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Hostel Greeter: "First time in Paris?"
Me: "No. 1st time was 8 years ago. But yah, I guess it's kinda like the first time."
Hostel Greeter: "Ah, it's been so long that it's like the 1st time?"

Exactly!

Not just Paris, but all of France. Has it really been 8 years since the last we were in France? Oof. Def a way overdue trip. And a much needed break from the Eastern European and Scandinavian adventures! Something about familiar grounds that puts comfort in the heart. I mean, I really really really love it here in Western Europe. At one point (okay, several) I seriously thought about moving out here. Visiting family in these parts since 1992 can do that to ya. Western European gal stuck in an American body! That's me!


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// PARIS //
Ah, Paris. The City of Light and The City of Love - all for good reason. If you've visited this city, then you know what I'm talking about when I say this city is absolutely the loveliest and beyond vibrant and insanely Old World inspiring. We came as tourists so, so many years ago. This time around we came as old friends. We overstayed our welcome, ya know, to really get to know Paris. We took our time. Explored less touristy parts. And revisited the touristy ones for old times' sake. Paris is one of those cities I can't get enough of! Always photo ops at every turn!
>> Hostel Stay #1: Le Village Hostel. 26Euro/night for 4 bed dorm.
>> Hostel Stay #2: Generator Hostel. $27/night for 10 bed dorm.
>> AirBnb Stay: Saint Lazare Terrace. $166/night.
>> Recommend: Le Marais, Montmartre, Rue Cremieux, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Champs Elysees, Merci, Canal Saint-Martin, Laduree, Pierre Herme, Catacombs, La Grande Roue.

// MONT SAINT MICHEL //
A place where I wanted to have a destination wedding, oh, 5 years ago. None of it came into fruition. Until now. I may not be here for my dream wedding, but I gots to admit, not a bad way to spend my birthday and bid adieu to the last day of August! This magical place surrounded by high tides and low tides - this island commune with an abbey in the sky - is so freakin' surreal. Even more surreal (and stunning!) in person. I think we've stayed here longer than most people would. But honestly, every morning for the 4 days we've stayed here, I awoke giddy and eager to see this dreamy motif off the coast.
>> Hotel Stay: Hotel Gabriel. $98/night.


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When: Late August to Early September 2016
Temp: 75-80F
Cities: Mont Saint Michel, Paris
Stay: Refer to individual cities above.


-jin-

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Where are the actual pizzix of me and V at all these places, you ask? In the other external hard drive. Where they live. Yup.

So there you have it.

Laziness at it's finest!

Paris was full of unexpected adventures, but those are the best, innit? Makes for interesting stories. Like hunting down LadurĂ©e after checking out the Eiffel Tower, only to realize you've hopped on the wrong train and suddenly find yourself in Versailles! Way way off, I know. Or being unable to get to your hostel in the 4th arrondissement because of a mob of people surrounding Notre Dame. Many minutes later the reason for the crowd zips pass ya on the street! The Popemobile!! (Oddly enough, we didn't see the pope at Vatican City. What gives?) Or finding out the hard way just how uber concentrated a Crepes Suzette gets to the last bite. Well, I'll never know. I gave the last bite to Vince once I've detected a sudden sharp alcoholic oranginess. *insert Vince gagging* That Grand Marnier sneaks up on ya!

But, oh! Paris! It really lives up to the charm those troubadours sing about! I'd go back just to walk the streets and revel in it's beauty!

besos ... jin.