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“This life is what you make it. No matter what, you are going to mess it up sometimes, it’s a universal truth. But the good part is you get to decide how you’re going to mess it up… So keep your head high, keep your chin up, and most importantly, keep smiling, because life’s a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.” – Marilyn Monroe

Paris Part 1

I can’t believe it’s already been two weeks since I was in Paris! Honestly, it was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. There was something really exciting about traveling alone – it was certainly a challenge to be completely by myself (without access to phone or internet during the day), attempting to speak French, and trying to find my way around, but I felt really brave and centered and just lucky. And everything went so smoothly! I arrived in Paris on a Thursday morning, found my apartment in Le Marais, and immediately went to a cafe for a croissant and coffee (of course). Other than cafes, I spent a lot of time reading in gardens, drinking wine, wandering around the Seine, and really just absorbing as much as possible. See below for some of my Paris highlights, and stay tuned for more!

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One of my favorite gardens, Jardin du Luxemburg

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Dinner at Ma Bourgogne and flowers at the Tuileries Gardens

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More of the Jardin des Tuileries

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My Le Marais neighborhood was picture perfect

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Grabbed the most delicious chocolate mousse at Bistrot Vivienne

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The garden at the Rodin Museum is a must see (and only €1),
along with Musée d’Orsay (don’t miss their balcony)… and I just wandered outside the Louvre.

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Garden of the Archives Nationales

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My absolute favorite spot was the Place des Vosges – on a couple different occasions I just relaxed here with a book and croissant and did a bit of people watching! I also loved seeing the Eiffel Tower at sunrise and the Arc de Triomphe (above), and grabbing croissants and macaroons from Cafe Pouchkine (Cafe Briezh was closed while I was there!). Stopping at the market at Breguet Sabin on Sunday was also a highlight, as was walking with crepes around the Île Saint Louis! And my dinner at Le Dome du Marais was the perfect escape at the end of a long day. I can’t wait to go back (someday)!

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