Solo Traveller Adventures: From Florence to Paris, with Love

I could tell you so much more about Florence - about the great people I spent time with, about that night we - a Trini, some Italians, a Polish grad student and a Kazakh went to a belly dancing show after our wonderful aperitifs, about the smells and sounds of San Lorenzo Market, where I spent a few hours just people watching, buying coffee (of course!) and truffle oil and wine tasting, about how I accidentally ended up in Trattoria ZaZa while looking for another place (of course I got lost!) and had the most amazing lunch ever.

Ossobuco from Trattoria Za Za



But then if I went through all that, I would not be able to share a few photos from my relaxing return to Paris. I planned nothing at all for Paris - no tours, no visits to monuments. I just had a hotel reservation and that was it. I wanted to just be - to be unorganised, unscripted, unscheduled. Wanting to not be a part of the mad rush that Paris typically is, I chose to stay on the hill - Montmartre - my favourite part of the city. And during my short visit, I headed to my breakfast spot every morning with my Kindle, had a bowl of coffee, brioche and jam, visited the Sacre Coeur, people watched, drank wine, ate pastries, ate French food, spent time with a long lost friend, drank more wine, spoke in broken French.

I had this the first morning I had breakfast at Coqueclicot in Montmartre and could not finish it all
Breakfast after that was much lighter. lol. A bowl of coffee was too much even for me!

Le Sacre Coeur - oui!

I love walking through Montmartre - fave part of Paris

Montmartre views

Th view of Paris between the trees on the hill

Wonderful little place if looking for a bite in Montmartre!

Dinner at Autour du Midi, Montmartre

This is what you call a mall!!! 


I also took a trip out of Paris for a day in Provins - a well preserved medieval city about 2 hours away from Paris by train. What a lovely day out of the city. Provins was not only quiet and stress-free, but also very quaint with its medieval fortresses, bistros and homes.

I just liked this.

Le Tour Cesar in Provins

Loved this church in Provins

The town is really well preserved. It was a real throwback kinda visit.

Lovely crepes were had here!

The view while walking along the top of the defensive ramparts

For those who love doors


Of course no visit to Paris would have been complete without one special visit. You just must!

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5 comments:

  1. Hi! Stopping by from SITS blogging. The photos are all beautiful! I hope to visit these places someday. :-)

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  2. Oh these photos! You've done a beautiful job of capturing the places you visited - makes me want to go there. Sounds like a lovely adventure! That photo of the car is outstanding!

    I host a Photo Friday link-up each week; I'd love it if you considered joining us as this post is perfect for it.

    Stopping by from Sharefest!

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  3. Oohl la la! I haven't been to Paris for years so I just love looking at your pictures and reminiscing. Coming from #sitsgirls

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  4. Oh these photos.... LOVE! Montmartre is my favorite part of Paris, too... and you captured it all so beautifully. LOL at that bowl of coffee--yes, that's a lot even for me!

    Sounds like such a magical trip, my sweet.

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  5. Hi lovie! I'm beyond jealous, but still so happy for you, that you're able to travel and enjoy yourself! These are gorgeous photos and makes me wish I could have been there with you.

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