Thursday, December 3, 2015

Paris Adventures | & Family ♥

As I mentioned before, we had Paris in the works ever since about early 2014 when my MIL really wanted to make the trip with her sons happen for her 60th. After extensive discussion, budgeting, calendar acrobatics and PTO mapping amongst 5 adults - it is incredible that the trip actually came to fruition. Hurrah! But the cherry on the big ol' top of that is the fact that my Dad & Stepmom were going to be in Paris at the same time. So for a two-day overlap, not only would I be across the pond with Jay's family but with part of mine as well. How insanely fun and exciting!
To kick off the serendipitous event, we all planned to converge at Georges restaurant at the top of the Centre Pompidou for dinner. As one could imagine in the City of Lights, a restaurant at the top of a modern art museum does in fact come with some pretty captivating views which we throughly enjoyed over dinner fare and bubbly.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, Roses, View, Bokeh
^Such as long-stemmed roses overlooking the sparkly Eiffel Tower #IsThisRealLife
^So happy to see my Dad!
^Jetlagged & sublimely happy
^My Dad, Stepmom, MIL, StepFIL, BIL, Jay & Me at the end of our big meal. So special to me!

After a vibrant meal we had full bellies, empty cups and a strong desire to keep the party going so we all scampered down the street to our flat for a nightcap. No I do not call homes in the US "flats" but our airbnb was exclusively called that so when in Rome Paris, do as the Parisians do.
^At our Airbnb in the Marais district enjoying some cheese, wine and bread.

And when the "grown-ups" decided they really did need to call it a night, us "kids" [the 31-year-old typed, completely clueless about her age] ventured out into the streets for a more traditional european lullaby.
^Every casual wine order over there is set-up like it's a formal wedding. So fancy.
^Loving all the Parisians on their casual Tuesday. We were on vacation but this is how they TUESDAY. Impressive.

I had the whole next day carved out to spend time with my Dad/Stepmom and I was extremely pumped about that. 

It started out being quite artsy back at the Pompidou. Check out that museum below. I've heard it's a huge discussion over there if the architecture is a work of art or a huge eyesore. Thoughts?
^Centre Pompidou Museum
^Ferris Buellering our way through the museum.
^French birds are sooo fahhhncy
^Art & views. What is better?

Ugly peripheral or not (I happen to like it!), our museum visit was now checked off our list and it was time to visit a cafe to drink some wine, eat some heavy food and then head out again to spend time together in this gahhgeous city.
We got the photo above at Notre Dame by approaching an older French man sitting on a lone stump. He didn't speak English and we tried to motion that we were asking if he would quickly snap our pic. He, however, thought we were asking if I could procure his seat. Upon determining this, this little old man stands up and says "Yes, yes, please. Please." and begins to guide me onto the stump with his hands as he stands-up. I just think that was the most gentlemanly, sweet response. Of course that wasn't what I wanted and he soon figured out we were asking for a picture but I keep thinking of that - like these annoying tourists come up to you and ask you for your seat randomly and you just get up and happily give it to me, no questions asked? What a gallant dude.
^My Dad & Me at Notre Dame.
^Left: Pretty views we passed | Right: The hotel my sister was staying in when she got engaged here. Aw.

Outside Notre Dame was the Pont de l'ArchevĂȘchĂ© aka the 'Love Lock' bridge and you know we had to visit that to stake our claim:
^Our lock on the left & right. In the middle is where it was secured.
And after all our locking and sending wishes into the river and with the afternoon quickly becoming the early evening, we strolled around town with no agenda for a couple hours, peppering into shops and bakeries at will. 
^In the grocery store grabbing snacks.

We even stopped at their hotel room for a little espresso/wine/lay on the floor reboot before it was time to head back to my area of town to say goodbye.
^Saying goodbye to them outside my airbnb.
In the terms of how I look, I hate that photo above. My hair looks like a helmet made of bad combovers, my eyes are dulling and I look like I haven't slept in four days. But oh how it's also one of my favorites because it was just before they zoomed off in a cab. It was weird to say bye to my Dad in Europe when I now live cities away from him. I could tell we were hugging each other a little tighter as we kissed our au revoirs. There was a little bit of an added sadness to part but I felt more fortunate that we got to spend the past two days together.

And I guess we are now in the cool club of forever getting to say to one another:
"At least we'll always have Paris ♥"

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Ashley Lillis said...

I totally agree that the hardest part about any vacation with adults is trying to plan out PTO time! It seemed like it took forever to plan our family cruise with Chris' side of the family because of crazy schedules. That's so awesome that your dad and step mom were in Paris the same time that you were there with your in laws! That's awesome that you got to spend some time with them and do some pretty awesome exploring of Paris. And I'm so jealous that you got to do the lovers lock! I've always wanted to do one of those!

Myra said...

This is so awesome, friend!! What a special trip that you got to spend not only with your in-laws, but to also share with your family! Super impressed that y'all were able to all coordinate your schedules too. That is some seriously awesome handywork ;)

Pat Hatt said...

Awesome how everything worked out and you "kids" got some fun too and kept the night going lol the building sure looks neat, but I suppose if I had to see it everyday it may be an eye sore.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

So wonderful to have your parents be there when you were already going to be there on a trip.

I freaking LOVE the casual Tuesday photo. That's what Paris is to me, when I think about it in my head. I can't wait to see it, even though I'll only be getting a small glimpse.

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I can't get over how gorgeous all of your pics are from this trip! And how wonderful that you got to enjoy the trip with your parents too. Don't worry my brother and I still refer to ourselves as the kids, and our parents do too :-P

Green Fashionista

Nadine said...

Ahhhhhh so cool that your dad ended up there the same time as you guys! That makes the trip extra special :) And I love the lock bridge! I just got done reading a book that took place in Paris and they mentioned that and so many other things that you did.

I really like the picture of that tree and their casual Tuesday. Those are the things you will always remember when you think of Paris!

Kristen @ See You In A Porridge said...

lol at thanksgiving the other day, KC's cousin was like 'I'm not a kid! I'm 25' and I was like honey, you're a kid until the adults are no longer around. Seriously, KC and I will have kids and we'll still be 'the kids' you know? it's how family works ;)
i love that you all were able to overlap. amazing! and gorgeous pictures of course. as always, you fabulous photographer you.

The Siberian American said...

So neat that your dad and step-mom were in Paris at the same time! That Georges restaurant looks absolutely stunning! I loved the sweet story of the French gentleman giving up his stump when you wanted a photo! :)

Marie said...

That is so fantastic that you all were in Paris together. Such beautiful photos. I love the picture of you and your father. It's so very sweet.

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

That worked out great that your dad and stepmom were going to be there at the same time. The views from the Georges restaurant are amazing! Sounds like a fantastic trip with great wine and even better company.

Brittany said...

I'm just basically melting all over this post. So unbelievably dreamy. The pictures, the view from dinner, the precious old man who wanted to give you his seat. Phenomenal.

julie @ said...

That's awesome your Dad & Stepmom were there at the same time..! My parents keep talking on having a family vacation, but yeah, hasn't happened! Ha!

I totally say "flat" now. Blame it on London! ;)