The Completion of My Paris Bucket List

I did it! I finished ALL of my Paris Bucket List! ..except for three items I couldn’t afford as a poor nanny. 

    
 The last few items on my list were not easy in the slightest. The first, and one I’m most excited about, is seeing the entirety of the Louvre. I did that. I saw it all. And you know what? It’s massive. Unbelievably massive. It took me five trips and that’s even after I’d been multiple times previously. There are so many hidden rooms and staircases that it’s ridiculous. Part of it was closed off but no matter, I found a way around all of the construction through hidden passages and just kept on going right through (around the construction, of course). The Egyptian section is mesmerizing. I’ve always had a love for ancient Egypt and so getting to see so many real sarcophagus’ and AN ACTUAL REAL LIFE MUMMY, pretty much made my whole life. While going through, I marked everything off on a map from the information desk and said map is now a tattered mess, yet still in tact for my offspring to be proud of one day. 

    
   
The second thing I’m most proud of is getting up at 4am to go watch the sunrise at Montmartre. It was glorious and everything anyone could hope for in Paris. Sitting on the steps of Sacre Cœur with Aimi and Gemma on our last full day in the city, breathing in the morning air.. Yes, I cried. It was a magnificent morning. 

 The last thing on my list that I completed, was actually completed at the beginning of my year. Let me explain. One thing on the list was “hipster theatre.” I wanted to go see an obscure show at a hole in the wall basically. But with time and how slowly I realized I was quickly leaving, it just wasn’t possible. Then, it hit me. I used to regularly go to Open Mic night at the Highlander when I first came to Paris. It was a small show with local artists put on in the basement of a Scottish pub – what more could I ask for in the hipster theatre respect? So there you have it, done.

COMPLETE.

SUCCESS.

All done.

..except seeing a show at Moulin Rouge, having afternoon tea at Ladurée and velibing (biking) around Paris because I just did not have the money for them. And that’s okay because everyone knows I’ll be back.

One day.

My first weekend in Paris

I suppose I shall recap the wonderful first weekend that I had in Paris.

To start things off, Tessa came into the city around noon on Saturday and from there we had a lovely time. The first thing we did was obviously the most touristy thing that you can do in Paris – we went to the Eiffel Tower. And had a picnic on the lawn. It was beautiful. There was a man blowing bubbles for the kids, a dog running around, people everywhere and it was just beautiful outside. Just people watching in this city is wonderful. Speaking of, there was a completely adorable little boy obsessed with the bubbles who couldn’t contain his excitement around them. He would run up to a gigantic bubble and want to pop it but then got himself so excited that he just couldn’t bring himself to do it, so he’d scream at it with happiness. Absolute cuteness overload.

"We look like unicorns!"

“We look like unicorns!”

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Bubbles!

Bubbles!

After this magical picnic on the lawn of the Eiffel Tower, we decided to wonder around. We found ourselves drinking wine on the Champs Elysées and having a grand ole’ time. And then it began. The horrendous harassment that I remember from last summer here. Cat calls and whistles and oogly eyes out the wazoo. Not so much that we couldn’t handle but just enough to get us on edge for something to go wrong (don’t freak out over that Momma, we’re big girls). Arriving at dinner at a cute little cafe near my apartment, we decided to get some dinner before going out. Little did we remember that dehydration is terrible here considering all of the wine and beer that’s drank at every meal, with little to no water. Therefore, the going out part of the weekend was a fail – thanks to me. Sorry Tessa!

Anyway, dinner was quite fun, especially considering that the waiter and bartender fell in love with us and told us their work schedule so that we would return. They were absolutely adorable.

And now for Sunday.

Sunday was absolutely breathtaking. We began our day at Montmartre and walked up the 300 stairs to get to the top instead of being weak and taking the transportation like everyone else. That being said, my legs are KILLING ME today. But still, we did it. And once we got to the top, we could see the entire city of Paris and even though it was incredibly foggy, it was still beautiful.IMG_4473

Then after lunch, came my favorite part of the day…

We went to the Montmartre Cemetery. And anyone who knows me knows just how in awe I was over seeing such an old Parisian graveyard. I felt like I was in a movie and was so excited that I Facetimed my parents and woke them both up just to see it. Seriously though, it was my favorite thing I’ve done/seen so far in the week that I’ve been here.IMG_4511

After that and dinner, it was time to say goodbye to Tessa for the week. We had such an incredible time together and I can’t wait for next weekend with her to have some more amazing adventures! So thankful to God that I have someone here to share in this experience who gets everything I’m going through. Our lives are identical right now in so many ways both here in Paris and back home in the States, it’s crazy. So I’m so thankful and grateful that she’s here with me.

And now I’m ready for this second week in Paris to begin and to see what awaits me now!