Paris Travel Diary

Visiting Paris has become a regular thing because my sister and niece live there. It almost feels like a home away from home. Even though I’ve been there several times it never gets boring, and it’s always a pleasure to spend time with my family and friends. My niece Dasha is now old enough to know who I am (she even remembers Lady!) and she talks amazingly well in both French and Russian so I was able to have conversations with her. It made me such a proud auntie to see how smart she is at only 2 and a half years old (even though she did drive me crazy sometimes)!

With my adorable niece Dasha
With my adorable niece Dasha

Apart from spending time with family and friends, I also managed to revisit a lot of my favourite places: the Latin Quarter and Boulevard St Michel, Montmartre, l’Opera, Pont Alexandre III, Chatelet, Canal St Martin, Jardin des Tuileries & Palais Royal, Parc des Buttes Chaumont, and more. I took as many strolls along the Seine as possible, and I couldn’t help but take advantage of all the amazing sales going on! I found myself visiting Rue de Rivoli and les Grands Boulevards more than once. I’m really happy with all of my purchases and can’t wait to share them here!

The view from the Galeries Lafeyette terrasse
The view from the Galeries Lafeyette terrasse
The roof at Galeries Lafayette
The roof at Galeries Lafayette
Le Sacre Coeur
Le Sacre Coeur
Le Sacre Coeur
Le Sacre Coeur
Le Moulin Rouge
Le Moulin Rouge
Houses in Montmartre
Houses in Montmartre
Saint Michel
Saint Michel
Saint Michel
Saint Michel
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Le Pont Alexandre III
Place Concorde & l'Obelisque
Place Concorde & l’Obelisque
Outside of Tuileries
Outside of Tuileries
Notre Dame
Notre Dame
Le Louvre
Le Louvre
Le Louvre
Le Louvre
Hotel de Ville
Hotel de Ville
Le Petit Palais
Le Petit Palais
On Boulevard Saint Germain
On Boulevard Saint Germain
On the Champs-Elysees
On the Champs-Elysees
Place de Republique is still convered with Je Suis Charlie posters
Place de Republique is still convered with Je Suis Charlie posters

There was one new place that we went to that really stood out for me: Fontainebleau. You may have heard of the castle, but Fontainebleau is also a big forest. It’s the most unique one I’ve ever seen. In the middle of it there is a white sand oasis scattered with boulders. My mind was blown when I saw and felt the sand – I’m pretty sure I haven’t seen sand that soft and white since I was a kid in Australia! It’s all natural too – apparently the sand is a product of erosion from the boulders. Is that incredible or what? It was really nice to get out of the city for a day to enjoy nature’s wonders with a picnic and a bouldering session. Rock climbing is my favourite sport but I usually only do it in the gym, so I was really happy to be able to boulder outside again and in such a cool spot too!

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Fontainebleau

I must admit I didn’t want to leave at the end, the only thing that made me want to catch my plane home was the thought of being reunited with Kirill and Lady. It’s funny because even though I felt like the trip went by so fast, at the same time it felt like I had already been there for ages. I guess my brain went into Paris mode and to be honest it’s still not completely off, as I find myself craving walks along the Seine, glasses of rose on the terrace of a cute cafe, and of course the cheese! I even miss speaking French on a regular basis. Oh well, jusqu’a la prochaine fois, Paris!

17 Comments

  1. Yasmin 06/07/2015 at 15:10

    Wow! What beautiful photos of your trip. I would love to take a vacation to Europe soon. It’s been forever since I’ve visited.

    xx Yasmin
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    1. Maria 07/07/2015 at 08:01

      Thanks! Hope you get to go back soon x

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  2. SYD 08/07/2015 at 12:24

    Amazing! Love everything about this post 🙂

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    1. Maria 09/07/2015 at 08:04

      Thanks Dora! Haha I guess I mean vacation mode but there are some things that are specific to Paris 🙂

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    1. Maria 09/07/2015 at 08:04

      Thanks Zarrah! x

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  3. Grace Liang 09/07/2015 at 07:40

    Wow! I hope I will go there soon! So happy to hear you had a great time with your family and friends there! Your niece is very cute and smart!
    Take care and keep in touch!
    Please stop by today for Color and Grace Fashion link up! 🙂
    Grace
    http://colorandgrace.com 

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    1. Maria 09/07/2015 at 08:04

      Thanks Grace! I hope you get to go there too 🙂

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  4. Izzy 10/07/2015 at 07:39

    Beautiful photos! Paris is such a gorgeous city and full of atmosphere. I hadn’t yet heard of Fontainebleau, but it sure sounds interesting.

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    1. Maria 13/07/2015 at 17:16

      Thanks! It really is! If you ever get a chance you should go, it’s about an hour/hour and a half drive from Paris, the nature is just phenomenal!

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