On Monday, I woke up at 6am for my 9am flight like a good little traveler. I made my buses on time and was feeling pretty darn pleased with myself. At the same time, I really was devastated to leave. I decided to start looking at photos of Paris on Pinterest the night before and I kept seeing places and things I was so sad I didn’t get to do or didn’t even know existed. Two days in Paris just felt so short. So I was so excited to see my flight had been pushed back a few hours. I would still definitely make it on time to my class but that gave me time to go to Angelina, a tea house known for wonderful hot chocolate and crazy long lines. They opened at 7:30 and I was there on the dot! I was one of the few people inside which was so nice. The hot chocolate was amazing, though a bit over priced but that’s to be expected in Paris. So afterward, I decided to walk to Notre Dame to see the outside and take photos of Au Vieux Paris d’Arcole, one of my Pinterest finds. As I was walking around, my plane got delayed another hour! “Oh well”, I thought, I can go to Shakespeare and Co Cafe, a new cafe that opened next to my favorite bookstore (I did a post on it here). I got a smoothie and sipped and people watched. It started drizzling and I was truly the perfect Parisian morning. Then I went to the Metro to catch my train, I got a few stops in and bam! Flight canceled!
At first, I was stressed out but they were putting us on a new flight so I could focus on the next thing at hand: what to do with the rest of my new found time in Paris. It was sad to find out the famous Colette store was closing in a week on December 20th and devastated when I tried to go the day before just to learn it was closed on Sundays. I met up with my friend Alyssa, who had a later flight than me and we went over to Colette. It was so cool and I can see how the store was the tastemaker for Parisian fashion for the past 20 years. It has so many claims to fame like being the only store Carl Lagerfield has ever said by name to shop at and for influencing Yves Saint Laurent to keep the Yves in its name. I got a mini Diptyque candle, which I know you can buy anywhere but I really wanted the Colette bag and everything was so expensive for this poor college students budget. After walking around the streets around the Lourve, we decided to use our student privilege and hang out at the Lourve because it was free and not cold and wet inside. And obviously because it’s the Lourve! I’m gonna do another post on that but it was definitely a good decision. My flight got pushed back again to 9pm, making it a whole 12 hours different so I had hours in the Lourve. Eventually, I made the long trip to the airport, feeling flu-like with exhaustion and made it on my flight, only a cool 12 hours late. Next, I’ll be posting about the Lourve, which at acres, definitely warrants it’s own post.
// COLETTE //
We started our second day in Paris in the best way possible: at Ten Belles, my favorite coffee shop in the whole world. I actually chose our airbnb based on it’s proximity to Ten Belles. It was as wonderful as I remembered and such a great way to start another day of exploring. After some coffee and pastries and wandering around the 10th arrondissement, we made our way to Notre Dame. Alyssa and I split ways for bit and I was off to Shakespeare and Co. I was pleasantly surprised to see the bookshop had opened a cafe next door, though I didn’t get to try it. After looking at books and petting the adorable cat, I started doing my favorite thing: aimlessly wandering and taking photos. I didn’t really have a plan, I just wanted to take in as much of Paris’s beauty as possible.
Eventually, I made my way to the 4th arrondissement to retrace the steps Celine and Jesse in Before Sunset, the second film in my favorite movie series. I stumbled on a little Christmas market and bought some more macaroons. After doing some shopping, I met back up with Alyssa and we went to the Musee D’Orsay. I love the Lourve but the D’Orsay will always have a special place in my heart. They were also doing an exhibit on Degas’s ballerinas which, as a former ballerina, was a definite highlight of my whole trip. After the museum, we met up with our friend Dan from DAAP who is studying in Paris and we had an amazing dinner at Rainette, a restaurant known for it’s cute decor and French delicacies like frog legs and escargot (snails). I got the asian frog legs, which were amazing but a bit strange to eat with all the tiny bones. After hours of conversation, good drinks and good food, we said our goodbyes and made our way back to our apartment.
// MUSEE D’ORSAY //
// RAINETTE //
This past week, I visited Paris with my friend Alyssa. I’ve been to Paris in the spring, summer and fall, all of which were wonderful, so I was a bit hesitant about going in the winter because I didn’t want it to taint my perfect view of Paris. But I can honestly say, thru every season, Paris is always a good idea! It was so beautiful, abet a bit cold, but I was so busy falling in love with Paris again, I didn’t really notice, which is saying a lot for this Californian whose always cold. I took sooo many photos so I’m going to split it up into three days. My trip was only supposed to be two days but because of fun stuff like bad weather and canceled flights, I got a wonderful surprise third day as well!
Our first day in Paris, we got a late start but we eventually made it over to the Eiffel Tower. Under the Eiffel Tower was blocked off and there were fences everywhere. On top of that, there was definitely a down vibe everywhere we went. It put me a bit on edge to be honest but I later learned Johnny Hallyday, a legendary French rockstar, had died and there was a memorial concert and casket processional around Paris, the closures and lingering sadness made more sense. After a lovely meal of Beef Bourgeon (fyi for those who have followed me for a while, I eat meat now because I was found to be very iron deficient and my body doesn’t like iron pills), we went to Laduree and Pierre Herme and did a mini macaron sampling like I posted about a few years back when I was in Paris last. Pierre Herme is still my absolute favorite and I found out, after we bought them from Publicis Drugstore, the world’s fanciest drugstore, that they opened a store on the Champs Elysée! I guess next time I’m in Paris, I’ll buy them from there. After our macaroon adventure, we walked around a lot and visited an adorable Christmas market near Les Halles. The Christmas market on the Champs Elysée is not happening this year because of high terror alerts (felt real good reading that…) but the Les Halles market was cute and intimate. After the Christmas market, we got reservations for Il Etait Un Square, which is known for its 5 star rating on Trip Advisor with 1,500 ratings, which is basically unheard of and amazing burgers! The burger truly was so yummy and I would highly recommend the restaurant, even though it’s a bit out of the way. We sat and chatted until the restaurant closed and eventually found our way home to rest up for an eventful day on Sunday. Stay tuned for my next blog about day two in Paris.
// PIERRE HERME //
// LADUREE //
// LES HALLES CHRISTMAS MARKET //