Paris

March 2012

Rachel had an opportunity to go to Paris for a weekend for work, and I decided to tag along. It was my first visit and we didn't have nearly enough time to truly explore such a beautiful city, but we made the most of it.

Paris, France
4 days, 3 nights

  • Eating
  • City Exploration
  • Hasselblad Xpan II
Mar

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2012
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Two full days and two half days in Paris. We tried to do a little too much, but it was still enjoyable. I look forward to going back and taking it a bit slower.

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Day 1: Museums

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The first museum we visited was Musée national Gustave Moreau, which is in the home that Gustave Moreau lived in. I loved the art, but I loved the staircase even more.

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Adjacent to the Pompidou Centre is the resurrected studio of Constantin Brancusi.

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03 The Pompidou is huge. It's actually bigger than huge. It's ginormous. Overwhelmingly so. As we were heading out I realized I should take a picture, but by then we were already on our way down to the first floor. I snapped a photo of the view instead.

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You can't go to Paris and not have escargot, can you? Sadly I don't remember the name of the restaurant I had this at, but I can assure you it was delicious.

Day 2: More Museums

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05 We thought about going to the Louvre, but then saw this line and decided to skip it.

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06 I could spend all day in Musée de l'Orangerie. I never thought I'd say that about Monet's water lillies (not that they are bad, but it feels so cliché). They are huge and curve with the oval walls, as inteded by Monet.

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To round out our museums we ended on the Palais de Tokyo, which houses modern and contemporary art.

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Palais de Tokyo isn't as big as the Pompidou, but it's pretty damn big. But unlike the Pompidou which packs so much in, Palais de Tokyo featured a number of works that took up entire galleries.

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I love bread. I could sustain on bread. I could sustain on the bread from Poilane.

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Rachel has never enjoyed me taking photos of her, but she has gotten used to it over time. This is her look of acceptance. I love it.

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I hate this photo of me. But I put it up here because nothing can convey how much I'm enjoying this meal as this photo does. Le Relais de Venise has the best steak frites I've ever had in my life. Also, they bring you seconds. Seriously.

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Day 3: Shopping

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On the north side of Paris is a historic flea market. It has everything you could imagine.

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From little trinkets like the previous photo, to complete sets of vintage letterpress characters.

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The street performers here know how to take it to another level.

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What better way to end the trip than to dig through crates of records?