Paris Trip Wrap-Up

I’m back!

The trip was wonderful as is always the case when I’m in Paris.  This time around we:

  • climbed the Eiffel tower (underwhelming, but I’ve wanted to check it off my bucket list for some time)
  • visited Sacre Couer (another bucket-list item — lovely but lots of aggressive trinket vendors)
  • visited the Saint Ouen Flea Market (where I found a lovely vintage Limoges gravy boat for 25 euros and a bunch of inexpensive frilly lingerie)
  • had dinner with some French friends (had to pull ourselves away at midnight so we wouldn’t miss the metro!)
  • visited a whiskey bar (Golden Promise — exquisite!!)
  • and took a walking tour of Paris from the perspective of the Nazi Occupation and the Resistance (good concept, poorly executed: The Mister has already sketched out how he could do a much better version of the tour)

We also took a day to look around various arrondissements as potential living areas.  While it’s still early in the game — and ultimately, costs will be a major determining factor — we came to the conclusion that we did not like the Marais in the 3rd (too noisy) or the 11th (too sketchy) or the 16th (too high-end).  However, we both fell in love with the 15th.

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My Paris Visit

In a few weeks’ time I’ll be heading back to Paris for my second visit. I’m very excited for all the usual reasons, but additionally because The Mister and I plan to visit some of the arrondissements to get a feel for potential future neighborhoods.  We’re looking for inexpensive and artsy, ideally with a good view of the Eiffel Tower and/or the Seine … but we don’t know how likely that is.  Ultimately the very base requirements are a safe neighborhood with markets and a metro within a 10 minute walk.

While we’re there we also have some touristy stuff planned as well. For one, I want to actually climb the Eiffel Tower. On our last visit we climbed the Arc du Triumph so the Eiffel Tower seems like a no-brainer.  We’re also doing a WW2 walking tour focusing on places of interest during the German occupation of Paris. And of course, no trip to Paris is complete without a visit to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen: a massive sprawling bazaar overflowing with vintage and antique goods. I’ll be doing pretty much all my souvenir shopping there.

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