Sisterhood in Paris (Part 1)

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Last weekend, my sister hopped over to Paris to bring me a visit and to breathe in some Parisian oxygen. She was extremely lucky, as the weather was absolutely amazing for the time of year and we had the best time wandering the sunny streets and taking it all in. She arrived quite late on Friday, surprising me with a nice vase of Red roses and a big smile on her face.

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The card says ‘because I love you’ in Dutch.

We immediately went to Le Montaigne; a nice and fancy restaurant at Boulevard Montparnasse where we had the best Paëlla, followed by cocktails at La Coupole. La Coupole is famous for its Art Deco interior and because it has been the meeting place of some very important people in the past, like Picasso and Edith Piaf. Both places were awesome: recommend!

But the real fun began on Saturday. It had been my sister’s birthday in October, but I hadn’t had the chance to give her a proper birthday present at the time. So on Saturday, I decided to surprise her with the most epic breakfast of her life: a late birthday picnic at the Eiffel tower.

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We walked underneath the tower with the rest of the tourists and then looked for a nice picnic spot to spread out our blanket. The weather was extremely nice for November, so we kicked of our shoes, took of our sweaters and nestled in the sun.

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Then, I started to unpack everything I brought. Croissants, une baguette, Brie, saucisson sec, confiture, butter, salt and pepper, macarons, fruit salad, Boursin and of course… Champagne! All French essentials were there.

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I popped open our bottle…

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And, together with the Eiffel tower, we toasted on my sister’s birthday. (While doing this, we even got a thumbs up of a local police officer. He totally approved our picnic, that’s for sure.)

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Oh, and we added a croissant au confiture. Just because we can.

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Then, we attacked the food. I buttered and seasoned my freshly baked bread.

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She chose her favourite macarons.

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And we dug in.

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In between all the brie, sausages and baguettes, we also made time for some relaxing.

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We stayed for several hours, it just felt like there was no need to end the picnic at all. We even got seduced into buying those cliché Eiffel tower key chains!

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After a long while, we thought it was time for a bathroom-break and maybe some more exploring. So we went home to refresh ourselves and then continued our day at Le Marais. Le Marais is a neighbourhood in paris that covers parts of both the 3th and the 4th arrondissement and is mostly known for its art galleries and hipster population. We walked along the different boutiques on our way to place des Vosges: beautiful flower shops, fancy vintage stores and luxery bakeries.

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One bakery sold a sweet pastry we had never seen before: Guimousses. So we had to try one of course.

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We chose a yellow Guimousse. It was wobbly and soft, like a vast flubber (is that even a word?). My sister poked in it…

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and smelled it suspiciously.

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She didn’t like it in the end, but I did. It tasted very sweet, like lemon lollipops. If you’re in the neighbourhood, give it a go, because I don’t think many places sell stuff like this. And if you try it, let me know what the other colours taste like!

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Funny street art on our way to place des Vosges

Then, we arrived at our destination: la place des Vosges. A nice green square, surrounded by beautiful, symmetrical houses who were once inhabited by the rich and famous (for example Victor Hugo, who wrote the hunchback of Notre Dame).

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Clouds were rolling in and the air started to look amazing, but it was very hard to capture its beauty. This super dark picture below gives the most adequate impression of what the clouds looked like.

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The square is surrounded by fancy stores and galleries so it is ideal if you want to do some early Christmas shopping.

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We particularly liked the tea shop of Dammann Frères.

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They had hundreds of different teas, all of them stacked away in luxury boxes.

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My sister started sniffin’, and took one home herself.

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A tea lovers paradise!

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We continued our walk, and ended up in a courtyard next to la place des Vosges. We immediately fell in love with it, as it had an enormous wall of autumn-coloured ivy. I took some pictures of K…

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But then she insisted I had to join her.

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“Come next to me, baby sis!”

Sadly, the picture quality isn’t that great since, at that point, my camera died and we had to switch to iPhones to capture it all.

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But the exploring was still not over yet! From la place des Vosges, we walked to la place de Republique and on to the Seine and the Notre Dame.

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By then, the evening had fallen and we could enjoy the gorgeous city lights while watching the street performers entertain the crowd.

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We ended the night in another part of town at a fantastic restaurant, called le Dépanneur Pigalle. The restaurant was extremely cosy, with a lot of wood and a lot of people. They serve cocktails, tacos and burgers and we couldn’t have asked for more. Thanks to the awesome weather, people were even sitting outside on the benches, wrapped in soft blankets.

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We ate until our stomachs were stretched as far as possible and had a whole lot of interesting, funny sistertalk. and then, with a last look on the Moulin Rouge, it was time to go home.

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Please stay tuned, because my sister was in Paris for one more day, so I have some more stories to share in the next post!

xx B

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