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paris • travel diary (day 5 of 7)

Day 5 in Paris for us was also, as it turned out, the day of the Paris Marathon! I sound excited, but I am really not, because running and me have been kindred enemies since the early days of my life. Anyway, this morning we woke up a little earlier, so we also got to wake up a little slower. We had breakfast at our Airbnb before heading out – our day’s itinerary included the Centre Pompidou (which was France’s national museum of modern art), the Sainte-Chapelle, and the Jardin du Luxembourg. On y va! (Or is it allons-y? High school French taught me nothing…)

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Since our Airbnb was right next to the Bastille monument, it was a landmark for the marathon to run by. This sportswear ad was pretty apt for the occasion – I think the day after it actually got changed to a cell phone ad, lol.

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All these random doors we passed had super intricate details, like this door knocker with some chubby children on it. Aesthetically speaking, wouldn’t it be better to have something other than fat kids on your door? I mean, you do you, Parisian doors, but I’m just sayin’…

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La Musée National d’Art Moderne! I think it’s the largest modern art museum in all of Europe, actually. Unfortunately, my parents don’t see the appeal of modern art, and my brother isn’t into art at all, so I didn’t prolong our time here. (My family likes to tourist together, and if I suggest that we all go our separate ways it’ll be met with much whining from everyone else.) Hopefully I’ll be able to come back one day by myself and just spend all day wandering around, though.

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Part of the reason why my brother agreed to come at all was so he could ride on the escalators. 🙄 14 year-old boys, amirite? (Is it passé to say “amirite” these days? This grandma has no idea what hip slang is.)

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Aha, a gratuitous picture of me! Photo credits go to my brother, who is possibly what I would refer to as an “Instagram bro”. Like, you know how all those Instagram models/bloggers have boyfriends or husbands who take all their #lifegoals photos for them? Well, I force my brother to take photos of me, so perhaps he can start the IG Bro thing.

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This Chanel bag was so interesting to me to look at, haha. It’s that classic Chanel bag, with the quilting and the logo, and it’s in this sumptuous velvet (which, for the record, is my favorite fabric), but it’s in the ugliest shade of puke green!!!! I stared at it for a while mulling it over, and I came to the conclusion that it’s actually kind of cool looking, because the color is so repulsive at first glance. Some #FashunMusings for ya.

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This piece was really interesting – somebody (and I’m afraid I can’t remember who, and I also can’t find the information on the website) compiled all the newspapers/magazines/books that mention Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’, and this is that! And it’s ongoing, and because this is now a work of art, publications which mention this guy are added too. I found this so interesting to think about. It’s like the ongoing, evolving nature of art is in a physical form.

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The fanciest damn bill fold clip thing that I ever did see, found in the museum gift shop.

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I love shopping, which we probably have all already figured out, and I love art museum gift shops especially. Like, look at this kid’s section! Those fun pins!! Ah!!!

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And these ceramic ‘crumpled’ paper bag vases?! Omg!

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Some more finds: a hardworking bunny at his corporate desk job, my cat Watson on a plate (my boyfriend and I have a running thing where we imagine him in a top hat and monocle), and a candle which reveals the rabbit’s skeleton as it melts down.

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After the museum, everyone was a little pooped, and when we spotted Amorino just outside we couldn’t resist the siren song of gelato. My brother and I got a rose shaped cone with a macaron, because 1) when in Paris!! and 2) we are basic bees.

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Halfway through picking flavors we realized that our favorite flavors – salted caramel, chocolate, hazelnut, Nutella, vanilla – didn’t really translate well to a #foodporn-worthy look lol. We should’ve gone for the fruit sorbets like raspberry and lemon, but at the end of the day we’d rather have some comfort food in our favorite flavors than a good Instagram photo haha.

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I don’t know what this was – a pro-EU rally? Let’s hope so!

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And now – the Sainte-Chapelle!! This chapel is freaking gorgeous.

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Look! I told you it was fucking gorgeous!! I think Louis IX commissioned it for his royal usage, and, like, damn boi. Each of the panels tells a story, and there’s a board which guides you around and walks you through them, which I thought was a really good tourist touch – especially for my not-very-religious family.

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The walls have these carvings on them – that’s Noah and his ark! I don’t know many Bible stories but the big names, I’m afraid, so I didn’t know any of the others…

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Seeing books on sale makes this very primal part inside of me freak out and clamor to buy as many books as possible, because they’re On! Sale! Fortunately I told that part of me very sternly that I don’t speak French, and I have limited space in my carry-on, so pipe the fuck down.

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Our dinner tonight was very glamorous Parisian dining – Quick. Eyeroll emoji again, because my brother thought this was proper French fast food and it would be “super interesting” to try! To be fair, I did like the chicken nuggets quite a bit.

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See, this is us bemoaning the fact that the chicken nuggets were all gone and now all we had to eat were tangerines. Life sucks.

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They had this mini Statue of Liberty, and I think it’s not even the proper model anymore, but still pretty cool to look at. Mini things are always nice to look at.

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Why did this lady have a plastic bag on her hand? Anyone? Your guess is probably better than mine, because mine is nonexistent.

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That’s the end of Day 5, my dudes! Has anyone stuck with my Paris posts since Day 1? signoff

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