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?"
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!
// 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.
When: Late August to Early September 2016
Cities: Mont Saint Michel, Paris
Stay: Refer to individual cities above.