|View from the apartment balcony.
|Morning coffee on balcony. Tip: Bring a robe and slippers if you stay in an Airbnb to feel even more at home!
|Gorgeous herringbone wood floors in the apartment, along with the awesome Smeg fridge!
|Arc de Triomphe. So busy and touristy but definitely worth seeing.
|I felt the baby move for the first time standing right here in front of the Louvre!!
|Jet lag caught up to us so we had to take a break and rest in a park. Bring a light blanket or scarf with you if you don’t want to sit in the grass. Impromptu picnics and pitstops are popular in Paris.
|We stumbled upon this building on the way to the Eiffel Tower. The wall is entirely made of plants. So cool!
|Picnic by the Eiffel Tower. I think picnics are the way to go when traveling on a budget, especially if you choose great scenery! Baguette, cheese, sliced meat like prosciutto, nuts and fruit are my go-tos for a Parisian picnic.
|18 week baby bump.
|View of Notre Dame from a sightseeing boat cruise. Boat cruises are an affordable way to see the city from the water (and rest your feet).
|Had to buy some macarons from Laduree on the Champs Elysees.
|The line at Laduree is crazy long, but if you go to the bar in the back you can order all the same goodies (and a drink) with no wait.
|Latin Quarter in my black and white ensemble (trying to look like a chic Parisienne).
|I’m a sucker for street food, especially if it’s sweet. This was my first ever cronut (croissant donut) and it was yummy! Chocolate covered, of course.
|The Luxembourg Garden was one of my favorite places this trip. It was so peaceful and there are lots of chairs for resting achy pregnancy feet. Hemingway walked through this park often to get to his favorite bar.
|Supposedly Hemingway wrote The Sun Also Rises at this bar (one of my favorite books). He also really liked daiquiris, so Tom ordered one at the bar where Hemingway often sat (there is a little plaque on the bar).
|Gertrude Stein’s apartment. This was part of the Hemingway walk as well. Her book The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas was one of my favorite assigned readings while in college.
|Tom and I both lived in Hawaii for 3 years, so we had to get a picture of this cafe (although there was absolutely nothing Hawaiian about it).
|Notre Dame is just across the bridge from the Latin Quarter, so we hopped over here real quick before dinner (although we didn’t go through it this day). Real men aren’t afraid to carry their wive’s purses when they get too heavy 🙂
|Gelato stands are EVERYWHERE…which is dangerous if you love ice cream and gelato like I do.