Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Paris Adventures | Fontaines de la Concorde

At the very tail-end of our trip, Jay and I said goodbye to his hilarious little brother who jetted back to California and we reviewed our itinerary for our last two days of alone time. One thing I really wanted to do was go visit the fountain where Anne Hathaway (via Andy Sachs) throws her phone at the very end of “The Devil Wears Prada” clip here. We had passed it briefly at the very end of our big walk on our last day with his parents but I wanted to come back with the tripod in tow and take some Paris pictures of us. A slow, belaboring task that I figured would best be suited to just subject my husband to vs his entire family. So after a slow, blissful morning of getting ready in our last AirBNB -which by the way, had a view like this:
… we set off to spend a chilly yet sunny October day together, camera and cumbersome tripod in tow. Upon leaving our flat's front door, we were surrounded by local music and wall art that made our dalliance a little bit slower.
After filling ourselves up on all that culture, we made a beeline straight to the Fontaines de la Concorde or, as idiots call it, “there’s that fountain from ‘The Devil Wears Prada!!!’”. And it was there that I took the gazillion pictures I had hoped to take, which by volume alone, you can see why I didn’t subject my in-laws to:

After that fun activity (for me at least!), we moseyed away from the fountain and down the Avenue des Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe. We were both in really high spirits (as one should be when in Paris with their love- and their love could be anything from a husband to a warm croissant as far as I'm concerned) and held hands as the sun cascaded across our faces and the crunch of the leaves echoed under our shoes. True to our own form, we sniffed out a cafe quicker than you could say “Florals? For Spring? Groundbreaking.” but at least had the good sense to do so blocks away from the Arc de Triomphe. I know an inflated menu due to close proximity to a tourist-centric attraction when I see one. And true to Paris’ form, the small, quaint café we landed at still served us nobodies food in a poetic manner as if we were dignitaries whom they had to impress.
^Pizza for Jay, French Onion Soup for me & Wine for us.

Later in the afternoon, as the sky made its dramatic transformation into a cold, iridescent blue shade, we ambled back toward our AirBNB. By the time we arrived back at our front door, the sky was a charcoal black and our previously buzzing neighborhood just murmured with the joviality of the nighttime revelers. We squeezed into the traditional tiny European elevator and set our sights on some rest with our last full day tomorrow at the forefront of our minds.

And with that, I only have one more Paris post left. Which I’ll wrap-up next week and pat myself on the back for doing so as I've never successfully finished an ENTIRE trip recap before. Go.me! #GoalsNoOneCaresAboutButMe

Anddddd, if you have 1:20, here's snippets from the fountain and the cafe. I don't even know if I've ever posted Jay talking on here before, how exciting!:

Happiest Tuesday!
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SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

Totally worth lugging the tripod.

Love the writing in this. I can hear the crunch of leaves under your feet.

Ashley Lillis said...

That sounds like the perfect start to time just the two of y'all in Paris! That fountain is so cute, and I totally would have been freaking out about it being the one from Devil Wears Prada too! I love that y'all were able to just walk around the city and take in some of the everyday sights and occurrences, and just enjoy being in Paris! I can't wait to read your last post!

Pat Hatt said...

Pics turned out great indeed. Worth taking the tripod along. Like how you got the smooth flow of the water too. The fountain was sure noisy in the video haha

Kate at Green Fashionista said...

I never realized how gorgeous that fountain was from the movie, and now I'm obsessed! Such a beautiful day in the most beautiful city <3
Green Fashionista

Tabitha Lee said...

These pictures are just so fantastic! Totally worth lugging the tripod around. I really should bring mine more places. Love the video!

BLovedBoston said...

The fountain pictures are just so gorgeous and especially the one with the long exposure!! Tripod was worth it for those pics! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

Unknown said...

Great fountain shots, but I got totally distracted by that lip colour, it's gorgeous and suits you soooo well!
Now the video... I know you guys are American but when I read your posts I totally still read them in my Aussie accent in my mind so whenever I see you speak I'm always surprised haha. For some reason I think Jay looks completely different in video form and sounds nothing like I expected!

julie @ jewelswandering.com said...

Awesome pictures!! And your man, bless him for indulging you...! Love the sunnies, I have a similar pair but they stretched out. Grrr!

Ellen Ross | Ask Away Blog said...

OMG looks like you had a dreamy time <3
XO Ellen from Ask Away

Elle Sees said...

loveeeeed it. you are making me want to go back!! loved the little video too at the end.

SlimExpectations said...

Lovely pics!!! I have my own snaps at this fountain too :)

You both look lovely!!!

Emily @ Martinis | Bikinis said...

Amazing photos as always! Makes me get all wanderlust-y and want to travel over to Europe asap! The video is cute too!

Amanda - Voyage of the MeeMee said...

I loved the video at the end... it's always fun hearing peoples' voices!