Miller and I just returned from celebrating our 4th wedding anniversary in Paris, and we both fell head over heels in love with the city. I have started writing this post multiple times for the past couple of days and never really get anywhere because it is impossible for me to put into words how much we enjoyed our trip. I never thought there was a place I could love more than NYC, but for me, Paris wins.
Nothing in me wants to get out of Parisian mode. Since returning to New York, I have had a croissant for breakfast every day and am sitting here eating a baguette as I type. Why is everyone working so hard, walking so fast, on their phones nonstop, drinking green juices, exercising like crazy, not having three hour lunches, and not loading butter on their bread??? I have got to snap out of it, but I don’t want to let go!
We found beauty in absolutely everything…the architecture, people, fashion, food, and really just the culture as a whole. Their slower, more relaxed way of life really is something special. One of my favorite things about our trip is that we had no agenda. Each day we would wake up with no alarm clock, walk to a cafe for coffee and croissants, get on a bike or just walk around exploring different parts of the city, have long drawn out lunches, stop by lots of pastry shops, naps every afternoon, late dinners, and late nights sitting at cafes talking, having wine, and people watching. It was perfect.
Here are a few pictures from our trip…
Our own little piece of Paris – on the Pont des Arts.
Outside of the Tuileries Gardens. If you are in this area and don’t want to tackle the Louvre, the small Musée de L’Orangerie , home to Monet’s Water Lilies, is a very easy museum to visit. Try Café Marly for lunch and Angelina if you want a beautiful atmosphere, tea or hot chocolate, and a sweet.
Cafe de Flore is a great breakfast/lunch spot – a little touristy, but a Paris institution- and the perfect place to people watch.
We ate the same thing for breakfast every single day- I could never get tired of this.
A typical lunch or afternoon snack for me…a few of our favorite lunch spots were Café Charlot, Les Philosophes, Café le Papillon, and Le Comptoir.
One of my favorite things about Paris is that there is fresh bread everywhere- and that wonderful bread smell which is one of my favorite things in the world.
This was a pretty typical dinner for us…we preferred the casual bistros over the fine dining restaurants.
Basically everywhere you go, there are little markets with the most beautiful flowers…add the smell of fresh flowers to the smell of bread and it really is my heaven.
Biking was definitely my favorite way to get around the city- the Velib system is amazing.
Trocadéro- head to this area for the best view of the Eiffel Tower.
What I will miss the most about Paris is the food. My favorite thing was walking through the street markets and looking at the freshest, most beautiful fruits and vegetables I have ever seen. Le Marché des Enfants Rouges was a covered market across the street from our apartment that I walked through multiple times a day just admiring the food. I don’t know if it is the soil over there or the fact that their produce isn’t being pumped full of hormones – whatever it is, there is a major difference in the quality of the food.
Miller’s brother, Cromwell, is living in Spain so he came over to visit for a couple of days. First time they had seen each other in almost a year.
Miller having expresso at our apartment before he went to meet with French GQ and a few other magazines.
The bar at the George V is a beautiful spot to have a cocktail -or go just to look at the flowers.
For our actual anniversary, we drove three hours into the Loire Valley and stayed at a beautiful chateau in Chinon, France. It was absolutely wonderful.
My sweet best friends had a bottle of champagne sent to our room- thank you Ruth, Olivia, and Anna!!