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I’m going to Paris! Let’s Meet Up!

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I can’t believe I’m writing this – I’m going to Paris! For one whole week – July 10th to July 17th – I’ll be in a city I have always dreamed of visiting. Eeeek! My mom promised to take me when I was sixteen, but because of her health, we couldn’t leave the country. So, this really is a dream come true.

I want to visit quaint Le Marais, stand in front of the Eiffel Tower, scope out Notre Dame, take a day trip to Normandy, and, you probably could have guessed it, fabric shop in Place Saint-Pierre! I’ll be with my dad, step mom and step sister, but for one day or afternoon, I’m going to sneak away. If you live in Paris or nearby, I’d love to meet! I reached out to Julie (I’m seriously excited to meet her!) and she is going to show me her favorite shops. We’d love for you to join us!

If you won’t be in Paris, but have recommendations for hotels, restaurants or other spots, let me know in the comments below. You can also email me.

While I’m away, I’ll be opening my blog to guests posts. If you want to write about what you’re making, your shop/company or offer a tutorial, email me with your idea! I’m open to almost anything!

26 Comments

  1. Reply

    Nathalie

    Can anyone join you? I might book a train ticket to Paris, when you have decided on the date.

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    Maddie

    Yes, anyone can join! Julie and I haven’t decided on an exact date, but I can email you (is the email address on your blog correct?) when we know.

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      Nathalie

      yes it is correct! It would be nice if you would let me know, I have been to paris a few times but I never went fabric shopping. It would be so nice to do that with people that enjoy fabric shopping as much as I do.

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        maddie

        Great! I’ll email you when we figure out a date.

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    amanda

    I’m sure you’ll have an amazing time- I love Paris! Wish I could make it over while you’re there as would love to go to a meet up in Paris but don’t think I can during July. Try to visit Versaille if you get chance – its stunning! Also the Musee D’Orsay is amazing- not only for all the artwork thats there to see but also the building itself. Its a fantastic city with so much to see and do but really easy to get around so you’ll be able to squeeze in lots in a week. Enjoy!

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      madalynneflanigan

      Thanks Amanda! I hadn’t thought about Versaille – great recommendation!

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        amanda

        Id definitely recommend it if you have time- its really close to the centre of paris so takes no time to get to but really is like stepping back in time to another world. Also try and visit a Laduree while you’re in Paris as their macarons are the best!!

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          maddie

          I will need some sweets to keep me going. My dad’s a handful!

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    awfully nice

    That is so exciting. I sure wish I could meet you over there! The place that I’ll never forget was the Rodin museum, if you like Rodin sculptures (which I love), the museum is really magical, I remember it being set in a sort -of mansion and when I went it was a beautiful day and all the windows were open and you could wander around the sculptures in the garden. It’s about 400 times better than the Rodin museum in Philly (which is nice, but this is just…) I LOVED it. Wherever you go you’re going to have such a good time!

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      maddie

      I can only imagine how much better the a rod in museum is in Paris! Thanks for the rec!

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    Claire

    Bienvenue à Paris et en France ! There are so much things to see, to visit and to eat in Paris ! I could not be with you at this time as I am in South of France but I wish you to enjoy your visit. Don’t forget to take time to visit Trianon, Marie Antoinette’s “little cottage” in Versaille. You can buy a pretty and delicious Marie Antoinette tea (apple and rose) from Nina in Museum shop. I am sure you never forget it. You could also walk at Puces de Saint-Ouen (a big flea market) with lovely things (clothes, toys and everything you can imagine).

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    Paige @ Very Paige

    Near the base of sacre coeur, there’s some amazing fabric discount stores. On saturdays look for the bins lining the streets full of pre cut fabric. (normally about 3m) I love Paris, I’m super sad I won’t be able to make it this year. Despite how gross it seems, the sewer tour is actually really interesting and never crowded – which will be something to look for when you go because that’s high tourist season, it’ll be slammed everywhere. Get to Notre Dame early if you want to climb the steps. Buy carnets at metro sations to save money on tickets. The metro is super simple, it’s just one ticket every-time you leave a station. City mapper is a great app as well. Make sure to pick up a sim card from an orange store when you get in.

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      maddie

      Oh, thanks for the app recommendation! I use one when I go to NYC and it’s a huge help!

  7. Reply

    BIG TED little ted

    You will have a great time in Paris. I went a fortnight ago with 13 other bloggers. You can get the low down in my blog post… https://needleandted.wordpress.com/2015/05/08/can-you-be-friends-with-someone-you-have-never-met/

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      maddie

      I’ll be sure to check it out!

  8. Reply

    colormusing

    One of my very favorite places, especially for sewing inspiration! My daughter lived in Paris for several years, during which she developed a fervent love for beautiful lingerie– and she has educated me on this subject! You’ll have an amazing time!!

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      maddiemadalynne

      I would LOVE to know your daughter’s favorite places for lingerie if she’s willing to share.

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    Tasha @ By Gum, By Golly

    How exciting! I’ll be going to Paris at the end of October (I’ve been twice but it’s been years), so I’m sure by then you’ll have recapped your fab trip and I may be able to glean some suggestions from you. (Although I’ll be with friends, so not at all sure I’ll actually have time to do any fabric shopping or anything like that, but site-seeing, oh yes!) Have a wonderful time!

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    maddiemadalynne

    I wish we could have been in Paris at the same time! I’ll be sure to provide a full recap in case you can squeeze in some fabric shopping.

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    Stacey

    I used to live in Paris and will be there at the end of July so will just be missing you! 🙁 Be sure to wander the streets around Marche St. Pierre too, there are so many cute small shops that specialize in yarn, buttons and other notions. There is also a Jean Paul Gaultier exhibit that looks amazing at the Grand Palais which is one of my favorite buildings in all of Paris! Ice cream from Berthillon on Ile St‑Louis, a crepe from the Marche des Enfents Rouges, a kir royale at the Place des Vosges, jazz at Le Caveau de la Huchette, oh man so many things! I hope you enjoy your trip!

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      maddie

      Jean Paul exhibit? I’m sooooo going to that!

      • Reply

        Stacey

        I suggest you get tickets in advance! 🙂

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    Cinne Worthington

    So exciting that you will finally go! We were there last year about this time and hit Marche St. Pierre for a very short spree – Sacre Coupons is a good spot. Also have a new favorite boutique hotel that is just South of Le Marias on a beautiful street. Your dad and step mom will like it too! http://www.aubergeflora.fr/ Restaurant downstairs is delicious but there are plenty of nicer spots like this super local institution we stumbled upon called: Chez Paul http://chezpaul.com/ – just be sure to sit downstairs. It might be difficult to get a table in July. JPG at Grand Palais will blow you away – get tickets ahead for sure!

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      maddie

      Thanks for the recommendations. I didn’t know about the Jean Paul exhibit, but am adding it to the MUST-SEE list.

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    Becky

    My husband and I did a trip to Paris back in the fall, and we did do a day trip to Normandy. We actually booked it as a bus tour through one of the larger Parisian agencies so we wouldn’t have to worry about car rentals or navigating too much public transportation in a language that neither of us are very strong at. It was a well-done tour-they took us to a WWII museum at Caen, Point du Hoc, and a couple of the landing beaches (the main one being Omaha.) If that’s a route you’re interested in looking into, I can try to find the site we booked it through.

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      maddie

      Normandy sounds fun – very historical! My grandfather was one of the men who invaded the beaches during WWII and I believe that his picture is on the wall in one of the museums, at least that’s what my dad tells me! We have a travel agent who coordinated all the car/hotel, but I appreciate the offer!

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