22.3.11

FRANCOPHILE

Holy Paris. I really don't know where to start. . . It was the most beautiful place, with the most fabulous friend, and the most insane food and wine.

Phooey to those who warned me that Frenchies could be a bit, ahem, snobby. That's total bullshit. I'm sure the way you are treated, as a tourist in Paris, has everything to do with your attitude and interest in their culture/language. I was only treated rudely three times: Once by a bitchy gay vintage boutique owner who kicked us out after he saw me photographing his amazing wares, another was when i was shoved while crossing the street by a drunk, cross-eyed man passing us, and the third was when i was told "i'll give you fifty cents if you fuck off" by a drunken Irish dude slumped on the side of the street. Everyone else was absolutely amazing.

I can't wait to return and hit up the places I didn't have time to get to: The Catacombs, The flea markets, and all that food and wine I just couldn't fit in my belly.

(photos taken with Canon S95 and iPhone application "Cross-Process)

The view out of our adorable little studio apartment in Montmarte . . . I'll make sure to post a link to the exact apartment website where we rented ours because i'd highly recommend it to anyone visiting paris for a week or more. Montmarte was the cutest little neighborhood and our studio was pretty cheap.

Aly was in awe when she saw the "mini" Arch de Triumph next to The Louvre. . .

Gorgeous renoncules at every flower shop

Soaking up some Springtime sun by the Seine

The most delicious crepe near the Sorbonne campus. This guy was a master.

The only photo i was able to snap at Colette before quickly, and politely, told "NO PHOTOS!!" I wanted EVERYTHING at Colette.

Rodin's The Thinker. . .

Another view out our apt window. So European!!

We spotted a number of Invader's "Space Invader" street pieces.
Cheese is a living being in France. None of this individually plastic-wrapped bullshit. Just the real deal.
Aly swears her Hasbeens are super comfortable.

I gave myself an "undercut" a couple days before i left for Paris. At first i wasn't sure, but it's definitely grown on me.

Aly is wearing a "Life's So Rad" tank from my buddy Brian's t-shirt line Moral Fibers. . . HERE
at Versaille
Marie Antoinette's chambers. . . . lavish much?
Gardens of Versaille (it looks like a model of the gardens but this is the real thing. . . i just took it with the "miniature" setting on my Canon S95 (best camera ever).
There was an amazing gelato shop down the street from our apartment. . . needless to say we hit it up almost every night.
Modern art in The Pompidou


"Best falafel in Paris" at L'As du Falafel (34 Rue des Rosiers in the Marais) . . . Lenny Kravitz gives it two nose piercings up

Amazing escargot at Le Progres in Montmarte (7 rue des Trois Frères)
Wine in baby bottles and fondu at Refuge des Fondu in Montmarte. . . Totally kitchy, absolutely delicious (17 Rue des Trois Frères . . . right up the street from Le Progres)

Aly made some amazing appetizers with the foie gras she found.

17 comments:

Dan Cash said...

Glad you enjoyed it and glad I was wrong about Johnny Frenchie being a rude bugger!
Come to England next time, we've a few surprises of our own you know...

Hannah said...

Looks like you had an amazing time, I am going in May for the first time ever so seeing your photos has made me even giddier! Were there any good/cheap vintage shops? and your hair looks cool

Liz said...

So much fun! Love your smiles. Great photos...xoxo.

Anonymous said...

l'as du falafel is the best falafel -- in the world as far as i'm concerned!!!!!

heylila said...

did you go to the vintge store two doors next to the best falafel store? It is my favorite vintage store ever!!!!
I lived in the city for a while and it is an amazing city!!! I have to visit the city soon again, too!!!

bisous,
mia

heylilahey.blogspot.com

Nia said...

Great pics, you guys look so cute! Where did Aly get her earrings?

Ava said...

I love all your pics (makes me nostalgic for Paris--I studied abroad in France last summer and miss it SO MUCH), but I have to say, I let out an audible "OH YEAH!!" when I saw you ate at L'As du Falafel -- I'm SUCH an obsessed fan of that place, I even have a tee-shirt from there. Falafel 4 lyfe. ...Now I'm hungry, dammit! :)

xx
Ava

Eunice Yooni Kim said...

apparently we were in paris at the same time wearing the same h&m pants. rad.

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

These are such good travel pics, I feel like I went on a mini-vaca just looking at them ;) And you can tell what a good time it was.

xx Cristina

Anonymous said...

after all the time i've been reading your blog now it just felt necessary to tell you, that i'm really thankful for people like you. you definetely changed the way i'm seeing people from the us.
good to see, they're not all superficial, small minded idiots with a narcissistic attitude.
you really are quite an amiable person.. :)
stay just the way you are..
tes

Anonymous said...

what was the apartment booking website? i am heading to paris in three weeks with my mom. great pictures by the way!

Old Banana said...

Wow, it looks like you had an awesome trip! I've only been there once and can't wait to go back. Glad you're back safe and sound :)
<3 Kati
www.illegitimatezombie.blogspot.com

Six Six Sick said...

Amazing photos, makes me want to head back to Paris ASAP. I agree about what you said about Parisians being rude--you will run into a few rude people, but no more than you would run into in New York!
xx
Tiffany

Sister Wolf said...

GLORIOUS pictures! Hair is A+

baine said...

what lens are you using for some of those pics? it looks almost like a tilt lens

THE DIVINITUS said...

those snaps with golden onion... mouthwatering...

bravegrrl said...

soooooooooo jealous! great photos!