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City of Light

Truly ever since I can remember, New York City and Paris have been two of my top cities to not only visit so they can get a check on the bucket list, but to explore and fall in love with. Maybe its because I’ve seen {and believed} far too many chick flicks or maybe its because I am a city girl at heart. I’ve just always wanted to walk the bustling streets with my love in hand. Since college, I’ve become quite the frequenter of the big apple so just two weeks ago, I boarded a plane to inhabit the beautiful Paris for a few days. Like I said in the previous post, we took a train from London to Paris and I have to say…from the moment you exit the train doors, you are immediately catapulted into a new culture and language. My husband was new to traveling internationally and it was definitely an adjustment for him. I revel in the unknown of a new city with its own nuances and smells. He, on the other hand, finds joy in the familiar and the comfort so I definitely stretched him a bit BUT the pay off was well worth it as he described the vacation as “our best trip ever” to a friend as soon as we got back in the states.

Because I could ramble for days about this stunningly beautiful city, I thought I would shorten it to my top 5 moments of the trip. Hope you enjoy!

  1. Fat Tire Bike Tours: this is a MUST. I mean, this was recommended to me by many people but I don’t even think they came close to doing it justice. Riding through the streets of Paris by bike (with charming fresh flowers in tow) might make one of my top memories of life. Sunny and 65 degrees, we couldn’t ask for a better day. The bike ride is the perfect mix of relaxing and active and the guide gives you the best facts about the city. They are sure to avoid any “In 1772, Napolean so and so” nonsense and skip to telling you the interesting and juicy details.
  2. Taking photos with Lamour de Paris: my hubby and I woke up super early on our first morning in Paris to get photos taken in front of the Eiffel Tower and it was magical. More to come on this experience.
  3. Seeing the Eiffel Tower sparkle from the top deck of the Montparnesse building. Our Fat Tire guide told us this was a must since we were staying close by and the view was indescribable.
  4. River Cruise on the Seine: go at night, listen to the Parisian accented tour guide softly guide you through the sights and sounds of the iconic landmarks along the river.
  5. Stumbling upon a charming Italian restaurant, sitting with my family drinking wine and eating yummy food while people strolled in the middle of the cobblestoned street. We watched, but also became an active participant of the beautiful scenery and I think its in that moment that you embody what it is to be a traveler.

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