Paris and why traveling is important

As I have mentioned before, our honeymoon started in Paris. We have been there in December and fell in love with the city, despite the cold, and wanted to go back. This time without the rush of seeing everything. We have been to the Louvre, Musee d’ Orsay, Pompidou center, Pere Lachaise Cemetery, l’ Arc de Triomphe and the like. We have even gone to Cefes de 2 Moulins, where Amelie was working. So we have done a lot of walking and sight seeing the first time. Now it was time to relax and enjoy the ambiance of the city.

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What follows is a photo set of the few pictures we took of the city, that do not include us. I think they will result into a huge urge to book a ticket and just jump on the next plane to Paris. One note about that: we went to Paris by bus from Rotterdam, paying 9 euros per person. It was an 8-hour ride, but not as tiring as it sounds. The weather was good and the bus made enough stops, so we definitely recommend it, especially if you are not going to Paris just for a weekend, but you have a few more days to spend there.

This is where we stayed. It is an apartment in Bastille with its own kitchen and bathtub. I loved it.

This is where we stayed. It is an apartment in Bastille with its own kitchen and bathtub. I loved it.

It's this one: http://www.feelparis.com/en/property/bastille-vosges.html Pricey, yes. Amazing, also yes.

It’s this one: http://www.feelparis.com/en/property/bastille-vosges.html Pricey, yes. Amazing, also yes.

The phone was pink and the phone calls were all free of charge.

The phone was pink and the phone calls were all free of charge.

And there was a pink plastic T-Rex there as well.

And there was a pink plastic T-Rex there as well.

Now, the room was expensive (for our budget, at least) but it was our honeymoon so we decided we deserved it after all the wedding preparations. It was fun to live in a place where we needed to enter two codes for the doors to open. The neighbors even had a party in the courtyard the evening we arrived, but we were to tired to join, plus we wanted some time on our own, after spending many days with all our guests.

That was the view of the window. Not exciting, but Parisian enough, I think.

That was the view of the window. Not exciting, but Parisian enough, I think.

...and the sky, as seen from the inner courtyard.

…and the sky, as seen from the inner courtyard.

Ok, enough with the apartment. Let’s go outside now. It was sunny almost all the days we were in Paris and the temperature was around 25-27 C, which is the ideal weather, if you ask me.

Place de Vosges

Place de Vosges

July Column

July Column

Great place with small art shops. I have no clue about the name n.1

Great place with small art shops. I have no clue about the name n.1

Cute Parisian clouds (I am ridiculous, I know)

Cute Parisian clouds (I am ridiculous, I know)

Somewhere near Bastille.

Somewhere near Bastille.

A great cut-out postcard.

A great cut-out postcard.

You know...

You know…

Ahhh Summer in Paris...

Ahhh Summer in Paris…

Can you spot N.?

Can you spot N.?

I do love river boats.

I do love river boats.

Close Up.

Close Up.

View from the tower

View from the tower

View from the tower 2

View from the tower 2

I love how people look like ants with colorful sweaters in this picture.

I love how people look like ants with colorful sweaters in this picture.

A spaceship kind of space on the Eiffel tower.

A spaceship kind of space on the Eiffel tower.

Ron Mueck Exhibition at Fondation Cartier. I love him. You will love him too.

Ron Mueck Exhibition at Fondation Cartier. I love him. You will love him too.

The garden of Fondation Cartier

The garden of Fondation Cartier

Another great view of the river that I will be looking at this winter and cry that I am not in Paris.

Another great view of the river that I will be looking at this winter and cry that I am not in Paris.

Sunset on Lover's Bridge.

Sunset on Lover’s Bridge.

Miniature stuff. I adore miniature stuff.

Miniature stuff. I adore miniature stuff.

Seine.

Seine.

I have no clue n2

I have no clue n2

Faun outside the natural history museum

Faun outside the natural history museum

A frog.

A frog.

Scary but cool figures.

Scary but cool figures.

A truly green facade

A truly green facade

The grave of Jean Paule Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir

The grave of Jean Paule Sartre and Simone De Beauvoir

The grave of Man Ray and Juliet

The grave of Man Ray and Juliet

And these are all the pics I could find without the non-hip hippies in them. I think they are enough though and they give quite a good idea of how Paris treated us this time. We love walking and Paris is very easy to explore this way. In December however my nose was frozen and I wore all 3 pairs of tights that I had brought with me, the one on top of the other, in order to keep warm. So I think that going after April is a good idea. If you manage to combine it with a concert, like we did, even better!

Why traveling is important

  • It is important because it expands time. When you travel and explore the world around you the days seems bigger, as they are full of new experiences.
  • It is important because it feeds your mind and soul with new images, smells, sounds, tastes, emotions. Feeding your soul is important. If you let it starve, you die inside. Not good.
  • It is important because it helps you see more clearly what is wrong and what is good about your homeland, or the country where you stay. It might also give you ideas on how you can change things.
  • It is important because, if you allow yourself, it gives you the opportunity to forget your “real” life and all your problems and live  a new life for a few days. This can be extremely rejuvenating.
  • It is important because it pushes you out of your comfort zone and that is where all the great things happen.
  • It is important because it can create amazing memories, that help you survive the winter and dark ages of any kind.

So do pack your bags!

P.S.: If you want to use any of the photos, feel free but please do link back to the non-hip hippies. Thank you!

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