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Paris ~ Locks of Love

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With Paris being known as the city of romance, it comes as no surprise that lovers from around the world would want to secure their love pact while visiting. They have done so by the thousands with their locks of love strewn across the bridges of the Seine River.

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We witnessed many couples writing their names or initials and special date on a padlock, sealing their love with a kiss and throwing the key into the water. Swoon. Sooo romantic. I quickly volunteered to take photos for many of the lovestruck couples. Just couldn't help myself. I'm a sucker for romance.

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If you go to Paris, please make sure you stop and see them. It's absolutely wonderful to witness for yourself all the love and goodness in the world.
The bridges we saw them on were the Pont du Carrousel and the Passerelle de Arts. These two bridges connect the Louvre and the Left Bank. Easy to find on any Paris map. Long live love! xo, H

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Paris ~ The Gardens

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The gardens and parks of Paris are the jewels of the city. They are filled with gorgeous fountains, tree lined paths, manicured lawns and park benches scattered throughout encouraging you to sit, relax and take in the beauty.

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These images were taken from three different gardens. The Jardin du Luxembourg, Place des Vosges and Jardin des Tuileries.

The Jardin du Luxembourg is the second largest public park in Paris. It's located in the 6th arrondisment and is the garden of the French Senate. We loved the fountains here! And their amazing planted urns filled with seasonal flowers. We heard from a local that it's best to visit it in the morning when it's quiet.

The Jardin des Tuileries was my personal favorite. It's located in front of the Louvre and was created in 1564. Astonishing. It's the perfect spot for a picnic. You can sit on the lawns and have a view of the Eiffel Tower, stop by the carousel and hear children laughing, sit by the fountain and snack on crepes or glace and people watch til your hearts content.

Place des Vosges is the oldest square in Paris and is surrounded by lovely apartments. It was built between 1605 and 1612 by Henri IV. After visiting the park I would recommend strolling through the arcades. They have quaint shops, art galleries and cafes. Oh, and you can reach this park quickly by going through the Hotel de Sully, into a small courtyard and then through a door on the right…voila, you're in the square. It's very charming and you'll feel like a local here.

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Paris ~ First Impressions

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It's clear to see why the world loves Paris. Falling in love with this beautiful city happens the minute you set eyes on it. There is pure magic in the air.

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When we arrived in France our first sightseeing visit was to Le Tour Eiffel. It seemed to be the perfect starting point for our adventure. The views from the top were spectacular…breathtaking. Les Invalides, the gold dome church in the photo above is where Napoleon is burried.

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You could easily see how the entire city was layed out with it's arrondisments, historic buildings and monuments and the peaceful Seine River running through. 

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After our visit we hopped on a boat to ride along the Seine. The bridges were amazing. Each one different than the next and the amount of detail that went into them was astonishing. Carved stone monograms and wreaths, gold gilding, copper plating…all gorgeous.

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I have so much to share with you. We explored the city from early morning until the sun set every single day we were there. We went to museums and monuments, took strolls in parks, traveled by metro daily, hit the flea markets, flower shops, food markets and antique stores, shopped at Laudree and many others, leisured at sidewalk cafes, visited historic cathedrals, went to an ancient cemetary, took the train to Chateau Versailles and so much more.

We also shot video of our trip and I'm having a couple short films made from them. And I bought presents to giveaway here on the blog! So my friends, I suppose a disclaimer might be in order…be prepared for a lot of Paris.

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