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Camie & Gab Take Europe: Exploring Paris

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Paris will be a city that I’ll probably find myself visiting time and time again, if not live in. Gab, on the other hand, never really understood why I loved Paris so much, or why I dreamed of living there in the future (actually, I dream of living anywhere in France in the future. Paris just made my top choice because it’s the first French city I’ve explored twice) but after the six days we spent there, Gab changed his mind completely. Paris became one of his favorite cities out of all the 9 we visited. It’s safe to say he even liked it better than London, and let me tell you, he was hell bent on visiting London and the 5 days we were going to spend there was completely his part of the trip, it was the first reason why this Eurotrip even happened in the first place.

In the six days, we spent a lot of time exploring the city on foot, eating pastries, visiting our favorite Franprix near the flat to stock up on some junk food. We put no pressure on ourselves to visit each of the famous monuments, just seeing them was good enough. Paris is a huge city, and you definitely can’t do everything you want in a week. Heck, I’ve been twice and I still haven’t gone up the Eiffel Tower and stepped foot into the Louvre. I prefer to explore cities by getting lost in them and Gab had the same idea in mind.

I hope you guys enjoy the photos and my little anecdotes that go with them. Paris is my favorite city in the world, and I realized this when I found myself getting sick of the city after a week but missing it immensely after I’d left it.

Paris RooftopsMy favorite thing about Paris will definitely be the architecture, how old merges with the new, how nature is never lost in the big metropolis, and the rooftops… Oh the rooftops.

KUHD9972Locals enjoying the sun — cafe culture is best in Paris.

GTSA1563Autumn colors

WVKJ7430Getting lost in streets where tourists don’t really go, unless they choose to explore and let their feet take them places — much like Gab & I.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (5 of 66)Go to Paris, find a patisserie/boulangerie where you can watch them make scrumptious desserts. They’re the best of the best.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (6 of 66)Which one would you pick? I’d go for the one in the center.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (16 of 66)Gab and I tried to take selfies with the Eiffel behind us, because we didn’t want to ask anyone to take it for us… So what we got is a blurry half Eiffel.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (17 of 66) I couldn’t count how many couples were having their photos professionally taken for their pre-nups. They were everywhere.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (26 of 66)My second time in Paris and I still haven’t gotten close to the Notre Dame… Oops.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (23 of 66)I heard these book stalls are running out of business, so they opt to sell souvenirs to keep their business afloat. If I could read and understand French, I would buy books here. Maybe in the future.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (27 of 66)Always a must. Always.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (28 of 66)Notes from around the world.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (29 of 66)Quaint (and expensive) restaurants in Paris. I may not be able to afford to dine in one, but at least they make for good photos.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (31 of 66)Every corner you turn you’ll find places like this that make you just go, “Is this for real? Did I somehow step into a movie set?!” But that’s just typical Paris for you.

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Seriously, side streets are the best.

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Buy pastries, have a spontaneous picnic at the park, talk about the beautiful day you’re having, the things that excite you, life in general.


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Hi there, little moon.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (25 of 66) Here come the tourists. I know, I know, I’m one of them.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (40 of 66)Bastille is a hip neighborhood, it’s not to be missed. It was one of my favorites to walk through because of the number of restaurants and hip(ster) looking locals.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (52 of 66)Walk by the Seine, houseboat owners will smile and greet you with “bonjour!” as they read their morning papers and have some breakfast.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (42 of 66)The Moulin Rouge, a little underwhelming considering I’m a huge fan of Baz Luhrman’s Moulin Rouge movie.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (43 of 66)Rodin’s The Thinker

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Always explore the side streets, you’ll never know where you’ll end up and what you’ll discover.

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Maybe someday I’ll be participating in cafe culture, when my French is better.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (24 of 66) Sometimes I forget it’s autumn with the sun shining like this.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (56 of 66)Sometimes it’s a little intimidating for me to enter establishments like this because I’m not confident in my French, but trust me, a cheery “bonjour!” when you enter usually does the trick. Most Parisian shop keepers expect tourists, so they won’t be snubby. Order yourself some pain au chocolat, a buttery croissant, and some macarons. Go crazy.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (14 of 66)Musee D’Orsay’s gorgeous clock, admittedly one of my favorite things in this museum — aside from Toulouse Lautrec’s work, of course.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (10 of 66)I told myself I would never leave Paris until I tried the famous steak tartar. I wasn’t disappointed. Though the huge serving was a too overwhelming. If you’re wondering what this raw dish tasted like, it tasted like salmon sashimi.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (1 of 2)Escargot, also a must. Yum!

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (2 of 2)-2We passed by a photo booth and went a little crazy. They cost us 2 euros each. Pricey, but no regrets at all.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (20 of 66)You never realize how tiny you are until you’re underneath the Eiffel Tower.

Eurotrip 2015 Paris (18 of 66)One of the joys of walking around Paris is when the Eiffel Tower sneaks up on you right as you turn a corner.


It’s been a tough few days for Paris and the Parisian/French people with the terrorist attacks that happened just a few days ago. Everyone is in shock, especially because this is the first time anything of this magnitude has happened in France (since maybe WWII). I was a little adamant about posting my blog about my visit to Paris last month, because I felt it wouldn’t be the right time… But a few nights ago, I was invited by my host brother Guillaume to a dinner party with his college friends. When they asked what blog post I was working on next for my blog, I had told them it was about my Paris trip and how I couldn’t post it due to the events that happened. Each person told me not to overthink it, that I should post it and I should post it soon. So, here we are.

Paris, the city of light, the city that overflows with beauty, art, culture, freedom, equality, diversity — everything the terrorists stand against — should be remembered exactly for that. Let’s keep the victims in our thoughts, especially the countries currently at war and are directly affected by the horrors these extremists/terrorists bring, but let’s not be terrorized — it’s one of the ways we win.

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36 Comments

  • Reply regina 18 November 2015 at 10:16 am

    AHH Your photos + words genuinely speak how wonderful Paris is! I hope I get to visit that in the future :) Stay safe, wherever you are & of course enjoy, Camie! Always, always a pleasure to read your blog :)

  • Reply Kristine 18 November 2015 at 10:18 am

    Wow. Paris is so beautiful and I dreamt of living in or at least visit the place and spend a day under the Eiffel Tower. :) And looking through your entry, I felt that I just visited Paris in images! Thank you for this Camie! <3 now I look forward in visiting Paris someday! :)

  • Reply Miel Laquindanum 18 November 2015 at 10:26 am

    Lovely post Camie! Can’t wait for the vlog. And I pray not just for Paris but for the whole world peace and love. Have a great day! <3

  • Reply Precious 18 November 2015 at 10:29 am

    You inspire me, Camie <3

  • Reply Lale 18 November 2015 at 10:44 am

    Another great post as always!

  • Reply Ollyvia Laura Arnold (@ollyvialaura) 18 November 2015 at 11:58 am

    Pariiis is so adorable <3

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  • Reply Elle Strange 18 November 2015 at 12:31 pm

    You really captured the Parisian Beauty. I also think of walking in the side streets and going to random places will make every tourists appreciate Paris more. I also think that one of the charm of Paris is the fusion between the old and modern structures everywhere! it’s like living in a different era just looking at your photos! Thanks for the beautiful images and for sharing your time with Gab. <3

  • Reply Rachel Liwanag 18 November 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I’m in love with every photo! You captured Paris so beautifully. Really looking forward to more posts from Europe :)

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  • Reply Eva Bañez 18 November 2015 at 1:34 pm

    It’s sad how this stunning city is not as the same currently. On a lighter note, the photos are beautiful, Camie! Your trips are inspiring. My dream place to live in is in Italy or in any Nordic country. Stay safe in France!

  • Reply Jae 18 November 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Your photo diary of Paris is a breath of fresh air from all the chaos that’s been going on around the city. And no, I don’t think posting this in the middle of a worldwide tragedy makes you insensitive or selfish. If I were in your position, this is exactly how I wanted to remember the city. Be careful and stay safe while you’re there, Camie.

  • Reply Cyndrel 18 November 2015 at 2:49 pm

    I’ve been waiting for your Paris post, but I thought the same way you did…that it might not be the right time because of that tragic night. But good to know that you got encouragement from your French hosts about posting on your blog.

    These are REALLY beautiful photos and I was just smiling the whole time I was reading it! I make it a habit to read blogs before I start working, haha! Yes, reading your blog has been a part of my routine now!

    Have to remind myself to LEARN FRENCH before I go to France, haha! I really want to get into those pastry shops and start a small talk with the crew…and one of my dreams…is to be called ‘mademoiselle’ lol :)

  • Reply Trish 19 November 2015 at 12:24 am

    You have the most wonderful photos! The city’s really brimming with sights, colors and culture. Would definitely go there just to visit Shakespeare and Co. And maybe do the whole walking tour of everywhere Jesse and Celine went in Before Sunset! Thanks for this, Camie! Take care!

  • Reply Corinth 19 November 2015 at 6:48 am

    I love pain au chocolats! They’re so good! It was nice seeing Paris through your eyes. Jorge and I would love to visit Paris someday. Can’t wait to see more of your recent travels! Love your snaps too! <3 Always take care.

  • Reply Hani Lutfi 19 November 2015 at 9:43 am

    These photos are so so so so PRETTY! About the book stalls, I would totally just grab a few to keep as a collection of some sort, even if I can’t read French. You should totally do that as well.

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  • Reply Pia Bona 19 November 2015 at 12:51 pm

    OMG you have a new post!!! Can’t contain my happiness I went directly to comments section to express myself. Lol. I’ve been waiting for this! *happy dance*

  • Reply Harriette 19 November 2015 at 11:43 pm

    I waited so long for your Paris blog! Your photos look amazing, it’s like a movie still. Beautiful, really

  • Reply Daria 20 November 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Camie, your photos are beautiful, stunning! It made me want to visit Paris so badly. I hope you’re enjoying Europe! <3 xxx

  • Reply Sara 21 November 2015 at 4:10 am

    I honestly think that this post couldn’t have come at a better time. I feel that the beautiful photos of Paris that you shared is the light at the end of the very dark tunnel that their country is in right now. It’s also lovely to see how sensitive you are as a person and caring as well. Can’t wait ’til your next Eurotrip post! x

  • Reply Yanie 21 November 2015 at 10:44 am

    It’s so nice to see your pictures in the city of love with your love! <3
    Anyway always stay safe Ate Camie!

  • Reply marsymallows 22 November 2015 at 7:09 am

    It must really be nice to live in a place where everything’s picture-perfect and I agree, even the side streets look really pretty too. I love those little apartment buildings and the fact that you didn’t want to get someone to take a photo of you and Gab. I also love pain au chocolats! I get them cheap from the french baker, but I cringe whenever I had to order one (bec of the pronunciation)! Thank you Camie for touring us around Paris! We’re all glad you’re safe!

  • Reply Dems (@demsvillanueva) 22 November 2015 at 6:02 pm

    These photos are stunning, Camie! You captured Paris beautifully and I could only imagine how much prettier Paris is in person. I wish I get to visit the city too! <3 – Dems | Maridaniella

  • Reply Rej Relova 23 November 2015 at 11:53 am

    I love the photos, Camie! Also, I dream of visiting Paris in the future. Thanks for the few tips! :)

  • Reply Jomil A 25 November 2015 at 2:00 pm

    I love your photos, Camie! Always ♥

  • Reply venusbytes 27 November 2015 at 11:28 am

    Such beautiful photos, Camie! <3 Somehow, you've managed to add an extra oomph to the already amazing Paris. I hope you can keep on exploring.

  • Reply Silver 29 November 2015 at 8:10 pm

    The picture’s are amazing and i really love it <3

  • Reply Alissa 30 November 2015 at 11:57 pm

    Seriously you have the best trip anyone could ever want! Paris sure looks beautiful. Have you read Anna and the French Kiss? The setting is in Paris and it makes it even more romantic. I’m sure Paris looks even more beautiful in real life. Oh I can’t wait to go there someday! :)

  • Reply Carissa 1 December 2015 at 5:19 pm

    love all the photos!

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  • Reply Bernadette Jean 2 December 2015 at 8:50 pm

    OOhh paris! I’ve been there and I wanna go back <3

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  • Reply Kitty 5 December 2015 at 1:41 am

    Would you go platinum blonde again?

  • Reply Glaiza Binayas 6 December 2015 at 2:04 am

    Lovely Paris! Still on the top list of my bucket list.

  • Reply Thalia 11 December 2015 at 3:12 pm

    Ahhhh I wish I could travel like you someday <3 <3

  • Reply Chloe 15 December 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Totally love this post, Camie! I miss paris so badly, ahhh. There are couple of things that I haven’t done when I was there and this post inspired me to go back again someday. :-)

  • Reply Lisa 31 January 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Hello Camie,

    Can I ask if which insurance in the Philippines you choose when you travel in Paris? as I want to apply for a Schengen Visa.

    Hope to hear from you!

    Lisa

    • Reply Camie Juan 31 January 2016 at 1:53 pm

      Ive used BlueCross twice :)

  • Reply Isabelle 27 March 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Hi, Camie! So, I’m heading to Paris (FINALLY) and Barcelona this December and I’d like to ask how is it during winter? I’ve done google searches and it said the temp goes down even to 3 degrees C. Coming from the tropics, the cold might be too much to bear. Any travel/packing tips and suggestions?

    • Reply Camie Juan 31 March 2016 at 11:46 am

      Buy heat tech thermals from Uniqlo. They’ll keep you warm. Layer a lot, wear a scarf and coat, and dont underestimate the power of gloves. That’s all I can suggest. :)

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