Travel Diary | Exploring Paris + Normandy

Hello everyone! I’ve finally had some time to edit my Europe trip from January and thought to do a travel diary post each week. A month away there resulted in a ton of photos that I plan to spread out according to cities, so stay tuned for more. The photos below happened on different days, but I wanted to combine all photos of Paris and Normandy into one. Be forewarned for a photo-heavy post after the jump!

Unfortunately, the week that I arrived was the same week that twelve people were killed at the offices of the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo and the slogan “Je suis Charlie” was born. There was a march that following Sunday morning that I wished I could’ve participated but fatigue set in as soon as I got to my AirBnB flat. On a side note: for long stays, I highly recommend staying at an AirBnB to be more cost-effective. I woke up and head out of the flat to explore and was able to capture some remnants from the march.

I was in Paris for about a week doing some work and even squeezed in a boudoir shoot before K.L. arrived for two weeks. We spent the next day exploring more of the city seeing before heading to Rome the following day. We explored Sacré Coeur, Notre Dame, Musée du Louvre, Versailles and had plenty of escargots for dinner.

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Sacré Coeur

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Notre Dame

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Musée du Louvre

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Versailles

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Camembert + Rouen

When my friend Linda arrived first week of February, we all took a road trip to Normandy and stopped off at a little town of Camembert to see how the cheese was made and finished the night in a cute quaint town of Rouen. The drive to Camembert was quite an adventure in which rain was persistent and the tour was not what we had imagined arriving. It was more self-tour on a small farm and we ended it with a purchase of a nice round of cheese and apple cider. We stopped by a small bakery to grab one baguette to round out the meal for our road trip back.

In Rouen, the town was known for some great seafood, so we stopped by a cute little restaurant La Petite Auberge for dinner. As you can see below, the plate of assorted seafood was more than mouth-watering goodness.

After the road trip, it was clear that each city in France would bound to have a beautiful cathedral for the town folks to gather round. Each town’s cathedral was bigger than the rest and Rouen’s was definitely impressive. The architecture around the town was one out of storybooks with its colorful exterior and crooked lines. This city left a mark on me and I highly recommend visiting the town if time allow for your travel.

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Mont Saint Michel

When K.L and Linda left, I had about a week before my month in Paris ended. I spent the time catching up with old friends that I haven’t seen in awhile and made new friends before I left. One of the trip that I wanted to make was to see Mont Saint Michel. We didn’t have time to squeeze that in the last time we were in Normandy, so a solo trip was needed to accomplish the goal. It was about two hours to the train station near there and about 40 minutes bus ride to the town where the chateau was held.

Rain welcomed me there for the afternoon, but thankfully the sun sneaked through the clouds just enough for me to capture some clear sky with the chateau. Low tides allowed me to walk across the sand out to grab a great view of the chateau. It was then that I was thankful to have my trusty Hunters boots to keep my clothing safe from the wet muddy sand. The trip was well worth the trek and another highly recommend place to see and check off.

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last day in Paris

My last day in Paris was spent checking off items on my list that I had yet to see. One of which was Saint Chapelle with its magnificent glass-stained windows and beautiful arches. Also on the list was heading up to the 56th flour of Tour Montparnasse to soak in the gorgeous 360-degree view of the city of Paris with the Eiffel Tower.

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And that concludes Paris in a nutshell. I love to hear your experience below if you’ve ever been to Paris as well. Rome will be up next week but feel free to skip ahead with my travel vlog until then. Thanks so much for reading till the end!

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