Paris II: Everything.
Hi all and happy happy Thursday :)
Some of you are probably wondering what has been going on with the posts lately. Normally, I'd been posting twice or more a week. Hell, I'd post every single day if that meant doing this blogging thing full-time (one day!!). But after a few months of doing this, I realized quickly that I've been burning myself out and not giving myself time to thoroughly think my posts through. The amount of late nights I've put into this blog so far is totally worth it though, and I wouldn't change it for the world. Honestly.
Yes, I've been slacking on the posts lately, and I do realize it. I'm still figuring out a good, consistent schedule that would work for not only me, but you guys as well! So my question to you all is: Should I post less frequently but with higher quality content (meaning better photos, more type), or more frequently but more casual posts (less content, but what I'm up to on a daily)? Maybe a bit of both? I'm thinking a post once a week, sometimes two, depending on special occasions like holidays and such. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Anyway, on to Paris!
As a true New Yorker, I dislike tourists. However, as much as I hate it, I am one myself (just by definition). There are things we New Yorkers know, though, that improve the lives of the locals in the country or city we are visiting. For example: Not stopping in the middle of the sidewalk because you're confused or want to take photos of some nondescript building. What's great about Paris, though, is that there are these incredible city squares where tourists can stop at, gawk at, take a ton of photos - all without annoying the working people of Paris (due in part because there is just so much room to walk around people)! I know these squares weren't originally designed for tourists in mind, but it really is the perfect attraction.
I'm weirdly obsessed with city squares. It might be that I'm really interested in architecture, or that it is just initially quite breathtaking. There is something so serene about them, even with all of the motion of the people buzzing about.
It was a brisk, cold day in Paris when I took this photo of the Eiffel, but you would've never known. We walked down from the Place Vendome, through the Place de la Concorde (with the large ferris wheel), and over to the Pont de la Concorde. It's always beautiful to see the Eiffel tower in this perspective, with the Seine river in the foreground and these cool docked boats with crazy green trees growing on them. At this point, I was violently shivering from walking all this way in the cold.
And then we walked some more.
We walked over Av. des Champs-Élysées - which is a large avenue filled with tons of different stores and tourists - and to be honest isn't a place I would recommend you walk around for too long. However, there is also the famous Laduree Bakery, where they sell these crack-macarons. It's kind of one of those "Things To Do When You're in Paris" things to check off your list. Would I recommend it? The basic bitch in me says yes, if you're in the area, why not! Otherwise, there are so many other incredible patisseries that aren't overhyped and are similar, if not even better.
For a short time during our stay, we were able to stay at the Villa Saxe Hotel near the Eiffel. Luckily for us, the hotel outfitted us with these cute bikes for the day, and so we took a bike ride around the Eiffel and surrounding area. In my opinion, it was honestly the most incredible way to sight-see. I felt like a true Parisian.
After biking around for a bit, my toes were about to fall off from frost bite, so we biked over to a local creperie to warm up.
We went all the way over to the 6th arrondissement, near the Luxembourg Gardens, and passed by a cute blue shop front on a small, narrow street:
It was a completely unassuming place called Creperie La Bolee. The second we walked in, we realized we stumbled upon a gem. It felt like home, smelled incredible, and the best part is, it's run by a husband and wife (who were the cutest ever). Regardless of our terrible French, we were warmly welcomed and served well. I've honestly never had such amazing crepes. Not sure if it was the cold or the crepes, but I nearly cried - it was that good.
This place just seemed like the quintessential Parisian creperie to go for breakfast/lunch. Everyone in there was local, which is honestly my favorite thing. To be honest, touristy traps sort of turn me off in a way; I'm always looking for local places like this to visit. There wasn't a single "Tripadviser" sticker anywhere in/on there ;)
I promised myself that I would come here every time I visited Paris - I 1000% recommend it. It's well worth the trek, especially if you're visiting the gardens anyway.
At this point, my whole body turned numb from the freezing cold, but it didn't stop me from taking a photo in front of a cute flower shop. So I think it's time to say goodbye for now. I hope you all enjoyed this week's blog post and I will see you all very soon with my final installment of my travels :)