One of my best friends is taking a sabbatical in Paris this summer. Lucky her and lucky me for being able to visit with my other girlfriends. It was cold and rainy until my last day there, but Paris never ceases to amaze and it will forever be one of my favorite cities in the world. Here’s a long re-cap of my trip if you’re so inclined to read.
:: Day 1 ::
Cold and tired. I got into Paris from a red eye flight and met my friends directly at Coutume, a hip coffee shop, where they wouldn’t let me in with my bags. We walked in the rain to get lunch at Marche des Enfants Rouges where Chez Alain serves up some delicious looking savory crepes, only we got there too late as the stall was closing. We got some chicken tagine instead.
I debated about whether to nap or power through the evening. And decided on the latter. We bar hopped around the Marais and Latin Quarter before having a delicious Italian dinner in a hidden restaurant called L’Etage. You’re welcome for letting you in on this secret gem. Though I completely forgot to take any photos of the delicious meal that we slowly feasted on for over three hours with wine. Because well, the wine. I was distracted.
:: Day 2 ::
What better way to start a day in Paris than with croissants? Poilâne is one of the most famous and oldest boulangeries. Read David Lebovitz’s more comprehensive and mouth-watering write-up of Poilâne here: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/12/poilane-bakery-cuisine-de-bar-paris/.
The bi-annual sales (aka soldes) in Paris were still in effect during our visit, though supposedly most of the good stuff was already sold out. We still did our fair amount of shopping. Janee fell in love with the lingerie offerings, we went to three different Kooples stores (they’re everywhere!) in search of a particular shirt in a particular size, jewelry, furniture, department stores, Colette (where I almost rationalized buying a 60€ candle, because it was bougie and library scented).
For lunch we visited La Grande Epicerie, bought fancy groceries, and had a picnic inside at home since it was still raining out. Picnic musts in Paris? Cheese, wine, a baguette, saucisson, fruit, and more wine.
:: Day 3 ::
YOLPO- it’s a phrase that my friend coined for her time in Paris- “you only live in Paris once” so indulge in everything. Bread & Roses was recommended to me by a co-worker. We had whip cream with our pastries for breakfast. And I’m not sorry for it.
Still cold and rainy. We spent the rest of our afternoon shopping. I picked up a copy of Lolita (which I’ve been meaning to re-read) from Shakespeare & Co. Then Merci where I bought some linen napkins and a cheese knife. I love this place. We grabbed a quick lunch at L’as du Fallafel then headed to the airport to catch our flight to Ibiza for the weekend! (More on that later).
:: Day 4 ::
My last full day in Paris. Still recovering from Ibiza but the sun was out and it was a national holiday- Le Quatorze Juillet or Bastille Day as we Americans call it.
The Eiffel Tower was the perfect backdrop for our festive day. The city put on the most spectacular firework show, unlike anything I’ve ever seen. Themed “War and Peace” the show chronicled France’s turbulent history with flames shooting from every angle of the tower and the symphony playing in the background. Seriously amazing way to end my vacation, right?