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Alright, alright, I’m finally getting around to Paris pictures! I’ve only been back home for how long now? It’s about time I shared.

 

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First off, in the interest of honesty, I want share a few of the “behind the scenes facts” about my trip;

  • Fact one; despite the fact that I LOVE to travel, I don’t like to put the label of “travel” on my blog, and this is why; I am mostly broke. Not like broke broke, but broke in the way that I am not able to just jet off to faraway places on a whim. This means that trips like this don’t happen super often for me.
  • Fact two, slightly related to fact one; my entire ten day trip to Paris (airfare, lodging, and spending money) came out to $1300. I know, I was blown away too! We bought tickets in November, and tickets to lots of parts of Europe were in the $400-$500 range. They were CRAZY affordable compared to what they normally are.
  • Fact three; I traveled with three ladies that I met through blogging! This was a big deal, because I had only really hung out with them separately one or two times before we were spending ten days in a 400 square foot apartment in a city halfway across the world. (spoilers: it turned out awesome!)
  • Fact four; I did not take this trip”for my blog”. Meaning, that the purpose of this trip was not to make content (really, none of my trips are). I think if you are traveling, you should focus on being present. While we definitely went out, and shot content related photos, I tried to make sure that doing so didn’t actually affect, or cut in to the time that we had there.
  • Fact five; this was by far the most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done. Basically I was part of a group chat that offhandedly mentioned wanting to travel, of course I said I was interested, mostly thinking that nothing would come of it. Well, be careful what you volunteer for, because before I knew it, we were buying tickets and booking and Airbnb!

 

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Ok, now that that’s out of the way let’s get on with things! Paris, of course, was amazing. I didn’t get to everything I wanted to do, but I suppose now that means that I will just have to go back (darn). Like I said, I didn’t really know the ladies that I went there with, and that made me really nervous. On top of that, this was my first big trip with friends, before this the furthest I have traveled with anyone but my family was Las Vegas. We ended up getting on so well though, and I am so glad to have a new group of amazing people in my life.

 

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It really helped that I had been to Paris once before (just for four days), so I sort of knew where to start as far as developing any sort of game plan. I have also been using the Duolingo app to learn French for the last six or so months. So even though I am far from fluent, I didn’t feel like I was going in blind (I was even told that my accent was pretty good!) Big props to Duolingo by the way, I know there are probably better ways to learn a language, but I have really enjoyed learn on my own time. It makes it feel like a game, and I actually look forward to practicing every day.

 

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Anyways, I am really excited to share this trip with you guys. I will try to include a few travel tips, packing tips (do as I say, not as I do), and my favorite places we visited while we were there!

Also, side note; it snowed while I was in Paris! How freaking magical is that!?

In this look: My sweater is from Zara. My jacket, and jeans are from Old Navy. Purse/camera bag is the Siena bag from Jo Totes (which I LOVE!). Hat is from Clementine Vintage. My boots are by The Frye Company and sold out, but here are some similar ones; one, two, three.
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Photo credit goes to the amazing Mandy Stevenson, of Clementine’s Photography

12 thoughts on “Allons à Paris”

  1. So Glad you guys had an amazing time!! Mandy told me a tiny bit about your trip and it sounds like it was a great experience. So impressed that you guys traveled together on such a spontaneous whim!

    1. It was such an amazing trip! I’d never traveled abroad with friends before, and definitely not with friends that I literally just met! It was definitely one of the most spontaneous things I’ve ever done.

  2. Love these pretty pictures! Gosh that must have been a perfect little French wonderland to have snow in Paris! I am lucky enough to live in Europe right now and I do travel posts on my blog as well, and I get what you mean about wanting to be present for a trip. If I decide I’m going to use a trip we’re planning as content for the blog, it takes on a whole new meaning of needing to see the sites, photograph everything, and go, go, go! Sometimes it’s nicer to just go with the flow and enjoy who you’re with, like you did 🙂
    -Kristin
    Countdowntofridayblog.com

    1. Thank you! I was so excited for that snow! I get the worst FOMO, and even though I was in Paris and loving it, I was so jealous that they were getting a ton of snow at home (it never snows in Seattle). So for it to snow at all was awesome, but for it to snow in Paris the day that we went to go see the Eiffel Tower was just perfect!

      Also yea, I don’t get to take international trips very often, so I definitely wanted to be present for it. I mean, I was definitely excited to be able to share it on here, but I wanted to make sure to just enjoy the trip for what it was too! I’ve never done a trip just for my blog, but I would imagine that you would have to look at every detail critically. Like, not ugly hotels, what are the cutest coffee shops, and no slumming it fashion days!

  3. I love Paris so much! I’m completely jealous of your trip and the fact that you went with other bloggers; that sounds amazing! You captured some really beautiful photos! Looking forward to the other posts 🙂 I’m also sharing this post to my FB page tomorrow; I love your blog and think more people should see your beautiful photography!

    1. It’s such a beautiful city, the whole thing is just art, I love it! It was awesome to be able to go with other bloggers, they definitely had patience with my want to take photos of everything because they were doing the same!

      Also, thank you so much girl, that is so sweet of you! I really appreciate it, and I’m glad that you like my blog!

      1. I’ve a big travel bug but have never been France, would you recommend ? I’m off to Barcelona next week and am going to be doing a blog all about it! Make sure you have a look at it! 😉 x

        1. I have only been to Paris, so I can’t speak for all of France, but I would definitely recommend it! I’ve been to Paris twice, and not only is it beautiful (seriously, that whole city s just art), but the people are super nice, and this last time I was there it was really affordable!

          Have so much fun in Barcelona, that one is definitely on my list too! Can’t wait to see your post about it!

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