Thursday, November 8, 2012

Parisian Apartment Tour!

From the minute Angelina and I arrived in Paris, we've been hounded by our friends and family to give a tour of our apartment via Skype. So we figured we would kill 100 birds with one stone and make a video showing you all at once! 

Please forgive the absolute SHIT quality - our apartment doesn't exactly have the best lighting and my iPad filming skills are non-existent. But, I hope you can still get a general idea of the layout! 

Also, for those who asked, we found & rented our apartment on It's a vacation rental website and so far it's been extremely easy and reliable. I would highly recommend checking it out! 

So far, living in Paris has been an absolute dream. Even despite the less-than-perfect weather and generally unfriendly Parisians, there's something magical in the air. Our apartment is pretty close to the Eiffel tower, which is incredible because I see it every day! I'll be walking to the metro station or to the grocery store and there it is, in plain sight. 

Some touristy things I've done since I've arrived: walked under the Eiffel tower and the l'Arc du Triumphe, seen the Louvre & the Pantheon (haven't gone inside either yet!), got a world-famous hot chocolate at Cafe Angelina, strolled the Champs-Élysées and the Pont Alexandre III bridge, saw a show at the Moulin Rouge, and enjoyed a crepe in the Jardin du Luxembourg. 

Other than that, I've pretty much just been totally lazy. Most of my days consist of waking up at 10:30, hanging around my neighborhood and then meeting up with a friend for dinner or coffee. I've also done some much needed shopping - I am not over exaggerating when I say that during my travels I literally ruined every single piece clothing I brought with me, including my shoes. Luckily, shopping in Paris is pretty amazing. I mean, my bank account is crying a river, but it feels pretty great to have jeans that fit, sweaters that aren't unraveled and shoes without holes in them. I also scored some pretty cool stuff at the flea market, which is definitely the biggest I've ever been to! 

I've also enjoyed a bit of French food - boeuf bourguignon, French onion soup, creme brûlée, chocolate mousse, baguettes, and an absolute fuck ton of crepes (they're cheap and delicious!) 

Some things I'm really excited to do: 
Get macaroons at Laduree
Eat escargot and frog legs 
Spend Friday night at the Louvre (people under 26 get in free!) 
See the Musee d'Orsay 
Visit the scare coeur
Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower
Visit Versailles 
Go to Disneyland Paris (FUCK YES) 

I'd also really like to take a day trip to Giverney to see Monet's Garden and to Luxembourg! 

If anyone has ideas or suggestions for places to eat, things to see or areas to explore, PLEASE let me know! I want to visit as much as I can while I'm here and I'm always open to suggestions. 

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