Honeymoon Part 2: Paris

Ahhhhh Paris. What can I say? It is my favorite city in the world. I dreamed of going there ever since grade school, and when I spent a month there in college, I always dreamed of going back someday with someone I love.  So when I married the man of my dreams, I knew Paris had to be part of our honeymoon. Did I mention that dreams do come true?

After 4 nights in Barcelona, we took a quick flight to my beloved city.  We took a cab from the airport to our apartment on the hill. We stayed in Montmartre, we could see the Sacre Coeur from our apartment:

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The first stop off the plane was to a crepe stand. I love ham and cheese crepes! I would be happy to eat them every single day. Here I am double fisted:

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Then we walked around and explored, then had dinner at a little place just next door to our apartment. I ordered the french onion soup (one of many) and beef bourguignon:

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The next morning we had to be up bright and early for our photo shoot. We hired a professional photographer to capture my dream. Really not too expensive.  We met on the Pont des Arts, a famous bridge in Paris where lovers put a lock and throw the key into the Seine river. Prepare for a lot of photos:

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It was so important to me to do this, since we got so few honeymoon pictures together. I love them!

It was Bastille Day and after getting caught in a crowd that was watching a parade, we found a spot for lunch. I had a salad and Matt had the croque monsieur and a glass of wine of course:

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We spent our time in Paris exploring, walking, eating, and drinking wine:. Our second night there, we had one of our best meals thanks to Yelp for a good review. We started our meal with the best olives I have ever had. Hubby doesn’t even like olives and he liked these:

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My favorite wine in Paris was the Cotes de Rhones, a dry rose. But I also love a good Bourdueax.

For appetizers, we split a french onion soup and the foie gras. First time on the foie gras, it was actually amazing, but just knowing what it is kind of freaked us out a little:

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And for dinner, I got the steak covered in blue cheese sauce with the best potatoes ever! And sea bass for hubby:

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Delicious! Thank goodness we had to climb 3 sets of the stairs 3 times a day, it may have saved our waistlines:

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We spent 2 more glorious days wandering the streets of Paris:

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Eating at wonderful cafes and restaurants and some terrific street food including the amazing falafel:

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We also had about 3 more crepes and plenty of pastries, bread and cheese:

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And a trip to Paris would not be complete without creme brulee, chocolate, and macaroons:

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One of my highlights was visiting Au Bon Marche. A famous gourmet food market:

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And of course the Eiffel Tower:

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And then we realized that we had only planned one full day in Amsterdam, and it really takes a full day in a new place just to get your bearings. So we left Paris a day early and boarded a train for a fun ride to Amsterdam………..

 

 

Fast Forward: The Honeymoon Part 1, Barcelona.

I wanted to wait until we get the wedding photos back before I do the wedding recap post, so let’s talk about the honeymoon.

We waited a day to leave for the honeymoon. The day after the wedding, we went to brunch at Jackson’s Bistro (best brunch in Tampa in my opinion).

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After brunch, we said our good byes to our family, picked up some euros, dropped of the tux, and picked up some things at Target, then came home to relax a bit, pack, clean the litter boxes and get everything ready for the trip of a lifetime!

First stop: Barcelona.

We left late Monday morning for the airport. I’m terrified of flying, but this vodka and oj helped:

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We boarded the plane and stopped in Atlanta for a few hours. We had a late lunch at The Jekyll Island Seafood Company. I had the taco trio, one chicken, one shrimp, and one fish. Hubby had the veggie melt which was amazing!

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And a snack:

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We arrived in Barcelona at 8:30 am, and got to our place around 10:00. We rented an apartment through flipkey.com. We had a couple of hours to kill before we could check in, so we found a cafe and ordered a much-needed cafe con leche. I was sooo tired at this point. Then we sat in a park until check in.IMG_1315 IMG_1318

The apartment was great. It had a Spanish vibe and the location was perfect.

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We checked in, popped out for some water and necessities, then came back for a much-needed nap. After our nap, we headed out to explore. We walked down the famous Las Ramblas, and ventured into the heart of Barcelona, we ended up at a tapas restaurant for a snack and the strongest sangria ever!

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We had olives, chorizo, patata bravas (potatoes with a spicy, creamy sauce) the most tender calamari I have ever had, bread rubbed with garlic, tomato, drizzled with olive oil, then sprinkled with salt, and paella. And a pitcher of sangria. Amazing!

We stumbled back to the flat and slept for 14 hours.

The next day, we were excited to go to La Boqueria Market (we ended up going every day we were there). It is a foodie paradise. Stalls of produce, meats, cheeses, fresh eggs, fresh squeezed juices, seafood, candies, prepared foods and more.

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There were some strange things there too:

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I debated putting these on here, but although we didn’t eat goat heads, we did eat some strange things. Strange to us, but I think it’s fascinating to learn other culture’s foods, so I’m open to trying almost anything once.

We spent 4 nights in Barcelona, and spent our days walking the streets, seeing the sights, eating the food, and drinking the sangria:

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We didn’t plan too much, but we did want to make a special trip to see La Sagrada Familia, the church Gaudi designed but knew he wouldn’t see it finished in his lifetime, they have been building it for over 100 years. The church is projected to be finished in 2026, the centennial of Gaudi’s death. I hope to go back to celebrate our 13 year anniversary there and see it.

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Back to the food, because the food is amazing! We especially love the pintxos, which are little snacks served on toothpicks:

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You take however many you want, save the toothpicks, then they charge you on how many toothpicks you have. It was delicious!

I also made a couple of meals in. One day we picked up some produce and a calzone from La Boqueria, and a fresh pasta from Que Pasta, which is a cute little take out fresh pasta place, where you pick your, pasta, sauce, and cheese, and they make it in 4 minutes:

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I made a salad, and we split the calzone, and pasta:

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Another night we picked up more goodies at the market and I made a salmon nicoise salad and cheesy tomato bread:

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Other yummy eats included more tapas, more paella, and gelato:

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And a great meal at Sensi:

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I fell in love with Barcelona, and even more in love with my new husband. Our time in Barcelona was magical:

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And then it was time to leave. off to Paris!

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