I am so excited to share another mini film with you all today. It’s been a few weeks now since Derek finished this video clip, and I’ve been dying to share it ever since. And since I’ve just spent the last two weeks or so sharing posts from our time in Paris, I thought now is the perfect time!
This particular film is by far my absolute favorite. I don’t know what it was about Paris, but this city really drew me in and left me head over heels in love with it. So much goodness. All around. And I miss it so much!
Before leaving Paris, Derek and I made sure to squeeze in a trip to the beautiful Palace of Versailles. I had visited this opulent chateau about eight years ago (!!) during my first trip to Paris, and still to this day I can vividly remember my jaw dropping as I approached the golden gates of this estate. I was in complete shock. To think people used to live here just blew my mind!
To describe this palace as extravagant would be an understatement. Enormous doesn’t even cut it. No, I don’t think anything really compares to Versailles, really. I mean, you can’t even fit the entire chateau in the frame of a photograph for goodness sake.
Our last few days in Paris were some of the best. For starters, the sun finally decided to come out, which only meant one thing: PICNIC! We had wanted to have a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower since we had arrived, but each day the sky looked as if it was about to fall. So, we waited and waited. And, finally, sunshine!
Our picnic is actual a pretty funny story. We wanted this to be as much of a legit Parisian picnic as possible, so before we headed to the lawn, we stopped by the corner store and bought a baguette, a croissant, and a baby bottle of champagne. Because, hey it’s Paris so carbs don’t count. Well, as soon as we laid everything out so many people would walk up, stare, and snap photos! Yes, I’m talking about taking pictures of random people’s picnic.
I’m so excited to share more on our time in Paris with you all. Ah, what an incredible week. I don’t throw this statement around often, but our seven days in this city was truly some of the best days of my life. I don’t know what it is about this place that makes you feel so alive. So rejuvenated! Whatever it is though, I tried to bottle it up and take it with me for the everyday!
I know in my Part I post I talked a little about our teeny-tiny 5th-floor walkup. As much as we loved that cozy little toaster apartment, our dream was to find an Airbnb with the view of the Eiffel Tower. We knew this kind of view would be a bit pricy so we decided if we came across one within our budget we’d only stay in it for our last two nights.
Paris. The City of Lights. The City of Love. Whatever name one might refer to this city, I think we can all agree on one thing: it sure is a magical place.
What is it about this city that makes you feel as if you’ve somehow escaped the ordinary and have been transported to a beautiful dream? I could never pinpoint the exact reason, but there was something about this city that made me feel different. More relaxed. More at ease. More open. Maybe it was the intimacy of the city. Or the communal feel I’d sense as I strolled down the streets. I don’t know exactly. All I know is I fell in love with this city. With the people. With the food. With the culture. With the architectural icons. Completely and utterly head-over-heels in love.
When we made it to Reims after leaving Belgium, we had only one thing on our mind. Champagne. Which I know, I know, is a no-brainer since Reims is located in the heart of the Champagne region. We were both in awe of just how many champagne houses there were around. In awe, yes, but by no means complaining!
It would have been a crime to come this area without going on a few tours and tasting, so we booked a visit to the Ruinart champagne house. You know, I’ll go ahead and confess. I don’t think I had ever tasted real champagne before this trip. Of course I’ve had my share of prosecco, and my favorite bottle of “champs” is RSVP from Trader Joe’s, but never the real made-from-France-legit-champagne stuff. So, I was especially excited as this would be a true treat.