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Paris Travel Tip: Bring an Umbrella!

In Europe, unexpected rain storms are a near-daily occurrence.  At any time, and without any warning, the most beautiful sunny day can quickly turn into a downpour.  I can’t tell you how many times I have entered a Metro station with a cloudless blue sky above my head, only to emerge to a drizzly grey mess.   Thankfully the storms are often gone as quickly as they came, but if you’re out and about without an umbrella, these freak storms can leave you soaking wet and ruin the rest of your day.
Portrait from a romantic couples photo session in Paris by Paris wedding photographer Stacy Reeves for L

This brings me to my Travel Tip for the day: ALWAYS bring an umbrella!  Because the long, narrow streets of Paris can quickly turn into strong wind tunnels, make sure you choose a vented umbrella to avoid any inversions or broken umbrella parts.  For ladies, I recommend buying a lightweight purse-sized umbrella with a quick-drying fabric (Eddie Bauer and ShedRain are worth the investment).  Though not easily portable, this transparent dome umbrella will help keep your hair perfectly coiffed even in a major downpour.  For the gentlemen, I suggest an umbrella with a long shoulder strap that you can easily sling over your shoulder (Gustbuster Metro and the Windbrella Georgetown are great options).  If you’re a “bicycle built for two” kind of couple, consider this unique two-person umbrella, but be aware that walking side by side on the crowded streets of Paris is not always possible.  If you’re more of a “form over function” person, then I recommend this adorable heart-shaped version that comes in several colors.

Portrait from a romantic couples photo session in Paris by Paris wedding photographer Stacy Reeves for L

If you’re planning on doing a romantic portrait session while you’re in town and the forecast calls for even a slight chance of precipitation, I suggest bringing along an attractive umbrella to your session.  The heart shaped version is a great option, or for those with a darker sense of humor, this umbrella is emblazoned with a – *ahem* – colorful French phrase.  ModCloth has a ton of adorable options, including several French-themed pieces.  If you’re doing a nighttime session, consider a light-up umbrella to add a special touch (Think Geek has two really cool options here and here).  If you’re very DIY friendly, Instructables has an awesome tutorial on how to make one of your own.

Portrait from a romantic couples photo session in Paris by Paris wedding photographer Stacy Reeves for L

Whatever your choice, make sure that when you’re traveling in Paris (or anywhere in Europe), you always pack an umbrella.  When that freak rainstorm bursts from the sky, you’ll be glad you did!

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Angelinas

The famous chocolat chaud hot chocolate from Angelinas in Paris

Chocolat chaud (aka hot chocolat) from the famous Angelinas tea room.  Angelinas is best know for serving chocolat l’ancienne, a style of hot chocolate where you are brought a bot of melted chocolate and a pot of cream, and you mix them together yourself to fit your personal preferences.  Instead of liquid cream, Angelinas brings a small cup of fresh whipped cream, and their portrait of chocolate are very generous (enough for two cups).  On a cold, windy, wet Paris winter day, there’s nothing better!  The original Angelinas is located on Rue de Rivoli, but there are also outposts at Versailles (both in the main chateau and the Grand Trianon).

City Snapshot: Rodin Museum

Le Penseur the Thinker in the Rodin sculpture garden in Paris

The famous Le Penseur statue (also known as “The Thinker”) in the sculpture garden at the Rodin Museum.  If you’ve seen the movie Midnight in Paris, there’s a hilarious scene here that features Carla Bruni, the former First Lady of France.  At only 1 Euro to enter, this garden is a must-do if you’re an art lover or if you’re seeing Paris on a budget.  The gardens are gorgeously planned and manicured, a perfect place to have a picnic or go on a photo walk.  However do be aware that in the winter the garden shuts down frequently for bad weather and for renovations, so call ahead if you’re heading that way.

Sneak Peek: Alison & Adam

Glowing romantic sunset portrait of Alison Zieske and Adam Preiss on the Seine River by Paris wedding photographer Stacy Reeves for L

Lately we have been having the most incredible sunsets in Paris.  During the winter, the sun often tucks behind the clouds during the latter portion of the day, but for the past week we’ve had long, beautiful, glowing sunlight in the afternoons, and everyone is taking advantage of it, especially me!  Although poor Alison and Adam had to deal with a freezing downpour in the middle of their session, it paid off when the rain subsided and let way to a stunning sunset over the Seine River.  Here is a sneak peek from their session!

Date Night: Roue de Paris

Landscape city views of Paris by night from the ferris wheel Roue de Paris

The Roue de Paris is a massive ferris wheel that travels throughout the city of Paris during the year.  Although its home is at the Place de la Concorde (where the Tuileries gardens ends and the Champs Elysees begins), you can also find the ferris wheel in the Tuileries gardens during the warm summer months.  At 10 Euro a person it’s a little on the pricey side, but the views of the city you get from the top are hard to beat (see the image below for examples).  The entire ride takes about 20-30 minutes, and in my opinion it’s best done at night.  Each carriage can fit up to six people, but you’re never put in a carriage with people you don’t know, so couples can have privacy.  If you’re looking for a romantic evening and a beautiful new perspective of Paris, stop by the Roue de Paris!

Landscape city views of Paris by night from the ferris wheel Roue de Paris