Paris: Spring in the City of Light

Hotel Sully Paris by Katie Kukulka

It really is true what they say about Paris in the spring, it’s unbelievably picturesque. Flowers are in bloom, fluffy clouds are overhead, and a sprinkling of rain feels refreshing between warm days. During my week long stay I lived like a local, took over 4,000 photos and made some incredible discoveries.

I truly enjoyed every moment I spent in the City of Light. I climbed to the top of Notre Dame to visit the gargoyles. Scoured the puces for antique treasure. Experienced the city from the top of the Eiffel tower at midnight and viewed iconic works of my favorite impressionists.

Paris_20Katie Kukulka in ParisParis by Katie KukulkaParis by Katie KukulkaNew_Paris_5Parisian CatParis by Katie KukulkaEiffel Tower by Katie KukulkaParis by Katie KukulkaParis by Katie KukulkaIMAGE DETAILS: The courtyard of the Sully Hôtel. Looking out the window of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature. Me in my JCrew Metro coat, FRYE Veronica slouch boots and ONA Chelsea camera bag. The view from “my apartment” for the week. The floor of the Musée Carnavalet. A streetlight outside of the Place des Vosges. My feline neighbor. Detail of a historic door in the 7th. The Eiffel Tower from the corner of Avenue de Suffren and Rue de Buenos Ayres. The interior of Saint-Paul Saint-Louis Church. The courtyard of the private club next to the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature.

A Few Paris Travel Tips

LIVE LIKE A LOCAL
Living like a local in Paris is made possible thanks to sites like airbnb. You can rent an apartment in your favorite part of the city and truly immerse yourself in the culture. This visit I stayed in a beautiful one bedroom Parisian apartment for less than the cost of a hotel. I truly felt at home. (Sign up for airbnb with this link and receive $25 off your first booking.)

LEARN A LITTLE FRENCH
I spent the weeks leading up to my trip learning French with the Pimsleur method. The program is incredibly effective, I went from knowing absolutely no French to a very basic conversational level in under a month.

Each lesson is about 30 minutes in length and consists of audio lessons with native French speakers. I found listening to them in the car the perfect scenario. I could turn it up loud, listen for nuances and repeat. I have been recommending the program to everyone. If you are interested in giving the Pimsleur method a try, save 25% by using the code SAVENOW at checkout.

BUY AUTHENTICALLY FRENCH SOUVENIRS
Early saturday morning (8:00AM will do but earlier is better) head to the Marche aux Puces de la Porte de Vanves. Which is, in my opinion, the best flea market in Paris. It’s small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in quality and price. Just take metro Line 13 to the Porte de Vanves stop to get there.

You can pick up some really amazing and truly authentic french souvenirs, like antique papier-mâché pencil boxes, beveled glass picture frames and teacups made in France a century ago.

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17 Comments

  1. Lynn Carlisle
    June 18, 2014 / 2:20 PM

    What fantastic photos!! I feel like I am in Paris!!

  2. June 19, 2014 / 5:59 AM

    I just got back from Paris this past week! I second the staying in an apartment vs. a hotel! Such a different experience, but I enjoy it so much more. I think I ended up buying more books than anything as souvenirs!

  3. June 28, 2014 / 6:48 AM

    I love how you captured all the small details that most people ignored but that speak so much of the history of a place. And thank you for the tips. I am planning a Paris trip in the near future and these are very helpful.

  4. July 14, 2014 / 5:34 AM

    I am absolutely in love with the lion and blue door. Such an amazing mix of colours!

  5. July 16, 2014 / 10:44 AM

    I have never seen anything more perfect than your pictures…

  6. July 26, 2014 / 7:16 AM

    How interesting these photos are, you seem to have an eye for the unusual! Buying French souvenirs sounds wonderful, although I always find myself wandering into a Zara store no matter where I may be visiting! Thanks you so much for sharing your experience!

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  7. July 29, 2014 / 7:32 AM

    i second the lion and the blue door…love your take on the details…and a paris flea…i’m green with envy!
    kyla @ http://houseofhipsters.com/

  8. August 6, 2014 / 12:43 PM

    Wow, your pictures are amazing . I love how you have a ‘different’ view of things ! It just showes you a different side of this beautiful city, . Keep up the good work !’

  9. September 5, 2014 / 5:18 AM

    This is the first time I’ve come across your blog and I’m in love! Your photographs are so beautiful! I have a feeling I’m going to spend hours lost in your blog :)

  10. September 16, 2014 / 6:03 AM

    Love the Pictures and your blog (found it today)! Paris is always full of photo oppurtunities, have been here for 2 weeks now and still can’t stop shooting :)

  11. September 30, 2014 / 1:42 AM

    Stunning pictures. Love all the little detail shots.

  12. October 7, 2014 / 1:11 PM

    Amazing pictures :) The photo with a lion is really nice. And I was in Paris in September. Was the Eiffel tower at midnight crowded? Have you been to the Musée d’Orsay?

  13. October 3, 2015 / 2:50 PM

    These pictures are so beautiful! makes me want to go to Paris.
    Your blog is lovely. I could only wish I could blog like you.
    Zabby from voidinyourthoughts.blogspot.com

  14. November 21, 2015 / 10:25 PM

    These are absolutely gorgeous photographs… You have such an eye for detail and colour it’s spot on my taste. Love that picture of the cat especially. Looks so much like my own cat.

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