Archive for Printemps
Oh just last week, we had a tiny trip to a place called Paris.
SIKE… It was the most amazing trip ever and I can’t wait to tell you all about it! So go grab your morning coffee.. it’s going to be a long one.
We saw the most unbelievable sights in Paris. So much history, it was so hard to see everything in 3 days.
The first day started at 8 am from a 9 hour plane ride overnight. Yep, that’s right. No time to change clothes or freshen up, we were pumped to start touring the city like nobody’s business.
It was beautiful and then this happened..
The iconic Eiffel Tower. It was beautiful and SO much bigger than I actually pictured.
The best part though.. was when it glittered at night.
It seriously was magical even how corny that sounds. I kept thinking Sarah Jessica Parker was going to run past me going to meet Big. It just was everything I had ever thought it might be.
Our next adventure was to Notre Dame.
It was gorgeous and we were so dumbfounded by how people built this so long ago. Every detail was perfected and it really was beautiful. We actually went during mass and so we were able to see the church in action. Could you imagine if you went here every Sunday?
After that, the sleepiness was starting to arrive so we needed FOOD. Our first meal in Paris were Croque Monsieurs which is basically a ham and cheese sandwich on crack. It was the most amazing thing at that moment.
We decided to do a nice boat tour along the Seine to finish out our tour day.
When it was time to check into our hotel, a nap was very much needed. But really, can you get over these doorways in the rooms? I kept mine open the whole time just to hear all the sounds. I even got my own room!
My parent’s room had a pretty row of flowers on their balcony.
That night, we headed back to the Eiffel tower and found dinner at a sidewalk cafe. We ate at them EVERY night just because it was so much fun. On the way, we saw a film crew on the bridge. I had to go check it out.
I’m not sure what it was for but they were dressed so fancy. I would have died if they were filming the Victoria’s Secret campaign which sometimes takes place in Paris.
The next day we went to the Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe. The Louvre maybe had a 2 hour line so we decided to go grab some breakfast and see the Arc first.
This is where all of the roads meet in Paris. Traffic was crazy how they zip in between each other and no one wrecks.
We bought our tickets to go up and never did I once ask how you get to the top. Ugh.. like this.
So, while I was climbing, the 288 steps was terrible but once you saw the view, it was all worth it.
Next stop was the Louvre. It was quick to get in now and was incredibly huge.
Loved this shot of Dad really analyzing the art.
After a few hours, Mom and I wanted to get a little shopping in. However, Dad stayed back and told us for days all the exhibits we missed. That place is just so huge that you really can’t get to everything at one time.
I sure didn’t want to miss the shopping so we left the culture to find the couture.
While at Printemps, we couldn’t stop ourselves. Louboutin has launched nail polish that is the same shade as his red soles. It was so beautiful and the sales girl told us that is sold out in New York in 2 days. So of course, that made us want it even more. My first Louboutin purchase!
One of my absolute musts was visiting Colette. It’s this beautiful Paris store with things you can afford downstairs but upstairs.. forget about it.
Macaroons were also a must in Paris! I’ve made them and tried others in the states but it just better in Paris. We went to Laduree and Pierre Marcolini.
On our final day in Paris, we went up to Montmartre. With a room coffee and my tennis shoes, it was time to go!
That morning, we spent time walking through the Luxenbourge Gardens which were humongous!!
After that, we walked by the sweetest street market. I really felt like I belonged in Paris for a second.. but only for a second. The minute we open our mouths, we are greatly deemed “tourist”.
The pastries though are incredible. I WISH we could pick out something this pretty for dessert here!
Next was the Sacre Coeur. It is breathtaking but I hate to say.. my first reaction was “that looks like about 288 more steps..”
We made it to the top out of breath and gladly buying a water at the top. It was a HAUL but look how pretty it is!
The church inside was gorgeous and nuns were singing which was pretty cool. On our final step back at the bottom, we realized.. their was a trolley/elevator thing on the side. #allparispeopleareskinny
After that hike, lunch was needed. We found the cutest Italian street cafe with the nicest waiter.
A little shopping later on was also happening. They had the prettiest stores!
One more stop… Moulin Rouge!
Okay. I have to admit this. I was so excited to see this thinking it was going to be in a quaint little village like Nicole Kidman was in her movie. I pictured ladies dressed in sequins singing from the balconies and can-can dancers running around on the streets. Um, no. Hopefully, the inside was amazing but it was on a street corner surrounded by scuzzy sex shops and I think a Subway was a few stores down. Not the dazzling effect I thought from the movie. But, at least we saw it.
A long day was coming to an end and so we went back to the hotel for a hot minute to rest and change for dinner.
That night was the Paris finale. We ate a wonderful dinner outside at another cafe. They all start to sound the same so here is the name. ha
One thing that most everyone has asked me since I’ve been back is if the French are nice and Absolutely, yes, they are! Other than me getting lost on a train and the woman mocking me at one time, everyone is completely nice to Americans. They all speak English (some you have to ask to repeat) and they really are as nice as they can be. I still wasn’t completely comfortable speaking with them, however, so I felt much more at home in London.
We did have this really wonderful (and hot!) waiter that I called my boyfriend all night. He made me eat all my dessert before he would clear our table. That is another thing about Paris’ culture. When you order, they bring you the food very quickly and then leave you alone for a hour. It’s custom for guests to enjoy each other’s company and not rush a meal. It was actually really nice to just sit and relax with each other.. our feet thanked us as well.
Oh and baguettes. I swear, you eat a baguette a day. Everything is on a baguette. Even people are walking down the street holding them and eating them for lunch. Craziest thing ever.
It’s been an absolute whirlwind getting back this week. Work and school were demanding I was up to date on everything and this weekend has been a bit unexpected as well. I’ll be sure to post about our next stop… London!! this week as well.