Paris Photo Diary
Hey y’all ! Here is a Paris Diary. It’s a mix of photos with Cannon mark 111 and my iPhone. I think travel is such an amazing way to take you out of your day-to-day routine and into a dream state where your mind becomes open to new ideas and questions. When you see something that moves you and inspires you on your travels you will be forever changed. I have been to Paris about 4 times but I have never had so much time alone. Here are a 10 thing2 I learned about Paris on this trip that I didn’t know.
#1 The French aren’t into excercise class. HA! I was seriously thinking I would attend some amazing group class but it was so hard to find any. So I went for long runs every morning but it was nothing like LA . LA is all about waking up to a healthy free drink and getting in some cardio
#2 You actually sit in Paris to have a coffee. There are very few places to order something to go. My first dinner I was eating late so I decided to just pick at my food and take to go so I could finish it off for dinner and the sassy French waiter literally said no! We do not pack food to go in Paris eat it here! HA! Gotta love him but I just had no idea!
#3 One of the best places to shop in Paris is the Pharmacies! Seriously the beauty products are amazing! And cheap. The French are very much into beauty. I am actually going to do a dedicated post to the pest products in the Parisian pharmacies.
#4 Getting lost is the best thing that can happen in Paris. When I am traveling alone my favorite thing to do is wandering around all day long. I try not to focus on eating the pastries but more on just people watching and gaining inspiration for the essence of the city. For instance I needed to but a new toothbrush. So I made a full on excursion out of it. I traveled all the way from The Madeline ares to the saint Germaine are just to but a toothbrush and come back. Along the way I experienced too much. I didn’t need a ton of chocolate or tons of wine just figuring out how to get there was enough simulation for me. I will say I had the most interesting conversation that night with a stranger in the street.
#5 and maybe most importantly Ladies it is HARD to eat healthy in Paris. I am also going to do a separate blog post about how to eat healthy while on your trip. Most restaurant /cafe are very much about sitting down having bread cheese meat and pastries. I was getting very anxious . I didn’t see one juice bar. I had to get super creative and # healtyparis to find vegan places in Paris. I will post a blog about steps you can take to ensure that at least 2 meals day in Paris will be healthy.
#6 Everything s closed on Sunday! HA! Seriously this was amazing to me it reminded me of Alabama. After living in New York and La associate Paris with this city’s and totally assumed that I would do all of my shopping on Sunday. Nope not happening, I actually went to the movies alone in Paris and it was one of the coolest things I did.
#7 Europeans do not live to work in the least they work to live. I am a person who loves my job so I do work like 7 days a week but work and pleasure are a mix for me. In Paris its just so different they want to enjoy life and take such pride in relaxing and strolling as I feel like we take pride in being busy. I will certainly be taking this concept home with me. To stroll, to sit for my coffee, to lay down in the park and just be.
#8 There is art on every corner, I mean you can seriously walk in to a cool gallery and be inspired take some notes and walk out in 20 minutes with 20 new ides. It’s on every corner.
#9 One hour outside of Paris is the country. It is like the small town I grew up in Alabama. I just shocked after leaving Paris heading south for 45 min I was in a country town riding my bike alone in a big wheat field that went on for ever.
#10 In order to get great shot of places you love you must wake up very early pray that you find a place that you find a coffee shop open that early and wander around by 9 it is so crowded you cannot get clean shots.
I hope you enjoy this walk through Paris with me and I appreciate and feel honored that you would come along. Also I have a Paris gift back I am giving away tomorrow ! To Enter the giveaway comment on the blog post and sign up for my mailing list here .
All mark 111 shots were shot on 35mm lens and edits with my preset.
All iphone photos were edited with VSCO cam.
I will announce the winner tomorrow am of the paris gift bag! good luck!
As Always Stay Inspired!!
Looks absolutely breathtaking 🙂
I do feel inspired, thanks! One thing I do like, is the inclusion of a black and white image – mixes it up 🙂 Will be looking through my own Paris vacation snaps now, I miss that sweet city so much!!
Great pics my fellow Southern Gal! In regards to eating healthy in Paris….I can testify…IT’S HARD! I was there on and off over a 3 month period last year and I literally would go to the Bio Marts and stock up on fruits and veggies and just had an extra fridge sent to my room. There just aren’t many options. I did find a vegan restaurant that I tried many times to go to but it was always full.
Thanks for sharing yours pics…I love Paris!!!
Your taste never ceases to amaze me. I absolutely loved this post – from the way in which it was written to the pictures (loved #3 & #5, am looking forward to a possible post on them). The black and white pictures are just stunning and work so well with the overall elegant atmosphere…
I know it’s mostly about the pictures but I have to say it-you look fantastic!
Thanks for sharing your stunning pictures and (metaphorically) taking us with you on this adventure.
I absolutely love your photos and also your fashion style! It’s always nice to see behind-the-scenes of how your photos come about. Your fitness blog post is simply inspirational too. I’m looking forward to your future work!
This post is oh so dreamy! I dream of one day going to Paris, capturing some beautiful timeless photos, and sitting down at a street cafe enjoying a cup of coffee. You inspire me Jana!
Ok. The 3rd from the bottom is my absolute fav! Jana, you look so elegant and regal! I absolutely loved following your journey on snapchat.
I went to Paris two years ago and it was a life change experience. Actually, I spent 3 months in Toulouse (South of France) and it shocked me that they have many holidays, and that everything is closed at 7pm. Then I spent two weekends in Paris, and the energy is different, you feel in Love. I went to the Pont des Arts (when they had the love locks) and it was so beautiful, and then I found (without looking for it) the coffee place where Picasso, Sisley, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Monet, Zola and Vincent Van Gogh used to gather, It was amazing!! Thanks for sharing your photos.
I love your photos! We are planning to go to Paris for our 30th wedding anniversary this year. Because of your photography videos, I was inspired to take engagement pictures for my son. You have so many good tips, and amazing photos!
I just love your Paris Photo Diary. My 10 years old daughter it’s in shock about the “We do not pack food to go in Paris eat it here.” She planning when she visits Paris bring her Tupperwares. LOL
Love the pics and your blog. I wish we could sit and relax more like the Parisians do! I would love to drink coffee for an hour instead of gulping it and running!
Thank you for the informative post! Just wondering if there are any farmer’s markets in Paris to buy fresh produce and other healthy foods?
Love love love all the beautiful photos you shared from your trip! I enjoyed following along on snapchat too! Thank you for taking us along with you 🙂