Sunday, 11 March 2018

Making Memories

I've been a good Masters student this weekend and done exactly no work but had a lovely Parisian weekend once again, so much so that it had to be shared. I see a theme going on here, I seem to be always writing about my weekends in Paris on a Sunday evening preparing for the week of work ahead.

Memories in a photo right here

Anyway, in the effort to start ticking some more things off my Paris list I got my act together and went over to Canal St Martin in the 19th to have a wander down the canal and try out a cafe that has been on my list for ages.

Le Pavillion des Canaux is right on the edge of the water and on a rainy Saturday morning was a great place to set up shop and pretend I was actually going to get some work done with latte and chocolate chip muffin in hand. I think I was lucky because not long after I arrived the place seemed to fill up with couples, families and brunch go-ers alike. This cafe is a particular find especially because of how gorgeous it actually is - choose from sitting in the glass front and watch the boats go by on the canal or opt to sit inside with cosy armchairs or head upstairs to the reading room - this place has got you covered! Also, it is open until 1am on the weekends so kind of turns into a bar with live music. I'm gutted I haven't been here sooner!

Typically after my walk down the canal, the rain cleared and Paris actually became warm at a balmy 17 degrees all weekend! This bode well for me after last night when we finally made it on a night out for the first time in forever, the warm breeze coming through my big windows today was a lifesaver to make me get out of bed.

And last night, well in the typical old-lady fashion we started early so ended early! After many many tequila shots and dancing down the rues of Bastille, I was tucked up in bed by 1:30 am which is still a win in my book.

Finally, it has actually dawned on me how little time I have left in Paris, and how little time I have left with Harley and Morgan before they leave. 19 days... I think I might cry! How has this year gone so fast already? The weekend after next we have our London trip and then that's it, we're done. It's mad, I feel like I have finally officially got a handle on Paris now, so to leave it is gonna be heartbreaking!
Operation make the most of Paris really has to get underway now.

Have a good week my loves!

Lots of Love, Kate xxx

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Parisian Tourist Take 2

More and more these posts seem to be heading for you lovely people after a fairly uneventful week and then a beautiful weekend!

As I might have mentioned before, I love having guests visit me in Paris because firstly it means I get to show people around my wonderful city but also means I get to explore and go to places that I wouldn't normally go to!

The wonderful Emma and Josie (who are set to feature heavily in subsequent posts around May time when we travel the Dalmatian coast) braved the arctic snowy conditions of the UK to come over to balmy Paris for a short but sweet visit.

So much thinking

I met them at the Eurostar, fresh pastries in hand, on Saturday morning and the first stop on our whistle-stop tour of Paris was Le Louvre for the Art History for Emma and the Ancient Classics-y-ness for all three of us.

Then a wander through the Tuileries in the sunshine down to Musee l'Orangerie for a quick look at Monet's Waterlilies. Feeling like we were in Midnight in Paris (and with a very hangry Emma at this point) it was time for a walk down the river bank with Emma whipping out the sunglasses towards Notre Dame to find the vegan's delight - falafel, hummus and a crepe for lunch sitting on the river bank fighting off the pigeons.

Fighting our way to the metro, we skipped over to the 20th arrondissement to somewhere that has been on my Paris list - Pere Lachaise, it is the most famous and biggest cemetery in all of Paris. While going to a cemetery isn't the most obviously touristy thing to do on a visit to Paris, it is honestly an incredible place. In the afternoon sunshine wandering through the resting places of Oscar Wilde, Edith Piaf and Moliere it was so peaceful and felt like it wasn't even in the city at all.

Topping out at over 23,000 steps, home, tea and a pizza was in order from Pizza Oskian on Rue Saint Honore with copious amounts of wine and lots of Travel Man episodes on the sofa.

This morning before dropping Emma and Josie off at the station we went to Season for breakfast/brunch, as featured in my last post (last weekend!) I think this place is becoming my new favourite haunt in Paris.

Ah, after a wonderful Parisian weekend its back to reality with a bump tomorrow and so much essay writing to do I want to cry!

Have a good week my loves!

Lots of Love, Kate xxx

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