I thought I’d continue on my Paris theme with a post about one of my favorite things: food. As I said in my previous post, I was living on a student’s budget so most days my meals consisted of a baguette sandwich or a cheap pastry. But there were a couple restaurants that I would splurge on that didn’t break the bank.
L’as Du Falafel
This tiny restaurant located in the Marais (the Jewish district) is pretty famous despite its small size. It’s a favorite of celebs like Lenny Kravitz. Almost every orders the Falafel Special, which features delicious fried falafel balls in a pita surrounded by fresh veggies and taziki sauce. The best part is the fried eggplant, which I had never had before, but it melts in your mouth. And the best part is that it’s only 7 euros! It features indoor sit-down dining, or a walk-up window to take your falafel to go.
Le Refuge des Fondues
This is another hole in the wall restaurant that is popular with both Parisians and tourists alike. Its most memorable aspect is that they serve you wine in baby bottles, which is always a great photo op with friends. The fondue here is absolutely delicious. The restaurant is very small with two long rows of connected tables lining both sides, so you end up smashed together with other diners. It’s a fun way to get to know new people. Dining here is a little more expensive than the other places my friends and I would frequent, especially if you ordered multiple bottles of wine, so we only went here a couple times. It was worth it though for the fun experience and great food.
Warning: the waiters here are extremely rude. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be part of the charm of the restaurant, or if they really are just mean people, but don’t let it bother you. They continuously tried to shush the diners when I was there, but we all just kept up with our lively conversation anyway.
This street isn’t a restaurant, but rather a place where my friends and I often bought food since our school was located there. It’s nestled in the 14th Arrondissement of Paris and is known for its collection of specialty food stores and markets.
There were a few Greek specialty stores filled with bins of salty olives and tubs of garlicky hummus. The one next door to our school featured carry-out falafels for 3 euros. While they didn’t rival those from L’as du Falafel, they were still delicious and affordable.
There was also a noodle shop that sold every kind of noodle imaginable. I tried a few different varieties of ravioli that were to die for, even for a cooking-impaired person like myself.
At the entrance of the street, there was a very fragrant cheese stall that stunk up the first block. But once we got past the stench, we bought cheese there often.
When I think of Rue Daguerre, Hemingway’s “movable feast” comes to mind. Not only in the sense that there were so many types of food available on one small street. But also in the sense of community and liveliness of the street itself.
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My semester spent studying abroad in Paris were some of the best months of my life. Living on a student budget (aka nothing) and traveling with my friends on a whim. What more could a hopeless romantic like myself want?
So I thought I’d share some of my favorite places in and around Paris. My camera is cheap and my photography skills are limited, but I thought I’d share my own personal photos. Plus, it lends some character to the whole experience.
The Eiffel Tower
The obvious choice, but for obvious reasons. By day the Eiffel Tower is a majestic piece of architecture. But by night it transforms into a magical, sparkling, enchanted beacon in the center of the city of light. My friends and I spent many a night enjoying the hourly sparkles with a bottle of champagne. Oh la la!
Sorry for the blur!
It took a short train ride out of the city to reach this destination, but it was totally worth it for a Marie Antoinette addict like myself. The palace itself is gorgeous and opulent, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed exploring the grounds, gardens, and Petite Trianon. And of course, I couldn’t get enough of the amazing chandeliers.
Hall of Mirrors
Relaxing by the lake
Monet’s home and gardens had been a dream destination for years, so I was beyond excited to visit this Garden of Eden. It was crazy to see the inspiration for many of Monet’s paintings in real life. I spent hours there snapping pictures of the gorgeous flowers. I only wish we had been allowed to take photos inside Monet’s home. Each room was painted a different bright hue that lit up the room.
The beached rowboat featured in many of Monet’s paintings
This tiny museum that was formerly the royal orange tree greenhouse was probably the museum/art gallery that I visited the most, even though it was the smallest. Its main exhibit features 8 of Monet’s water lily paintings, inspired by his lily pond at Giverny. The two huge rooms were oval shaped, with the long, rectangular canvases curving along with the walls. It created this amazing infinite feeling, like one painting flowed into the next and continued on forever.
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Even though I am a great lover of fashion and all its expensive designer brands, I’m also a recent college grad and soon-to-be law student who can’t afford the expensive duds you see in all the glossy magazines. So I bargain shop. I’ve received a lot of compliments lately on pieces I’ve bought at Target that are comparable to more elite brands. So there you have it: proof that you don’t need to break the bank to look great!
Nude Structured Bag
Tory Burch Amanda Hobo Bag // $465
Target Merona Bag // $20
Brown Platform Sandal
Michael Kors Chiali Platform // $295
Target Mossimo // $29.99
TOMS Classic Crochet Slip-Ons // $57.95
Target // $20
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As a proud Texan, I don my cowboy boots with everything from dresses to shorts to jeans. Along with being comfortable, they add a certain southern flair to any outfit. I saw this picture on Pinterest and it immediately inspired me. I can easily imagine myself in this outfit, or in the very very very distant future wearing cowboy boots under my wedding dress.
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Platform heels have all the fabulousness of stilettos without the teetering footsteps and painful blisters. These two are absolutely to die for!
Amiclubwear // $79
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I feel like the color yellow has somewhat of a bad rep, which I find very sad since yellow is such a bright and vibrant color that can really amp up an outfit. These two outfits have a gorgeous pop of yellow.
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Although I’ve always been a big fan of the LBD (little black dress), I’ve seen a lot of really cute LWD’s lately (little white dresses). Fun silhouettes and details update the look of this wardrobe staple. These two LWD’s are perfection.
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