A Walk Through Southern Paris

wandering through plaisance

plaisance

About a month and a half before we left for Paris, I received a lovely email from a blog reader and Parisian named Laurence. We corresponded a bit (in both French and English!), and Laurence told me about a small business she had recently launched to help visitors plan their trips to Paris. Part of her business also offers walking tours through the city — in both well known areas, and lesser known — and Joe and I happily accepted her offer to take us on a walk. Even with a few trips under our belt, there is still SO much of Paris we haven’t seen, and as a life long Parisian, Laurence was the perfect person to show us around the less touristed parts of the city.

She sent us a bunch of options, all of which sounded incredible, but in the end, we chose a walk through the 13th and 14th arrondissements, through the neighborhoods of Plaisance, Montsouris, and Butte aux Cailles, all located in the southernmost part of Paris.We wanted to see a totally different side of the city – something beyond the grand boulevards and the Haussman buildings — and that sums up this area perfectly!

plaisance

in plaisance

Our plan was to meet on the Rue Daguerre, a pedestrian market street. Read the full post +

This month's quote: "All we can do is the best we can do."

Favorite Moments in Paris

paris

Happy Monday! We’re back home, semi-recovered from jetlag, and back at it this week. Joe and I had a great time in France (as evidenced by the postcards I posted here and here); this was our third trip to Paris, so we felt like we got to know the city even more and had plenty of time to just wander and relax, without the pressure of seeing all the major tourist sites. It should come as no surprise that having a week and a half to let your mind rest and be inspired by Paris has left me with lots of things to tell you about, not least of which are a few more snapshots of some of my favorite moments. Today I’ll share these with you; next week I’ll post about our visit to the 13th and 14th arrondissements (which are a little off the beaten path); and in between, I have lots of cool recipes, stores and new discoveries to share too. I’m excited! Here’s a diary of some of my favorite moments (apologies in advance for the length. This took a lot of editing as it was!):  Read the full post +

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Postcards from Paris II

on the seine
Happy Friday, friends! I hope you’ve all had a wonderful week. We’re heading back home tomorrow, but I wanted to share a few more moments from our trip so far. I promise to post lots more details on where we ate, wandered, stayed, and shopped next week, too! But in the meantime, some postcards for your weekend…

rue de pre aux clercs
I thought this hotel on the Rue du Pré aux Clercs was so charming. Look at all that purple!

fountain de medicis
This is the beautiful Fontaine Médicis in the Jardin du Luxembourg. So peaceful.

plaisance
Wandering around Plaisance, a neighborhood in the 14th arrondissement, in the southern part of Paris. The architecture is very different here, and it almost feels like you are in the country.

apartment
The stairwell view just outside our little apartment. We found a great place on AirBnB!

parc montsouris
The very surprising and beautifully lush Parc Montsouris, in the southernmost part of Paris, right on the périphérique. I’ll share lots more about our walk through the 13th and 14th arrondissements soon. It’s a totally different side of Paris, literally and figuratively!

It’s been a relaxing, cheese-filled trip, and part of me is a little sad to head home. But the other part of me misses Lucy, like, a lot. A snuggle with her is worth all the cheese in Paris.

Happy weekend, everyone!