Postcards from Paris | Notre-Dame, Gardens & More

Postcards from Paris: Notre-Dame, Tuileries

I’ve got lots of photos to share for today’s installment of Postcards from Paris — from the Louvre to the Tuileries Gardens and more — so grab that coffee and let’s get to it.

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For starters, though, let’s talk about where we stayed.

Rather than paying an arm-and-a-leg for a hotel, we went the AirBNB route. And let me tell you guys: I’m never doing it differently!

We really lucked out with our place – it was super central, in a safe neighborhood (the seventh arrondissement), and adjacent to one of our favorite streets – Rue Cler (where we picked up most of our daily picnic supplies). We were steps from the Eiffel Tower, too!

If you look at the photo below, we’re in the middle building – second floor from the top.


On the corner of our street was the Bedford Diner, which is also a Brooklyn-based restaurant. This helped us to feel a little close to home, even though we preferred to stay off the beaten path and go “where the American’s don’t go,” as it was worded. Have I mentioned the French really don’t like us much (at first)?

One night, we ended up at a nearby dive – a smoke-filled, hole-in-the-wall bar with really quirky, vintage decor. (Think typewriters, floor lamps and sofas.) It was kinda charming, actually. I asked – in broken French – for three glasses of wine, and the bartender ignored me and gave us a bottle. No complaints there, obvi.

He spent the rest of the night throwing ice at us constantly, but I think that’s just because he didn’t know how to wink.

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It’s hard to resist an autumn walk through the parks of Paris. And there are a lot of them.

Among my favorites were the beautiful Tuileries Gardens (below), which stretch their chic French lawns along the grand Seine river between the Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. A close second is the lovely Luxembourg Gardens.

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On our way to check out the Louvre.

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The Arc de Triopmhe is perhaps the most iconic of all French monuments. The traffic is mayhem and it’s crawling with tourists, but it’s a sight that thrills nonetheless. Kinda like Times Square if you’re not from New York, I suppose?

The Arc stands at the center of Place de l’Étoile, which is the hub from which all 12 grand avenues meet and radiate to form the star for which the Place de l’Étoile is named.

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Another one of my favorite landmark locations was the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris. I grew up in an Irish-Catholic household, so exploring and experiencing one of world’s most renowned religious centers was a bucket list item of sorts.

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Notre-Dame is technically known as the heart of Paris.

It’s easy to miss, but there’s a brass star in the sidewalk across the street from the cathedral’s main entranc. This marks the exact location of Point Zéro des Routes de France, wherein all distances in France/from Paris are measured from this spot.

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Always wearing my matte Westward Leaning sunglasses (from Olivia Palermo’s collection).

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Art-directing our poor picture-taking stranger. 

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One of our favorite things to do in Paris was to walk. We spent countless hours and logged lots of miles strolling up and down the Seine, especially. Like a true tourist, I’m pretty sure I have 200 variations of the same photo!

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… And all that walking was a good thing, because we often stopped for blueberry or Nutella crepes. And wine.

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 For more posts from Paris…

Postcards: Eiffel Tower exploring | Louvre & Luxembourg Gardens
Personal style/outfits: Practically PJ’s | A striped ensemble | Pretty in Pink | A Pleated Maxi


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