Paris

paris // a thousand threads
Of all of the places we visited this summer, I feel the deepest connection with Ireland… which should come as no surprise. My grandmother was Irish, and I grew up in the Pacific Northwest. Ireland feels like home.

That said, I have to admit that the place I was most excited to take Mark to was Paris. As a little girl, I always wanted to visit, but as a teenager, my mind wandered off to more exotic places… feeling certain that the Paris everyone carries on about would let me down. Then, in my early 20s, I found myself there…

And in many ways I mean that completely.

I actually had a terrible experience on my first trip to Paris and a huge falling out with a relative that’s never been fully repaired…

But in the moments before and after, I wandered the city by foot and by train, to the catacombs, the streets of Montmartre, and all the way out to Versailles. I sat in Marie Antoinette’s garden and cried for the mess my life was at that moment, and felt hopeful for what I knew it had to become. I sipped wine, smoked at cafes (part of the mess I left behind…), and indulged in the beautiful food and the beautiful shopping just down the street from my tiny hotel on rue Saint-Honoré.

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Coming back felt cathartic, and coming back with Mark… more special than I can explain. So much has changed in the eight years since I was there last… and yet Paris was there waiting, like an old friend who’s seen you at your worst and loves you all the same.

We visited the sights, threw a key in the Seine, and enjoyed one of the most wonderful meals – at Le Petit Célestin – that we’ve had in some time.

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It was too short, too rushed to see everything I wish we’d have seen. But then, given enough time I’m not sure I’d ever want to leave.

… but the most important piece, that Mark come to love this city I feel such affection toward, only took a moment.

As we drove to the airport, he was already planning our next trip… and our next… and certainly one to see the Tour.

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I worried I’d talked it up too much. That he’d only see the grit, or the attitude, or the signs warning tourists to watch out for thieves… but he was as enamored of every bit of the city as I was and still am… and to be able to share that with him meant the world.

7 Comments

  1. Posted October 15, 2014 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Love the photographs of Paris, I have visited twice as well and I loved it more the second time. It is a place you never get tired of. Delighted too that you feel a strong connection with Ireland, as it is my homeland and I always love coming home no matter where I go

    All things nice…

  2. Posted October 15, 2014 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    Oh, how I love these photographs–and the way a person you love falls for a place that you can’t wait to introduce them to!

  3. Joo
    Posted October 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm | Permalink

    my husband Randy and I always talk about going back… i hope soon. it’s all just too romantic to not experience again. and thank you for sharing these beautiful photos. not to impose, but i feel like you should do a photo album of these photos… :)

  4. Posted October 15, 2014 at 7:17 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been to Paris 3 times now and still fall in love with it everytime i go!

    Lizzy at Nomad Notebook

  5. Posted October 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    Paris has always been my #1 dream destination. I’ve been thinking about that city for as far as I can remember… so thanks for sharing these wonderful pictures :)

  6. Posted October 16, 2014 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    I’m glad you were able to leave your past experiences behind and share this special city with Mark!

  7. Posted October 17, 2014 at 8:41 pm | Permalink

    *highlights, bolds, underlines Paris on my bucket list* -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

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