J’Adore Paris

As I get older, I realize more and more how restorative a girls’ weekend can be.  Friendships that span decades and cross thousands of miles have lasted that long for a reason — those are the friends who get you all the way down to your soul.  Time with those friends brings you back to yourself and helps you remember who you are.

four femmesA quick few days together always leaves me happier and inspired, but when you set those days against the backdrop of Paris, it’s magic.

seine at night

We talked, we shopped, we drank wine and cafe au lait and ate croissants and crepes and croque monsieur, we toured museums and stood beneath the Eiffel Tower.  We laughed and we discussed the big, important things in life and we just celebrated every little minute.  So much fun.

Chanel_Paris

This was my first time in Paris and I just loved it.  We didn’t have a really tourist-y agenda, but we walked a lot and saw a lot and I was just happy to be there.  Although there are so many amazing things to do in this gorgeous city, this trip was a little bit about seeing Paris and a lot about seeing friends. 

musee dorsay

The Musee D’Orsay was one of our few MUST-SEEs and it was so breath-takingly gorgeous — the actual building was like art and the actual art gave me goosebumps.  When I was little, one of my aunts gave me a book called Linnea in Monet’s Garden.  Since then, I’ve loved Monet’s art and Impressionism in general.  Walking through the exhibit in the D’Orsay was like being a little kid and having a dream come true all wrapped up in one amazing experience.  I could have stayed all day.

Monet at Dorsay

My other favorite part of the weekend was a visit to Le Bon Marche, one of the oldest department stores in the world.  A city block, maybe more, of gorgeous clothes, bags, shoes, home goods…basically heaven.  Although we didn’t realize it when we booked the trip, the week we were in France was one of only two times per year when the stores all have sales — so we basically HAD to shop.  It was a sign, it was fate, it was destiny.  It was really fun.

I can’t wait to go back with Matt and the kids — I know it will be a very different experience, but I think Paris will be a highlight no matter who you’re with or what you do.  J’adore Paris!


Also, a girls’ weekend in NYC and an ode to the women in my life.


 

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