TRIP PLANNING: RELIVING MY DAYS IN PARIS

It’s happening guys! This is going to be the ULTIMATE TRIP for Retracing My Stamps.

I’M GOING BACK TO PARIS!

My Paris roommate/best friend, Stacey, and I are planning a trip to Paris with the aim to relive the days we spent in this beautiful city we once called home. Exactly 10 years ago, I was planning my move to Paris for a semester abroad. And today, I am making plans to relive those unforgettable moments.

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CONFIRMING OUR ACCOMMODATION

I actually tried to contact my landlord in Paris to see if we can rent the same flat we lived in. Unfortunately she sold the flat a few years back. So we ended up booking a flat through Airbnb that is just a few minutes walk away from where we were. I can’t wait to see how Rue de Sevres looks like now! The cafe we spent most of our mornings at before school, the grocery store, the butcher shop, the bakery….OH MY GOD!!!

At the courtyard of our home in 2006 on Rue de Sevres, Paris.

At the courtyard of our home in 2006 on Rue de Sevres, Paris.

We had to climb 7 flights every day to go home, but the view was way worth it.

We had to climb 7 flights every day to go home, but the view was way worth it.

LISTING OUT THE PLACES WE MUST SEE

Stacey and I are both SUPER type A and created a Google Spreadsheet with a list of all the places we must visit. Here’s what we have so far:

OUR HOME: Rue de Sevres
OUR FAVORITE RESTAURANTS: La Marquis, this Chinese Place near Montparnasse, the crepe place by our school, the Greek place by our school, McDonald’s (Yes, I miss that curry sauce. Don’t Judge), and this Fondue place in St. Michel.

This is our favorite Chinese restaurant by Montparnasse but we don't remember the name!

This is our favorite Chinese restaurant by Montparnasse but we don’t remember the name!

THE CLUBS/BARS WE FREQUENTED: The Oz in St. Michel, this Irish Bar in Bastille, Duplex

The squad at Duplex plus some random couple making out. haha

The squad at Duplex plus some random couple making out. haha

PLACES IN PARIS CREATED UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS: Pont Neuf, Jardin Luxembourg, Champ des Mars, Pont de Bir-Hakeim, Passage Jouffroy, Port de Clignancourt

Not bad for a flip phone camera in 2006.

Not bad for a flip phone camera in 2006.

These are places that managed to remain in our memories even after 10 years. So we can’t wait to see what they are now!

This is what we did every morning. We chill at Cafe Jav down the street.

This is what we did every morning. We chilled at Cafe Jav down the street.

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PLANNING A DAY TRIP TO REIMS

No trip to Paris is complete without a day trip to a nearby city. There are so many beautiful places to see within an hour or two train ride away. Instead of going somewhere we’ve been to, we decided to take a trip to Reims. Yes, we love the bubblies, but we chose Reims because it played such a significant part of French history. And of course, we can’t wait to soak up every drip of what Champagne has to offer, literally.

PLANNING A SHORT TRIP TO NICE

One regret that Stacey and I have, besides not moving to Paris completely, is not taking a trip to the South of France. We were so in love with Paris that we were reluctant to travel outside of it. This time we decided to spend a few days in Nice. We booked a beautiful ocean view room at Le Meridien on the beach (EEEK!!!!) and are super excited as we would’ve never been able to afford it as college students way back when.

Although we’re planning to relive our days in Paris but we’re also looking forward to explore some new areas of the city. So if you have any recommendations for us, please leave a comment!

Can't wait to go back!

Can’t wait to go back!

So far the planning process has been amazing. I can’t think of a better way to honor this experience and to celebrate my friendship with Stacey than to go back to Paris. Although, this time I’m not going to be charged for over packing as I have become addicted to packing light in the past decade. 

Stay tuned as I will be giving updates here so you can join me every step of the way.


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