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A Magical First Day in Paris

Our five days in Paris was as magical and memorable as I
knew they would be. Bright and early on our very first morning, just as the sun
was peeking over the horizon (hello jetlag!), Lauren and I peered out of our
6th floor apartment in the 7th arondissement and fell in love with that view (obsessed).
I’d seen a glimpse of it the evening before, but after 30 hours of travelling,
a broken suitcase, getting lost under the Musée d’Orsay, wandering around the
metro at 11pm with some questionable characters for company (only 5 hours sleep during the previous 50
hours didn’t help), wondering how on earth I’d ever find my sister, getting
yelled at by a man who continued to yell even after he got onto his train and I
was still on the platform…

After all that, the salty tears of exhaustion and
exasperation that fell when I finally arrived at the apartment and reunited
with Lauren, made it quite difficult to appreciate the view as it was supposed to be
appreciated. But the following morning? A view like that can pretty much make up for anything – all the misgiving of
the previous night were forgotten and I got back to adoring Paris.
The day that followed was as perfect as could be. We spent
the morning trying to decide between croissants, crepes or pain au chocolats
and scouring the streets of our little neighbourhood for the perfect Parisian
cafe for breakfast. We found it, directly opposite the Musee d’Orsay, and
ordered two of the most flaky, buttery croissants we’d ever eaten, along with a
pot of tea and a cafe creme. After our mid-morning breakfast, we strolled along
the banks of the Seine and crossed the little pedestrian bridge Passerelle Léopold-Sédar-Senghor between the Musée d’Orsay and the Jardin des Tuileries. Over the river, it was cold and windy, but it must have some of the prettiest views in all of Paris so we paused long enough to look around at the city spinning around us, before hurriedly crossing to the right bank into the Jardin des Tuileries.
The Tuileries Garden is located along the Seine from the Louvre Museum to the Place de la Concorde and is such a peaceful spot. It was such a pleasant surprise to discover the entire garden was fairly well deserted on that particular morning and strolling along quiet pathways lined with towering trees felt like a kind of reprieve from the beautiful chaos of Paris. 
The afternoon was spent searching for a spot for lunch that had French Onion Soup on the menu, and heading back to our comfy little apartment to defrost for a little while. Despite it technically being Spring during our visit to Paris, the weather was mighty cold and these to Australian girls feel the cold! So we put the heater on, kept ourselves awake (hello again jetlag!) with some Gossip Girl and some french chocolate. The best!

Outfit Details
Carly 
Blazer – Rivers
Top – JC Penny
 Jeans – Levi
Shoes – Target
Sunglasses – Sportsgirl
Bag – Colette
Lauren
Jumper – Las Vegas boutique
Jeans – Chic A Booti
Scarf – Harista
Shoes – Cotton On
Sunglasses – Zeal
Bag – Colette (we’re twins duh!)
Thanks so much for reading, and I’d love to know your tips for trying to stay awake when you’re jetlagged, so leave them in the comments! XO
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