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Last Updated on 11th January 2017 by Sophie Nadeau

If there’s one Social Media platform that I dedicated time and energy to in 2016 (read: late nights, early sunrises, broken lenses- sob), it was Instagram! (handle @sophieannenadeau). I started my account back in 2015. Back before I had a blog, and before I loved photography! Instagram was a creative outlet that eventually led to the creation of this blog. Unfortunately, when I came up with the handle, I was pretty unimaginative and chose my actual name (embarrassing middle name included). If I had a do-over, I’d probably pick something like “ripped velvet dreams” (ha!). So without further ado, here are my 9 most popular Instagram posts from 2016! (I found out which ones were most popular by using Overall, I had over 688,000 likes on my photos.

Last year, I did a 2015 review in Instagram Photos. It was about the best moments I had in the year. As in 2016, I was trying to focus on real, actual life, my best moments weren’t recorded on camera. Therefore, today I thought I’d do a real, honest review of my photos, and the stories behind them. I do work super hard on my feed, but it’s always important to never take yourself too seriously! This exercise has just proven to me that I know nada about social media. So here’s a quick rendition of me criticizing my own Instagram management skills…


4 photos I’d already posted before. – 3 photos were of me rather than by me. – 3 photos were taken in 2015 . – 2 photos were basically the same photo with me in slightly different poses. #oups. 

So this is the moment where I’m pretty sure my Mum, or boyfriend, but probably both are just facepalming and thinking “I told you so Sophie. Start posting more original content…”

Also, before we get into the photos and the stories behind them, I feel like I also to point out that I actually currently live in London. I’ve lived here since September 2016, which means that I spent about a third of 2016 living in the big smoke. Somewhat ironically, no London photos make my top 9. Furthermore, a number of the photos I posted this year were actually taken last year. This basically makes me feel like I’ve made no progress in my photographic abilities at all in the past year. So, if there’s one thing I’ve learned from my Instagram account this year, it’s that I’m a bit of a fraud. #awk

The best accomplishment on my feed this year is that absolutely none of my top 9 contain the Eiffel Tower! Just last week, my boyfriend was telling me that if we weren’t dating, he might genuinely unfollow me because I post ‘too many‘ Eiffel Tower pictures. LOL. Maybe he does have a point…

#9 The Louvre

I actually took this photo last year… So obviously I’m off to a good start with my Instagram round up! This quote by Victor Hugo means something along the lines of “Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise again.” It’s one of those quotes that I can’t help thinking of every time I hear bad news or am going through a tough time…

“Même la nuit la plus sombre prendra fin et le soleil se lèvera” – Victor Hugo

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#8 Parisian Balcony

A little like the photo above, this is actually the second time I’ve posted this photo. #awk. Okay, guys, I promise that I have actually taken photos this year. Furthermore, this particular photo wasn’t actually taken by me but by my friend @patrickcolpron. He runs @TopParisPhoto and hosts Instagram meet-ups. One of my biggest blogging/ Instagram wins of 2016 is that all of the new friends I’ve made have been through such Instagram meet-ups. It’s how I met my friend Michelle and my first real blogger friend, Emily.

One of my fave memories of this year: first time ever on a Parisian balcony… ❤ 📸 @patrickcolpron

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#7 Galeries Lafayette

This photo was also taken last year at the department store, Galeries Lafayette. Oh my goodness, so now I’m definitely starting to think that this ‘Instagram’ roundup was a pretty bad idea! Like, maybe I should just stop now. However, when it comes to this particular photo, in my defense, as I didn’t get to see the Christmas tree in the department store before Christmas and hadn’t posted this photo before, I thought posting the tree *under the guise of the 2016 Christmas decorations in Galeries Lafayette* would be okay.

Unfortunately, people looking at the photo saw right through me and the first comment was legit “wasn’t this last year’s tree?” Okay, guys, I don’t actually live in Paris anymore…

So much Christmas in one picture… 🎄 #parischristmas #christmastime #christmasinparis #noelaparis

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#6 Deauville and Trouville-sur-Mer

Now, here’s a photo I actually took this year with my actual camera. It’s also probably the photo I’m most proud of. Unfortunately, yet again it’s a repost of an earlier photo that didn’t do as well as I’d hoped. For Bastille Day, I went away with my boyfriend, his Mum (who had generously invited me), and my boyfriend’s older brother. We explored the town, swam and drank lots of wine. Or rather, I drank a lot of wine…

#5 Wedding Dress and a C2V and @Shelovespolkadots

So there was this one time in 2016 when I got a DM from @patrickcolpron saying something along the lines of “Come to my house. I have something interesting planned.” That something interesting turned out to be Michelle putting on his wife’s wedding dress for the afternoon, carrying cardboard signs around the city in the rain and driving around Paris in a vintage Citröen. I’ve definitely spent more boring Tuesday afternoons!

What happens when a runaway bride meets the Tour Eiffel and a Citroën 2CV… The best way to travel in Paris: @paris2pattes 😎.

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#4 In front of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy

I actually feel really bad about this photo because my boyfriend’s friend ended up taking it. I was kind of being really mean about how I wanted the photo taken and it was not my finest moment (sorry, Robin).

Also, we had to wait about 275026263 hours for there to be no people in the way and make it *look* like we had the place to ourselves. In reality, it was the middle of August at one of the most visited UNESCO world heritage sites in the world!

#3 Sacré-Coeur

This is one of those photos where I was pretty proud of the shot… so I posted it twice…

P.s. I literally just run out of interesting things to say sometimes, so that’s why you can find the phrase “always dreaming of France” quite a bit. Technically, I am always dreaming of France…

Always thinking of Paris… ❤

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#2 See #4.

Lol, exactly the same photo with me in a slightly different position.

Someone take me back to Mont Saint-Michel. 😍

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#1 Musée d’Orsay

My top post of 2016 is also my favourite snap of the year (and I guess a few other people thought it was alright too). My cousin was visiting me in Paris from Canada and we spent two croissant eating, wine drinking, museum visiting weeks exploring Paris. It was the perfect Christmas present and a great start to 2016! I snapped her in front of the infamous clock at Musée d’Orsay.

Take me to Paris anytime. ❤ Always more on my blog (written a lot tonight due to Netflix being down 🙈).

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I had great fun writing this post! Let me know about all of your ‘Instagram fails’ in the comments below. Lots of love, Sophie xo

the reality behind my most popular photos of 2016

About Author

Sophie Nadeau loves dogs, books, Paris, pizza, and history, though not necessarily in that order. A fan of all things France related, she runs when she's not chasing after the next sunset shot or consuming her weight in sweet food. Currently based in Paris after studies in London, she's spent most of her life living in the beautiful Devonian countryside in South West England!


  • Wanderlust Wayfarer
    7th May 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Sophie, your pics are gorgeous. You capture such great light and colors. I can’t wait to see more from you!

  • Arzo Travels
    31st January 2017 at 9:49 am

    I always love your IG pictures. They are amazing. I think IG has a weird algorithm (also about places you post from) and probably prefers France over London – because they are all beautiful.

    19th January 2017 at 12:17 am

    I could really relate to taking the time for the perfect shot, sometimes when I visit I do just want to run around a city alone, so I can just take all the time I want without people saying it looks beautiful at the first shot. #perfectionist

  • Carly Heyward
    11th January 2017 at 4:55 pm

    I was kinda expecting you to show unedited pics.. or funny things you cropped out or something :/

  • Noelle
    11th January 2017 at 10:47 am

    This was a good laugh! I love the honesty behind the photos. Especially when you have to wait for people to get out of the way to take them hahaha

    • Sophie Nadeau
      16th January 2017 at 1:37 am

      Thanks! Yeah, waiting for the photos is always really embarrassing when there are a ton of people staring at you with this look like “it’s only a photo” haha! 😛


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