the last scenes from paris

September 16, 2011
It seems like I could keep posting photos from Paris forever (but I'm sure you're all sick of them by now). I'd like to dedicate this post to the little moments that make a special trip.. well, special.
the steps from vanessa's flat
First, is this photo. I'm not sure if I mentioned this, but Vanessa's flat is on the fifth floor of her apartment building. No elevators, and a lot of spiral stairs. I love spiral stairs, and I loved that these greeted me every morning (especially since I was going down, not up), and the way the soft light hit them.
parisian street signs
To be honest, I don't remember where this was taken or why I thought this street was important. More than anything, I think I chose this because of the sign. I loved the ornate borders and the fact that it was so different than ordinary street signs. Elegant, even. Elegant street signs? Yup, Paris will do that.
cutest little cafe
As long as I'm being honest, I didn't eat here. But I loved that it was bright pink with green shutters (perhaps reminiscent of watermelon)? These aren't the colors you ordinarily see around Paris, but in the Old Town the colors were plentiful. They reminded me of Santa Cruz.
Ahh... le tour eiffel. Why is it so difficult not to gush about this? Every time the tower peeked out from behind a tree, or I didn't realize I'd be seeing it (like on the bridge between the Ternes and Charles de Gaulle √Čtoile on Metro Line 2), it just made me happier.
berries at the market
One of the things I miss most about Europe is all of the fruit stands. Fresh fruit everywhere. Sure, we have our famers' markets but in Europe it was so typical to pass by a dozen fresh fruit displays in one day. It was perfect.
billy + co
Bookstores are one of my favorite places to be, and being at this particularly well-stocked and very famous one, was lovely.
arc de triomphe
Somehow, when David and I were in Paris last year, we missed this. Looking up at the infinitely tall arc bathed in golden hour light was an amazing way to see it for the first time. I never expected it to be so enormous, but even just looking at these photos (and comparing it to the cars!) it's such an incredible landmark.
parisian rainbow
And, just behind the Arc de Triomphe, the rain had just stopped and the sun had returned. This was my day of on-and-off rain, and a rainbow over the Champs Elysees at the end of the day was such a serendipitous way to commemorate my time in beautiful Paris.

And... now that the Paris posts are finally over.. coming your way Monday: Denmark!


  1. lol, I'm not bored but then I have so many Paris photos to post myself. seeing you in the same places I went to makes me very sad we werent there at the same time - next time perhaps :)

  2. Did you just say, "tired of Paris"? Not possible.

  3. wow so pretty! glad you are able to document even the smallest of moments that way you will never forget the feeling you had in Paris. I am so in love with spiral stairs..I'm not sure why but they are so fantastic! Excited to hear all about Denmark! :) -Lo

  4. That first photo is amazing! I love the red polka dot dress :)

  5. i wouldn't mind paris pictures forever- they're beautiful! thanks for sharing :)

  6. I thought the same thing about the Arc de Triomphe...huge! Definitely a surprise.

  7. i've loved all your paris photos and stories. i must confess, i've never been that interested in visiting paris, but your posts are changing my mind. can't wait to see/hear all about denmark!

  8. seriously, I would never get sick of your Paris posts. Kind of sad that they're over!