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The Louvre at Sunset

I don't know why - I don't recall reading it anywhere - but I just knew that stopping by the Louvre at sunset would be a beautiful sight.  And fortunately, it didn't disappoint! Given our short visit, we decided against visiting the Louvre as it's so huge you could easily spend an entire day there. … Continue reading The Louvre at Sunset

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Shopping & People Watching In Paris

Paris and shopping,  I mean they do kinda go hand in hand.  So off to the Champs-Élysées we went!There were so many shops -- and a LINE just to get into Louis Vitton!  Ridiculous.I was totally crushing on these high-heeled-high-tops in one store... but couldn't fathom spending $250 on them!  And of course the treats! … Continue reading Shopping & People Watching In Paris

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Gosh Notre-Dame It!

After a quick breakfast at the hotel - with the most DELICIOUS croissants, we were off to Notre Dame! We arrived just before noon, and it turns out they still hold services, so we were able to witness mass. Notre Dame was overwhelming.  I don't consider myself to be that religious, but you couldn't help… Continue reading Gosh Notre-Dame It!

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Dinner and a Show in Paris

We knew the Eiffel Tower had a beautiful light show, so we chose to get dinner not too far away so we could walk back for the spectacle.  This cafe just a few blocks off the park was where we spent our evening. To try something new, I ordered a salad with smoked duck breast… Continue reading Dinner and a Show in Paris

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Sightseeing in Paris

After our journey up the Eiffel Tower, we knew we wanted to see more, but were concerned about travel (and thieves) in a foreign city that we didn't speak the language in.  So we decided to take advantage of one of the bus tours.  And BOY were we glad we did!  With a 2 hour… Continue reading Sightseeing in Paris

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Ascending Eiffel

Of course our first real stop in Paris was the Eiffel Tower. This was literally 10 minutes from our hotel, by foot.  It was wonderful! It's just too tall to fit in the frame straight! We had been warned that the line can get pretty bad, and it did loop around the plaza beneath the… Continue reading Ascending Eiffel

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Eurostar to Paris!

I mean, we were taking the time off to fly across the ocean.  A trip we likely won't get to make again, so you better believe we were fitting a trip to Paris into things! To get there, we had to wake up at 5am to have enough time to dress, last-minute pack and get… Continue reading Eurostar to Paris!

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Eurotrip 2013 Checklist

Pssst - so, a combination of an overwhelming amount of photos, wanting to take some time off to just be in eachother's presence after a paticularly long time apart from Bill, and then a pretty bad bout of food poisoning on Sunday/Monday has left things pretty quiet here on the blog and wayyyy delayed.  So… Continue reading Eurotrip 2013 Checklist

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Parisian Perusing

All this week we're sharing inspiring decor from Europe because, well, after MONTHS of planning I am FINALLY there!  By now I'm likely ogling the designer labels through shop windows while filling an entire memory card with pictures of the Eiffel tower alone. Speaking of, this iconic Parisian landmark is quite the point of inspiration… Continue reading Parisian Perusing


This Lady is a Packing Pro

With the power of Pinterest, I found an old article from the New York Times highlighting how a Flight Attendant packs 10 days worth of clothes in a carry on. Everyone knows at least in the back of their mind that rolling your clothes works better than folding when packing in a tight fit.... but… Continue reading This Lady is a Packing Pro