Athina Jacket (similar here) , Joes Jeans ,
Forever21 Sweater (old, similar here), and Adidas Sneakers
You cannot complete a trip to Paris without going to see the Eiffel Tower. No matter how many times I visit, I am still in awe of how grand it is. I think my favorite part about it is to enjoy a nice picnic on the lawn in front during the day and of course, see it glitter at night. It was amazing to see the leaves in their fall colors surrounding the tower and park around it. It made for the perfect backdrop.
I highly recommend getting to see the Eiffel tower both day and night as they are totally different experiences. To go during the day, I love to go to a local store near where I am staying to grab lunch supplies, because I haven't found a good spot near the Eiffel tower yet. I normally stick to cheese, meats, and a baguette or any already prepared lunch foods at the store. Oh and you can't forget the wine! During our trip in mid November, the lawn directly in front of the tower was blocked off to help regrow the grass properly. But there was plenty of space on the side to enjoy the view and eat our picnic.
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So after you have basked in the sunlight gazing up at the Eiffel tower while sipping your wine, I highly recommend scheduling a time during your trip to come back at sunset. I suggest getting there at sunset because it is incredibly beautiful to watch the sun set with the tower. And then right after sun down, the glitter light show will happen. You can read all about how to visit the Eiffel Tower at night through this post here.
Forever21 Sweater , Gap Black Jeans , Zara Overcoat ,
Plaid Scarf , Forever21 Beanie , and Adidas Sneakers
If you are in Paris for more than a couple of days, I highly suggest you take a day trip to Versailles. Versailles has an over the top interior of the palace and a huuuugge garden. It was quite a nice day trip to get out of the city and experience some great history. And if you are as lucky as we are, you will witness an amazing sunset.
Before you go inside Versailles, stop by two local stores in Versailles for a picnic to have in the park after the Palace tour. We went to Boulanger Patissier for sandwiches and pastries. Then we headed right down the street to Rapid Market for a bottle of wine. And if you forgot plastic cups and a bottle opener, ask the cashier for plastic cups and buy a bottle opener. When you get through the line, you can check your food bag in and then you can get it after the tour of the palace.
The best way to get to Versailles from the center of Paris is the metro. It is about a 45 minute ride out there. It is pretty much an all day thing so wake up, grab some coffee and a croissant, and then head to the metro. The most important thing that we did not do is to order a ticket BEFORE you go and make sure it is thepassport with a timed entry which guarantees that you can enter entrance A within 30 minutes of your time slot. If not then you could wait 1 hr + within a pretty long line, which is sadly what we did... They have headsets which explain as you go the history and facts about the palace and gardens.
The Palace of Versailles was more elaborate than any house, palace, or castle that I have ever seen. And I saw the Buckingham Palace in London. Every single inch of the walls are covered with cold, mirrors, wall papers, art, or whatever you can think of! There is so much to marvel at. I really enjoyed the hall of mirrors as well. Wow it was the perfect banquet hall. I also really loved the Gallery of Great Battles. It is an entire hallway showcasing so many famous wars depicted on wall sized canvases.
Once you exit the Palace, grab your packed lunch and go enjoy it in the park. Then however much time you have left until sunset, just explore the grounds and wander through. Then once sunset has hit, head back up to the top of the stairs immediately behind the palace. This is the money shot and man was it beautiful!! Of course it got colder as the night went on, So I threw on this beanie to keep warm because man was it chilly.
Lilyful Sweater (old, similar here), H&M Skirt (same in black),
Forever21 Belt Bag, ASOS Boots , Zara Overcoat ,
and Francesca Scarf (old, similar here)
I think it is very important to balance your vacation days with some big landmarks, museums, attractions, etc that is a must see while visiting your destination with chill days of just immersing yourself into the new culture. So that is exactly what we did on Day 3 after doing many museums and sites the first two days. I love shopping in Paris, because duh it's Paris! But one of the boujee-est things I have done in Paris was have afternoon tea at the Peninsula hotel, pinkies out and all.
le bon marche
After grabbing some coffee at Matamata Coffee , we headed straight for Le Bon Marche which is a French department store. It has some of your top notch brands yet also has some more affordable options to shop. But either way, it is such an incredible window shopping experience none the less. The building and brand displays themselves are luxurious to go up and down different clothes racks just admiring the clothes. They even had a holiday section set up with floating Christmas trees.
After a bit of shopping, we headed to Les Oiseaux cafe for rose and lunch. Patrick and I split the club sandwich and fries which was plenty for both of us. It was nice to hang out outside drinking rose and people watching. The cafe is located right across from a park so it is pretty peaceful. Then after lunch we took the metro located right across the street back to the apartment to drop off our bags before heading right back out to these two local shops that I saw near our place that I had been dying to go to!! The first was Athina Boutique where I got the cutest handwritten sacre coeur tee and a corduroy jacket with a pink fur collar. The cutest Parisian stuff with boutique pricing.
bobby vintage thrift store
Bobby is by far a hidden gem that I could spend hoursss in. To be honest, I am not like whoo hoo when it comes to thrift stores because more times than not I find absolutely nothing. Bobby proved me wrong!! It had tons of options, many of them top brand names. And when I mean brand name pieces, it's like actually cute pieces. They have clothes, shoes, scarves, purses, jewelry, you name it! Also, do not miss going downstairs to keep shopping jackets and skirts for women plus a section for men as well. I got a vintage earrings and necklace set with leopard print, the coolest street wear tulle pullover, and a sexy sheer tie front top. It was so much fun, and the prices were 100% affordable!!
afternoon tea at the peninsula hotel
I had researched about the Peninsula Hotel and their raved Afternoon Tea, and I just couldn't resist participating. The hotel serves tea daily in the Le Lobby and you will need to make a reservation beforehand. Each person gets their choice of tea, sweet & savory pastries and finger sandwiches, plus an entire buffet of pretty much any sweet lovers dreams. You have to go with the mentality that there is no way that you can eat all of this. So in order to try as many things as possible just take a bite or two of each food item. I will warn you that it is a tad expensive but overall the whole family enjoyed it. The hotel itself is exquisite plus they had a strong trio playing live music. While we were there, the Peninsula was donating some of their proceeds with a featured pink berry tea and treats to support breast cancer awareness. I chose the pink berry tea and it was phenomenal!
Dress is smart casual. Women should wear a dress, skirt, or nice pants. Men should wear nice dress pants with a respectable top. Preferably no tennis shoes which is why Patrick and I both broke out our boots after shopping to wear to the Peninsula. Since tea ends at 6:00 pm, it is the perfect time to pop on over to the Eiffel Tower to view it at night with the glittering light show. Read all about the Eiffel Tower at night in my
blog post here. It is definitely a must see while in Paris!! And don't forget to pick up
a bottle of champagne on the way.
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