Last day in Paris

The last few photos I took on my phone, I still have my film photographs from Paris and Berlin to upload so not quite done yet. This trip was so much fun, we managed to completely exhaust ourselves by filling each day up with hours of walking, exploring and seeing as much of each city as possible.

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Marais

My favourite area of Paris was definitely Marais, it still retains an authentic Parisian atmosphere without countless tourists or the pushy souvenir sellers you find at all the major landmarks. Walking from the Pompidou Centre towards Marais, we stumbled upon a street with a row of vintage shops where we spent several hours rummaging for a find, before having the best avocado toast at Le Pain Quotidien.

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Paris at dusk

Paris is known to be prettiest at night where the city of lights truly lives up to its name. But just before the sun sets completely, Paris is masked in such a beautiful light that each house is illuminated, the windows reflecting any remaining sunlight. This is probably my favourite time, where there is both a bustling energy as people leave work, and the quiet stillness of transition towards darkness.

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Pompidou Centre & Notre Dame

I saw a total of five weddings during my short stay in Paris, and during this particular one I saw the most surreal scene straight out of a David Lynch film – whilst the assistant straightened out the brides dress, two clowns approached and stood directly next to them, then some children came out of nowhere and started to talk with the clowns whilst the mother took photographs. It was just surreal, the clowns seemed to have no awareness of the fact it was a wedding shoot and they should perhaps move along!

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Paris day 2

Our second day was spent seeing wandering around the Musée d’Orsay and getting lost in Montmartre in the afternoon. We found a small pub to have coffee in while it rained and felt like true Parisians!

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Paris

Our first day in Paris was rainy, windy, sunny and cold – we covered a large area and wanted to see as many touristy things in one day as possible, so we had time to do exploring on the remaining days. We saw the Eiffel Tour, Musée de l’Armée, The Petit and Grand Palaces, Champs Elysees, Walked through the Tuileries Garden to see the Arc de Triomphe and The Louvre and finally explored the area around the 2nd Arrondisment and discovered Galeries Lafayette with the most amazing food hall, before collapsing in our Parisian apartment.

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