Destinations, Europe, France, Journal

Telescope

July 9, 2014

Our first cup of coffee in Paris.

We walked for almost two hours from where we are staying to get to this coffee shop called Telescope.

We are staying a bit on the outskirts of Paris, but definitely not a two hour walk… We just couldn’t find where we were going because our phones weren’t getting signal! I didn’t mind the walk at all though, because we got a chance to really see the city for the first time.

We wandered through the amazing buildings and walked past hundreds of shops before we found Telescope. It is a completely unmarked shop, so if we hadn’t searched for the “best coffee shops in Paris” we would have NEVER found this place.

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There are exactly three tables and six chairs in this tiny shop. A giant terrarium bowl takes up about a third of the barista bar. It’s a tight squeeze, but it’s a calm, relaxing shop, close to all of the hubbub.

I did my best to order in French, but something gave me away [perhaps my undeniable American accent] and the barista answered me in English. Well…at least I tried!

The coffee was good, a bit “bright” for my personal taste [I’m a dark roast kind of person], but still it was good!

I found that the “noisette” is my French coffee drink of choice–espresso with just a little bit of steamed milk. The best!

I would definitely recommend this shop. Just make sure you have the map pulled up on your phone before you get away from WiFi…otherwise it could be difficult to find!

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After coffee, we just wandered.

We somehow ended up at the Louvre without even trying! It’s closed on Tuesdays, so we just walked around and let everything soak in. I have always wanted to go to Paris, so it was a pretty surreal feeling to actually be looking at all of the buildings and statues in person.

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When I first caught a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower, I gasped–and grabbed Dennis’ arm.

The tower just peeked out from behind a building–nonchalant and hanging out, like no big deal.

It just takes your breath away seeing something like that–something that you have dreamed about seeing for so long.

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The wandering was a lot of fun. It was definitely worth walking/getting lost for 7+ miles [blistered feet and all] to get to see all of this for the first time.

This day was a great intro to Paris, and it all started with a little espresso from a hidden gem, called Telescope.

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xo Kelsey

 

 

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