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Beebee’s Paris Days

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There is something special about the first days of Spring, though it’s not yet warm enough to put away my winter coat. I wake up each morning to the sound of birds chirping out my window. It’s one of those small joys of living next to Central Park. It’s hard to imagine leaving, though I know wanderlust always gets the best of me.

A young girl from a quiet coastal town has been tugging at my sleeve with her dreamy travel snapshots: Beebee of walkotws. Her blog is always filled with precocious notes about daily life and colorful craft projects. She recently took a trip to Paris, and I fell in love with her photos of luscious pastries and snowy alleyways.

Paris was one of the first places I ever traveled as a little child, when my days were spent roaming around my mom’s artist loft in Seoul. I remember carrying a big blank sketchbook to the Eiffel Tower, though I was more interested in people-watching than the tower itself. After the brief Paris trip, I began thinking of myself as an adventurer. On my list of hobbies, I never forgot to jot down ‘traveling’ next to reading and drawing. It’s so strange to think about how much traveling has changed–with smart phones and wifi hotspots, Paris hotels are easy to find online, and it’s difficult to really get lost in a new neighborhood. It wasn’t so long ago I used to plan trips with tattered travel guide books, searching out internet cafes to check my email, and drawing tiny maps in my notebook.

Pack your travel notebooks, escape with me to Beebee’s journeys to Parisian cafes, patisseries, and sunny shops!

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 *All photos by Beebee of walktows.

14 Comments

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    Eileen Huang
    March 28, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    Too bad I can’t see all the pictures. 🙁 The ones I do see, beautiful! 🙂

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      Sewon
      March 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

      Ohh, thank you for pointing that out, Eileen! I just fixed the photos.

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    katie
    March 29, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    going to paris is one of my favorite daydreams. thanks for sharing your childhood memories and beebee’s recent trip! for now i can just walk on the eiffel bridge in sarajevo…

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      Sewon
      April 1, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Ohh do you live in Sarajevo? I have such vivid imagery of what Sarajevo must look like from my roommate’s descriptions of it. She spent a few years working in Bosnia. 🙂

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        katie
        April 3, 2013 at 7:23 am

        valhop? 🙂 i lived in sarajevo last year, now i’m in eastern bosnia but i take weekend trips to “the city”! i recommend it if you are travelling sometime in eastern/southern europe!

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    kelly zarb
    March 29, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    I love BeeBee’s blog and photos so much joy and talent for a young lady.

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      Sewon
      April 1, 2013 at 3:39 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly! I was so surprised to find she was so young. 🙂

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    Lindsey
    March 29, 2013 at 11:40 pm

    Oh wow, such gorgeous little snapshots, she’s definitely going in my bookmarks

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    Krys
    March 30, 2013 at 1:25 am

    Super lovely, thanks so much for sharing! Her photos really make wish I could visit Paris again sometime xx

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    Rina
    March 30, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    Hi Sewon, thank you for sharing that lovely memory from your childhood.
    I always daydreamed about being a young traveler when I was a child.
    Guess I never really thought about how much traveling has changed. of course, you travel much more than me, so you are probably more aware of the changes. : )
    But I’m sure there are still some places one can travel to that require travel books and handmade maps.
    I love the idea of drawing your own map in sketchbook, so cute! (and maybe more reliable than some other maps..)

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    Winnie
    March 30, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I’ve been to Paris a few times now but I am now itching to go back, it’s not far so I really should try and make an effort and maybe organise a trip with my friends!

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    Camila Faria
    April 1, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    Oh, how sweet! I really miss Paris!

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    meds
    April 6, 2013 at 11:42 am

    beautiful captures and I love that when I have my own bout of wanderlust, seeing what you’ve got on this page gives me more inspiration!

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    Ceri
    May 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Paris is one of my all-time favourite cities and was the first place I ever visited as a child (and continued to visit every year for the next ten years or so). Until I started exploring and meeting people from all over the world, I don’t think I ever realised how special it was. 🙂 Now I love it and want to go back for a visit later this year again.

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