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Feeding the Heart + the Soul in Paris

Here we are! A long way from home, here in Paris, enjoying what we knew would be a fabulous time away together as a family. I mentioned in my last post about our quaint French apartment (read: tiny), and it has been the perfect place to lay our heads each night after the massive days we’ve had soaking it all in (it will be absorbing for months to come too).

We’re having a ball, and as you can well imagine, the photos are piling up faster than I can ask (politely in English) for another glass of white wine. With that, dear IPOM readers, I figure pictures can do the noble work of talking here, as we’ve got another 2 incredible days in the city before we head south to the country.

I am thrilled to report that after the jet lag, and most importantly the perspective shift, life here is actually becoming beautifully relaxed. Instead of afternoon coffee, I have a glass of wine, and in place of my daily run, we walk all day long until dark. Dinners are simple (both out and in), breakfast is had in before we head out, and the family feels closer than ever before. This part of town is amazing, and we’ve got a produce market twice weekly just outside our door. The produce is almost as incredible as the bread & cheese, and cooking here in this kitchen has been a blast.From the lover’s bridge (Pont Des Arts) to Notre Dame to the classical beauty that is the Luxembourg Gardens, we’ve covered pretty much everything we set out to do so far. True to the plan, we hit one (or in some cases two) major sightsee a day, which is plenty considering we are travelling with an eight-year-old. Notre Dame, Pompidou Center, Luxembourg Gardens, Versailles, The Louvre, Musee D’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower were tops on our list. We’ve shopped (just a little, especially on account of many shop owners closing shop completely for the entire month of August), walked (a whole lot), and have truly lucked out with the weather (which has has been beyond spectacular). I hope you’ll enjoy (just a little) of where we’ve been so far.

78 responses to “Feeding the Heart + the Soul in Paris

    1. My pleasure Sharyn! So hard to choose the photos and really, these are all from the first two days 🙂 It’s been a great week here, happy to share with you and thought of you a few times (looking at the shoes you were sure correct about the fabulous footwear) – I am sure there will be more to come 🙂 xx

    1. Thanks for stopping by again and for your note – there are so many shots to share, I am sure I will dole them out as they get processed (so hard to keep up!) – stay tuned! Cheers! 🙂

  1. Spectacular photographs intermixed with inspiration and creativity. Lovely post! Glad you are having a great time in Paris and thank you for sharing it with the rest of us.

  2. Glad you’re having so much fun!! Thanks for sharing the lovely pictures. We just got back from Wyoming so my pictures are equally beautiful, yet totally different.

  3. Wow Shira, breathtaking photos! You really know how to capture a moment. So glad to hear you are having a lovely time! Can’t wait to hear about the rest of your trip!

    I think the WordAds are a good idea and for a worthy cause! I’ve thought about incorporating an ad on my blog once or twice but I’m really not sure. It would really only be to help me cover the costs of hosting my blog but I would hate to have anyone stop reading my blog because of it! In your case though it totally makes sense 🙂

    1. Thanks Gabby!
      Glad you are supportive of the WordAds – but would you believe I had to put a hold in the 1st few days? I’ll sort out how to try and manage what ads are up (there was one for diet secrets ans how to slim down – haha). I’ll sort out something that works and feel the same way as you! Stay tuned, glad you enjoyed the shots! xx

  4. Soooo beautiful. I’ve not yet been, but we hope to go when the children are a little older and better able to appreciate, and remember it. What a lovely trip you all must be having. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. Can’t believe I missed this lovely note while away! I am sure your kids will adore visiting when they grow up – I found they were at a perfect age this trip (though the 8 year old had some challenges but was all in pretty incredible!). Thanks for coming along!

  5. that was a very beautiful post to read. such and amazing adventure to have as a family! i have been to paris once when i was young and remember it still so very clearly. your girls will love you for the exposure to such a great experience! can’t wait to read more and hopefully see you and your fam when you return.
    xo amanda o

    1. Thanks Amanda – what a fabulous surprise to hear from you here! We are really enjoying ourselves – and the girls are doing amazing! xx See you soon!

  6. There’s nothing like the food you can find in the markets in mainland Europe – enjoy it for all of us! Looks like you are having a great break (and a totally worthwile step away from daily responsibilities, including blogging!)

    1. The break is wonderful and definitely needed, so thank you Sarah! Enjoying the food too and looking forward to my first market here in Provence tomorrow! 🙂 xx

  7. Oh my goodness, it looks like you’re having a fabulous time! Between this, and recently seeing To Rome With Love, I am dying to go back to Europe! I love all of the pictures you’ve been sharing on instagram too. I hope the rest of your trip continues to be as wonderful and breathtaking as it has been so far. Have fun! 🙂

    1. Thanks Kristy – so glad to have you following along on Instagram too! I knew it would be the easiest way to share while away 🙂 Having an amazing time! xx

  8. Beautifully written Shira, you have truly made me feel like I there alongside your family during your travels; your trip seems like is has been totally amazing, hopefully one day I will be able to experience Paris (first up though is Italy).

  9. Beautiful post Shira. What a shame that I missed out on the Lovelocks… and it’s so true that ‘Slow down and everything you are chasing will come around and catch you’!!!
    Welcome back:)

  10. wow what beautiful photos! i feel like i’m on a virtual tour of paris! — if only i could taste those gorgeous macaroons though:) haha I’m so glad you’re having a blast relaxing and exploring with your family!

  11. Gorgeous, from the fresh veggies to the views. I know you all are having the time of your lives and what better than to spend the holidays with family, food, and good French wine. Thinking of you and loving the photos! Beautiful!

      1. It is… but more than amazing…. I think it is magic. Having the money, I would leave right away and go live there again… Have a wonderful day and thank you for the bit of dream 🙂 <3

  12. Stunning photos… your photos always make the reader feel as thought they are right there with you… Isn’t Paris the most beautiful place?!

    1. Yes Tara -it is!! Happy you enjoyed the shots – there are almost too many great things to share and it was hard to pick 🙂 Miss it already!

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