Monday, October 19, 2015

Paris Adventures | Exhausted, Awesome 1st Day in Paris

Paris, Chicago
^LEFT: Compiling all my plane goodies during my layover in Chicago RIGHT: Shoddy iPhone snap upon the descent into Paris after a lonnnng day of flying.

We shoddily emerged from the bowels of the subway, rain beating down on our faces, sweaty as we lugged our multiple bags while wearing clothes we’d been stewing in for over 15 hours at that point and I just knew. I knew. I could feel it right away. I knew that I would remember this morning for the rest of my days.
^LEFT: Our train ride from Paris airport into Paris proper in the wee morning after traveling 15+ hours. So, so tired. RIGHT: First coffee in Paris.
I would remember how we sardined into two train seats for the rail ride in from the airport to the city, our luggage serving as both our pillow and our foot rests and doing a pretty poor job at both. I would remember the numerous, spectacularly well-dressed rat racers boarding the subway alongside us. The looks on their faces as they begrudgingly started their workday was a complete juxtaposition of the awe I felt even looking at Paris career fashion at its best. I would remember our silent but palpable “dear God, let’s not fight just because it’s a stressful situation” thoughtful responses to each other’s questions as we navigated streets, sidewalks, hallways and maps in a foreign language and with a tired mood. But most of all, I would remember the emergence. The birth from the subway and my first ever look at the Paris streets. 
This occurred at about 8 AM two Tuesdays ago after over 15 hours of flying from the west coast. We couldn’t check-in to the airbnb until 11 AM which meant that we had to find a way to kill 3 hours. Always ones who enjoy a good restaurant, we perilously hauled our heavy totes (or more accurately, Jay aided me with my two checked-bags, resentful since he had so cautiously only used carry-on) to the nearest Parisian cafe. We picked two street-facing seats under the awning as the rain pitter-pattered away on top and finally breathed a sigh of contentment and relief. We were here.
^Our first Parisian views as we sipped our coffee: Rainy day commuters.
Our breakfast that morning consisted of cafe au lait and a croque-madame which I viciously scarfed down as I set the tone for the remainder of the trip. And for about an hour after, we sat. We digested. We took in. We watched. We chatted. We listened. We sipped coffee. We observed. We laughed. We drank in Paris in all its rainy, beautiful, hustled, exotic glory- from the confines of our front row seat, in clothes that we were itching to shed and hair that needed to be reshaped and with our luggage framing our table in a way that made it impossible to move. 
And I knew, I just knew. I would remember this wonderful moment forever.

Soon after, the daybreak emerged and with it came a steady burning off of the rain as the sun seeped in through every aerial presence it could find. With the rays boring into our back, we settled into a more European afternoon vibe of delicious wine as we met up with Jay's brother in this beautiful city for a few hours of exploring before everyone congregated at the airbnb.
^My least favorite part of Europe is always the fact that you can never get a big, huge, ice-filled, glass of water. It's always these shot glasses of tepid h20. For the love of all that is holy, please give me a garden hose to sip from for the duration of my visit.
^Brothers congregate in Europe as we perused the bounty of the Paris streets
^At the Louvre in my plane clothes from the day before and so exhausted here it's hard to even explain. I wanted to be some cool girl about town but after over 20+ hours awake, I'm afraid I was likely midst blackout here and just needed a bed.

And finally, we were able to check into our accommodations. The three of us (me, Jay, his bro) wanted to ensure that it was special for the guest of honor arriving within 30-minutes of our check-in. So we raced to the nearest grocery and gave ourselves a Parisian delectable treat to welcome their Mom & Stepdad to our Euro flat whose presence was the sole reason for our trip.
^Our 'welcome to Paris' wagon for ourselves. All of the above was less than 20 Euros mind you.

After all of that jetting and all of that eating and all of that drinking (life is so rough sometimes, I know), I had just a tad bit in me to do a quick 'round the block leisure walk.

^My brother-&-mom-in-law upon her big arrival.
^I was, no joke, passed-out asleep 20 minutes after these photos were taken. First day was a struggle.
And then it was off, off, off to bed to sleep for hours and hours and hours and reemerge as our fabulous, contrived Parisian selves - at least that's what I told myself.

It just wasn't too bad.
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Mree said...

Beautiful pictures!! Looks like it was a wonderful time!! I so cannot wait to go back to Paris.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I love your descriptions. So much excitement but so much tired. I have things to do on my first day in Europe next year and I am praying I can sleep on the plane.

I too also fear the lack of ice water in Europe. I think about it way more often than I should.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

Ahhhh I can't tell you how excited I am to see your first recap of Paris, so many gorgeous pics I don't even know where to begin. The food... the wine... the amazing site seeing. And I hear ya on the epic exhaustion when traveling across the pond. We felt the same way when we got to Barcelona at 8:00am their time and rode the struggle bus all day while feeling grimy but so excited to finally be there. And you looked amazing for running on no sleep girl <3

Green Fashionista

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

that is so weird about the water - everywhere i went, they gave us huge bottles of water. i don't like ice in my water though, gasp. hahaha. i fit in with them ;)
i love that you brought 2 checked bags! hahaha. KC and I only did carry ons and not gonna lie, the majority of the time he carried mine as well. our men are so sweet ;) i also love your agreement not to argue just because it's a stressful situation. KC and I bickered one day in Paris and then we decided to try really hard and not bicker again, it totally worked. So weird, that lol.
amazing pictures though, all the food looks deeeelish. and seriously, you look flawless. no sleep you say? i do not look like that on 15 hours of sleep, let alone none. hahaha. for reals though, love this post!

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

I've never been to Paris so I love reading others' trip recaps. Gorgeous photos! The food and wine look divine!

Pat Hatt said...

lol at the water glass remark, I'd go through dozens of them. Sure sounds and looks like an awesome first day on the Paris streets.

Myra said...

Oh gosh you're making me miss Paris something fierce! Isn't there something so enchanting about getting a cup of coffee and just enjoying people watching (and fashion watching)? I'm so excited about our move to Amsterdam soon, because that means Paris trips will be so much easier! Haha. Can't wait to read more about your travel adventures!


I can't wait to visit Paris with someone special. Im jealous. I'm happy you enjoyed your stay. Is it easy to get around in Paris. That is the only place on my bucket list that i want to visit.

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

What fun memories to make with ones you love! :D
Your pictures are incredible!

Andrea Nine said...

You guys are soooo adorable!! My husband and I were just talking about Paris....someday, someday and I shall save this because your tips are terrific!!

Unknown said...

I'm so jealous! The photos you've taken are beautiful and I'm totally with you on the plague that is jetlag. I'm like Jay when it comes to packing - the less, the better.

Kati Rose @ Constantly Seeking Wonder said...

I adore how you wrote this. It seems like you all had a wonderful time in Paris and it was quite the bonding experience for the fam! The amount of candid pictures you have too makes me happy! I love seeing those from vacations.

Jax said...

I'm beyond jealous right now. Everything looks beautiful and the food looks delicious. I can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip. And, lmao @ the shot glasses of water. Hahaha

Brittany said...

You have the dreamiest way of writing and I'm sure your words and pictures will conjure up vivid memories of this day! I can't wait to read more!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Marie- TwinLiving - I'm ready to go back and I was just there!! :)

@Steph- yeah, it wouldn't have been so bad if I had slept on the plane but I struggle with that a lot. And you can always buy water bottles but I was always forgetful. The restaurants just don't suffice! the wine is good though (and plentiful :)

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Kate- lol, the struggle bus- exactly.

@Kristen- so hard to not bicker when you're tired and just plain irritable, lol. It really takes effort to not lash out -or maybe that's just me...

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Emily- I hadn't either, it was well worth the trip.

@Pat- thanks, Pat!

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@DowntownChicagoBarbie- it was definitely beautiful!!! You will have an amazing time whenever you go. Also HI! Been so long! I went to your site to see if you were blogging again excited :)

@Myra- Enchanting is a great way to put it.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Amanda- thanks girl!

@Andrea- I hope to someday, someday make it back :)

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Michael - lol, boys are smart like that~~ I have never been able to figure it out.

@Kati- thanks, Kati! I love others' vacation pics too.

Caitlin @ Candyfloss & Persie said...

@Jax- thanks, Jax!!

@Brittany- thanks, Brittany! That is sweet of you to say.

PorkStar said...

Awesome pictures!! I was scrolling to see how it was possible you missed the bread, but it is there. I was going to call you out in it! lol