That Time I Found the Romance of Paris

Le Cardinal cafe on Boulevard Saint Germain in paris

blogger girls in paris

pigeons sat in the park in paris

Thin parisian buildings and a traditional Boulangerie

le marais jewish quarter of paris cakes and pastries in shop window

cute little dog in a paris cafe

kristabel iwantyoutoknow laughing blogger taking photos

Parisian houses, beautiful buildings

Pain perdu with caramel sauce and ice cream in a Parisian cafe

 Jolie Paris

I’ll be honest, I’ve never been able to find that elusive ‘romance of Paris’. That is, up until I visited the infamous city a couple of weeks ago with my other halves Olivia and Kristabel! All that chat about magic and beauty finally started to make sense as we trotted from place to place on the girls’ lists. I’m no pessimist but every other time I’d been, I couldn’t see past some of the less pretty sides of the city but now that I’ve finally branched off and discovered more areas like the Sacre Coeur and Le Marais, I’ve realised that the reason for my disappointment was simply that I hadn’t seen the best bits, plus not being on my lonesome helped too!

This time round, I proclaimed to the girls that I was ‘finally discovering the beauty!’ on almost every boulevard we came to. Our frequent stops at pretty street-facing cafes to eat pain perdu definitely got me all in-touch with my French roots and into the swing of the laid back lifestyle. I even tried the Parisian classic – steak tartare tartines for the first time too!


As well as climbing those famous Montmartre steps as the sun set, we discovered Boulevard Saint Germain (this being our go-to place for meals), felt all edgy and chic checking out Kenzo stores and frantically stocked up on Bioderma in that Paris pharmacy. Because taking a trip to a Pharmacie is the new queuing at Laduree. Well, we couldn’t be romantic all the time!

Le Sacre Coeur

climbing the sacre coeur steps

the sacre coeur at dusk and the view down over Paris

the fountains of the sacre coeur

view over paris at dusk from the Sacre Coeur

See what I wore on my first day in Paris in my last outfit post or see where I lived last time I was in Paris. Thank you iDBus for the opportunity to fall in love with the city!


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  • Holl JC October 16, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    These pictures are stunning, and make me so excited to visit Paris next year! x

  • viola October 16, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    how are you edit these photos?
    they are lovely 😛

  • Lola October 16, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Beautiful pictures!! Sounds like such a wonderful trip X

  • Hannah October 16, 2013 at 3:04 AM

    Suuuuuuuch stunning photos!

    Xo, Hannah

  • Matthew Pike October 15, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Never even heard of Sacre Coeur but then I don’t actually know much about France in general. Looks lovely. Not sure if I could stomach the steak thing but I wouldn’t be appose to trying frogs legs. Am I doing it backwards?

    Buckets & Spades

  • Katie October 14, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    These views are so beautiful ! *_*

  • Kb October 14, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    The steak tartare was amazing, definitely want to try it again! I seriously wish I’d ordered your dessert!

  • Emma October 14, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    I’ve never been, but everyone’s photos always look so dreamy that I’m afraid if I do go it won’t live up to expectation.

    Lucky you!

    Hmm maybe…

  • Lucy October 14, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    I love that you weren’t initially head over the heels for the city, makes it seem all the more real aha! Looks beautiful x

  • winnie October 14, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    This looks like it was such a fun trip – love the one of Kbel laughing. You’ve taken some brilliant shots and I still can’t bring myself to try steak tartare…maybe one day.