Five Favorites

The past two weeks have been nuts, so you could say I’m a week behind with my weekly updates. Hehe… uhh. Yeah. (sorry mom!)

Last week the department I work in hosted a huge festival, so naturally there were a million and one things to do. I ended up working late almost every day and came home exhausted, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t get a chance to check out some new fun spots around town!

Entrepreneurship Festival

Let’s start it off here with the big kahuna. The Entrepreneurship Festival. Luckily I got to take photos at the event. Unluckily I didn’t get very many good shots. Yikes.

The other intern Nathan & I were responsible for a social media campaign, so we encouraged everyone at the event to take pictures with this super fancy polaroid-inspired frame that we made. Maybe this is another cultural difference that I wasn’t anticipating (or maybe they hated the picture frame), but people didn’t really want to take pictures with it! Is it just me, or do Americans LOVE that type of stuff at events? Someone shed some light for me, please because it’s hurting my heart.

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the few brave souls. bless you.

Du Pain et Des Idées

With such a crazy work week, I needed a pick-me-up and a nice walk around the city for some (semi-) fresh air. Nathan recommended that I check out the bakery Du Pain et Des Idées and boy, was that a good idea. They were voted the best bakery in Paris at one point (2008, I think), and the line consistently goes out the door. If you follow me on Instagram, you would have seen my video of the long line! Haha!

After waiting sufficiently long, I treated myself to an escargot.

This guy.

This little pistachio-chocolate snail.

Can I say I’ve officially had French escargot??!

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Place de la République

I love walking around Paris, because without knowing it you’re bound to stumble upon treasures! I was on my way back from Du Pain et Des Idées and I saw this massive statue, so naturally I had to go check it out.

The bronze statue is of Marianne, the symbol of the French Republic, and she’s surrounded by three smaller statues of Liberté, Égalité, and Fraternité (freedom, equality, and brotherhood), France’s motto. Around the base of the statue you’ll find smaller bronze castings of political rites of passage. Maybe this is jst me overanalyzing, but I think that is too cool! It’s no surprise that the French love their art, but I love how they use art to express appreciation for their political freedoms. It’s common here to see depictions of Marianne and France’s motto, but I don’t think it’s common to see that type of artwork in the United States.

I also just learned that Place de la République was a large gathering point for Parisians to mourn the terrorist attacks of January and November 2015. There’s simply amazing history around every corner here!

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Tripod

Here’s the thing: I call myself a photographer, but I haven’t had a tripod up until this point! I know, what am I doing with my life?

I really don’t know.

Mostly just leaning my camera on stuff, hoping for a decent shot.

Well that’s over, thanks to my brand spankin’ new tripod.

I went to this specialty camera shop down the street from where I work, and the cheapest tripod they had weighed about 15 pounds and costed upwords of $140. Thanks, but no thanks. I’ll stick with my free benches. I know, I’m the worst. But there was no way.

However, thanks to my trusty friend Google I found a cheaper and lighter tripod that works just fine for what I need it for.

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Fabienne’s Birthday

The best part of last week.

My host mama (I don’t really know what else to call her?) is absolutely wonderful and invited me to celebrate her birthday with her.

So. Much. Fun.

We did a customary “chink-chink” with our fancy glasses to kick off the evening, and had delicious Moroccan food for dinner. That woman is a genius in the kitchen, I’ll tell ya.

And of course I had to figure out a little gift! I like giving gifts, but I feel like I’m not very good at it yet. I mean, that’s ok because I have the rest of my life to figure it out, but either way I wanted to give Fabienne something meaningful for her birthday.

I remembered I had taken a few photos of her and her husband Philippe when we were in Touquet a few weeks ago, so I took one of the photos and framed it for her. Success!

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How cute is she?!

In other news, I’ve got this week off of work (#blessed #soblessed #superpreblessediknow) and I’ve been travelling. Tomorrow’s destination: Chantilly! What can I say, I’m a sucker for those castles on the water. (Ahem, Mont Saint Michel)

Do tell: what do you have planned for the rest of the week?

-Katie