Scenes from a Trip to Paris

Flying into Paris

February is celebrated as a month filled with love and romance, but because I’m somewhat ambivalent about Valentine’s Day itself, I’ve decided to skip it here and write about Paris instead.

If there’s a more romantic city in the world, I haven’t seen it yet.

I’ve visited Paris a handful of times since my first trip for my 20th birthday while studying abroad. Now, I keep an ongoing list of spots I want to seek out on my next trip and follow a handful of expat bloggers who live in the city. At the slightest provocation, I could be convinced to return.

Paris, Eiffel Tower

Paris has been showing up a lot lately in my life, especially in my reading, and at some point, I realized that I had never shared my favorite spots in Paris here or even any pictures from my last trip.

So without further ado, here are some of my favorite spots in and around the City of Light:

Breakfast at Ladurée

Ladurée, 21 Rue Bonaparte. Patisserie and beautiful breakfast spot.

Ladurée Kouign Amman

Kouign Amman at Ladurée.

Les Deux Margot

Les Deux Margot, 6 place Saint-Germain-des-Prés.

Les Deux Margot

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris

 

Facades in Paris

Pierre Hermé

Pastries at Pierre Hermé, 72 Rue Bonaparte.

The Seine

Parisan Breakfast

Place de Vosges

Place de Vosges

Ma Bourgogne

Outdoor seating at Ma Bourgogne.

La Palette, Paris

Happy hour at La Palette, 43 Rue de Seine.

La Palette, Paris

Musée National Eugène Delacroix

Musée National Eugène Delacroix, 6 Rue de Furstenberg.

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La Grande Épicerie de Paris

Aisles and aisles of gourmet food at La Grande Épicerie de Paris.

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Little Breizh

Little Breizh, 11 Rue Grégoire de Tours. Specialties from Normandy.

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Buckwheat crepes with goat cheese and ham, great when paired with hard cider.

Marche Raspail

Marche Raspail, rue du Cherche-Midi and rue de Rennes. Tuesday, Friday morning.

Le Petit Machon

Le Petit Machon, 158 Rue Saint Honoré. Specialties from Lyon.

Saint Marcellin Cremeux, Le Petit Machon

Saint Marcellin Cremeux

Day Trip to Champagne

Day trip to Champagne

Moët & Chandon, Day Trip to Champagne

Moët & Chandon.

Zimmerlin Flamant, Mutigny

Zimmerlin Flamant. Mutigny, Champagne.

Musée de l'Orangerie

Musée de l’Orangerie, home of Claude Monet’s Les Nymphéas (Water Lilies).

Rue Bonaparte

Rue Bonaparte

 

Paris

As you can see, I’m not at all ambivalent about Paris. The rhythm of the city, the winding side streets, the beautiful architecture, and incredible food; for me, it’s romance endures.

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P.S. – Do you know why Paris is called the City of Light? I didn’t. Not only did the nickname stem from the city’s role as a center of education and culture during the Enlightenment, but it was also among the first cities in Europe to embrace gas street lighting in the 1860s.

A Care Package to Kickoff the New Year

Please Handle with Care, courtesy of Smadar Shilo-Marcus via Flickr.

Please Handle with Care, courtesy of Smadar Shilo-Marcus via Flickr.

Whether it’s because you are sick, going through a tough time, or just because it’s Tuesday, a care package can’t help but make you smile. The sender put a lot of thought into selecting each of the items and then went to the effort of wrapping it up and sending it to you.

It’s infinitely better than opening your mailbox only to discover it’s full of junk mail, credit card offers, and bills.

Most of you are probably already settled into 2015. Today is (already!) the last day of January. But I don’t feel that way at all. Work has kept me particularly busy this month, and on top of that, I’m taking a travel writing class and trying not to break my daily streak.

Thankfully, there’s never a bad time to look back and to make some plans for the future. Mine are already in progress, but they’ve gotten much less attention this year than in years past.

So if you’re like me and just starting to settle into 2015 or if you’ve already set some resolutions and your commitment is beginning to wane, then keep reading. I’ve got a little surprise for you!

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Over the past month or so, I’ve been making and pulling together some fun things to put into a little care package for you in honor of the new year. Exactly what’s inside will remain a surprise until you open it, but I can give you a few hints.

Each one will be unique, but inside you can expect:

Something soothing…
Something sweet…
Something inspiring…
Something smart…
And something encouraging…

Enter to receive one of these new year’s care packages by sharing what you’re looking forward to this year in the comments below before Friday, Feb 6th at 5 pm CT!

I’ll be sending out up to 10 care packages (no more) to anywhere in the contiguous United States.

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I’ll start… I’m looking forward to finally seeing Yosemite and taking my first real trip to Asia (not including India).