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Highlights from Paris via Instagram

Mar 22

To be honest, I didn’t expect to like Paris. It’s never been a city that called to me, I’d never longed to climb the Eiffel Tower or stroll along the Seine.

I decided to visit on a whim, after perusing Skyscanner and stumbling across cheap flights in November. I knew the food would be phenomenal, and that was reason enough to visit – whether I connected with the city or not.

Maybe it’s because my expectations were so low, but I loved Paris. I turned into another camera-wielding, starry-eyed tourist walking through the city, my mouth agape, audibly squealing at the sight of the Eiffel Tower.

The City of Light unexpectedly made a lasting impression on me, and I think back on my weekend there with wistful nostalgia. I have so many photos of Paris (the city is ridiculously photogenic), but I thought I’d start with a few highlights as seen through my Instagram.

Up close and personal at Notre Dame #Paris

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Autumn colours on a quiet morning in Montmartre 😍 #paris

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I spy, #Paris style

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Sunday strolls through Montmartre 💜 #Paris

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Moody skies over #Paris

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Have you been to Paris? Have you ever fallen in love with a city unexpectedly?


  • Reply LC Mar 23 at 3:06 am

    Ah, your photos are lovely. I’ve been to Paris twice and have never quite taken to it. A city that bowled me over recently was Vienna – only had a day and a bit there, but wandered around with my mouth similarly agape. They are both very pretty cities!

    • Reply ashleywanders Mar 26 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks, LC 🙂 I fully expected to leave Paris feeling like you did! I can imagine Vienna having that sort of effect – it looks beautiful.

  • Reply Marni May 18 at 6:12 pm

    Paris is a destination that has always been on my bucket list, but never in an I-need-to-see-it kind of way, if that makes sense. Seeing your pictures makes me feel like I need to bump it up a bit in the priority line though! Gorgeous photos.

    • Reply ashleywanders Jun 06 at 8:34 pm

      Thanks, Marni 🙂 I think you should definitely bump it up the list!

  • Reply Kate - Travel for Difference Aug 24 at 5:19 am

    Beautiful images of the city and love and light. I’ll be sure to follow you on Instagram X
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    • Reply ashleywanders Aug 24 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks so much, Kate! You have beautiful photos on your Instagram account – just followed you 🙂

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