just made me that much more excited. You have a gorgeous site, as well!

  16. jinerous

    August 22nd, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Ah! Your photos. Your style! All amazing!

  17. Valerie | Lily on Fillmore

    August 23rd, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Oh wow. These photos are beautiful! Love that white scalloped collar against the deep red sweater. Stunning.

    http://www.lilyonfillmore.com

  18. Kate

    August 25th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Thank you, Valerie!!

  19. judith

    August 23rd, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Hi! where did you get your shoes!? Amazing photos! Beautiful!

    thanks,

    Judith

  20. Kate

    August 25th, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Hi Judith! I purchased the shoes in Amsterdam, but you can buy a similar pair online here, here, and here.

  21. Latrina

    August 24th, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    So beautiful. Your words + imagery! Thanks so much for sharing. I have quite an obsession with anything-France. Paris, I do hope to visit someday… but I’m afraid I will never leave if I do. 🙂

  22. Marisa

    August 28th, 2013 at 9:44 am

    I love your photos, they’re so beautiful! I was curious as to what camera you were using?

  23. Erin

    August 31st, 2013 at 3:54 pm

    GORGEOUS- the architecture, your hair everything.

    xx Erin

  24. Melody L.

    September 1st, 2013 at 1:04 am

    The only reason I don’t live in Paris is because of the cigarette smoke. Send me news of a smoking free Paris and I will send you my new French home address.

  25. Emily

    September 4th, 2013 at 2:04 pm

    What stunning, stunning photos. Mmmm! You’ve made me want to return to Paris! Thank you.

  26. Michelle @ Full Belly, Worn Soles

    September 4th, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    Your photos really capture the beauty and refinement of Paris. I need to visit soon!

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  27. Jade Sheldon-Burnsed

    September 4th, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    *Sigh* I dream of living in Paris. I adore it there. I’ll be visiting again at the end of the month and I can barely contain my excitement. It will be my husbands first time there and I’m hoping it sparks a desire in him to live there someday too…

  28. sydney

    September 4th, 2013 at 3:00 pm

    I love your jeans in the last picture. Where can I find them?!

  29. Lady Indo

    September 4th, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Ah, so beautiful, and I love your little annotations for all the photos! Can’t wait till I go there myself <3

  30. Jenn from Much to My Delight

    September 4th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    I went to Paris for the first time this summer, and agree with so many of the lovely things you said about it. Really beautiful photography here.

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  32. Denia

    September 4th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Hey, Im going to Paris in November, do you mind telling which hotel you stayed in? Thanks

  33. Christine | Life in a Dress

    September 4th, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Can you share some of your restaurant and shopping recommendations? I’m headed to France in a couple of weeks and it would be super helpful.

  34. Mary Ann

    September 4th, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I too love Paris. I have been there three times. Your pictures have captured the essence of the city.

  35. Sarah

    September 5th, 2013 at 12:00 am

    I miss Paris!!!

  36. Diana

    September 5th, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Exactly why I’ve always dreamed about going to Paris!

  37. Lizzie

    September 5th, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Wow these are such beautiful pictures.

  38. Mishal

    September 5th, 2013 at 6:32 am

    These pictures are incredible! You are making me miss paris!!

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  39. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:59 am

    These pictures are so dreamy, love love love them and Paris!

  40. Monica

    September 5th, 2013 at 9:27 am

    I was stuck in the Paris airport for almost 24 hours because of flight complications and I regret not going to explore the city. I had 3 other siblings around me and they were not budging. I regret it to this day. These photographs are beautiful and I wold love to explore the cafes and watch the fashionable people go by.

  41. Tia

    September 5th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    These pictures are gorgeous! Dying to see Paris myself!!!
    xo Tia
    http://www.bigcitytyro.com

  42. Sarah

    September 5th, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This is beautiful! I definitely miss being in Paris!

  43. jessca

    September 6th, 2013 at 3:40 am

    you have photos from my neighbourhood! la maison rose right next to the vineyards in paris is one of my favourite places to sit and people watch! i’m so glad you enjoyed your trip! come back soon :D!

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    September 10th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    AS VEZES, TAMBÈM PENSO QUE DEVERIA TER NASCIDO EM PARIS. ADORO!!!!

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    September 24th, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I love this post on Paris! The architecture there makes for amazing pictures. Thanks for the inpiration!!!!

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    September 24th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    I love this post on Paris! The architecture there makes for amazing pictures. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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  59. Katya

    March 10th, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Do you have any specific restaurants or cafes that you really enjoyed? I am heading there next week! Thank you Kate!

  60. Alex Cardo

    April 6th, 2014 at 2:56 am

    I was in Paris for a first time, when I was young. I come in France by the students exchange program.

    I’ve been impressed Paris & Versailles.

    In these times I didn’t have my own camera, because I’ve studied in school. So, now I want to come back with my professional Canon to make so impressive photos of this city!

  61. Bora

    April 27th, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Hi Kate!

    Where did you get your jeans? What do you recommend for a good boyfriend jean?

  62. Kate

    April 28th, 2014 at 11:44 am

    Hi Bora!

    I absolutely love Zara for a good boyfriend jean. It’s a minimal investment and they wear really well!

    K

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    Very good!

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