Paris Guide What Olivia Did Last month my mum, nan and I hopped on to the Eurostar for what was ultimately 48 hours in the French capital city. With neither of them having visited before, I was handed the tour guide badge, and left in charge of planning an itinerary in order to do as much in a short space of time as possible (with minimal walking and metro stops- and maximum fun included). In order to hopefully inspire anyone planning a trip there, I thought I'd pop together a mini-guide of how to spent a couple of short days (or one night) in the city- in hope it might narrow down the hundreds of awesome places to go.

Please note- I'm definitely not an expert on the city (understatement of the year) and this little travel post is ultimately aimed at Paris newbies- the people that haven't been before or are planning on doing a wee Channel-hop, and although do want to discover a couple of hidden gems, do want to do some typically Parisien things and a bit of sightseeing too!

To Stay:

W Paris Opéra:
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Although there are lots of beautiful places to stay in Paris (some of which I've mentioned before)- the W Paris Opera has to be up there, and certainly wins serious points for scoring such a fantastic location (as well as some of the friendliest staff I've ever met). Not only is it about as central to everything as it gets (walking distance may I add- especially to some seriously gorgeous department stores)- but for breakfast, a bath with typically Parisian balcony views and a room that is not only comfortable, but seriously oozing interior inspiration (let's just say that our television CAME OUT OF THE BED PEOPLE)- it ticks all of the boxes- and meant that although we weren't in the room often coming back to rest was a complete luxury and treat in itself, and definitely one I can recommend.

W Paris - 4 Rue Meyerbeer, 75009 Paris, France

To Eat:

Carette:
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Although a little pricey (but still truly delicious), we opted for Carette essentially down to it's fantastic location. After arriving in Paris (with grumbling bellies)- we wanted to get eating and sightseeing as soon as we could, so this gorgeous little cafe was the perfect option. Located next to Trocadéro (which to me and you means opposite a certain famous tower)- we sat down (outside, perfect for people watching) to filled baguettes and coffee before hot footing it across the road for one of the best views in the city. On top of that, they also do amazing macarons- take note!

4 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris

Angelina:
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Although there's a few of these little chocolate havens dotted around the city, the one along Rue di Rivoli is must visit for a reason. Located near enough opposite the Louvre, and home to one of the best (if not arguably the best) hot chocolate in Paris as well as delicious pastries, unreal deserts layered with cream and caramel and tempting cakes- it's the perfect place for a sugar fuelled pit stop (and was rumoured to also be a favourite of a certain Ms Chanel).

226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Hotel Amour:
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Having heard a handful of amazing things about this place (from some pretty cool people), I swiftly booked a table and we headed there for dinner during our evening there. Although a little walk from the hotel, this place was situated comfortably near Moulin Rouge- and hidden away enough that it wasn't massively busy (but try and head early, as it definitely filled up by about 8pm)! A favourite for brunch and dinner- we sampled the delicious salads (definitely necessary after a day of bread and pastries)- which were healthy, exciting and pretty reasonable too- bon appetit!

8, Rue Navarin 75009 Paris

Cafe de Flore/Le Deux Magots:
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Situated along the Boulevard Saint-Germain (a famous shopping and eating street along the river), these two cafes are two of the most famous in Paris and wonderful to sit outside, refresh and do some people watching. Although both pretty similar, Le Deux Magots was a haunt for artists in writers in the 1900's, with everyone from Oscar Wilde, Hemingway and Picasso sitting here to bide their time. Anyway- less of the history Liv! These places are pricey. Although they do a good sandwich (and apparently an excellent omelette)- they're not a bargain (and as it's usually so busy the service is a little slow)- so it's probably best to grab a coffee here above everything, but a nice experience nonetheless! On top of that, they're along the same street as the Diptyque flagship store, which is amazing- and filled with so much sweet smelling goodness too!

6-172 Boulevard Saint Germain, 75006 Paris

To Shop:

Chanel:
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...but not just any Chanel! Head to the flagship on Rue Cambon for the ultimate 'Coco' experience (all of which sits prettily underneath her apartment above- pretty special, huh?). The first Chanel store ever opened which boasted her debut collection- this place feels like an archive of history, and one of the most beautiful shops I've ever been in (and resisted spending money in, too). Although I've only ever stopped in to pick up lipstick (which meant I still left with a stunning monochrome bag)- the place is certainly a wonderful experience, and a treat even to pop in!

31 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, France

Ladurée:
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Did you really expect me to do a Paris mini-guide without mentioning this place? I don't think I massively need to explain why it's worth visiting here, but if you're a fan of a macaron then just do it- trust me. There's plenty all over Paris (so you can usually tie a visit in with the next place you're exploring)- so it's definitely worth a stop in to pick up some treats from the Eurostar home. Although I usually visit the branch on the Champs-Élysées (which, as you can imagine, gets VERY busy)- there's so many about- but it's still worth popping in early to avoid queuing!

75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

Printemps/Galeries Lafeyette:
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If you're a fan of department stores, than be sure to pop in to this power couple of the French shopping world! Galeries Lafayette to me is more reminiscent of somewhere like Harrods in the UK- with the most beautiful architecture inside (which is worth popping in for itself), and Printemps being slightly more contemporary- perhaps like Selfridges! Both are worth popping in to (Printemps has a Ladurée, and Galeries Lafayette an Angelina)- so they're also great to get lunch in too, if you don't quite fancy going shopping!

Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France

To See:
Okay, so it feels a little silly listing the main tourist attractions here, but I thought I'd pop down what we saw (and in which order)- in case anyone is planning a route around the city that isn't too complex!
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So, on our first day we started over at Trocadéro- this proved a great location for a spot of Eiffel Tower viewing (and tourist shots)- and also meant we were only about a 15 minute walk away from the famous Arc de Triomphe- which we headed over to next. With that being at the head of the Champs-Élysées, we were able to walk along there (making a few quick shop-stops, of course), before taking a short detour to the Rue di Rivoli and Louvre- top points for ticking off landmarks, team!

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Paris Guide What Olivia Did Last month my mum, nan and I hopped on to the Eurostar for what was ultimately 48 hours in the French capital city. With neither of them having visited before, I was handed the tour guide badge, and left in charge of planning an itinerary in order to do as much in a short space of time as possible (with minimal walking and metro stops- and maximum fun included). In order to hopefully inspire anyone planning a trip there, I thought I'd pop together a mini-guide of how to spent a couple of short days (or one night) in the city- in hope it might narrow down the hundreds of awesome places to go.

Please note- I'm definitely not an expert on the city (understatement of the year) and this little travel post is ultimately aimed at Paris newbies- the people that haven't been before or are planning on doing a wee Channel-hop, and although do want to discover a couple of hidden gems, do want to do some typically Parisien things and a bit of sightseeing too!

To Stay:

W Paris Opéra:
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Although there are lots of beautiful places to stay in Paris (some of which I've mentioned before)- the W Paris Opera has to be up there, and certainly wins serious points for scoring such a fantastic location (as well as some of the friendliest staff I've ever met). Not only is it about as central to everything as it gets (walking distance may I add- especially to some seriously gorgeous department stores)- but for breakfast, a bath with typically Parisian balcony views and a room that is not only comfortable, but seriously oozing interior inspiration (let's just say that our television CAME OUT OF THE BED PEOPLE)- it ticks all of the boxes- and meant that although we weren't in the room often coming back to rest was a complete luxury and treat in itself, and definitely one I can recommend.

W Paris - 4 Rue Meyerbeer, 75009 Paris, France

To Eat:

Carette:
Paris Guide What Olivia Did
Although a little pricey (but still truly delicious), we opted for Carette essentially down to it's fantastic location. After arriving in Paris (with grumbling bellies)- we wanted to get eating and sightseeing as soon as we could, so this gorgeous little cafe was the perfect option. Located next to Trocadéro (which to me and you means opposite a certain famous tower)- we sat down (outside, perfect for people watching) to filled baguettes and coffee before hot footing it across the road for one of the best views in the city. On top of that, they also do amazing macarons- take note!

4 Place du Trocadéro et du 11 Novembre, 75016 Paris

Angelina:
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Although there's a few of these little chocolate havens dotted around the city, the one along Rue di Rivoli is must visit for a reason. Located near enough opposite the Louvre, and home to one of the best (if not arguably the best) hot chocolate in Paris as well as delicious pastries, unreal deserts layered with cream and caramel and tempting cakes- it's the perfect place for a sugar fuelled pit stop (and was rumoured to also be a favourite of a certain Ms Chanel).

226 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris, France

Hotel Amour:
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Having heard a handful of amazing things about this place (from some pretty cool people), I swiftly booked a table and we headed there for dinner during our evening there. Although a little walk from the hotel, this place was situated comfortably near Moulin Rouge- and hidden away enough that it wasn't massively busy (but try and head early, as it definitely filled up by about 8pm)! A favourite for brunch and dinner- we sampled the delicious salads (definitely necessary after a day of bread and pastries)- which were healthy, exciting and pretty reasonable too- bon appetit!

8, Rue Navarin 75009 Paris

Cafe de Flore/Le Deux Magots:
Paris Guide What Olivia Did
Situated along the Boulevard Saint-Germain (a famous shopping and eating street along the river), these two cafes are two of the most famous in Paris and wonderful to sit outside, refresh and do some people watching. Although both pretty similar, Le Deux Magots was a haunt for artists in writers in the 1900's, with everyone from Oscar Wilde, Hemingway and Picasso sitting here to bide their time. Anyway- less of the history Liv! These places are pricey. Although they do a good sandwich (and apparently an excellent omelette)- they're not a bargain (and as it's usually so busy the service is a little slow)- so it's probably best to grab a coffee here above everything, but a nice experience nonetheless! On top of that, they're along the same street as the Diptyque flagship store, which is amazing- and filled with so much sweet smelling goodness too!

6-172 Boulevard Saint Germain, 75006 Paris

To Shop:

Chanel:
Paris Guide What Olivia Did Paris Guide What Olivia Did
...but not just any Chanel! Head to the flagship on Rue Cambon for the ultimate 'Coco' experience (all of which sits prettily underneath her apartment above- pretty special, huh?). The first Chanel store ever opened which boasted her debut collection- this place feels like an archive of history, and one of the most beautiful shops I've ever been in (and resisted spending money in, too). Although I've only ever stopped in to pick up lipstick (which meant I still left with a stunning monochrome bag)- the place is certainly a wonderful experience, and a treat even to pop in!

31 Rue Cambon, 75001 Paris, France

Ladurée:
Paris Guide What Olivia Did Paris Guide What Olivia Did
Did you really expect me to do a Paris mini-guide without mentioning this place? I don't think I massively need to explain why it's worth visiting here, but if you're a fan of a macaron then just do it- trust me. There's plenty all over Paris (so you can usually tie a visit in with the next place you're exploring)- so it's definitely worth a stop in to pick up some treats from the Eurostar home. Although I usually visit the branch on the Champs-Élysées (which, as you can imagine, gets VERY busy)- there's so many about- but it's still worth popping in early to avoid queuing!

75 Av. des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris, France

Printemps/Galeries Lafeyette:
Paris Guide What Olivia Did Paris Guide What Olivia Did
If you're a fan of department stores, than be sure to pop in to this power couple of the French shopping world! Galeries Lafayette to me is more reminiscent of somewhere like Harrods in the UK- with the most beautiful architecture inside (which is worth popping in for itself), and Printemps being slightly more contemporary- perhaps like Selfridges! Both are worth popping in to (Printemps has a Ladurée, and Galeries Lafayette an Angelina)- so they're also great to get lunch in too, if you don't quite fancy going shopping!

Boulevard Haussmann, Paris, France

To See:
Okay, so it feels a little silly listing the main tourist attractions here, but I thought I'd pop down what we saw (and in which order)- in case anyone is planning a route around the city that isn't too complex!
Paris Guide What Olivia Did Paris Guide What Olivia Did Paris Guide What Olivia Did

So, on our first day we started over at Trocadéro- this proved a great location for a spot of Eiffel Tower viewing (and tourist shots)- and also meant we were only about a 15 minute walk away from the famous Arc de Triomphe- which we headed over to next. With that being at the head of the Champs-Élysées, we were able to walk along there (making a few quick shop-stops, of course), before taking a short detour to the Rue di Rivoli and Louvre- top points for ticking off landmarks, team!

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56 comments:

  1. This is making me so tempted to go to Paris in the summer after my exams! I really want to go to the Chanel store!
    Jodie xo // JodieLoue

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  2. Carrette sounds amazing! I need to get myself over to Paris x

    VanessaVonJames | Fashion Blog

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  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Makes me want to go back x
    eleanor's adventures // UK Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  4. Lovely photos !
    xx
    shititsmidnight.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Good list, a nutella crepe is also a must! and the pharmacies for some good skin care bits :) Got to love Paris, I hope to go back again soon :) Lovely photos x

    www.lifeinthefashionlanee.blogspot.com

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  6. Beautiful pictures, it's my dream to go to Paris! Living so far away does not make this realistic, haha.

    Emma | ohflowerchild.blogspot.com

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  7. gorgeous photos and guide Olivia, Paris is such a dreamy city <3

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  8. When you think of Paris, this is just what I think of. So picturesque!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  9. I love spending my time in Paris ! Nice photos

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  10. I am now definitely tempted to jump on the Eurostar and go to Paris for a night or two. I have been nagging myself to do so for years and this post has provided further temptation to go. Lovely blog post, love the pictures! Craving Macaron's now too, they look delicious!! x

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  11. you captured Paris perfectly in these photos/descriptions. lovely, lovely post.
    xx Sarah
    Russian Dressing

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  12. Gorgeous photos! Will take note of your food recommendations for my next visit :)

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  13. Beautiful photos! I really need to go to Paris soon!

    Sophie x | SophiesMakeupBlog

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  14. Great post Liv! Ive only been to Paris once but hope to go back again soon and explore it some more :) x

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  15. I have wanted to go to Paris for literally ever, I've only been to go to Disneyland, this post has made me want to go so much more! You've captured the beauty of it so well, ahh! xx

    Gemma Louise | Just Little Things

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  16. I adore Paris!!! This makes me want to go back <3

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  17. All of these hotels look so gorgeous - I haven't been to Paris in years, and this is definitely making me want to go!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

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  18. Great choices, Paris is so beautiful, makes me want to go back!

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  19. I love this! This guide is exactly what I need. Love the macarons! xx

    myprettymummy.com

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  20. I've been to Paris loads of time and had different experiences there (luxury, hipster, budget) so I've done most of these, but I've not stayed at W Opera yet! I love the transitional decor - definitely a hotel to consider for my next trip! x

    Jasiminne | Posh, Broke, & Bored

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  21. Uhg, Paris looks like such a dream! Picture perfect! Cant wait to visit!

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  22. This is making me miss Paris so much! It's such a beautiful city, if only Melbourne wasn't literally on the other side of the planet!

    Tessa at Bramble & Thorn

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  23. And once again your photography has made me want to go out with a camera and shoot the entire world in one go. Absolutely, beyond stunning photographs.

    Having lived in Paris last year, I agree with many of these points! ESPECIALLY La Duree. A total must-see!

    xx lacoconoire.com

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  24. Your city guides are amazing Liv, you always know the best places to go and where to stay. And your photograpy is simply flawless, I love your images.

    Beth xox.

    www.bethnorton.co.uk

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  25. That hotel looks amazing! want to go
    xo
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  26. wow these pictures are stunning, makes me want to go to Paris so bad. xx

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  27. I am a sucker for Angelina's hot chocolate and cannot wait to go back for more! Super photos and recommendations :)

    Martha - http://tulipsandtales.blogspot.co.uk

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  28. what an absolutely beautiful place. paris seems so romantic x

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  29. Such beautiful pictures! The architecture is stunning! And macarooooons!!

    Zandra // AZTEC DOLL Fashion & Beauty Blog

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  30. I love all the photos!!! :) were you allowed to take photos inside Laduree? Last time I went they were quite strict about it

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  31. I'm going to Paris this summer so I'll definitely be checking out of few of these places! Thanks for the great recommendations x

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  32. Lovely post! If I can give you (or any people visiting Paris) some tips, I would recommend you visit the Musée Carnavalet (in the 1st arrondissement, centre of Paris), which is a beautiful museum dedicated to the city and its history. There is also the Jardin des Plantes (7e arrondissement), perfect to have a walk around beautiful Natural History museums.
    There are a lot of other places, but you've chosen great ones; I love the Printemps/Galeries Lafayette ;)

    Julia xx
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  33. what beautiful photos! Ill keep this list in ind on my next trip :]

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  34. Thank you so much for posting this Olivia! I actually literally just booked my flights to Paris (going in July) so this is very helpful! Looks like you had an amazing time there. Cannot wait to go.

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  35. A brilliant post - thank you! I've wanted a mini guide to Paris just on the off chance that I get to go this summer so this is perfect.

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  36. We're going in two weeks and these are incredibly helpful tipps particularly since I intend to eat tons of macaroons!!!

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  37. What a great post! Thank you!
    Could you please inform me about the camera that you've used to take the photos? Which one was it?

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  38. Loved reading your post - especially as I see you love macarons. Paris is always a good idea with macarons! Your photos are stunning too. Glad you had a lovely time and hope you come back again soon...

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  39. great post! photos are amazing!

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  40. Paris is my favorite city and I cannot wait to return. I like your restaurant recommendations which I will need to try out when I visit next. Your photos are beautiful.

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  41. I used to go to Paris a lot as a child when I lived in Germany, more for Disneyland than anything but now I want to go to see the city so badly! It looks incredible! And although I've been many times, it doesn't quite feel like it.

    Lorna | www.studsanddreams.com xx

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  42. I am just about to go to Paris for a month to a language school, so this blog post was really interesting! http://newgirlontheblog.me

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  43. I bet you had great time there. We are planning a trip to France this summer and this post will be very useful for the planning. Thank you for sharing = )

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  44. Love the idea of 48 hours of pure Parisian experience, what about transforming your best French memories into a book? It's easy with Memeoirs, check it out http://ow.ly/MU3iB

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  45. Gosh, these are lovely photos! Paris is on my list of destinations to visit and you've listed some great places :)
    Life inside the Locket

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  46. The architecture and scenery of Paris is so stunning. It's so delicate but beautiful.

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  47. The architecture and scenery of Paris is so stunning. It's so delicate but beautiful.

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  48. Your photography is so beautiful! Love your blog - cannot believe I didn't see it until today :)

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

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  49. Awesome! I just applied for my passport to go!

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  50. I consider Paris my home away from home and well you did it great! There are many many places more to see and visit but for 48 hours you did it great!!

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  51. I just love Paris pictures!

    These are my posts about Paris this summer.

    Will be back this weekend, i am already so excited!

    http://fashion-myonelove.blogspot.de/search/label/Paris%202015

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