My interest in Paris came at about 13. I had to do a report about the Eiffel Tower. In high school, not sure what caused it, I really wanted to see this city. During college I was able to go to Europe twice but neither time included a stop in Paris. A number of years ago a friend of mine from college/childhood friend of my main squeeze/the one responsible for my main squeeze and I ever meeting -- and his wife moved to Paris. We've wanted to visit them since they moved. Then Byron went to grad school. Twice kind of. But earlier this year we checked flight prices and they were so cheap! Our friends had some free time and we pulled the trigger!
You guys, it was a dream. Truly. Every photo you've ever seen of Paris and the beautiful buildings...that was every street we walked down. Spring in Paris was glorious. The blooming trees were definitely peaking and the tulips were excited to see us. Just magic. We also made it to the South of France. Marseille was our home-base but we traveled to Cassis and along the coast one day. Coming home to familiar things is always nice but I would go back in a heartbeat. We definitely didn't get to do all the typical touristy things in Paris but I'm totally happy with that. Because of it we found the sweetest park and a number of more lovely local spots. And, we can always go back. I've heard Fall in Paris is pretty magical too. ;-)