Paris Photo Diary

This past March I had the incredible opportunity to travel abroad to a city that I have always dreamed about visiting: Paris.  For 9 days, I spent my days exploring this beautiful city (that absolutely lives up to the hype) and getting to know local Parisians who welcomed us with open arms.

I was extremely lucky to experience Paris with a group of fellow students who became my close friends throughout the trip.  The memories we made and experiences we had together are ones that I will never forget.

Prior to our visit, we spent a quarter learning about Christianity, Islam, and Judaism in modern Paris.  With a brilliant professor who taught us just as much about life as religion, we were able to experience the city with a much deeper purpose.  We met with incredible people doing interfaith work to build bridges and create dialogue between those of all religions and those with no religion.

The goal of this trip was to experience a pilgrimage rather than a vacation.  Essentially, a pilgrimage is a trip embedded with a deeper meaning that changes you in some way.  When you return to your “normal life” you should feel as though you experienced a transformation.  It might sound cheesy but that’s exactly what this trip was.

One of the biggest differences between this trip as a pilgrimage rather than a vacation was the fact that it was people based.  Making memories with the other students and Parisians we met along the way was at the forefront.

This pilgrimage has truly changed my perception of what is most important in life: spending time with those you love and finding your passion.

If you have the opportunity, I would absolutely recommend visiting Paris and having your own life changing experience in this beautiful city.

33 Comments Add yours

  1. Your pictures are so beautiful!😍 Lovely blog post, Lydia!😊✨

    Xoxo
    Shirley | https://shirleycuypers.blogspot.be

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so so much! 💗

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  2. Diana says:

    Lovely photos! xx

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much!! 😊

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  3. It sounds and looks like you had a lovely time away in Paris! I am slightly jealous though, so going back is on my bucket list! x

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you! It was amazing and I would absolutely recommend going if you get the chance 🙂 If you ever need recommendations or anything let me know!

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  4. Great post! I was in Paris last week and recognise the clock from Musee D’Orsay! So cool! And the rainy weather looks very familiar too….Glad you enjoyed your visit!

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      ah yes!! Musee D’Orsay was one of my favorites 🙂 I hope you had a great time as well and thank you!!

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  5. Shannon Wilson says:

    Loved Paris ave loved this post 😍

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Aw thank you!! I’m glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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  6. Lovely photos, lovely post, really enjoyed it xx

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Aw thank you so much!! 🙂

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  7. Laura Lovejoy says:

    Paris is my fave! Your pictures are amazing and making me want to book a trip back…

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      aw thank you so much! Paris is amazing 😍

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  8. Della says:

    I loved visiting Paris this year! Great photos x

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Paris is incredible! thank you so much!!

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  9. Makeup by Erin says:

    These pictures are so lovely! It sounds like you had a wonderful time! xx

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Aw thank you so much! It was absolutely a lovely time ☺️☺️

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  10. Sophie says:

    Beautiful pictures. 😍 I love Paris too, so I’m really glad you enjoyed your time there.

    Sophie xxx

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much!! And yes, I absolutely did 😊

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  11. lucy222333 says:

    Paris has got to be one of my fave cities! So beautiful!

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  12. Hello! Just followed you on Twitter and I LOVE your blog! Paris has always had my heart.

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much!! Ah yeah I love Paris ☺️

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  13. Ash Williams says:

    Beautiful photos, would love to visit here one day x

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so much and ah yes I would absolutely recommend ☺️

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  14. Hafseena says:

    Wow! The photographs are so beautifully shot. ❤

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Aw thank you so much!!

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  15. elleloutravels says:

    Gorgeous pictures! I love Paris, though I haven’t been for years and would love to go back at some point! I love the fact you said this trip was more of a pilgrimage than a holiday, I’ve never really thought of that before, though when a trip really changes you and makes you realise things you didn’t before, that’s exactly what it is! Great post, thanks for sharing your time there with us! x

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Thank you so so much!! This was the first trip I really thought of as a pilgrimage and it was amazing 🙂 I hope you get to go back at some point!

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  16. milliewood says:

    such beautiful photos! love your blog girl xo

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      Aw thank you so so much!! 💗

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  17. I’ve been to a few cities in France but never been to Paris. For some reason, my plans always gets derailed 🙂 Hoping to visit it soon! xxx

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    1. Lydia’s Lifestyle Blog says:

      France is absolutely incredible! There are so many gorgeous places to visit but Paris is definitely a must-do 🙂

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