07
Aug

Postcards from Paris

Posted By Heather

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The City of Love, The City of Lights, and one of the top destinations on almost every travelers wishlist.

And since it had been Heather’s number one place to go for a number of years, we decided to use it as the launching point for our two month European adventure.

Paris is an immense city to explore and even in April, the tourists run rampant through the city.

Luckily, everywhere you look is so breathtakingly beautiful that you almost forget that thousands of other people are surrounding you trying to experience it as well.

We nestled into a quiet little corner of Montemartre in a quaint apartment that immersed us into the everyday life of a Parisian – from walking to the local bakery for a baguette to buying wine from a small vendor to eating the best tarte aux fruits in the world (found at Le Grenier au Pain).

Paris is truly a city  to enjoy life in the Je ne sais quoi kind of way that the French seem to excel at and which we tried to emulate during our 10 days there.

After many amazing experiences and misadventures, I’m not sure if we were successful or not, but we certainly had the best time trying!

[bluebox] Want more postcards?  Check out our Postcards from Italy and our Postcards from China. [/bluebox]

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If you’ve been to Paris (and I know a lot of you out there have), what were your best memories?

25 comments

  1. Nice photos, but my favourite is “Paris `s printemps”. The spring´s light is amazing, having dinner in the restaurant terraces, Roland Garros etc…

    1. Trav says:

      @Living Valencia Apartments- Thanks so much. Believe it or not, 3 of these photos were actually taken with an iPhone, and the rest were taken with a Cannon Rebel SL1 DSLR camera. Can you guess which ones? (hint: The printemps isn’t one of them).

      1. Notre Dame, Jardin du Luxemburg et Brasseerie?

        1. Trav says:

          @Living Valencia apartements- Yes to the Brasserie. The other two were the Louvre during the cloudy day and the black and white Moulin Rouge. Pretty crazy, huh?

          1. A great surprise. Thanks for your reply.

  2. Chuck Dashkowitz says:

    We enjoyed the Luxenboug Gardens and just walking in the Latin Quarter. We had the adventure of trying to get to Parc de Sceaux and had a great time in the huge park and had most of it all to ourselves. I envy you being able to stay there for several weeks there is so much to see and experience. We used some of the points that we received from signing up for cards that are on your sight. Thanks for all the tips and keep up the great work!

    1. Trav says:

      @Chuck- Yeah, we loved staying there for 10 day in every way, minus the wallet. It is super expensive…which is why it’s so nice to have miles and points to cut those costs!

      Glad you loved it, and I’ll keep posting them if you keep enjoying them!

  3. jerri says:

    travis! those are gorgeous. i think you might be in the wrong biz!

    1. Trav says:

      @Jerri- Thanks so much. It’s Heather who took and edited them all, so she’s the genius behind it!

  4. TMan says:

    I love your pictures! Paris if my FAVORITE city I’ve visited.

    Did you ever get to La Masion Rose in Momtmartre? Or Au Pitte Tonneau in the 7th?

    1. Trav says:

      @TMan- Glad you like them. No, we never went to either of those places? Just little cafes/restaurants? Gives us a reason to go back!

      1. TMan says:

        Hey – we ‘stumbled’ upon La Masion Rose while looking for one of the oldest bars in Paris(Au Lapin Agile, where Piccaso would hang out). The corner cafe kitchen window was open and it drew us in. We have been several times, it’s not Le Train Bleu but it’s good and the French Onion soup on a cold day really warms you up. It’s away from the touristy Sacre Coeur and can be rather charming.

        Au Petit Tonneau is a special place for me. We found it through Rick Steves books and was not disapointed, we went back a 2nd time on that trip. Sadly the original owner has passed away but the quality of the food has continued. I celebrated my 50th in Paris and was lucky enough to have Chef Ginette bring out the tarte tartin with a candle on it to sing me!, YES ME! Happy Birthday! The Steak Au Poiver is amazing! Strongly recommend reservations!

        1. Trav says:

          @TMan- Alright, pretty awesome stuff…now we gotta go back! That city certainly has plenty of amazing nooks and crannies…did you ever find Au Lapin Agile?

          1. TMan says:

            Yes we did! We were the only non-locals in there at the time we found it. Didn’t matter, we found a cozy little table and and had a drink. We didn’t pull out our guide book but I think they knew we étrangers.

          2. Trav says:

            @TMan- Haha, being the only strangers is the best! I’ll have to try to find it next time I go. What a neat experience.

  5. Alex Brenner says:

    I was actually just in Paris a few weeks back for Bastille Day. Sitting and watching the fireworks that night over the Eiffel was far and away the highlight of my time there. The display was absolutely breathtaking, and I was lucky enough to grab a few really cool photos of the show from where we were sitting. The experience of being in the heart of the city, surrounded by thousands of French citizens on their day of national pride, was even more incredible – I’ll never forget the chills that ran down my spine as the entire city cried out together to the tune of the French national anthem.

    If you ever have the chance to visit Paris for the festivities, I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Just be sure to pack a picnic and get to the Champs de Mars a few hours early, or you’ll never find a spot. Anyway, these are some fantastic photos, Trav – thanks for sharing!

    1. Trav says:

      @Alex Brenner- Thanks, and we may have to go back for Bastille Day at some point. Sounds fantastic! Any way we can check out some of your photos?

      1. Sure thing! I don’t think I can attach photos to comments, but here are links to a few of my favorites (I had to shorten the links because I pulled the URLs from my facebook, but they should still work):

        http://bit.ly/1rkw0e2
        http://bit.ly/1oFEdes
        http://bit.ly/1ulvdyk
        http://bit.ly/1q5VxWy

        Let me know what you think!

        1. Trav says:

          @thebreninator- Those are excellent pictures, thanks for sharing! Really, really fantastic work. Looks like you could have your own postcard series!

          1. Alex Brenner says:

            Thanks! :D It’s funny because I actually took them all with my phone (a Samsung Galaxy s5) xD I’ve been thinking about getting an actual camera for my next trip, but I feel like it’d make me nervous to carry TWO expensive pieces of technology through a crowd like that lol

          2. Trav says:

            @Alex Brenner- Wow, all from your phone. That’s pretty amazing…it’s crazy the pictures you can take with smartphones when you learn how to do it. Fantastic job!

      2. Alex Brenner says:

        I didn’t even realize I was logged into wordpress instead of google+ -____- thebreninator is me, those are my photos lol

  6. Alex Brenner says:

    On my end the links aren’t showing up anymore… if they didn’t go through, I’d be happy to email you some of the highlights – if they did, and I just can’t see it for whatever reason, then sorry for all of the excess commentary -___-

  7. Lovely postcards! My favourite one is “Notre Dame at night”. My best memory from Paris is sitting in the beautiful Jardin des Tuileries in a sunny autumn day and eating macarons. :)

    1. Trav says:

      @Milena- It truly is an amazing city, and Heather did an awesome job on the postcards. Glad you liked them!

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