I can't believe that we almost missed this. Our first of two days in Paris was surprisingly cold and rainy so after a full day of walking around, my mom's leg pain (a joint problem) was too much to bare. So, we decided to stay in at night, ordered pizza, and rented a movie (I know, I know). A phone call spanking from Joe made us realize that we couldn't miss seeing Paris at night - especially since it was my mom's first and only night in the City of Light. Some rest and pain meds later we were walking along the Seine and taking the elevator to the second floor of the Eiffel Tower. It was so beautiful and special...I'm so glad that we made it out. Thanks, hunny for 'sometimes' being right ;)

paris at night

Hi everyone. I missed yesterday's post due to a lack of internet access but I'm happy to say that we now have a beautiful new iPhone! I spent most of the day at Westfield London with my new Apple store friends Nick and Nic. It feels so good to have instant access to the world once again. Google Maps, how we've missed you!

Anyhoo, I want to share some photos from our night out in Paris...the city is even more stunning after dark. Joe had heard a lot about the Latin Quarter so we ventured out there for dinner and drinks. It was vibrant, charming, and packed with locals. Definitely the place to be.

After a second round of drinks (and an amazing slice of upside down apple pie) we decided to walk along the river, La Seine, to soak in the night instead of taking the metro straight home. I'm so glad that we did because we stumbled across the Louvre. I'm telling you, we had no idea. We just saw an impressive looking entrance to something and when we got in further and looked to our right, there it was in all its glory, lit up and with hardly anyone else in sight.

After taking in the grandness of the Louvre's exterior we continued walking along the water towards the Eiffel Tower. It was striking enough while aglow but then something magical happened: the lights turned white and they started twinkling in the most celebratory way. The light show went on for five or ten minutes before the entire tower went dark at 1am...what a grand finale! The night seemed filled with surprises like that. I guess that's Paris, the one and only.

More photos and descriptions are on the flickr page!

je t'aime paris

Bonjour! We are back from Paris and everything I'd ever heard about it is true: it's beautiful, inspiring and if you like pastries, it's delicious. We did a week's worth of walking in two and a half days and saw everything from the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame to the charming cobblestone streets of Le Marais. It was mind boggling to be around buildings that were so rich in history and character.

More details and photos to come this week!