For our first wedding anniversary, my husband and I went on a European adventure! We spent a few days in Paris and then a couple days in London. We did very little pre-trip planning which allowed us to craft our days spontaneously (highly recommend!). On the long plane trip home, I spent some time jotting down a few favorite places and inspiring resources to share with you. Below is my Paris Travel Diary. I’ll be sharing my London Travel Diary soon.
Blogs (pre-trip daydreaming and amazing resources): Oh Happy Day (a whole paris guide section) and Lost in Cheeseland
Posts on Paris (bloggers who visited the beautiful city and shared their fabulous notes): Carolyn (tilly | maison) and Marisa (Creative Thursday)
Stores: Laduree (french macarons), Colette (amazing gift shop), Hermes at 17 Rue de Sèvres (home to La Maison—Hermes’ collection of magical pieces for the home, the most gorgeous fresh flowers available to purchase as you enter the store, a bookshop and a tea bar!), Patrick Roger (chocolate creations with an incredible all chocolate sculpture in the window—the chocolates are delicious beyond words and come with the most beautiful packaging that I now use as little jewelry boxes)
Museums (I didn’t include the Louvre in this list because we had visited before, but if it’s your first time definitely spend some time there): Musee D’Orsay (had just completed a major renovation), Musee de l’Orangerie (famous for Monet’s water-lily paintings), and Versailles
Restaurants: Chez Andre and La Fontaine de Mars (both are fabulous traditional French cafes with a fun vibe), La Société (the food was delicious, but the scene was a bit too south beach/new york—doesn’t feel very parisian), and La Cigale Récamier (most delicious soufflés and cozy interior filled with bookcases)
Experiences: We had the most incredible time learning about the Paris food scene with Wendy of The Paris Kitchen. We began by walking through a local market and tasting the freshest ingredients, talking to the local food vendors, then venturing into cheese shops, chocolate shops, and an incredible wine bar. Wendy even helped me find a little cafe that would serve me coffee to go (something that is NOT done in Paris—you take your time and sip your coffee in the cafe. holding a coffee cup on the street is a dead giveaway that you are a tourist!). Another favorite experience was getting a glass of wine at a restaurant along any beautiful street in the early evening. And I have to mention one of my husband’s favorite experiences: trying to taste the baguettes at each and every boulangerie (okay not every single one, but without me by his side he would have loved to!).
Have you ever visited Paris? What would you add to my list?
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