An Au Pair’s Day Off in Paris

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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About Ashley Fleckenstein

Ashley is a travel and lifestyle blogger who lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since college she has au paired in Paris, backpacked the world solo, and lived in Uganda. Her work has been featured by Buzzfeed, Forbes, TripAdvisor, and Glamour Magazine.

14 thoughts on “An Au Pair’s Day Off in Paris”

  1. I’m so glad me and Cez have weekends off. Working full-time as teachers and blogging can be so exhausting. You have only 1 day off? That’s not much. Looks like you’re enjoying every moment of it surrounded by friends and nice food! Good for you ;-).

  2. Mouthwatering food photos! I would love to spend my Saturdays at Jardin des Plantes too — such a beautiful spot in Paris! And I really want to see a photo of that expensive black dress now :)

  3. All the photos of that yummy looking food makes
    me envious–on a nutritional diet.

    Dress looks exquisite–look forward to seeing it on you


  4. Ah, to be in Paris. You sure make the most of your one day off! Days off in Montreal – the North American Paris ;) – at the moment consist of staying indoors in the warm but, in the summer, there’s beers on terraces in the sunshine, street festivals to wander through and picnics to be had. Summer can’t come too soon! Btw, those pastries look amazing!

  5. Wow, this looks so much better than my one day a week off. I spent yesterday laying around trying not die of heatstroke, then I walked my dog, then I ate dinner and went to bed. Not nearly as divine as yours looks!

  6. With days off I usually try to do too much…. there’s always a need in me to try and do… a lot.

    But like Charlie said, we’re just waiting for the weather to catch up with the calendar (doesn’t feel like spring yet in Canada)

    so glad to see you’re out discovering more of the city!

  7. Sounds like a wonderful day off! Ah, Paris… I think I’d be more apt to wander around on a day off if I were there than here in ugly Mid-Michigan, haha. :) My days off mostly include reading blogs about other places! Like yours! ;)

  8. Hey! I was just checking out your au pair posts and I knew Henry (in your pictures) when I was in Paris for a couple of months! Small world… Thank you for sharing your experiences, I should be coming to Paris to study French and will probably be doing it as an au pair so it’s good to read others’ experiences. Where in Paris did you live?


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