Monday, April 23, 2012

{Pinch Me, I'm in Paris!}

One of the biggest lessons I've learned about life abroad is that it is just that... It's still life.
Work is busy, your husband gets stressed juggling work, school & you, your house is a mess, you are too tired after a long day to figure out what to cook for dinner... 
On Friday night last week I was feeling so mentally, emotionally and physically drained from a long work week and from saying bye to my Mom, I was almost feeling sorry for myself that we had planned yet another weekend away. 
But then I realized we're going to Paris. And in the wise words of Audrey Hepburn: Paris is always a good idea.
So in my exhausted and disheveled state of mind, I packed a bag and got ready for a weekend jaunt to the city of lights.

The second we touched down I got giddy butterflies. Sure I had to wake up at 4:45 and I needed a cappuccino stat, but we were in PARIS! As we walked up the stairs of the Metro to street level, my eyes met the gorgeous quintessential Parisian architecture I hadn't realized I missed until right that second. I spent the weekend in awe of the charmed life we live. What amazing memories I am making with my husband. We will surely look back on this time in our lives and remember it as some of our best years and times together.

Here are some iPhone photos from our weekend. As for the "real" photos? Well, they'll have to get in line behind St. Andrews, more Edinburgh, Barcelona, Amsterdam with my Mama and the Keukenhof Garden :) Will I ever catch up? Stick around and watch me try!

Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!!
Have you all been to Versailles? Holy smokes. Absolutely breathtaking. Words and photos really can't do this place justice. You just have to go and see it for yourself - incredible!! We will definitely be back.

{Photos by Liz Denfeld}

40 comments:

  1. fun-j'adore.

    always a good idea indeed

    you just missed the marathon though..shame

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  2. ahhh Paris! Sorry you had a hard week :( We miss you guys and we are hoping to visit this fall!! I've been on the hunt for flight deals! I can't wait to see more photos. xoxo

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  3. J'adore la Paris! I went twoish years ago with Chris - we went to the Sacre Ceour and he made me climb the steps rather than take the tram/train thing that goes up the hill side! I would have been up for the challenge if I didn't have a chest infection at the time! SO mean lol.

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  4. well done on doing the "date" the european way ;)

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  5. I've always wanted to go to Paris & write mine & Luke's name on a lock. I think it's so cute that you & Corey did! :)

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  6. i've never been to Paris....seeing these beautiful pictures makes me want to go now!

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  8. WOW. What amazing pictures. Hoping to some day make it to Paris...

    You are such an inspiration, Liz! You are living the dream and discovering the world. It's truly amazing. :)

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  9. Following over from Trail Mix today and WOW, THESE IMAGES ARE AMAZING.

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  10. I love that you took this trip and I will be anxiously awaiting more pictures. Paris is at the top of my wishlist. :)

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  11. Audrey Hepburn is always right. :) So glad you had a nice time in Paris!

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  12. I'm dying to go to Paris, somehow it's one of the only big cities in Europe that I've missed! Those crepes look to die for, love!

    xxx
    Jenna

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  13. Paris is always a good idea - I love that quote! Can't wait for more photos!

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  14. Oh how I wish I could just jaunt off to Paris!! Audrey was so right :)

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  15. this looks so lovely! you two lead such a wonderful and charming life!

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  16. You know every American girl reading this is super jealous, right? :) It looks like a great time. I'll just continue living vicariously via other bloggers.

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  17. oh so jealous you get to just jump over to paris! how wonderful! those pics are great and hope you had such a great time!

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  18. Paris is such a fabulous city, was just there a couple months ago. Love your boots!

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  19. your pictures are beautiful! and i can totally relate to the whole "living abroad is still life" thing. none of my friends get it when i say i'm still living an every day hectic life even though i live in a different country!

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  20. You are living the dream right now! I love your photos from Paris! How did you sneak your camera into some of those museums? :] Sneaky! I'm so glad you did!

    molly
    http://alwaysamrsforeverakidd.blogspot.com

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  21. I'm officially jeal! You look marvelous darling... like a natural Parisian ;)

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  22. Beautiful pics Liz! I must get to Versailles one day!

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  23. Awesome!! I'm so sad I didn't get to Versailles when I was in Paris! Just another excuse to go back to France I guess!! Pictures look fab!

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  24. i am glad you have crepes. thats what i automatically think of when i think of paris...and the effiel tower!

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  25. You are one lucky girl! Love that photo of the lock on the bridge.

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  26. Audrey was definitely right...Paris IS always a good idea! Glad to see you had fun in my favorite city, and I can't wait to see the rest of the pictures!

    xoxo,
    Joelle

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  27. what wonderful pictures, liz!! paris looks gorgeous and that crepe - oh my!! this gets me SO excited for our european adventure, which starts in Paris. t minus 36 days! wahooo! ;)

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  28. Welcome back to NL! You are too cute in front of the Louvre! Love the lock pic and also Versailles of courseeeee.

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  29. You are so very spot on about not realizing how much you miss a place until you are living/breathing/seeing it. The last time I flew Amsterdam-Jakarta, I stumbled off the plane and was hit in my gut by a wave of HOME!

    Did you have a pot of hot chocolate at Angelina's? Such a decadent, essentially Parisian treat. (:

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  30. eeeeee I can't wait to see the real ones, though these look darn gorgeous to me!

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  31. I love living vicariously through your photos.

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  32. those crepes are making my mouth water. can't wait to see more pics!

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  33. Beautiful Iphone Pictures. I can't wait to see the "Real" pictures!

    iwanthappilyeverafter.blogspot.com

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  34. Love the pics, glad you had fun!

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  35. I am so jealous of your Paris trip. I keep asking the boy to take me but this is also my spot for my dream proposal (cliche I know... but whatevs)so I am trying to be patient. I totally get what you mean about life ruining your 'we are world travelers and so totally cool' vibe. We are here there and everywhere and sometimes life is just that... doesn't matter what language everyone else is speaking.

    Love Elle xo

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  36. I really like your blog! I'm a Portlander who is not nearly as adventurous as you.

    I enjoy traveling vicariously through your blog. I'd love to hear more about how you can manage to travel so much - not just in Europe, but it seems you did that a lot in Portland too. Traveling is so expensive, and takes so much time. How do you do it? Please give us some pointers and inspiration to follow your lead!

    Thanks, Heidi
    www.portlandbabylon.blogspot.com

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  37. Paris never lets you down - I love it! Glad to hear that you spent a lovely weekend there...
    ... and about living abroad... you are so right: after a while, it is "still live", with all its ups and downs :) but an exciting one for sure! happy weekend, xx

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  38. YAY! This makes me extra-super-duper excited to study abroad!!

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  39. goooorgeous gorgeous! paris is so definitely on my list.

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