Paris: Then and Now

At the mere age of 12 (little Charlotte!), I got my first taste of the “city of love.” Being so young, I did all the touristy things; the Louvre, Museé d’Orsay, climbed Eiffel Tower, Disneyland Paris etc.


Eons later, now in my 20’s, it’s safe to say this experience was a whole lot different. I have been able to see things I wouldn’t have been able to do at 12, *cough* the erotic museum, *cough* swanky, kick ass bars; and of course drink all the wine in the world. Nonetheless, Paris is classy and I (think) I’ve kept it that way! :)

I wanted this blog post to be more fun than informative. Be prepared to see dorky little Charlotte who thought she was so cool wearing a beret and a tourist t-shirt.

Like usual, blogs take some work. For this one, it was more of a challenge than my usual posts. I first messaged my sister back at home and told her to send me old pics of me at 12 in Paris. You can kind of get where this is going. Long story short, I have returned to the same place in each picture.

So, let the embarrassment begin!

1) Rowin’ in Versailles.

Last time I was here, my old man did most of the paddling. I now know why he seemed exhausted paddling 5 people. Nonetheless, I got my chance! Feeling slightly ripped towards the end only proved how great I would be as a pirate (my secret dream, don’t tell anyone).



2) Enjoying some tea at a street side cafe.

I think the only thing that’s different is my skin colour and some lovely orthodontic work. I still have an unconditional love for food and tea — those haven’t and will never change!


3) Strolling down Rue Cler.

Rue Cler is a pedestrian only street full of markets, fromageries, pâtisseries and flower stands! It’s a great place to pick up some picnic supplies as this street sits nice and parallel to the Eiffel Tower!


4) Seeing the Rodin museum

I forgot how much I loved this place. The museum is made up of an outdoor and indoor portion. Roses surround “The Thinker” while inside hold his other famous work like “The Kiss” and these hands!


5) Wandering through the Latin Quarter.

If you like food, go here…that’s all. Also, if you enjoy quirky Latin inspired architecture, then your camera will love this place.


Deciding to return to Paris was one of the best ideas I made so far. Paris is definitely a city that never grows old. You will always discover something new or quirky.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this read. You can stop laughing now.


Charlotte xo

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