Our Anniversary in Paris

March 31, 2012

Five years… That’s how long it’s been since Geoff and I met at Corie and Trae’s wedding in Santa Barbara. It was an incredible weekend, filled with fun activities and a gorgeous wedding for two of the coolest people I know. And the best part? I met my best friend, and this crazy adventure together began.

So to celebrate, we figured we should head somewhere awesome. And what better place than Paris? We booked Eurostar tickets and three nights in a hostel, and couldn’t stop smiling. I don’t know why exactly, but we were both genuinely excited to go to Paris–much more than any of the other trips we’ve done so far. And it turned out to be everything we had hoped it would be.

We started each morning with a freshly baked baguette and cheese while wandering down narrow streets, strong coffee in hand. We had ice cream while sitting in the sunshine on the Seine, fondue in a stone-lined 18th Century basement cellar, a picnic on the grass in front of the Eiffel Tower, and decadent pastries from tiny bakeries we stumbled upon. We ate our way through the city, indulging in every Parisian treat we could get our hands on. We didn’t spend hours in museums, but enjoyed making our way through the different neighborhoods instead. It was an incredible trip, and a place we would both like to return to in the future.

But since a picture is worth a thousand words, take a look below for a better glimpse of the trip. And as always, you can click here to see a few more photos on our flickr page.

 
Our first purchase after getting off the train: French bread and peppered Brie. So good.
 
 
 
We saw groups of these guys a few times on our trip. It’s a little surreal to watch them walk around with giant machine guns around their necks like it’s no big deal.
 
While sitting on the steps in front of the Sacre-Coeur, this guy put on the best street performance act we’ve ever seen. He started off on the small pillar below, doing tricks with a soccer ball. Thirty minutes later, he was hanging from the light post, dribbling the ball with his head and feet, while we all cheered in awe. It was incredible!
 
 
The Sacre-Coeur.
 
All of the chocolate shops had incredible creations in the windows for Easter.
 
Just one of the delicious pastries we had while strolling along Rue Mouffetard, our favorite little street.
 
We found Waldo! (Or Wally, as he’s called over here.)
 
This was a little too crazy and offensive to leave out: ‘The Happy Negro Chocolate Factory’ was once on this site, and they have left the sign/photo hanging on the side of the building that is now a convenience store. Oh my.
 
Three course dinner in a little chalet. It was the first time either of us had eaten true French food, and it was sooooo good!
 
After dinner we sat out front of this little cafe and had a cup of coffee, while watching the people stroll by. It was the perfect end to a pretty fantastic day.
 
 
I felt so Parisian. Coffee in hand, baguette in my purse…
 
Outside the Louvre.
 
 
 
 
Accordion player sitting on a bridge over the Seine.
 
Geoff has always had a love for nesting dolls, so we were really excited to randomly find a shop filled with them. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but they were all intricately hand-painted and beautiful pieces of art.
 
 
 
 
 
The Pompidou.
 
Wizard? Magician? Time Traveler? Your guess is as good as ours.
 
 
While looking for the Metro, we ended up walking through a little gay pride festival. There were people doing ballroom dancing in the middle of the courtyard, including the ‘Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence’. It’s not every day you see a nun with a beard, ballroom dancing in Paris. So rad.
 
Our friends Sarah and Heather gave us a heads up that the Tim Burton Exhibition was in Paris for a few weeks. Both being huge fans of Tim Burton’s work, we were excited to go to this and see sketches and sculptures of his art over the years.
 
 
Dinner at a Moroccan/Algerian restaurant. It was not something we had ever tried before, but now we’re HUGE fans! Couscous with veggies, broth, and raisins, as well as a chicken tagine. Yum.
 
 
 
So clever…
 
Cheese, cheese, and more cheese! And a cute, little old lady selling it.
 
The weather was perfect. A picnic on the grass, followed by a nap in the sunshine in front of the Eiffel Tower made this day pretty amazing as well.
 
 
 
The Knit Mafia strikes again.
 
Look closely. Those are all made out of post-it notes!
 
 
Geoffrey, working on our lock for the Ponte Des Artes, a bridge filled with “Love Locks” symbolizing everlasting love…
 
 
 
We randomly found this bridge the day before, and knew we had to come back…
 
 
On our way to dinner to celebrate 5 years together.
 
The restaurant was called, ‘Pain, Vin, Fromage’, which translates to ‘Bread, Wine, Cheese’. Our kind of place! We had a little table downstairs, which looked much like an old wine cellar. And the fondue was, just like everything in this city, amazing!
 
 
After dinner, while walking around, we ended up in front of Notre Dame Cathedral. Just as we got to the front, the lights began turning off, one by one. It was a peaceful and beautiful thing to see that night.
 
 
On our last day, we spent two hours in line to get inside The Catacombs. After walking for ages down a spiral staircase and following dimly lit tunnels under the city, we ended up in the creepiest place I have ever been. The remains of nearly 6 million people have been artistically arranged here, as a result of the cemeteries running out of room and being a cause for disease. The tunnels twist and turn, stacked floor to ceiling with skulls and long bones. It is eerie, interesting, and somehow beautiful and disgusting at the same time. And while I’m glad we went, it is the only part of Paris that I have absolutely no desire to return to!!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ~Posted by the girl~