Paris is always a good idea. – Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
Have you seen Sabrina? Everyone always talks about Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Roman Holiday. But Sabrina. It is one of my favorites – Audrey Hepburn is incredibly lovely in it and her admiration for Paris is contagious.
‘This is what you do on your first day in Paris. You get yourself some rain, not just a drizzle, but some honest-to-goodness rain. Then you find yourself someone really nice and drive her through Bois de Boulogne in a taxi. The rain’s very important. Because that’s when Paris smells its sweetest. It’s the damp chestnut trees, you see.’ – Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina
I told Jonathan that one of the reasons I love that city is because the sky is a little gloomy. Not in a sad way. It’s more of a whimsical way. On our recent trip to Paris, we definitely got our fair share of some of Audrey’s ‘honest-to-goodness rain.’ It actually rained pretty much the entire time, which was a huge bummer because I had been so excited to take Jonathan to this city that I love so much. It was his first trip and we only had a few days there, before meeting up with his family in Barcelona. We certainly made the best of the weather and we were thankful when we had moments of clear skies.
On this quick trip, we stayed in a tiny Airbnb a couple of blocks from the Louvre. It was the perfect location! Although we didn’t step inside of the Louvre, we walked past it and through the gardens a few times each day. My favorite museum in Paris is Musee D’Orsay and I just knew Jonathan would love it too. It is filled with our favorite Impressionist painters and even the building itself is exquisite. They were having a special Henri Rousseau exhibit and I was able to see one of his pieces that I had just seen at the MOMA in December! It was a special moment to be able to connect two special trips, through a piece of art that I loved.
We were able to see a lot of beauty as we took in the city streets and some of the spots that make Paris so special. Jonathan and I enjoy experiencing a culture through food + drink (+ wine!) and one of my favorite stops in Paris was Laduree. We stopped for a break while we were shopping and had the most delightful time enjoying an omelet, tasting macarons and sipping cafe (coffee). I loved how everything was served on pastel china and real silver. We sat outside at the Champs Elysees location and the whole experience was pure bliss.
The rain certainly tried to get us down, but we weren’t having any of it. It did, however, leave my skin feeling a little dry and I was so glad that I packed my One Love Organics Gardenia + Tea Antioxidant Body Serum. I have really moved away from most body lotions- not just because of the ingredients and pore-clogging tendencies, but also because of the overall experience. I have been looking for an alternative to slathering thick lotion onto already dewy skin (due to our Georgia humidity) and I was so happy to find this body serum. It is applied as a spray (huge plus!!) and I usually spritz it all over my body, let it sink in, and use the backs of my wrists to smooth any that might still be sitting on my skin after a few minutes. (No greasy lotiony hands!!) The gardenia + tea scent is pure luxury and will leave me dreaming of Paris with every application. It is also travel-friendly because the nozzle has a lock feature, which is great news for anyone is paranoid about products spilling in your suitcase (like THIS girl). It is just the right amount of moisture, without the slick effect that you get with lotion.
Our absolute favorite meal when we were in Paris was at Frenchie Bar a Vins. This was my third time at this spot and it was just as wonderful as my other two experiences. Frenchie Restaurant has a great reputation and can, therefore, be difficult to snag a reservation. I always opt for Frenchie Bar a Vins, just across the street. It is tiny, quaint and simple- with its exposed brick + beams, and limited menu. You can walk right in, crowd around the bar for an excellent glass of wine while you wait to be seated, and soak in a little rustic French charm. The meal is just about one of my favorite things ever and Jonathan was just as pleased. We were so happy there and talk of it fondly. For me, it is a must-go when in Pair-ree.
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