five days in paris

galerielafayetteroofIt’s just past seven in the evening in sunny Malmö, Sweden. I’m sitting on my Uncle and Aunt’s balcony, nursing a can of Brygg (Swedish beer) as the sun slowly dips over the Öresund sound.

It’s very peaceful here. Peaceful and restorative, which is wonderful in consideration of my recently-acquired head cold. I spent the majority of a sunny Tuesday in bed, cursing the result of five wet days in the Parisian rain. As our Air bnb host (Luc Perrin) sympathised, “…vous êtes très malchanceux!” (‘you are very unlucky!’). But regardless, we enjoyed every minute.


aaronmapNow, I should probably write a forewarning on this post: it’s very picture heavy. Aaron and I were kind of (or a lot) overwhelmed by the sheer beauty of the city itself, never mind the abundance of food.

I’m not going to attempt to produce any sort of ‘city guide’ in this post as we were only in Paris for five poorly-researched rainy days (Aaron actually called me a ‘bad foodie’ as I had no idea where to eat; uh, guilty as charged). However, if you’d like some more extensive (and well-researched) notes on food stalls, attractions and restaurants, I’d encourage you to head over to Erika’s blog The Pancake Princess for her Europe travel update or Erin’s blog The Law Student’s Wife for a beautiful recap of her and Ben’s recent trip to Paris and other regions of France. Both blogs are guaranteed to pull you into the rich and delicious tapestry of French cuisine and culture.

So, without further ado: here’s our Paris scrapbook. I hope that you enjoy the visual journey.

fruitAll of the berries.

I was squealing over these plump little beauties like a child in a candy store. They put Australian berries to shame with their smooth, glossy skins and juicy, sweet flesh. I bought every type I could see and devoured them exuberantly, with keen fingers, stained teeth and juice running down my chin.

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Oh, the markets. Near our accommodation in Montmartre, each and every street was blessed with small shops selling everything from fromage (cheese) to fruits de mer (seafood). I wanted to buy everything from every boulangerie (bakery) and all of the beurre (butter) I could see.

I would fly to France just for the butter.

butcher rotisserie salami seafoodshop seafood yoghurt2


This shop deserves its own category. Established in 1730 by King Louis XV’s pastry chef Nicolas Stohrer, the oldest pastry shop in Paris continues to produce wonderfully intricate delights for the general public 7 days per week. Stohrer – Patissier Traiteur – 51 Rue Montorgueil 75002, Paris.

stohrersaladbar stohrer stohrerpies stohrersaladHappy hour.

Usually from about 17:00 to 21:00 (5pm to 9pm) in almost every Parisian bar and bistro. Cheap pints and cocktails. Do eeeeet.

pub tableartStreet art.

Aaron and I are suckers for all sorts of meaningful graffiti and well-placed street embellishments. There are many wonderful pieces to see all over Paris. These are just a few of our snaps.

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People in places.

And lots of pigeons.

pigeonfeeding people chezmarianne windowBaguettes.

Even on magnets, apparently. I ate half a baguette almost every morning, slathered with French butter and confiture (jam). After two days I started copying the local Parisians by dipping my folded baguette into hot coffee. So delicious.


Oh, and buttery, flaky croissants. Yes.

croissantsThe greenest jardins (gardens).

Most of these photographs were taken at Le Jardin des Plantes. They’ve hardly been edited; the stunning shades of green seemed other-worldly for this Australian who struggles to keep pot plants alive.

jardindesplantes trees flowers applesSights.

Almost every building, bridge and road you see in Paris contains ridiculous beauty and cultural significance. We have about three hundred photographs in tribute to this. Here’s 1%.

louvre tube locksSo that’s the end of chapter one of our European sojourn. Stay tuned for sweet stories of meatballs, lingonsylt, gravadlax, Swedish rye bread and time spent with family in Malmö. Very soon.

73 responses

  1. OMG the rotisserie chicken dripping juices and fat into the tray of potatoes below. Genius.

    I love seeing street art in different countries. Many artists travel too, so it’s fun seeing the same artists in many cities and countries. Especially cool is seeing an artist from back home in the country you are visiting.

    My husband and I draw and made our own cute stickers to stick around the place. Every time we saw a sticker from a New Zealand artist, we would stick one of ours beside it.

    • I know, right?! There were rotisserie racks near pretty much every butcher in Paris. I had no idea that they were so into roast chicken and potatoes (ohhhh fat-roasted potatoes. Yum). Very cool that you have your own stickers…. now I’m wondering if I’ve ever seen one. Do you have a picture of it? Thanks heaps xx

  2. Sorry about your cold, but what a great time you’re having! I love Paris — so much to see and eat. Love the pictures — thanks.

    • YES I would totally do that Graz!! Second to that, how did I miss that you’re writing a recipe book?! Awesome sauce. I will pre-order a copy! And yep, we’re being spoiled at the moment. So much cheeeeeese. And herring. The Swedes like their herring. In tubes. More about that later….

  3. I adore the photo’s how wonderful everything looks, there is no place like Paris, so much to see and eat and drink. I love it and how awful that you got a cold, :o( The photo’s you can treasure forever, what a great trip.

    • I know! Argh, it’s gradually getting better Suzanne but I was cursing the weather!! We’re getting lots of sun in Sweden though. It actually feels like we’ve flown towards Summer now! Hugs xx

  4. I loved seeing Paris through your eyes . . and hey, sometimes no plan is best. . looks like you still had a fabulous time. . oh how I would give anything to be in Paris for 5 rainy days. . we honeymooned there. . I can’t wait to go back. . ah, some day. Can I just have one delicious buttery, flaky croissant? just one? :)

    • Oh you definitely need to go back Alice! What a special place for you two! And yep, the croissants are like nothing else. No bakery can replicate the real Parisian ones! xx

  5. we are invited to Paris for the November wine show and we had to hold ourselves from accepting cause we are broke like a church mouse after renovating a whole building to relocate our showroom… your pictures made me think maybe we should really make a plan… thanks for reminding me how beautiful and special she is. Paris la ville de mes rêves, de mon enfance perdue mais jamais oubliee!!!…

    • Hello! Ah, I know what you mean about being broke. There were many other things that we could have spent our money on, perhaps more ‘lasting’ than travel, but I honestly think it was worth every penny. Of course you need to be wise but if you have the opportunity, do it! Paris is definitely very special and you will have a wonderful time xx

  6. A cold while on holiday? Oh, no! I hope it’s short-lived, Laura, and that you can still get around. How can you go to Paris and not take plenty of photos? You’ve shared some beautiful ones with us but I know that you probably had a difficult time selecting which ones to post.

  7. Mais, non! Tu n’es pas malchanceux!! En effet, tu as de la chance, parce que tu et Aaron – vous êtes à Paris!!! No matter the weather, Paris is stunning. The sights, the smells, the tastes. I miss it so. Ignore the rain and give it another chance… :) Now that you are in Malmö, if you see my friends Masami and Garry (they kind of stick out…), say hello for me! I hope you feel better soon. xo

    • I definitely agree David, it was beautiful in spite of the rain. I actually like rain, but after having wet shoes for a few days I was getting a little irritable (our host, Luc, said that it had been sunny for weeks before we arrived, haha!). Oh, and as for Masami and Garry… you have friends in Malmö?? Now I want to meet them! I did see a male couple at the square on Tuesday… now I’m wondering! Impeccably dressed… does that sound right? And yes, I am getting better gradually. Thanks so much David! xo

  8. What a wonderful visual journey, Laura! It brings back lovely memories, since I haven’t been to Paris for quite some time. And I guess you have something in common with Julia Child – hasn’t it been here who said that everything is better with butter? Since she was such an embassador of French cookery, I bet she meant French butter ;-). Have a wonderful time in Sweden and a most lovely further journey!

    • Haha, yes indeed! I am quite a butter fanatic, it’s one of my very favourite things. I do love Julia Child’s approach to cooking, too! Looking forward to seeing you soon Claudia! Xx

  9. Who cares about the rain when there’s food and art and pigeons and baguettes and architecture and flowers and cherries and rooftops and bread and feet and beer and trees and trains and locks? Seriously. x

  10. Rain almost makes it even more romantic in Paris, eating in a cafe with your cafe au lait while watching the all the artists and fashion surrounding you! Wonderfully job :D

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  11. Oh! More! More Laura! Your five rainy days in Paris look simply perfect and I’m sure that you didn’t need to research to find great food :) I am drooling over the berries, and the coffee, and the happy hour (not to mention the butter). I love your ‘people in places’ section too. Those old men in the balcony, love. Moments in time captured forever.
    Have a wonderful time in Sweden. I can’t wait for the next photologue post!

    • Thanks Amy, I thought you’d like those, being a person who like me finds joy in small details :) I am so glad you enjoyed this slightly random gathering of pictures. Thanks for always taking the time to write such thoughtful comments too, you’re beautiful xxx

  12. Such beautiful photos Laura – thanks for sharing your week in Paris with us! Such an unfortunate time to pick up a cold – but from experience, travelling on long-haul flights seems to be a common place to find them… :( Great to hear that the sun has come out in Sweden for you!

  13. Love it love it love it. I’ve never been to Paris (or anywhere in Europe besides Great Britain, which I know doesn’t exactly count), and every post I see about it reinvigorates my desire to go. I have to confess, I’m most afraid of the language barrier! Do you guys speak French? Did you struggle to be understood or to figure things out?

    • Oh Chelsea, you need to go! I speak a tiny bit of French (enough to ask a few questions, read menus, order food and make introductions etc) but in the city there wasn’t a huge amount of need for it. Aaron speaks no French and he was fine. There are plenty of stories of French people being rude to travellers who are English-speaking but I haven’t personally experienced it. You may have a bit of trouble in the countryside or with older people who haven’t learned English but otherwise you will still have an amazing time! Xx

    • I know what you mean, it can be very touristy and I do think you need to make an effort to get out of the tourist districts and discover some of the quaint little areas that locals frequent. It’s easier to go without an organised tour, I think. Thanks lovely. Hope that you are going well, I am so behind on my blogging friends at the moment! Xx

  14. What amazing photos Laura, I especially loved the one with the man standing by the pigeons…such a great capture!! My husband and I went to Paris in 2008 and I will never forget all the amazing pastry shops and my favorite place was the Louvre. Maybe cheesy, but my dream since I was young was to see the Mona Lisa and seeing it did not dissapoint. My heart was racing as I walked up to it. I do art and painting (aside from blogging) so it was an amazing moment for me. I actually have a Paris (somewhat) post coming up soon and I’ll share a little about our trip, since I finally created a recipe that reminded me of our trip there.
    Hope you are well! xoxo

    • Oh that sounds wonderful Brandi! I am so behind on reading my friends blog posts but I would love to read your view on Paris too! I have seen the Mona Lisa twice now but unfortunately the experience wasn’t so great, just because of the swarm of tourists there. I couldn’t get anywhere near it. I am glad that you had a great experience though and like you, I do quite a bit of art and design, so I understand your excitement about the Louvre completely! Thanks for the lovely comment, hope that you are well too xxxx

  15. OH MY GOSH LAURA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You took such AMAZING amazing photos, even of the Subway!!! (not to mention the beautiful baguettes, the gorgeous foliage at Le Jardin des Plantes, the locks on the bridge!) I am seriously in such awe. I felt like I was transported back to Paris just reading your post! Ugh I could so go for a baguette right now with some French butter (believe it or not, I don’t think I’ve ever had French butter while in France! SUCH A SHAME.) Such a beautiful, beautiful post! (and thanks for the lovely shoutout, lady! :)

    • How did you not eat the French butter?! It was one of my favourite things! Ohhhhh dear, that means you must go back at once ;P Thanks for the kind words, so glad that you liked the collection of photos, despite the fact that they were kind of random ;) Hugs to you lovely! I adored your post xxxx

  16. The pictures are absolutely stunning! I don’t blame you for going crazy with the camera because there is so much beauty to capture, even when it is raining. The city is truly amazing. Have you been to Paris before? It is always difficult to choose what to see between the obvious and the hidden treasures, especially when you have such little time. The buildings and structures are incredible. Even boutique hotels and cafes have amazing exteriors. What was your favourite bit? I don’t blame you for indulging in bread every morning.

    • Yes, this was my second trip to Paris so I had done a lot of touristy stuff before. It gave me more chance to just explore little things away from the tourist district. It’s a great place to run about with a camera! Thanks for the lovely comment x

  17. I’m usually rushing through blog posts– but this is one to be studies an savored! The rotisserie chicken man — Oh my!! And all the glorious food pics. Love, loved it all. We’re planning travels to Paris and points beyond next summer for our anniversary– so thanks for the tips on Paris info blogs. And thanks for this wonderful post– it looks like you had a wonderful, memorable trip– I could have looked at all the hundreds of your photos!!

    • Oh I am so glad that you enjoyed this Rhonda, I know what you mean about rushing (it’s so hard to keep up with everyone’s blog posts). Have fun in Paris next summer, you will love it!! Is it a special anniversary? (Not that they aren’t all special, but I know there are a few ‘extra special’ ones!). Take care and happy planning! X

  18. Love seeing Paris via your POV Laura! Funny enough, my parents & sister arrive there next week, without me!!! Lol, I was invited to go, but alas (couldn’t!) nonetheless I’ll get a mini break in soon! Love that you did a true French dip, crispy baguette in coffee is so delicious. Never been to Paris, but I did enjoy this in a cafe once, (so not the same though!) I love your photos, can never get enough!!! Enjoy the remainder of your trip, I can’t wait to read about it again!

  19. I dream of going to Paris. I have dreamt for as long as I can remember. For the patisseries more than anything else. You have given me more reasons to dream and wish. You have captured it all so beautifully through your pictures and words Laura!

  20. It’s such a drag to travel with a cold. When I was in Italy a few years ago I was so sick I stayed in bed one day. I just couldn’t get myself motivated to leave the room. And it was Florence. It looks to me like you captured the food of Paris fabulously. This is the real Paris, not the fancy restaurants IMHO. And that’s the beauty of Paris – you don’t have to research a thing to have great meals there! Loved seeing the photos – it’s been several years now since I’ve been there. It’s beautiful even in the rain :-)

    • It’s horrible isn’t it. I ended up spending almost a week in bed in Sweden (I couldn’t bear to waste a day in Paris!). It did eventually clear up though. And yes, i loved finding little places off the beaten track to eat and watch the world go by! Thanks so much xx

  21. Laura, you are making me so nostalgic! I spent a semester in Bordeaux and haven’t been back to France since. Lovely photos. I hope you’re feeling better now!

    • Much better thank you lovely (sorry I took so long to answer this! Argh, holiday wifi!). I do hope you get back to France someday soon. It’s so beautiful. I’ve never been to Bordeaux though I did try some lovely wine from there! Hope that you are well beautiful! Xx

  22. Sorry about the rain and sorry about your cold dear Laura but love the fact that you managed to enjoy every second of your stay in Paris and truly appreciative of your sharing it with us. It’s like taking a well curated tour of one of my favorite cities in the world. I coveted too many things while devouring your post to name them all, but top of the list was the baguette a day with butter and confiteur. Add a cafe au lait to that and I’d be squealing with internal joy!

    Lovely lovely post!!!

    Ps totally loved the street art shots. I love graffiti and street art too and you guys really had some amazing finds!

  23. WordPress was messing me around last time I visited your blog so I couldn’t comment but I remember precisely what I was wanting to say….that I cannot even handle how beautiful these photographs are & that I miss Paris. x

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