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Rue Chartres, Paris Rue Ursins and Rue Chartres, Paris Rue Ursins and Rue Chartres, Paris Rue Ursins and Rue Chartres, Paris Rue Ursins and Rue Chartres, Paris Rue Ursins and Rue Chartres, Paris Rue Ursins and Rue Chartres, Paris Rue Ursins and Rue Chartres, Paris Rue Ursins and Rue Chartres, Paris You learn a lot about yourself when you travel alone. It became clear to me a half day into the trip that I was eager to seek out green, quiet spaces. As I navigated the crowds on Rue de Rosiers for my typical arrival day falafel, I realized that I wanted to be as far away from people as possible this time around. Though I am far from a planner, throughout the weekend, I ended up in at least ten parks. I spent hours savoring the quiet side streets and blooming gardens. One of those side streets is located right next to Notre Dame. Rue de Chantres is surprisingly quiet given its proximity to one of Paris' most highly trafficked tourist attractions. It's sandwiched between Notre Dame and the Seine, and has all the charm the islands are noted for. The petite streets, mini gardens, unique centuries-old windows and doors are all so sickeningly sweet you risk emerging with something akin to a sugar high. I walked alone for almost ten minutes (and if you know this area of Paris, you'll know why that was surprising), until an English couple breezed by on their bikes. Judging from their smiles, they were as happy to be there as I was.

25 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Lady Grey

Traveling alone is a wonderful experience, even if it has its hard moments. You're brave!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

Caroline – I know! I wish I knew them, so I could send the the photo.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Caroline, No.

Aw. That's a sweet picture of them on their bikes.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Cris

love the windows, those little gardens and old wood doors are so familiar
Cristina from Italy

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Anonymous

nichole, what beautiful pictures you have captured! i love paris in the spring:) that couple is the cutes! thanks for sharing.

ValeriaMilan

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by caroline @ patagonia gifts

thanks for sharing so beautiful images of Paris! happy Monday!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Clare B

Stollen solitary moments in busy cities are always so magical. And the pictures make us feel like we're there with you. oh Paris, how I love thee so!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Tanya (a Taste of T)

Oh fun!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Delie

Paris on a bike… I've experienced this and it's fantastic. I suppose I had the same smile as this English couple:)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by katieleigh

Love these photos, Nichole. I love that area of Paris…and my favorite thing to do alone in Paris is wander side streets.

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