Life in Paris

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The past few weeks (we’ve already been in Paris THREE WEEKS, how is that possible?!) have been pretty great, minus the week I spent in bed sick. I’m finally feeling healthy again aside from some residual stuffiness – it’s been the longest cold ever – and our days have been filled with exploring the city, eating delicious food, a visit from Nicole, and running.

Whirlwind Sightseeing Tour

Nicole had only been to Paris once before and it was in high school, so I wanted to make sure we walked around a lot and saw a good amount of sights. I love the size of Paris; it’s a big city but totally walkable. And you can always hop on the super-efficient Metro if needed. Many stores/restaurants are closed in August since it’s when most Parisians go on vacation and the city is filled with tourists, but it is still great (obviously).

Jeremy and I took Nicole to Le Perchoir for her first night, a rooftop bar overlooking the city.

Jeremy and I took Nicole to Le Perchoir for her first night, a rooftop bar overlooking the city.

On the Metro.

On the Metro.

Finally celebrating my birthday with a champagne picnic.

Finally celebrating my birthday with a champagne picnic.

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At Parc des Buttes Chaumont.

Sacre Coeur at night.

Sacre Coeur at night.

Supermoon over Paris.

Supermoon over Paris.

Supermoon in our hood.

Supermoon in our hood.

Pont des Arts.

Pont des Arts.

Sacre Coeur from a distance.

Sacre Coeur from a distance.

Jardin du Luxembourg.

Jardin du Luxembourg.

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Right before it started raining at Jardin du Luxembourg.

Right before it started raining at Jardin du Luxembourg.

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Drinking wine on the Canal Saint-Martin, one of my favorite things to do here.

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Musée des Arts et Métiers.

Musée des Arts et Métiers.

Another shot from the super cool Musée des Arts et Métiers.

Another shot from the super cool Musée des Arts et Métiers.

Food

Jeremy and I spent the first couple weeks here resetting our bodies, since we were feeling sluggish and puffy after eating unhealthy (albeit delicious) food and alcohol the past few weeks/months. It helped a lot abstaining from alcohol, dairy, and sweets. When Nicole got here, I was ready to indulge in the deliciousness that Paris has to offer, and it did not disappoint.

No trip to Paris is complete without late night crepes.

No trip to Paris is complete without late night crepes.

The hugest raw salmon burger and French fries.

The hugest raw salmon burger and French fries.

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Close up of this incredible salad.

Close up of that incredible salad.

Veggies cooked in delicious butter.

Veggies cooked in delicious butter.

We ate this falafel hours after Nicole arrived.

We ate this falafel hours after Nicole arrived.

Nicole and I had a lady date at Laduree complete with tea and macarons.

Nicole and I had a lady date at Ladurée complete with tea and macarons.

The interior of Ladurée.

The interior of Ladurée.

I want a macaron hat.

I want a macaron hat.

Some birthday treats.

Some birthday treats.

Delicious goat cheese from the local fromagerie.

Delicious goat cheese from the local fromagerie.

Running

I feel like I’ve made some progress lately, and I’ve had some nice runs the past week or so. Nicole and I went running a couple times, which was fun since I haven’t run with anyone in ages, and I got in nine great miles on Monday. I feel better knowing that maybe I won’t suffer too much during the Dingle Half in three weeks (!!!).

Me and Frimeuse the dog.

Me and Frimeuse the dog.

This one felt good.

This one felt good.

It's been raining a lot lately, but it's been perfect running weather.

It’s been raining a lot lately, but it’s been perfect running weather.

Seen on my run.

Seen on my run.

My training has been all over the place and I’m not really following a plan, so we’ll see how it goes at the race in a few weeks. I am planning on joining a running group tomorrow morning for a 15k run, which I’m a little nervous about since I don’t know anyone and I’m shy in these types of situations, but I really want to do it. Hopefully I won’t lose my nerve!

24 comments

  1. A few things:
    1. I need that necklace you are wearing in the first couple of photos.
    2. That salad your friend has looks delicious.
    3. Go ahead and ship me some macaroons because I have NEVER had one and I want those.
    4. The dog you are staying with=long haired dachshund=best dog ever. Not that I’m partial or anything 🙂

    1. I borrowed it from Nicole! I’ll have to ask her where she got it. You need to try macarons, but they have to be really good ones. You’re just going to have to come to Paris. Frimeuse the dog is such a sweetie. I think she’s a cocker spaniel mix though… But still!

  2. Omg that sounds like so much fun! Another thing to add to my list…find a running group to run with when we head overseas! I’m glad you finally got to celebrate your birthday 🙂 And how much fun it must be to hang out in Paris with such a good friend, getting to be the host like a local! Love the idea of a lady date with tea and macaroons 🙂

    1. Yes! There are two groups I found on Meetup.com, one of them took a break during August so I joined one called Let’s Run Paris. It was so fun.

  3. Looks like you’re having an amazing time so far! I bet the food there is spectacular. Good on ya for going on a run in a new group. I get a bit shy and reserved in that sort of setting but I’m sure if you go a few times, you’ll love it!

  4. FOOOOOOOOOOD. I wish I had crepes right now. That all looks so delicious!
    I’m glad you are feeling better and a champagne picnic sounds like a perfect birthday celebration! You sound like an excellent tour guide…you took your friend to so many beautiful places!

    You are going to do great in your half. Never fear, friend!

  5. The food here is unbelievable, I never want to leave. I wish she was my dog, but unfortunately she belongs to the person we are housesitting for. I am going to miss her when it’s over!

  6. Lily! I had the BEST time in Paris with you and Jeremy (and the pups)! I can’t believe the adventure has already come and gone, but the memories will last a lifetime! Thank you for so many amazing sights and FOOD! I miss you so much and we’ll have to plan a girls trip to Europe in a few years, deal? 🙂 PS – thanks for taking me running with you! ❤

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