|A Photo Journal Series: Chic Travels| A Valentine Weekend in Paris (Part II)

08 April, 2014

|ABOVE| Musee du Louvre Courtyard |BELOW| If you follow me on Instagram then you already saw this photo, a classic cliche trick pose, you know touching the peek of the pyramid, it's one that can't be avoided.
|ABOVE| Vintage cars are my obsession and this one I saw driving through the street was just magnifique, and don't miss the snazzy driver. |BELOW| the stunning Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, yet again everything in Paris is stunning, that is just the simple truth. Built to commemorate Napoleon Bonaparte's military victories of the previous year, between 1806 and 1808. The arch is a derivative of the triumphal arches of the  Roman Empire, specifically of Septimius Severus
|LEFT| A colorful boat and street walkers that make this city so much more enchanting. |RIGHT| Street art that was just one of the simple pleasures I experienced during my trip.
|ABOVE x BELOW| Leaving our mark in Paris, the first of a tradition we were going to begin to do throughout Europe, but so has it that this tradition may soon be banned (and the reason makes sense, never for which I had thought of it in that way, see here x here). So because I believe the reasoning for banning love locks is a reasonable one, we will no longer be doing it ourselves (at the time of our love lock experience, we were unaware of the issue). 
|ABOVE| We encountered a Parisian bride or a bride tying the knot in Paris (one or the other), doing her thing for the camera (what a delightful run in). |BELOW| Speaking about delights, this was one of my ultimate esteemed activities, the one in which I got to go in to every chocolate/macaron store I saw. 
|ABOVE| Notre Dame de Paris stands so beautifully, it looks unreal. French Gothic architecture is one of the most exquisite in my books, the details are truly works of art. |BELOW| Oh you know just the neighborhood park, also known as the Jardin du Luxembourg, just beautiful. The park is the second largest park in Paris and housed the Palais du Luxembourg, which now functions as the French Senate. 
|ABOVE| At the ever so famous Cafe de Flore, for which I could not leave Paris without at least having a cafe au lait, the vibe was my absolute favorite. Best place for people watching. Not to mention it is most historic for it's famous clientele, such as Ernest Hemingway, Brigitte Bardot, Karl Lagerfeld, and Yves Saint Laurent (to name a few). It was the place to see and be seen, and still remains that way. |BELOW| The one and only, Eiffel Tower (say it with a Parisian accent).
|ABOVE| My humble home in Paris, also known as the Palais de l'Elysee (wink), this is the official home of the President of the French Republic. |BELOW| The opulent doors to a palais known as Abercrombie and Fitch, yes you read right, the  photo on the left is the entrance to the infamous store. The funny story behind the capturing of this photo is that when I saw it I thought it was some kind of special home, a mini palace if you will. I let out a huge chuckle when my husband pointed out to me what it was. On the right the eminent Louis Vuitton store. 
|ABOVE x BELOW| You know I had to stop here, I had mentioned to you that I had to stop in every chocolate/macaron place I saw and this I was not going to miss. The ever so popular Laduree, which was founded in 1862.
|ABOVE x BELOW| The last bits of site seeing was left to the Arc de Triomphe and Le Petit Palais , both equally as stunning as the rest of the structures that sit so eloquently in this city. 

That concludes our Valentine weekend trip to Paris, I hope you enjoyed all the photos as much as I have. Nothing is better then having memories of amazing experiences such as this one, I am blessed that I am able to visit such historical places. I learn something new every time I visit a new city, I especially are keen to cities with rich histories as I am a history buff and love to sit back and think of what it must have been like during a particular era. I think that is why I love to travel, because just about anywhere you go, you will learn something that will amaze you and make you feel connected to human life. 

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