Bye LA, Bonjour Paris [Part II]

 

Here is the second and final installment of our Paris photos! I have more pics, but honestly, I can't make another one of these Paris posts without dropping everything and moving there. Some of my more well traveled friends actually rent an apartment in Paris for a few months out of the year, and I feel like that's going to be one of our next adventures when we have the time and budget (or at least can justify both). I am definitely not an expert traveller, but I feel like Paris really lends itself to this kind of experience— the city's markets are super high quality and cost effective (much more so than dining out here, which we found to be even pricier than anywhere in the US we've been) and each of the neighborhoods are so full of personality that you wouldn't get bored spending most of your time in one place. 

^How can you not fall in love with a door like this? How?!^ 

On our last day in Paris, we went to the ^Marché des Enfants Rouges^ in what quickly became my favorite neighborhood, the Marais. This market is more about prepared foods from different cultures (see below) than groceries. If I wasn't in love with the food in Paris before, this little market sealed the deal. 

You guys, Moroccan food!! Am I just really late catching on to this? And where can I get this in Los Angeles?! Please do share if you know any spots because this stuff is honestly amazing. This ^chicken tagine^ was like a savory, sweet, briny, warm-cinnamon hug. 

Sorry. I was going to post like four more pics of our meal, but I realize it's getting too intimate. Food porn pics are very personal, and I get that. 

We reserved almost a whole day for Paris' modern art museum, the Centre Pompidou, and I'm so glad we did. Not only was ^the view^ absolutely stunning, but their permanent collection rocks! We had to break for lunch in the middle because there was just too much to see! 

One of my happy places, standing in front of a ^giant Kandisky.^

I will never get enough ^Pollock.^

I will also never get enough ^shawarma.^

One of our nights in Paris, we decided to wander aimlessly through the city, starting at the Boulevard du Montparnasse. Somehow we ended up in the Latin Quarter, so I jumped at the chance to see the famous ^Shakespeare and Co.^ bookstore. It is the tiniest little shop ever, but crammed with an expertly curated selection. They don't let you snap photos inside (really, it is too small and crowded to even hold your camera properly), so all I have is this one I snapped while we were waiting to get in.

Oh, Paris at night. I mean... right?!