(Here from June 6th-19th 2018) Alright, so... I'm going to go ahead and admit that I did a heinous job taking pictures in what was probably my most favorite city I've ever been to (so far). I think part of it was because, from the moment I reached the city, I was completely knocked off of my feet by the entire place. And yes, when I arrived it was pouring rain, and the hauntingly beautiful atmosphere hit my like a ton of bricks. I was enamored, swallowed whole. I walked around from dawn to dusk my first day there, just aimlessly wandering with my mouth hanging open the entire time, and I ended up messing up my feet pretty badly from all the walking. I'm a little ashamed that I didn't take enough pictures to give this place the justice it deserves, but at the same time, it's nice that I get to keep some of my favorite parts all to myself, too. There's something about having your phone out the entire time that really takes you out of the moment. As a tourist, even someone who goes to concerts, museums, really any type of event, you see more and more people who seem to be taking it all in through the screen of their phone. The other night, I went out to see fireworks for a local festival, and someone sitting in front of me was recording the majority of the event with their phone. How strange, to experience something like that secondhand. No one seems to be present anymore, yet this seems like it's becoming so normalized nowadays. Anyway, I digress. I don't think I'll chat too much in this post about France since the stories I do have from this place are much better if told in person... But, here are some of my really bad phone pictures of beautiful Paris:
The Sacré-Cœur is a really cool church that overlooks all of Paris! Though, the view of the city wasn't all that fabulous (pictured above) the domed church itself was stunning (pictured below). The walk downhill back to the city was probably my favorite walks in Paris, with its shaded, winding streets and eclectic art galleries. I think the whole area is considered Clignancourt.
My Parisian friend took me out to have a "real" French crepe experience, and I think this is the first time I ever took a picture of my own food, too! Apparently, the typical drink to have with your crepe brunch is apple cider. I ordered the hard cider at 10 in the morning, of course, while Xavier just stuck with the sweet apple juice. The first image above is a standard "real meal" crepe, where I think we had chicken, eggplant vinaigrette and other salty, savory things in it. It was way yummy, but not as yummy as the desert crepe that followed it. I had caramel on mine!
The Montmartre Cemetery was one of my favorite places to explore in Paris. It was massive, and held some of the most gorgeous graves I've ever seen. There were also a lot of stray cats that dwelled there and brought about such an eerie feeling to the place. I also only saw them in pairs, never fewer or more than that.
So, I think those were all the pictures I had taken during my time in Paris. Also, a big thank you to all the forward (but polite) Parisian men who served as my tour guides around the city! You really lived up to your reputation, Paris, I wasn't disappointed in the slightest :). Until next time!