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Mother and daughter on a road in Paris- Photo Challenge

This was my first time experiencing Paris with my  Mom, which was a lovely surprise in its self.

The day this photo was taken, we were overwhelmed by the sites and overall vibe of Paris (we never wanted to leave).

Fast forward two years, and I am now living in Paris, an even bigger surprise! This photo symbolizes so much more than the Eiffel Tower, for me, it’s a reminder that you never know where life will take you!

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My Mom will be returning to Paris the end of this month to visit! We are super excited and delighted to create more memories.

The Road Taken

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Classic Cafés Of Paris

Sipping on a Café (coffee/espresso) while sitting at a Parisian café is one of my favorite things to do. How do you take your coffee? I like mine straight up, the stronger the better!

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Outdoor seating! The warmer months in Paris – October 2016

Cafés are staple rendezvous points in Paris. Most cafés offer much more than tea and coffees. Typically the menus include plat du jour (special of the day), croque monsieur (yummy melty cheese sandwich), onion soup, salads, frites (fries), vin (wine), beer (bier), and more. Here are some of my fav Café experiences from the last few months.

Menu du Jour, restaurant in Paris

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Day date with my husband at L’ Affiche Cafe in Montmartre

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A Peaceful Palace In A Hectic City

No matter who you are and what you do, finding your happy place is important! For me, I love wandering the city streets, but there are times when I need some peace. I found just the place, right in middle (literally) of city chaos. Palais Royal is an amazing palace, located very close to The Louvre in Paris.

I set out yesterday to explore the courtyard and garden of Palais Royal, I wanted to see some nature and step away from cement & buildings for an afternoon. First, I wandered the nearby city streets (Rue Rivoli and Rue Saint-Honoré). Perfect area for casual dining, shopping, and sightseeing (can be touristy, but it’s Paris!).

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Outside of The Louvre, on Rue Rivoli, just down the road from the Palais Royal
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Rue Saint-Honore- A few blocks from the palace
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Rue Saint-Honre- A few blocks from the palace

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A Stunning Sight To See- Paris!

Can you remember a view that took your breath away? An amazing sight, a moment, or maybe a person? I am happy to say, that I have experienced my fair share breathtaking moments and many are thanks to, Paris!

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Last weekend, I had a total breathtaking moment, an OUTSTANDING view of Paris! I was in The Opera District (one of my favorite spots). The Palais Garnier Opera House is the focal point, surrounded by cafes/restaurants and TONS of shopping. The Galeries Lafayette and Le Printemps are luxurious department stores in this area, definitely not average shopping malls. Continue reading “A Stunning Sight To See- Paris!”

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Paris, A Winter Wonderland!

I hope you had a fun holiday season!

What gets you into the holiday spirit? Growing up in Florida, holiday break felt more like spring break! Luckily, I experienced the holiday season in Paris this year! The city transforms into a winter wonderland.

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Marché de Noël des Champs-Elysées (Christmas Market)
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Marché de Noël des Champs-Elysées

I was introduced to Marches de Noel (Christmas Markets), when I moved to Europe. Imagine a holiday themed village with Santa, games, rides, ice skating rinks, and 100’s of stalls selling everything from French cheeses to handmade soaps. The markets are open from November through late December.

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My handsome hubby, at the St. Germain Christmas Market! This is a smaller, charming market, compared to the others.
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I look a little too excited! Too much sugar?! haha!

Paris has about 6 markets spread-out across the city, the largest market is, Le Marché de Noël de La Défense (La Defense Christmas Market).

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Le Marché de Noël de La Défense (La Defense Christmas Market). The city sky line, makes this market so unique!
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Le Marché de Noël de La Défense (La Defense Christmas Market)

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Sláinte To Dublin!

What is your dream vacation? Ireland has been on my list for years. I imagined green countryside, cobblestone streets lined with shops, cheerful locals toasting to life, and rolling green countryside.

Well, I was lucky enough to check Ireland off my “adventure wish list” this month. One of my best friends, Brittany came to visit me in Paris recently, and we decided to take a girls trip to Dublin! The flight from Paris to Dublin is a breeze.

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We arrived on a Tuesday afternoon, checked into our adorable Air BnB, located across the street from City Hall (great location!!). First stop, Queen of Tarts, a well-known, quaint and cozy bakery. We stopped in for sandwiches and caffeinated pick me ups! immediately the locals appeared friendly and helpful to tourists. I have to admit after living in France for the last 4 months, hearing the english language buzzing in my ears was exciting.

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Located right next to the entrance to our apartment building. Our Air BnB was fab.

December in Dublin was chilly! Naturally, we were ready to warm up with a Guinness! We walked to the Guinness Storehouse for the infamous brewery tour, along the way we saw some cool street art, several cathedrals, and a ton of pubs advertising “the best” Irish Coffee!

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FALL In Love With Sweet & Savory Paris!

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My last post was all about FALLing in LOVE with Paris in autumn. I shared the brilliant colors in nature, fall street wear, and gave you a peak into the local Parisienne parks.

Well, I had to dedicate another post to FALL in Paris, because I can’t get enough! This time, it’s all about the delicious, WARM treats that are served throughout the city during the cooler months.

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There are many walk up crepe windows! You can choose sweet or savory.

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