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Paris Trip Part 2: photos & sketches

First of all, i keep putting my foot in my mouth when I say I'm going to post something on a certain date… I never learn. This week has been a blur of all-nighters and long hours with the Stationery Show madness so I apologize for the lack and delay of posts.

Here are a bunch of photos from the trip. Some are film and others are from my iPhone. I also included a few sketches and little paintings that I did on the trip..

So, Paris was every bit as lovely as I imagined and I loved every minute. I think I had a goofy grin on my face for the first few days as I tried to soak in every bit of the surroundings. Like I said in the last post, I would spend the mornings wandering and then would come back to my apartment in the late afternoon to work and relax. Because I was by myself I purposely didn't see all of the things I wanted to because I hope that Nathan and I can return together one day and wanted to leave a few things for the two of us to discover.


A few of my favorite things about Paris were: Luxembourg Gardens (and those cute stands selling children's toys), Musee d'Orsay, wandering the streets (loved St. Germain and Le Marais best), walking along the Seine, the cafes and all their beautifully hand-written signs, fresh pastries, the stadium style seating at the cafes for people watching (though I never liked to be the one walking and being stared at), the architecture, fashion, food… basically everything.

One morning a woke up incredibly early and walked to the Notre Dame right as it opened and got to walk around the church with no more than 8 other people in the building. That was one of my favorite experiences. It was so overwhelming and peaceful. I loved the Musee d'Orsay and its impressionist paintings. I did go the Louvre but honestly I was so overwhelmed by both the size of the museum and the crowds that I didn't know what to do with myself and left soon after finding some of my favorite paintings. I saw the Eiffel Tower (which I didn't realize is a bit out of the way from  most of the areas I was in) late at night and loved seeing it all lit up.. quite magical. So many things... 


For my last Paris trip I'll post about my recommendations as well as compile the list of suggestions that you guys gave me for anyone going to Paris (i hope to do that Monday but I can't say for sure.. see? I'm learning :)


all photos & sketches by Anna Bond

p.s. who is excited for that royal wedding tomorrow?! I'm VERY excited (as nathan rolls his eyes at me).

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Reader Comments (29)

LOVE how you put all this together! Makes the pretty pictures even more lovely!
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasia Marie
Love the photos + paintings! Looking forward to reading your next post about your trip to Paris :)
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Alfarhan
your pictures (photos and illustrations) are incredible, anna. this makes me want to go to paris more than ever. the luxembourg garden is my one of my very favorite places in paris. i wish i were there right now. sigh...ah paris. thank you so very much for sharing and letting us all live vicariously!
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKristen
Just incredible. I am such a huge fan of your amazing work!!
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAbby
I love your illustrations of Magasin Sennelier and Le Pre aux Clercs. I hope they become part of a series of prints or an illustration book.
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjosephine
oh my goodness, i loved reading this post, anna.
i cant wait to see more of the things you worked on while in paris!
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenteramanda
This is so magical! I absolutely love your sketches and paintings. It looks like you had such a dreamy, lovely trip. I'm SO excited for the wedding..I'm making scones and tea, and getting up at 4AM to watch all of the live coverage :)
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle
These posts have been the most inspiring part of my week. Reminding me of my explorations through Paris a few years back. There's something so magical about that city, and you captured it beautifully. Looking forward to reading your recommendations!
I've been to Paris before...but seeing it through your eyes makes it so much dreamier. You are amazing!!
April 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
I'm loving your posts about Paris, Anna. I went on a study abroad there, and have been back a couple of times since then. My mom's family lived there for 9 years while she was growing up, so I've heard so many amazing stories of Paris and have always wanted to live there some day. Anyways, that's so great that you had the chance to go and soak up inspiration. Best of luck with all your NSS preparations! We had a baby 5 months ago, so we decided to sit this one out. See you next year!
love your sketches.
April 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaison21
Fantastic pictures!! I´m travelling to Paris in June and i would love some advice, I can´t wait to be there! :)
April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPilim
i love your photographs and sketches! and i've been meaning to tell you that i LOVE your handwriting. i wish i could write that beautifully, consistently, in cursive ;)
April 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterandrea
I made a week-long stop in Paris on my way back to the states after studying abroad in Italy for 3 months. That was 8 years ago (wow, time flies). I fell in love with the city but I haven’t had a chance to make it back since. Your lovely photos and sketches reminded me of that wonderful trip and made me look forward to making another trip soon. I can’t wait to try another baguette sandwich and Nutella crepe from the street vendors. :)
April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCasey
Lovely photos! Paris is such a magical place. Your sketches and film photographs take me back to the wonderful trip I took their with my grandmother. The jadin de tuileries was my favorite place, too :)
April 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda Verzello
What a beautiful travel post! Your sketches/ calligraphy are amazing!
April 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley
so inspiring - makes me want to go on an adventure! what type of camera did you use? your photos are lovely.
May 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermary
I love your sketches, and it seems you discovered much of the magic of Paris! ;)
May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan
Lovely post and lovely way of documenting! Happy to hear you enjoyed 'my' city :-)
May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
so great! my hub and i are on our way to paris in july, so i'm very much looking forward to your recs. (and of course, your illos are always divine!)
May 3, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermargaux

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