Real Paris

parisian french breakfast in appartment

view from paris window

french teas tissane shelf

At home: Metallic wedge trainers – Davina at Next / Space Rucksack – Lazy Oaf (closest style here)

next silver trainers lazy oaf backpack paris map

parisian flat doorway

view from center of paris hospital cite

traffic warden whistle paris

centre pompidou paris funnels

Vents from le Centre Pompidou and above, whistle-blowing traffic wardens at rush hour by one of the bridges across the Seine from Place de la Concorde – the strangest sight I saw!

5ieme etage, Plaisance, 18eme Arrondissement

I’m happy that so many of you commented that my last Paris post left you feeling nostalgic or eager to visit the city! It’s lovely to know that  you enjoyed my trip via this bloggy, it’s cool for me to share it especially as I was on my own for much of it, and it felt like quite a personal experience.

The more private side of the trip is what I wanted to show you in this post. We’ve all seen photos of beautiful Parisian buildings and macaroons (if not, then you have to take a look at my last post for context!!) but how about inside the appartment that someone stayed in? Or a view from a balcony inside the city hospital that their cousin works in as a doctor? Maybe not so much! My 4 day trip was a perfect chance to live with my cousins, go out to bars and be invited for dinner with their friends (nutritional observation: there’s a severe lack of green vegetable matter in the Parisian diet!!) and to meet up with a friend, Sadie who blogs about ethical fashion in Paris at Sadie’s Warbrobe.

The absolutely delightfully sweet Sadie showed me her favourite vintage haunts in Le Marais, tried out a real hot chocolate in a retro cafe and walked me to see the oldest house in Paris! She then allowed me to experience the romantic but no less authentic, popular Paris eaterie L’as du Fallafel. Its a good old seedy fallafel restaurant/take away in the jewish quarter where the ‘code’ to the toilets is 69… Get the veggie pitta, just delicious, thank you Sadie!

Do keep an eye out for the 3rd post from my trip, about seeing and hanging out with my favourite bands!

retro parisian cafe table

sadie from sadies wardrobe ethical blogger paris cute glasses

Paris cafe les Marais 60's retro style

strawberry and banana drink hand me & zena ring

falafel in Les Marais paris

paris cafe lucy and charlie


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  • Tamara Michelle March 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Oh how I love your blog and your photos are absolutely beautiful! Im totally inspired to turn my blog into something like this one day ! 🙂

    Bisous from Paris,

  • Rebecca February 24, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Obviously not the focus of this post AT ALL, but oh my gosh, l’as du falafel is possibly the best thing I have ever eaten.

    • Lulu February 25, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      haha it really was! The aubergine really made it! 😉 xx

  • Maria February 24, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    I have never been to Paris but I love seeing the more local side of somewhere when I visit!

    Maria xxx

  • Clare February 24, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Gorgeous photos, looks like you had such a lovely time!

    Love Tweet xx

  • Winnie February 23, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    Love the photos Luce, It’s always lovely to get photos from the real, residential side of Paris. This is what I like to do whenever I am back in HK. I’m a bit in love with that Me and Zena ring, I was so tempted to buy it too!

  • chlowitty February 23, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    looks so beautiful! really must go to paris at some point

  • Kb February 23, 2013 at 3:34 PM

    Really want a pitta now, let’s go back!

  • Katie February 23, 2013 at 2:27 PM

    These photos are just wow.