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When there’s 24 hours left and the 10 best Paris quotes

Hello darlings!

I can’t believe I’m leaving Paris in just about 24 hours. I remember 10 months ago when I was writing a post about my last 24 hours in Denmark. And what a year it’s been!
Paris is one of the most romantic, cultural and historical cities in the world. Whenever you leave your apartment (or hotel), there’s always something to do. And even though I could go out and do so many crazy things in my last day here, that’s not what I have done so far. Instead, I went to my favorite bakery to buy the best macaroons in Paris. I went to one of the places where they make really good crêpes. I went for a walk along the Scene and bought a final souvenir. I bought a bottle of rose wine and enjoyed it with my friends. Because tbh, as great as Paris is, those things and all the memories I’ve made this year, is what I cherish the most. It’s things like that I’ll look back at in the future and miss. I’m gonna miss this city more than anything, and a thing I’ve realized is that Paris is without a doubt my favorite city. All the songs, movies and quoes haven’t been made out of nothing.

So as I’m writing my last post in my last hours in the city og lights, I’ll give you the 10 best quotes I’ve learned about Paris this year:

  1. “If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.” – Ernest Hemingway
  2. “An artist has no home in Europe except in Paris.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
  3. “A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life.” -Thomas Jefferson
  4. Paris… is a world meant for the walker alone, for only the pace of strolling can take in all the rich (if muted) detail. -Edmund White
  5. “He who contemplates the depths of Paris is seized with vertigo.
    Nothing is more fantastic. Nothing is more tragic.
    Nothing is more sublime.” – Victor Hugo
  6. “I guess it goes to show that you just never know where life will take you. You search for answers. You wonder what it all means. You stumble, and you soar. And, if you’re lucky, you make it to Paris for a while.” – Amy Thomas
  7. “… you’ll have to fall in love at least once in your life, or Paris has failed to rub off on you.” – E.A. Bucvhianeri
  8. “Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.” – Willa Cather
  9. “I cannot tell you what an immense impression Paris made upon me. It is the most extraordinary place in the world!” – Charles Dickens
  10. And at least, but not last, as I’ll keep saying from now on: “We’ll always have Paris.” – Casablanca 

That’s all for now – bisous xx

What to do in Paris

Hello darlings!

My time in Paris is nearly done, and what a year! I’ve fallen deeply in love with Paris, and I’ll definitely leave my heart here. I’ve gotten to know the city pretty well by now, and I’ll here give you the top 10 places to go if you’ll ever find yourself in Paris . I do want to recommend you, not to come in the months march-august if possible, since it’s the tourist season, where the lines will be pretty long for almost everything.

  1. The Eiffel Tower. Okay so I know the first might seem a bit obvious, and so many people have called Paris’s landmark overrated. But it is a must-see in Paris, no matter the season. Of course going up for an amazing view is even better, but it can also easily be enjoyed from either Champs de Mars or Place de Trocadero.
  2. Musée du Louvre. The Louvre museum is the most visited museum in the world, with its most popular painting being the Mona Lisa. But that is just one of the many wonders you can see at the museum.
  3. Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Montmatre is definetly my favourite area in Paris, and if you’re set on going, you should consider a visit to the church of  Sacré-Cœur. Not only does it have an amazing view if you climb all the stairs to the church, Montmatre is also know as it’s one of the most authentically Parisian neighbourhoods.

  4. Chateau de Versailles. The Versaille castle is technically not inParis, but if you the time, it’s definitely worth a visit. King Louis XIV wanted to have the most pompous and amazing castle in France, where the Versaille castle and its wonderful gardens became the result. One of the most popular rooms is the Hall of Mirrors.
  5. Jardin du Luxembourg. If you find yourself in the 6th district of Paris, you should definitely consider a visit to the Luxembourg Gardens. It’s the perfect place for a Sunday stroll, or go to the nearest bakery or supermarket to buy some food and enjoy a picnic by one of the many beautiful spots in the park. There’s also a big park for kids, though with a small entrance fee.
  6. Cruise on the Seine. This is something I’ve done several times, and though many recommend to go just around sunset, it’s worth a trip any time of the day. You can book a dinner on the cruise Bateau aux Mouches (including piano and violin playing). Of if you just want to enjoy the city of Ligts with a guide, you can book tickets for 10€ online for Vedettes du Pont Neuf.
  7. Arch de Triumh. The Triumphal Arch is one of Paris’s most fmous monuments,  standing at the end of Champs Elysée (which is deffinetly worth wlking down. Another opportunity to get an amazing view of the City of Lights.
  8. Nore Dame & La Chapelle. Notre Dame and La Chapelle might be some of the most famous and extraordinary churches of Paris. Notre Dame is one of the first Gothic cathedrals in Paris, also with the opportunity of a great view, if you do decide to climb the 400 steps to the tower. La Chapelle is known as the prettiest church in Paris, used by the royals before the French Revolution.
  9. Père Lachaise Cemetery. This is the largest and most popular cemitary in Paris, the first garden cemitery in Paris. There is several famouse singers, writers etc burried here, etc. Edit Piaf, Oscar Wilde and Jim Morrison.

  10. Any bakery in Paris. As timeout wrote on their article about bakeries in Paris “Not to indulge your sweet tooth in Paris would be a crime.” No matter which bakery you’ll go into, you find yourself drowling over the most delicious french cakes, pastries, baguettes and macroons. If you want to try some of the real french special but dont feel like going to a resturant, a bakery in Paris is the perfect place to go.

Thats all for now darlings! If you have any questions or comments, write them under this post! xxx

What au pairing has taught me or When there’s 7 weeks left

Hello darlings!

Summer has finally come to Paris, and time is flying faster than ever. I cannot believe all I have æeft of my Paris-adventure is 7 weeks. When you’re in it, you never really see how time is flying, until you’re near the end. And even though I’m overly excited about next year too, I know leaving Paris is gonna be one of the hardest things I’ve ever done so far. Saying goodbye to your host-family, your friends and the most amazing city ever. I’m not gonna have a dry eye, and here are the 3 reasons why au pairing has been the best year ever:

  1. I got out of my comfort zone. Even though there’s still plenty of possibilities for you to do new stuff in your home city, nothing says leaving your comfort zone, as moving to a completely new country and culture. I’ve never been as challenged and happy as I have this year, so I guess they’re right when they say the real magic is happening outside your comfort zone.
  2. I got to do everything I wanted. Having been in school for 13 years, I’ve always had things to do. Homework to read, assignments to write and exams to prepare for. For the first time in my life. I have been able to do exactly what I wanted to. Stay in been all day watching series? No guilt. Spending all your money on coffees and crepes? Nothing you really need to pay for anyway. One of the things which have made this year so amazing, has definitely been because I’ve been able to live my life exactly as I wanted it.
  3. I found myself. Okay, I know it’s one of the biggest clichés ever said, bur for me it was true. I went to Paris with many expectations, and after having fought my way though college, there was still so much I wasn’t sure of. What I wanted to do with my life, what was truly important for me. Who I was, when I wasnt a student, a worker or anything else but just me. And all the questions I had befre, has in these last 9 months been answered.

Thats all for now – remember to follow me on my instagram to stay updated on my life in Paris! xx

A booklover’s Paris

 

Bonjour a tout le monde

Today is the first day of spring! Can you believe how the time is flying? The weather is getting better, the days are getting longer and summer is just around the corner. For a writer like myself Paris is such an amazing city with loads of inspiration, and it’s gonna be so nice being able to sit by the Seine and write again. However it’s still gray and rainy, but until the weather gets better I’ve written a post about the Paris I love, a booklover’s Paris.

The bookstores

Have you also tried walking around in bookstore after bookstore, leaving disappointed because there were no English books to be found? You don’t have to worry any longer, because I have founf the 3 best bookshops in Paris with english books:

Shakespeare and Co.

If you have ever read about Paris, talked to people who have lived here or been visiting yourself, and you like to read at least a bit, you have heard of Shakespeare and Co. It’s an English bookshop, right next to Notre Dame. It was founded in 1951 by George Whitman. Ever since it opened, many artists, writers and intellectuals have visited the shop, and many have even been invited to sleep among the bookshelves and piles of books. Shakespeare and Co is without a doubt my favourite bookshop in Paris.

Where to find it: 37 rue de la Bûcherie
75005 Paris (metro stop Cité)

The Abbey Booksop

Not far from Shakespeare and Co, you’ll find the Abbey Bookshop. A wonderful messy and completely full, English bookshop. As you can see on my photos you can barely enter between the bookshelves because of the many piles of books. Unfortunately, the Abbey Bookshop is often overlooked my shops like Shakespeare and Co. However, I can promise you it has all the books you desire and to considerable smaller price than the more famous bookshops.

 

Where to find it:   29 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 75005 Paris
(metro stop Cluny – La Sorbonne)

 

Gibert Jeune – Librairie générale et papeterie

Gilbert Jeune is, as the name gives, a yellow bookshop right in front of Saint Michem metro. It its a french bookshop, but they have a rather big english department (seperated from the 4-floors of french books though).You can basically findy anything you want, new books as well as second hand books, which you can find on sale to resonable prices.
It has a great collection of books in both english and french, not to mention all the gorgeous notebooks and cute gifts you can get in there as well.  It’s very central and close to the other two bookshops I’ce described for you, so if you’re already in the area I’d recomend you to have a look at this “little” yellow bookshop as well!

Where to find it:  5 Place Saint-Michel, 75005 Paris
(metro stop Saint-Michel)

 

The best cafés in Paris

Salut a tout le monde!

So after almost 5 months in Paris, I’ve gotten to know the city pretty well. Of course there is always more to discover in a city like this, but I’ve crossed of most of the things on my bucket list. But to be honest I’m spending a lot of my time on cafés, which is a big part of the Parisian culture. Here I have collected some of my favourite and best cafés here in Paris.

1. Season Paris
If you love a cozy and hipster café with delicious breakfast Season is the best. With their reasonable prices and delightful bowls of greek yogurt and musli, decorated with fresh fruit and granola Season is my favourite place to go for a non-french breakfast. They have base close in the 3rd district, just a couple of stops from Bastille.

Adress:
1 rue Dupuis 75003 Paris (metro station: Temple or République)

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2. Le Carette 
Le Carette is one of the more expensive cafés to try in Paris, but one I’d recommended to try. It’s an amazing atmosphere, cozy from the cute, flowered cups and plates to great service to delicious food. It is described on their website as “one of Paris’s prettiest pâtisserie”, founded  1927 by Jean Carette and his wife Madeleine, There is 2 Carette cafés in Paris, one in le Marais and one close to the eiffel tower at Place du Trocadéro.

Adresses:
25 Place des Vosges (metro station Chemin Vert)
4 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre (metro station Chemin Vert)

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3. Le vrais Paris
Le Vrais Paris is located in a perfect spot in Montmartre, ideal to experience the atmosphere in (according to me) the best area in the city of lights. If you´re going there for a cup of coffee or a full meal, I can definitely recommended this lovely café. I’ve been there so many times since I first arrived in Paris, though I always preferred to sit outside by the street to really absorb the atmosphere. As I said you can find it in Montmartre in the 18th district.

Adresses:
 33 Rue des Abbesses (metro station: Abbesses)

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4. Bistro François Félix

Bistro François Felix is located right next to Place De Concorde, very central at the very end of Champs Elysée. I’ve often went here for a cup of coffee and a pain au cocolate for breakfast, however their menus consists of various drinks and plates. The café is very cozy with a perfect location, especially if you have a lot on the program. This would be a great café to start a busy day in Paris!

Adress: 
9 Rue Boissy d’Anglas (metro station: Concorde)

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I will keep adding cafés to this list, so stay updated!

 

 

4 lessons in 4 months or Why I love my job

If you’re going to be sad, you might as well be sad in Paris.

Once again I have no idea where the time went and it’s been too long since my last post! I really can’t believe it’s almost christmas and in just 15 days I’m going back home to see my friends and family again. I’ve been in Paris around 4 months, and I gotta tell you it’s been some of an adventure so far. I think we all have these big expectations of how a year abroad will be, but to be honest I feel like most of my expectations has turned out to be fulfilled. Everyday in Paris is like a fairy tale. Not that Im saying you don’t have bad and challenging days too, but all in all that’s how I feel. And here I’ll give you the best parts of being an au pair in Paris:

  1. The city in itself. I mean, it’s Paris. Do I need to say more? All that you read and and hear about this city of lights is more or less true. Everyday I get to go out, and whatever it is I’m doing, I get to do it in Paris.
  2. The children. I know some people become au pairs only for the city or only for the cultural experience, but for most it’s also because I really like children. And even though it can be the most challenging thing I’ve ever done, it’s also the best decision I’ve ever made. I mean getting to look after 3 absolute amazing children day after day and even get payed for it? Yes please!
  3. The friendships. As you know from my previous post I have experienced that amazing people can be found everywhere.  And even though all my friends are from completely different countries than mine, I’ve discovered that some of the friendships I have are the best I’ve ever experience. I believe I’ve found friends for life as an au pair, how cheesy that may sound.
  4. You get to experience and see another culture up close. When you become an au pair and get close with your host family, you get to see the culture as it really is. Not just as a tourist passing by, but as every other french family who lives in France.

That’s all for now!
A bientôt

Pros and cons of not living with your host family

A lot of people have been asking me how it actually is to be an au pair and NOT live with the family. Since I’ve only tried to stay in with a host family for 2 weeks, I don’t really know how it is to live with the family (and of course it depends on what kind of family you have), but I thought I’d write a post about my thoughts on how it is to be a live-out au pair:

Pros:

The privacy. I get to go out and discover Paris when I want to, without having to worry about annoying the family. I get to have friends over and family and friends from back home. And you don’t have kids coming to your door when you’re just in you room relaxing.

Free time is free time. When I’m off at 20.30 in the evening, I get to leave. It means that even if the children are screaming and don’t want to go to bed, it’s not my responsibility. I actually get to be free when my schedule says so, and I don’t have to feel obligated to go out and pick up the screaming child, because I get to leave.

You live on you own in Paris. I know living in Paris no matter what is amazing, but for me I really love the fact that I’m kinda living on my own. Even though I’m staying with the sweetest lady ever, I sometimes feel like I’m just on my own in the city of lights, and I love it.

Cons:

Okay to be honest I could only think of one con to not living with the host family, for me anyway:

Connecting with the family. When you’re not living in with the family, it takes more energy and time to connect with them, especially with the children. As you all know I got to go to Saudi Arabia for two weeks with my host family a couple of weeks after I arrived, and that helped me a lot to connect with the family, because I was with them all day.

In conclusion I’d say that, if you are someone like me, who values to and needs their own time and to really be able to relax, being a live-out au pair is the best solution.
A bientôt!