Monday Moods: I feel... like an insider.

In these quiet days of February
that fill the lull between holidays
and warmer tourist seasons...
the city of Paris is a bit dimmer.

These pictures can't show the freezing temperatures,
but trust me, they are there.

Though while the windy streets are empty,
the foyer to the Louvre a bit quieter,
and the line at Laduree historically shorter...

Don't be fooled.

The city of lights is still twinkling
with the everyday beauty 
that is woven within this place.

You see it in the old women walking by in their fur coats,
the husband & wife chatting to each other as they stock their store,
or the family rushing to unlock the entry door to their home...

In these cold and quiet days,
I feel like I have stumbled upon Paris off-stage...
the Paris before me is in a natural state of la vie quotidienne.

I get to see Paris with her hair down...
and it's beautiful.

PS. Lauren Smith- you won the giveaway!
Who wouldn't want to try coffee in Ethiopia?

Email me and I'll have some cute espresso cups 
sent your way from France!

*all images original to aspiring kennedy


  1. So utterly envious... I love Paris in the wintertime. :)

  2. oh goodness, you are so lucky :) i'm glad you're appreciating every moment!

  3. Having a fabulous time chez moi, I see... Enjoy! Happy Valentine's day! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  4. SO lovely - pictures and prose!! I MUST the hang of Instagram!!

  5. Can we trade lives? K. Thanks. Bye. :)

  6. Absolutely gorgeous photos. I'm so jealous! I'm hosting a Valentine's Day linkup and would love if you can join me! Just post on who or what you love, who loves you, or what love means to you...the link is up and you can add your post right away! Have a fabulous Valentine's Day honey! Kori xoxo

  7. Oh yes! You are truly one of them now. Wait... you've always been chic and hip and oh so sexy so I guess you've always been one of them all along.

  8. You are such a great photographer and I adore the shadow pic of both of you.

  9. i went to paris one chilly november and it was almost the perfect backdrop to all the beauty. even gray paris is gorgeous!

  10. Hi. Stumbled across your blog recently. Love reading about your travels although very jealous. Are you on holiday in Paris or are you working out there? I love Paris. What a place to be on Valentines Day.

  11. This may be my favourite post of yours! Your pictures are stunning! Enjoy!

  12. Gah!, you are living my dream right now. One day I WILL live in Paris :)

    Love the photos, you guys look like you are locals :)


  13. You make Paris seem even more romantic than I imagine it to be, which is pretty incredible seeing as it is Paris of all places!

  14. I love these pictures! Makes me want to jump on a plane and go back to Paris! :-)

  15. ahhh, these pictures are amazing!! you look gorgeous, even IF you are freezing!! we are headed there in june and i'm absolutely COUNTING the days!! xoxo

  16. Oh, the first lines of this post nearly just broke my heart- we were told January/February was the best time to go to Paris, for lesser crowds, but flights in January were quite pricey and we already had Bulgaria planned for February... if only we could figure out how to have traveling be our jobs rather than having to save the money and take time off of a boring job to do it! Enjoy the quiet Paris... I'll get there someday.

  17. so pretty! AH i cannot wait to go to paris this summer! xo


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