travel: paris part two

paris

paris

In the beginning of December I took myself on a solo trip to Paris. If you missed the first part of my photo recap, you can take a look at it here. I definitely made the same mistake I did when visiting Kenya and took a little too long to get around to editing my photos, which is an absolute killer of motivation. Get things done sooner rather than later people!!

That said, it was nice to come back to these photos after taking a holiday break. It was like visiting an old friend, which frankly is how I think I’ll start viewing Paris every time I visit. While I may have not had the best time visiting recently (, the first time I went was amazing, and I cannot even pretend I won’t be back! There were too many little side streets that I noticed I hadn’t explored my last night in the 11th Arrondissement to not return!

Here’s the second half of my visit to Paris, both in pictures as well as a video I put together for ya!

PARIS, PART 2.

parisThe river Seine.

parisparis paris paris parisMillions of pigeons outside Notre Dame.

parisSeriously.

parisLuxembourg Gardens

paris parisparis parisI was in love with the statues. I bet this place is beautiful in spring!

parisparis paris parisparisFake snow near the Eiffel tower, ha! Wish I’d seen some real snow!

parisThere she is!

parisparisparis parisparisSome of the couture storefronts!

paris parisLove! I wish I could remember which stores these are from.
Anyone recognize these?

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After visiting the Eiffel tower I kind of got lost trying to find a public restroom (my tiny bladder thanks Europe for this being a thing!) and somehow stumbled upon an outside Christmas village that stretched for probably a mile, only to end with a massive ferris wheel. I know I should’ve gotten on that dang thing and taken in a view of Paris, but look how massive it is. No thanks.

paris parisThis was  some sort of potatoes with a “mild” cheese on top I got at the fair. It definitely needed hot sauce. Or salt. Or anything.

parisMy last morning in Paris I was just completely incapable of sleeping in, so I woke up stupid early and witnessed the sunrise.

parisSick.

parisparis parisThe view from the courtyard of my Paris apartment. I could’ve laid on the ground and stared up for days.

parisPHILLY IN PARIS.

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The Louvre

I’m not even sure what to say about this place, except that I’m so dang glad that I’ve been before so that I didn’t have a chance to get disappointed about how ridiculously small the Mona Lisa actually is. Seriously, if you’re super stoked on seeing her when you get to Paris, know that like most people who have huge personalities, she’s teeny (I kid, I kid).

Still, I was beyond excited to be in a place where there were so many other tourists! People who were strangers to the country and spoke English out loud! Yes, yes, yes!

paris parisThis whole place screamed The Da Vinci Code to me. Where’s Tom Hanks when you need him?

parisparis parisDecided I need this ceiling, thanks.

paris paris parisShe’s the size of my torso, and impossible to photograph while behind a thick glass wall (the glare is ABSURD).
Pretty sure people paid $15 just to run through and find her.

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Getting home from Paris was definitely one of the crappiest flying situations I’ve had to deal with, which makes sense since last time I came home from Paris was a mess. Flying into Toronto was fine, but then flights kept getting delayed and canceled. I ended up having to redirect my flight to the closest airport outside of Philly (which was Harrisburg) and snagged a rental car to drive home instead. No thanks, nobody’s got time to sleep and wait on the airport floor for at least 24 hours! Note to self: Buy a direct flight next time. All good though, I’m definitely gonna keep traveling!

This is my first time sharing a video on Vimeo, and quality definitely seems to have deteriorated some in upload. I’d love any advice on a good place to share videos in the future, because making that was both fun, and I think I’d like to make more for y’all!

 

Have you been to Paris?
Where are you hoping to travel to next?

16 Comments

  1. Alice January 5, 2017 / 9:31 am

    Crêpe au nutella! 😍 I loved the video (and your photos of course as always!).

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 5, 2017 / 4:03 pm

      I didn’t eat nearly enough crêpes when I was there. :((( x

  2. Elly Leavitt January 5, 2017 / 2:33 pm

    girl the colour correction on these photos is insane! the photo of eggs is a masterpiece lol and all your pics are so gorgeous. ps if you’re looking for a different platform, I use YouTube! It’s so much more convenient and the quality is higher. xx

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 5, 2017 / 3:59 pm

      ahh, thank you! just a little playing around with curves and contrast!! and I’ll have to look at youtube, because it was such a pain uploading to vimeo! x

  3. Chasa Fulkerson January 5, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    I was waiting for part 2. haha.. I think that fake snow is cute.. lol I think your video was great! I don’t usually watch videos if they are too long nor do I really edit/make them because I don’t have the patience. But I loveeee how you did the stairs in the video!!!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 5, 2017 / 4:00 pm

      yay, thank you! I actually made this using my phone/iMovie on my phone, and it was super easy! I don’t know that I’d have the patience to do anything crazy but how easy this was made me want to make more! x

  4. Kim Amy January 5, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    I love Paris, went there as a college student chaperone with a high school group and then as a new wife on my honeymoon. Love Paris and looks like you were there during the holiday, were all the little booths opened up along the main streets? Can’t wait to go back someday.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 7, 2017 / 12:06 am

      I went the second week of December, so everything was still pretty much open! I think if I go back again it’ll be during warmer weather, for sure!

  5. Madison January 6, 2017 / 2:14 pm

    Your photography is beautiful!

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 7, 2017 / 12:07 am

      thank you! x

  6. Sahar January 6, 2017 / 2:44 pm

    Love your pictures of Paris! It is a city often thought of as best visited with a lover, but honestly I loved visiting it on my own as well. Where to next?

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com January 7, 2017 / 12:08 am

      I’m not sure! my travel list is too dang big for my wallet right now, haha!

  7. Ellen January 6, 2017 / 5:06 pm

    That apartment view is beautiful. What a great experience to travel like this alone.

    Ellen | A Pop of Pink

  8. Patricia January 7, 2017 / 6:31 am

    I absolutely love Paris!
    The city, the monuments, the parks, the people, the food.. <3
    Love this posts, your photos are amazing and your blog is so inspiring! 😀
    Xoxo

    http://www.thathappymess.com

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