So, I’m gonna start this post with a disclaimer Nathan wanted me to put out last week: The time we spent in Paris was freezing cold. Well… 2-3 degrees above freezing, actually. It was cold, windy, rainy, and down-right miserable most of the time we were there. Though we had our cameras with us 90% of the time, it became miserable to stop, take off our gloves, and take a photo. That being said, Nate came home completely disappointed in the photos he took, and didn’t really want me to blog them. I, however, think they’re just wonderful and want to share, anyway. So there you have it. I win. :)
Once Lorie and Jon were gone, Nate and I checked into a hotel my Mom suggested to us. Oh my goodness, I loooooooved our hotel. Loved it! We stayed at the Emeraude Hotel Madeleine in Madeleine Plaza. It was right next to a major Metro stop, their staff was so welcoming, and the room was darn right adorable. :)
This was the view from our room!
This was from the day I fell in love with a store the States don’t have (yet?) called Habitat. I mean, seriously. I never thought I’d fall in love with a coffee table, but seriously, look at this coffee table!
The puppet was singing Kurt Cobain songs, incase you were wondering.
They have red cups in France, too! <3
My favorite. :)
I think this may have been the one sunny day of our whole trip! So Nathan and I were hanging out by the Eiffel Tower when we came in contact with Non Stop Joe. This guy saw us, ran up with his tv crew and explained he has a 24 hour streaming show on a local website. Then Non Stop Joe asked point blank if he could give one of us a piggy back ride. I was slightly terrified and said no, Nate declined as well, and Joe was on his way.
To this day, Nate regrets not getting a piggy back ride from Non Stop Joe. True story.
Every dog we met in Paris made us miss our Huck Finn!
Thank goodness for automatic timers in our cameras!
I know I’m posting way too many pictures of the Eiffel Tower, but I can’t help it!
For some reason the photo on the left makes me uncomfortable. Like we’re looking up the Eiffel Tower’s skirt or something. ;)
Left: A Paris local. Right: American. (I know we can be hard to differentiate sometimes!)
So yeah, we found a pamphlet for an American company- Fat Tire Bikes that gave Segway tours around Paris! We’d been wanting to ride Segways for ages, and this seemed like the perfect time for us. (I’d actually wanted to do the Segway tour at Epcot, but I hear they don’t let you off the ‘bunny’ slow setting… Unacceptable!) Well, we met our Segways (“Segzy Legs” and “Wall-E,” respectively), and it was love at first sight. Seriously, these things are SO much fun to ride!
I’m wearing 3 sweaters, a heavy coat, scarf, poncho, AND helmet in this photo. (It was 37º and raining most of our time in Paris- Miserable!) Even though we looked like the biggest nerds ever and I feel like we may look like the modern day Griswold family portrait in National Lampoon’s European Vacation, I’d do it again any day!
Omg… I can’t believe I’m posting these! *Covers face.*
On our last night, we walked the Champs-Élysées which was decked out for the holidays. We passed this really shady shack that encouraged people to step inside to take pictures with Santa. The whole thing was so creepy looking, and even more creepy when we saw a quite un-jolly Santa smoking outside. (I’m crossing my fingers that wasn’t the real Santa!)
We ended our very cold, very nice trip to Paris with some long exposure shots. :)
Disneyland Paris photos to come Sunday! :)