As an au pair, I work a relatively small amount of hours (30) but I work six days a week. So on Saturday, my only true day off, I try to squeeze as much goodness into it as possible.

Like waking up to Indian food after a long night out at the pub…



Sipping a noisette while eavesdropping on French men arguing about soccer…


Spending the day shopping in Le Marais with my former au pair family, whom I absolutely adore.

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Finding all of the incredible design shops of Le Marais that I never knew existed thanks to Stephanie. (Stephanie is an incredibly talented interior designer who actually just launched her company’s first website, give it a look if you’re a design-lover! It’s Kalb Lempereur Interior Designers.)


Stopping for vanilla cream-filled waffle at the venerable Northern France bakery, Meert.

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Blowing 100 euros on a really gorgeous, black, backless dress… (oops!)



Meeting friends for mint tea and baklava at the tea room of the Grand Mosque…

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And wandering the Jardin des Plantes until sunset.


What do you do on your day off?

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Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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