Tuesday, August 7, 2012

{my trip in photos: paris}

Finally the second installment of my trip! It's taking me forever to get through all of the photos we took. Here's a look at my first time visiting the city of lights and love {hopefully may more trips to come}. From the cobblestone streets, to the fresh baguettes, the magic and allure of Paris will surely bring me back again and again!

We stayed in the 13th arrondissement, a largely residential area, which was neat because we really got the chance to see how the French live! At only a 5 min walk from the Metro, Villa Lutèce Port Royal was a wonderful boutique hotel. A bonus? The fabulous bakeries along your way to catch the train :)

And what's that in the bathroom ... Fornasetti tiles?? I was in love!

Because this was my first trip, I had to see all the sites and monuments. Seeing them in person was quite surreal! Some of my favorites:  Arc de TriompheEiffel Tower, Eglise de la MadeleineLouvre, Opéra Bastille, & the shops on the Champs-Élysées.

Arc de Triomphe

Eiffel tower at night; Laduree

Had to stop in to a Laduree of course! My macaroons were scrumptious. A shout out to Norma of My Beautiful Paris, her website was so valuable to scour before my trip. She recommended visting the Ladurée Bonaparte on 21 rue Bonaparte in the Saint Germain-des-Prés district which is a lot quieter and less busy than the other two! Do be sure to visit her site and well as this post {via this is glamorous} if you are planning an upcoming trip.

Besides yummy macaroons my favorite thing to eat was the delicious fresh baguette sandwiches. I will probably never forget the buttery brie, cucumber, and tomato delight I had at Le Quasimodo Cafe just outside of Notre Dame Cathedral.

We attended Sunday morning mass at Notre Dame, and though I couldn't understand the French sermon, the music and the atmosphere was heavenly.

I loved to see a touch of my Egyptian heritage in London, Paris and Rome! The gold-capped Luxor Obelisk below was a gift to France in 1829 and dates 3,300 years back.

Getting lost in the Louvre was wonderful! I could spend ages in there. A must see within the museum was the Napolean Apartments, luxury and grandeur at its finest.

Dinner for you and your closest friends, perhaps?

I had the chance to visit the original Chanel at Rue Cambon. Coco Chanel lived at the Ritz in Paris but worked and entertained within walking distance at Rue Cambon. There are four floors: the Chanel store is at street level, haute couture dressing rooms are on the second floor, her apartment is on the third, and her workshop is on the fourth. And there's that famous faceted mirrored staircase where she watched her models flaunt her collections. Maybe a classic 2.55 purchase the next time I'm in town? :)

And my trip ended on a high note, a magical day immersed in the history of Versailles. A definite must! The palace was wonderful, but if I go back I will spend more time in the amazing gardens, and the quarters of Marie Antoinette.

Tips on things to pack: a trench coat {the weather changes every hour, and rain is nearly inevitable at some point}, scarves and more scarves {helps to keep warm and feel chic amongst all those super chic French women}, an adapter for your hairdryer and straightner, & comfy ballet flats.

Now that I've done the tourist route, I'm excited to go back and explore. Please do share your experiences of Paris in the comments, and let me know what I NEED to see the second time around! I already can't wait!


Elizabeth Burns said...

It sounds like you had a lovely time and packed a lot into your trip! I was lucky enough to study in Paris a few years ago and my fondest memories are actually the ones that don't involve the museums - drinking a glass of wine down by the Seine, picnicking in front of the Eiffel Tower and watching the sunset, being able to work backstage at Paris Fashion Week. That place is magical, non? :) Hope you get to go back soon!

Beauty Follower said...

Such a lovely city!

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous photography!!! Love the macaroon one.

Karena said...

Nancy what a dream trip. I have traveled extensively, however not yet to Paris!!

I would do all the sites as you did...have tons of scarves, need a new trench coat! I would probably take lots of tees, and light sweaters to mix and match with pants and skirts! Oh and I hope you had good walking shoes!

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Dawna Jones Design said...

This was immensely helpful as I plan on going in May! So excited,thank you for the share.

Karlita said...

Have been there once and I am going for the second time next week. I missed Versailles the last time so this time I must see it, did you just take the train and saw it or pre-paid a tour? how does it work?
I have heard so many time about picnic in the beautiful gardens but I think that will happen until my 3rd visit. Now I want to see the Orsay museum which I didn't last time neither and also go to Montparnasse.
Thanks for the tips! I will go to that Laduree and pack my trench coat and scarves!

How2home said...

Wow, looks like you had such an amazing trip! Photos look fabulous! Wish i could stand in front of the Eiffel Tower right now!

Barbara Matson said...

Tres bien! Gorgeous photos. Looks like you hit all the right spots!

Will @ Bright.Bazaar said...

Ahhhhh, I love Paris and I also love your snaps!

Peaches Burlap Sack said...

Wow. What an amazing opportunity. Your description of the food actually makes me hungry. Thanks for sharing.

K&B by the Sea said...

Love the shot of you sitting in front of the Eiffel Tower :-) And mmmmm, macarons! The first macarons I ever had were from a shop in Luxembourg City - even ordered them in French :-) I highly recommend a trip to Luxembourg and Belgium - Bruges is an amazing city.

Sheila Zeller said...

Love the photo of you in the Louvre! And what a nice recap. Thanks for sharing :-)

victoria | vmac+cheese said...

Aaaaand I am ready to be back in La Belle France. Simply my favorite place on earth!

Joanne said...

This is such a timely post, Nancy! I'm in Bayeux in Normandy, taking the train into Paris for a whirlwind trip tomorrow before heading back to London tomorrow night. I'll let you know how it goes. Thanks for the great pictures and inspiration - I am SO excited!!

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

wow - looks amazing. you hit ALL the spots. were the macarons from Laudree as good as they look/as i hear?

Lisa @ Henderson Rubin Creative Design Studio said...

Love your photos! The macaroons look divine!

Lisa said...

Great photos Nancy. I've only been once, but like you I'm planning a return visit. I so loved Versailles I have the Hall of Mirrors as my phone back drop.

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