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Coffee on Rue de Charonne Au Jardin Des Delices, Rue de Charonne Hotel de Charonne Rue de Charonne Seven years ago today, I woke up in Paris for the first time. It was our honeymoon, we were staying in a b-u-d-g-e-t hotel, and I was suffering from an embarrassing case of perma-smile. Our crappy little hotel was located on Rue de Charonne, and last week, I went back for the first time. I snapped a few photos of our favorite cafe, the facade of the hotel (ha! nothing much to look at), the metro stop, and the fruit stand from which we bought oranges everyday. No idea why we bought oranges everyday, but we did. The thing that struck me the most as I stood and looked around was how funny it was that *this* was the epicenter of our honeymoon. This unspectacular little street was the place I spent my first week as a wife. No umbrella drinks, no lavish dinners, no fancy dresses, no honeymoon suite. I'll admit that for a minute or two I was a bit bummed that we had been so frugal (not that we had much choice back then). I mean, where are the fancy photos to show the grandkids? But then I realized that it was the beginning of my love affair with Paris as a real city, not a glamourous, idealized destination. I often receive emails from readers asking about hot spots, the nicest restaurants or the best place to shop. I always struggle with answers to these questions, because I truly don't know. I'm okay with just wandering around. I eat street food and fresh fruit from the markets. Mediocre coffee in a random cafe doesn't piss me off. I take photos of garbage cans, people! I'll never be able to convey what it is that draws me to this city, but it has more to do with the five senses than it does with Le Jules Verne or the Champs-Elysées.

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Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle from Holley & Gill

What a down to earth approach to such a glamorous city. It's always the genuine "hole in the wall" spots that aren't in the city guides that make up its charm.

I too would have a perma-smile if I could visit such places. Thank you for bringing them to us every day.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kariane

I love that you're normal! Sometimes an orange is all you need.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle from Holley & Gill

What a down to earth approach to such a glamorous city. It's always the genuine "hole in the wall" spots that aren't in the city guides that make up its charm.

I too would have a perma-smile if I could visit such places. Thank you for bringing them to us every day.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle from Holley & Gill

What a down to earth approach to such a glamorous city. It's always the genuine "hole in the wall" spots that aren't in the city guides that make up its charm.

I too would have a perma-smile if I could visit such places. Thank you for bringing them to us every day.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle from Holley & Gill

What a down to earth approach to such a glamorous city. It's always the genuine "hole in the wall" spots that aren't in the city guides that make up its charm.

I too would have a perma-smile if I could visit such places. Thank you for bringing them to us every day.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle from Holley & Gill

What a down to earth approach to such a glamorous city. It's always the genuine "hole in the wall" spots that aren't in the city guides that make up its charm.

I too would have a perma-smile if I could visit such places. Thank you for bringing them to us every day.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Michelle – Oh, that perma-smile was from marrying Evan. ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle from Holley & Gill

What a down to earth approach to such a glamorous city. It's always the genuine "hole in the wall" spots that aren't in the city guides that make up its charm.

I too would have a perma-smile if I could visit such places. Thank you for bringing them to us every day.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle from Holley & Gill

What a down to earth approach to such a glamorous city. It's always the genuine "hole in the wall" spots that aren't in the city guides that make up its charm.

I too would have a perma-smile if I could visit such places. Thank you for bringing them to us every day.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by naturally nina

this post made me smile inside and out. i think the "perma-smile" part was my favorite. you have such a cute way with words!

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