travel diaries summer 2013: j’adore Paris, part one

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La Tour Eiffel

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Musée du Louvre

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Fresh Baguettes

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Scrumptious Ice Cream from Île de la Cité

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Versailles

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Wandering the Parisian Streets

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Patisserie

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Notre Dame

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Sacré Coeur de Montmartre

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Seine River and the Eiffel Tower

Bonjour madame y monsieur!

As you may be able to tell, one of my many passions in life is traveling. Be it a road trip to Seaside in the summer, a drive to Fort Worth to go get a hamburger from Dutch’s with my daddy, visiting my grandparents in Virginia, or most recently, my trip to Paris and London (pics and blog coming soon!), I find traveling so exhilarating and fascinating. I love exploring the in’s and out’s of new cities. Experiencing life as a tourist and an insider. I love the new food, the exciting people, and the countless number of experiences and memories that go along with it.

My most recent trip was to Paris, France with my best friend (since elementary school, might I add) Emily. We traveled there in the middle of May for two weeks. Half of the time was spent in Paris and the other half in London. While in France, we had the pleasure of visiting my across the street neighbor – but we call each other “sisters” because we are much much more than neighbors – Amy. She was studying French for six months in the beautiful country since January, by herself, and Emily and I thought she needed some company.

So, we decided to leave a couple of days after our final exams ended and head on over! After a long overnight direct flight and a couple of Tylenol PM’s later, we had officially arrived in Paris at ten o’clock on a Friday morning. Once there, we hit the ground running and never looked back. We took in absolutely everything Paris had to offer. No time for jetlag, mind you…In the words of Sweet Brown, “Ain’t nobody got time for that.”

Amy, having lived there for 5 months already, practically knew the city by the back of her hand and was able to weave us seamlessly in and out of the metro system and into all the the essential attractions. From the Eiffel Tower, Sacré Coeur, Montmartre, Versailles, Musée du Louvre, Musée du Orsay, Notre Dame, Seine River, Galleries Lafayette, Patisseries, and Champs-Élysées…we did it all and so so much more.

However, because of Amy, we were able to get the insiders tour as well. We went to places that we wouldn’t have dreamed (or even known of…) of going to if it weren’t for her. Amy was such an angel for taking us around the city – there’s absolutely no way we would’ve had as much fun as we did if it weren’t for her (Love you, Amy!). We had some of the best hot chocolate in the world at a little bistro with dainty blue shutters in a quaint building in the middle of confusing, windy roads. We had hot tea and delicious middle eastern pastries at a mosque. We went shopping at local boutiques where the people didn’t know a lick of english (another reason why Amy was our savior…Emily and I knew no French at all!). We went to the largest street market in the world about 30 minutes outside of Paris. We found the grocery stores tucked away on street corners and found little treats most people wouldn’t have even known about it they were to stick to the “touristy things”.

We had enough chocolate croissants and French baguettes to last a lifetime. We practically lived off of bread, cheese, and chocolate…thankfully we walked at least 10 miles everyday so I did not feel an ounce of guilt! All of those French pastries were so irresistible and melt-in-your-mouth yummy.

I had the best of times traveling with my best friend and visiting my “sister”. So many memories were made that I will forever remember. It was the trip of a lifetime and I wouldn’t have wanted to share it with anyone else! I wish I could go back right now!

Well, until next time. Xx.

Au revoir!

Brinkley

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