^full blog post on this look HERE.
I am JUST now getting around to sharing all of the details our Paris trip and I am so sorry! I can’t believe it took me a month to do this. Since we’ve been home, we announced our pregnancy, went to Ohio for Thanksgiving and then to NY so I have just been so busy. But I have received so many requests for a blog post on what we did in Paris.
We were there during November 7 – 12?! I think. Just want to give you an idea of the time of year these photos were all taken in. We left ATL at 11:30 on a Sunday night and got to Paris at 2:30. We slept during our flight so we could get right to business.. (I wanted to shop!!).
Paris is known for being colder and rainy during November and it was definitely that way for us. You’ll notice that there isn’t much sunlight in my photos but it didn’t take away from the city’s beauty. I want to see Paris during all seasons because I thought the dreary, fall weather was stunning! It was fairly ‘cold’ while we were there… I want to say 40s’ish. You will most definitely need a coat, beanie, and possibly gloves. Honestly, I loved the weather and didn’t mind taking my jacket off to do photos. Also, you’ll notice tons of leaves in my fall – they must have just experienced fall bc the leaves were everywhere (so gorgeous) and people were starting to blow them away. 🙁
WHERE WE STAYED:
This was my 3rd trip to Paris and out of all the places I’ve stayed – this years spot was definitly my favorite! We stayed at The Pullman Hotel. John picked it out for us and all I told him was I wanted to stay somewhere with a really good view of the Eiffel and that had a balcony so I could stand out on it to watch the lights twinkle at night. Make sure when you are on the site you select a room that has a view of the Eiffel (if thats what you want) because many of them do not have room! Our room at the Pullman was pretty nice – it already had converters in it which was wonderful (we still packed out own). Location wise- the Pullman is ideal. We could walk everywhere and if we wanted to go to the Louvre or Champs-Elysées, we just got a quick Uber ride. It took about 10 minutes to go to those others places in the Uber.
WHERE WE SHOPPED:
We mainly shopped at Champs-Elysées. We tried to get work done during the day and then at night we’d take an Uber Champs-Elysées to shop, eat, etc. We didn’t venture out too much mainly because being pregnant has made it REALLY hard to eat a variety of foods. I did get very sick there (bc of Uber rides / their food) so I found places that didn’t make me sick and I’d eat there. Anyway, the point is, Champs-Elysées has everything you need shopping wise- especially if you like designer brands. There are other places to shop, but by the end of the day, I would be so tired I couldn’t stay out past 8pm! (Sorry I’m not more help on shopping recs!)
WHERE WE ATE:
As I mentioned ^above, eating was a challenge in Paris for me. I am a kids meal, basic food kind of girl. (aka I’m low maintenance, thats what I tell John!). But we ate at little cafes on Champs-Elysses a couple of times, and also at places around our hotel. They are very touristy places so they have croissants, crepes, burgers, fries, etc. The food is okay but I wasn’t crazy over it. The restaurant in our hotel was our favorite (remember, we are not foodies) because they had macaroni and cheese and some other American foods. John and I both laughed because it goes to show that we are so basic when it comes to food. (Mac & cheese is a favorite now that I am pregnant though!) Anytime I visit Paris, I always stop at the crepe stands by the Eiffel to get a crepe and hot cocoa! It is kind of a tradition.
If you are more of a foodie, I would recommend these places:
for Breakfast/Brunch: Holybelly
for Hot Chocolate: Angelina
for Coffee: Fragments
for Dinner: La Calif
for Lunch: Nicks Pizza
WHAT WE DID:
A few things I’d recommend doing if you are going for the first time:
1. Go up in the Eiffel Tower (night or day is both magical!)
2. Go to the Louvre (there are other museums to go to, as well!)
3. Go to the Musee d’Orsay
4. Take a trip out to see the Palace of Versailles (one of my favorite things to do!)
5. Visit the Notre Dame
6. Take a Sunset Cruise on the Seine (make this a priority!!)
7. Visit Palais Royale (where we did some of our baby announcement photos!)
There are way more things, we were just there for 3 full days and we were working while there so we didn’t get to do as much. But those^ should definitely be at the top of your list.
^full blog post on this look HERE. (These were taken nearby our hotel.)
^full blog post on this look HERE. (These were taken at a cafe outside of the Palais Royal)
^full blog post on this look HERE.
^full blog post on this look HERE. (Taken at Palais Royal.)
(Taken from our room!) Sweater via Zara.
(Taken from the balcony in our room.)
Sweater is here. (Taken from the balcony in our room.)
^full blog post on this look HERE. (Taken near Trocadero.)