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Becca_Clement_V1_0307201308I just love weddings. I haven’t been to many, um only two, but I just love seeing people in a full blown cloud of happiness. So much happiness. I love the idea of people getting together with all of those that they care about, and engaging in something extraordinary. It’s so exciting, don’t you think?

In France there’s a pretty snazzy tradition of going to your neighborhood town hall to get married before, or around the same time of, your wedding if you choose to have one. It’s an important little rendez-vous that your family and close friends can join you for, and is often followed by a little celebration. It’s also the moment you get the ever-so-golden livret de famille that the French bureaucracy finds to be so important. But enough about that blabbering, let’s take a gander at this beautiful couple.

This special day in Paris was for my friend Becca and her beau-turned-hubby, Clément. I was so flattered to get to come and shoot some pictures of them on their special day.

Becca was wearing her mother’s wedding dress which I just thought was fantastic. How adorable are these two?

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Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 7In Paris, the metro lines offer routes across the city, as we all know. Sometimes I like to think about all of my favorite things that are across one line, and how they could be visited throughout the course of one afternoon.

This post is dedicated to a few of my favorite things across line 2.

Paris’s line 2 stretches from westward past the Charles de Gaulle Etoile all the way to Nation, in Eastern Paris. Along this route across Paris’s north end, you’ll pass residential areas, Montmartre’s starting point, the red light district, views of Paris’s railroads heading northwards to Belgium and Germany, and of course a few pretty damn awesome neighborhoods that are full of culture.

Along with my trusted Paris trotter, Anne, we started our journey with a refreshing drink at Le Bal Café, located right by Place de Clichy.

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Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 1After filling up on Paris’s best samosas, we hopped back on line 2 to head to one of Paris’s beer havens, La Fine Mousse, to meet fellow beer lovers Ana Clara and Yann-Yves.

Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 9 Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 10 Crossing line 2 - De quelle planete es tu - 11It’s funny how many different things you can do just crossing one metro line. Paris’s offers are endless.

Addresses:

Le Bal Café
6 impasse de la Défense, 75018
Tél: 01 44 70 75 51
Métro: Place de Clichy

Chettinadu
15 rue Cail, 75010
Tél: 01 40 34 49 17
Métro: La Chapelle (2) / Gare du Nord (4,5)

La Fine Mousse
6 ave Jean Aicard, 75011
Tél: 09 80 45 94 64
Métro: Ménilmontant (2) / Rue Saint Maur (3)

Café Pinson - De quelle planète es tu - 5Café Pinson is located in the heart of the Upper Marais.

I discovered Café Pinson through a Yelp Event a few months back, and was so excited to go back and indulge in their treats. Their juices rock my world.

One of those sunny mornings in early spring I decided to pop in and enjoy a juice with a new friend. Café Pinson has a variety of things on their menu available for people with dietary restrictions: gluten free + vegan. They promote a healthy way of enjoying sweets, and tasting their tasty unique creations that you may have never heard of. Even things like tree sap! The staff is friendly and the space is cozy as can be, with magazines and books piled around, and bookshelves filled with knick-knacks.

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Café Pinson
6 rue du Forez, 75003
Tél: 09 83 82 53 53
Métro: Temple (3) / Filles du Calvaire (8)

De quelle planete es tu - Everything niceWhen a friend comes to visit me in Paris, I immediately start a list of all of the things I want to take that person to. It’s actually really hard, almost like when you think of things you want to and inopportune moments, but then when the time comes to think of them, you’ve got a brain freeze. This happens to me all the time. When Rachel was in town only just a few weeks ago, I wanted it to be perfect, because I was so excited to share my city with her on her first trip to Europe. But when one creates lists, sometimes they get pushed, eh? With the turn of events and spontaneous change in plans, I get so stressed about fitting everything in. I guess to say it simply, I just love playing host.

On her first afternoon in the city, freshly arrived from Germany, we went for a stroll around Notre Dame before heading northwards into the Marais. Funny as it was, on that first metro ride, someone I knew, and then getting out of the metro I ran into another person I knew enjoying a beer on a terrasse. I’m sure Rachel’s impressions were something along the lines of, “jeez, in Paris you run into your homies all the time!”. I really found it quite funny, but then I realized how that has rarely happened before. It was just one of those magical days I suppose.

We kicked off our stroll by crossing the bridge Pont de l’Archevêché, the one filled with hundreds and hundreds of couple’s locked love. The view from this side of Notre Dame is one of my favorite views in Paris. the little park right behind it is definitely worth a stroll, and had the most beautiful big roses planted. You could smell them from a ways away.

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Rachel and I had many more adventures that week, that I can’t wait to share on here. Having a close friend in town is magic. I love showing my favorite people my favorite things in this city. And a little girl talk is always the best, n’est-ce pas?

Where do you take your close friends when they’re in town?