Excited to have a moment to write and remember this trip. It was such a short trip that there is a part of me that wonders–wait, were we really in Paris just over a week ago? Thankful for photos to remember how beautiful it all was.
We arrived in Paris on a Thursday night after a long day of travel and a layover in Stockholm. The three hour layover was much more bearable thanks to a nap and a shower at the Arlanda Rest and Fly. Being able to lie down in a bed and shower after a night on an airplane was definitely worth $30. By the time we got to the hotel in Paris, it was quite late. Our hotel was in an excellent location, and we were able to walk to the Seine and catch the Eiffel Tower sparkle show before going to sleep.
This whole trip was pretty impulsive and unplanned. A few weeks before we left, one of my Favorite blogs posted information about a travel itinerary service, Journy. While I love researching, researching and planning for vacations (the best part!) I don’t enjoy mapping it all out and make decisions. Reading about Journy, I was intrigued…
I ended up going for it and the service was awesome. Journy planned, mapped out and made reservations at excellent restaurants and destinations for our weekend. There were a few places I wanted to see, and they were able to build it all into the itinerary AND google map it all out. So cool. Friday morning, we started the day with buttttttery croissants at Eric Kayser.
From there, we walked to the Marais, and explored beautiful Merci. I found the furniture of my dreams and just admired the beautiful design and layout of the store.
Journy recommended Le Comptoir for lunch, and after a stop at an awesome craft beer shop, we made our way to St. Germain:
More butter, more salt, rich whipped potatoes…I would absolutely return. It was so nice to sit outside, surrounded by Parisians, listen to French and imagine their conversation. At this point, it was almost time for a nap, but first, I had to stop by the famous CityPharma. What a trip! It was exactly as the article described-Black Friday for dry shampoo. I picked up a few fun things but was no where near as prepared–or invested–as most of the other patrons.
When we were in Monterey, Jon did a HILARIOUS reenactment of a dinner experience at Les Papiles Bistro in Paris, and we had to check it out. It was an incredible, though incredibly decadent, experience. The soup, the cheese, the wine, the CAMAMBERT PANNA COTTA-all wonderful. We walked back along the river to the hotel in awe one little restaurant could turn out so much delicious food.
Hope to write more about the rest of the trip soon!