Tuesday, January 1, 2013
christmas in Paris
Just thinking about it causes me to take a deep sigh. We've been back for a little over 2 weeks now and it still consumes most of my thoughts. There's just something about it. I wonder when it will settle down. I long to go back! It's a class all it's own and I'm completely grateful that I got to experience it! What a beautiful city! And it's beauty is contagious! Being in Paris makes me want to live a more beautiful life where I dress a little nicer, enjoy the simple things in life, and linger over a warm meal rather than rushing to the next item on my list of things to do.
We started our first full day in Paris with breakfast at Laduree. If you're ever in Paris THIS IS A MUST! And order the cafe au lait! I can not imagine a finer presentation!! There are not enough flowery adjectives to define this place and it completely lives up to its reputation.
After breakfast we headed toward the Champs de Elysee and walked the street lined with lights, the Christmas market, and music playing all along the way. We stopped at H&M (haha) to get Neal a scarf and gloves because it was CRAZY COLD! Just past H&M is the Arc De Triomphe where we paid to walk to the top. It had already started raining at this point so we were thankful to get this done before the pouring rain began. What a view!! Even on a cloudy, rainy day Paris is BREATHTAKING and I NEVER tired of seeing the Eiffel Tower! I was giggly and giddy and could hardly believe I was there, desperate to soak in every single moment!! From there my dearest Tracy recommended we enjoy lunch at Cafe Marly which is located in the courtyard of the Louvre. What a gorgeous spot!! My husband ordered the croque monsier as instructed and proclaimed the best sandwich he'd ever eaten! Thank you my friend! I SO enjoyed seeing how the Parisians dress there! They really take it up a notch!
From there we continued to walk because I wanted to see as much as possible! Because I LOVE to cook I was dying to stop by E. Dehillerin so that I could shop where Julia Child shopped. It was rustic and wonderful and if I could've come home with a new pot or knife I would've! We continued the long, long, long.... walk to Merci which was one of my favorite spots on the trip! So many people have blogged about it and it was a MUST on my visit. It was dark when we arrived and was all lit for the Christmas season. What a place!! My husband was very patient with me while I shopped the four levels for almost an hour! I was such a good girl!! I only bought ornaments since we were there at Christmas and I thought it would be so special to bring them out every year and a small funky vase! It was SO HARD to choose! I regret not buying one of their orange aprons! Maybe next time... ;) If you go there make sure to stop at the cafe for an espresso! What fun!! From there we grabbed a cab to see the lights and windows of the Galleria Layfayette! That's an experience all its' own! I want so badly for my kids to get to see those Christmas windows one day! I've never seen anything like it in my life!! AMAZING!
From there we ended with a quiet dinner and fell into bed late at night. What a day!!