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The City of Lights

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Days 21, 22, & 23 – (September 11th, 12th, & 13th)

The next morning I woke up bright and early to get some work done while touring Paris. Riding my bike through the city during rush hour was a trip! Especially around the Arc de Triomphe, which is absolute chaos in the mornings.

Since I had been to Paris many times in the past, I knew there was no better place to write than at an outdoor café in the Jardin des Tuileries. Talk about the perfect writing muse! Therefore, after filming a few chaotic laps around the Arc de Triomphe, I headed straight down the Champs-Élysées to get comfortable.

I spent many hours getting caught up on writing in this magical setting of the Tuileries before Angelique texted me saying she and Alex were finished with work and wanted to meet up.

We had a wonderful dinner then drinks with some of Angelique’s friends whom she had worked with at the W Hotel before heading to a very fratty Irish bar. What a crazy scene as we were by far the most sober and classy people at this place.!The night ended somewhat early, as I had to meet up with Zack early the next day.

The next day we had a nice breakfast in the Victor Hugo area before work. Afterward, I went to meet up with Zack, who had just flown in from Barcelona. Both of us were intent on finding some moules-frites (mussels with fries), so we wandered around the city searching for nearly 4 hours!

Guess this was a great way to sightsee in Paris as it took us to some of the best culinary locations, but we settled with some gourmet sandwiches and box wine in the Sorbonne District.

Afterward, we met up with Alex and Angelique at a café for drinks with a few more friends of theirs. We could tell almost immediately the guys there did not want to speak English to us, so we waited for Killian to get there before we left to see if we could get into a one of the “premier” clubs in Paris, Silencio.

Surprisingly, we must have seemed like enough of a big deal that they let us in! What and interesting place! Created by David Lynch, this place aims to be the successor of “17th-century Parisian literary circles, the clubs of 18th-century London, the Dadaists of the cabaret Voltaire in Zürich, and the existentialists of the tabou in Saint-Germain des Prés, as well as cultural landmarks like le palace in Paris and studio 54 in New York.” Quite the ambitious undertaking, but we had an absolute blast!

The next morning, Zack and I awoke quite hungover, yet intent on doing a ton of sightseeing on what would be both of our last full day in the City of Lights. After a quick breakfast, we walked south to the Jardins du Trocadéro. What a madhouse on a Saturday!

The Jardins du Trocadéro offers some of the best views of the city and of the Eifel Tower especially, so we took some time to setup a ton of shots. While filming, we met a group of Irish lassies who were in town to see the Jay-Z and Beyoncé concert that night. They took some good photos of us and we returned the favor. Later, we walked down to the river, ordered a few beers, and drank them while taking a time lapses of the riverboats along La Seine.

After a long morning of walking, we again continued our search for moulet-frites on the other side of La Seine. We found a place that served ‘the best in the city’ yet they ran out two hours prior. Dejected, we picked up another bottle of wine and some shawarma (vegetarian for Zack) and made our way to meet up with Angelique and Alex further down along La Seine.

The four of us wandered along Port de Saint Peres before taking a bunch of pictures on the Pont des Arts Bridge just before sunset. What an amazing view!

We had a leisurely meal at a café along the river, and then parted ways to meet up for drinks later. After sunset, Zack and I walked back to the Eifel Tower to take pictures of the lightshow in the park… How romantic! Haha

Exhausted from a full day of walking, we all met up for drinks in the Victor Hugo area. Afterward, Zack and I looked for moules-frites one last time before calling it a night