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Tuesday Travel Snapshot-Paris Love Locks

Love them or hate them- it seems Paris  cannot escape the infamous love locks.  Despite the city’s efforts to stop the tourists from professing their undying love for each other sealed with a lock, they  just keep showing up. Read about how they dismantled the 45 tons of locks from the Pont des Arts bridge in 2015 here. Not only did I spot them on various bridges, they seemed to show up at many places. No metal structure is immune! FYI: I did not partake in this crazy tradition How do you feel about the locks? Yes or…

Lampposts Outside The Louvre

This photo of the row of lampposts in the courtyard outside the Louvre is one of my favorites from all the hundreds I took in Paris in September.  My goal was to take enough pictures to keep my Instagram account supplied until my next trip to Paris! If you don’t already, follow me on Instagram (@lorilovesparis) to see all my photos. I was going through  my Paris photos (again!) and decided instead of writing a full blog post today, I thought I would share some of my favorite photos with you. This photo just puts me in such…

Shopping Day In Paris

Paris and shopping go together and that is just a plain fact.  I first fell in love with Paris many years ago  simply because I loved fashion and Paris is the fashion capitol of the world.  That was my first reason for wanting to visit this city.  Seeing all those stylish French women in pictures in magazines and on TV made me long to be them.  If only someday I could visit Paris maybe some of that style would rub off on me. Well whether or not that has happened after two trips to Paris is debatable.  I try and…

How I Fell For The Charms Of A Montmartre Artist

No, there’s nothing unscrupulous about that title.  Anyone who has been to Paris and went to visit Sacre Coure and Montmartre know about the artists that wander around Place Du Tetre very willing to do your sketch for half price.  These are the charming men who will do your sketch in about 15 minutes while they flirt and flatter the ladies into believing that they are the most beautiful thing on earth and worthy enough to take a rightful place next to the Mona Lisa in the Louvre. So on day five of our Paris trip we we…

Departure For Paris Tomorrow!! And 3 Essential Pieces In My Suitcase

I am over the top excited right now!  In under 48 hours I will be in Paris!  Over five years in the planning (or dreaming I should say).  Ever since I took my first trip to Paris over 5 years ago, I have been dreaming about going back.  Not a day has gone by that Paris has been in my thoughts.  How can one place take such a hold on a person? Paris captures the heart of many.  Everyone has their special place that they dream about.  Some dream about the beaches of the Caribbean, or a little tiki hut…

15 Days Paris Here We Come!!

Paris, here we come! Fifteen days till our plane leaves the runway in Green Bay bound for Paris, France!  I am so excited and nervous at the same time.  Researching and planning is in full swing.  It seems like just yesterday that I booked our cute little apartment in the heart of Paris through Paris For Rent.  I cannot say enough good things about our experience so far with this rental agency.  Every question and concern I have had has been answered and then some!  That includes gluten free dining suggestions around the city. Patrick has been a life saver…

Planning For Paris-Planning An Itinerary

My trip to Paris is less than a month and a half away and I have been busy making out a must see/do list. Studying maps, metro lines, checking out cafes near our rented apartment, and getting a packing list together. I always say half the fun of going on a trip is the planning. I’m at my happiest when I have a table full of maps and guides laid out in front of me. Plus, since I sprained my ankle late last week and am somewhat immobile, it’s a perfect time to really dig…

Budgeting For Travel Is Possible-Even You Can Make It Happen

How many times has fear held you back from doing something you really want to do? Are you over 40 and realize that you want to take a vacation in a far off land (or maybe just the next state) and you don’t know how to go about it?    Fear can paralyze us into not living our dream lives.  Of course not everyone can act on every little whim we have, like quitting a less than fulfilling job when we have a family to support, but with careful planning we can take steps to make our dreams into…

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