Zara Overcoat , Blue Scarf from Milan (similar here) ,
H&M Sweater (old, similar here) , Gap Black Jeans , and Adidas Sneakers
Thankfully there was no more rain forecasted the rest of the week that we were in Paris, whoo-hoo! Since we spent most of the day indoors avoiding the rain on day one (read blog post here), it was nice to get out and about for day two. We started our morning at a modern art museum followed by Notre Dame and the coolest restaurant that you have to go to!
You may not be aware of the coffee situation in France, but it is not like the coffee offered in the US. Most cafes and locals drink an espresso or cappuccino. So if you are wanting a fancy pour over or actual coffee that isn't an Americano, then you will have to search out these specific coffee shops. Luckily I have found a great one in Le Marais called Loustic. The offer chemex coffee and the best homemade treats for breakfast. It is a must try if you love coffee and/or are tired of an espresso. We stopped by Loustic on our way to Pompidou.
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centre georges pompidou
I highly recommend that you purchase tickets beforehand at this website similar to the Louvre because there is a "I have tickets line" that is much shorter. And depending on how much you love art, there are multiple floors that have different galleries to look at. We chose Galleries 1 & 2 because these included Picasso which I really wanted to see. And to be honest, the top floor gallery was enough for us.
Disclaimer, if you have not watched the movie Midnight in Paris, you should watch it before going to Pompidou! Patrick and I were literally looking at Picasso's art and drawing from the movie about his personality and history to have a deeper understanding of his work. Honestly it made the gallery that much more special to me, and I was fascinated. It was incredible that Picasso and Braque stood the test through time and continued to change and mend their artistic styles with the trends and time period. This gallery takes you through all of that.
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On our walk to Notre-dame we crossed the seine river and man is the view incredible! We had planned to get to Notre-dame around sunset in order to go to the top of the tower and witness the view of Paris glistening in the sunset light. I had researched that this was one of the best views of the city! Unfortunately they created a new app signup that we did not know about and did not get a chance to go to the top. So I highly suggest going to see this view since we could not, but remember to download the JeFile app to get a time slot. Either way it is incredible to just admire from outside because the details are so good.
That night we had one of my favorite restaurant experiences yet in Paris. It was the perfect date night with Patrick! We went to Carrousel Français - Bar à Vin, Fromage et Charcuterie. So if you have ever eaten at a revolving sushi restaurant or if you are like me have just seen them in movies, then this is basically that but French style! It has plates of different cheeses and meats that are revolving down the center of the restaurant. You just pick up which ones you want and they charge you at the end. Don't forget to get a yummy bottle of wine (or two) and talk about what you've loved about your time in Paris so far.
Zara Overcoat , Francesca Scarf (old, similar here) , Joes Jeans ,
Forever21 Crop Sweater (old, similar here) ,Adidas Sneakers
I was so excited and thankful to be able to take another trip to Paris but this time I got to experience Paris in the fall with all of the gorgeous leaves changing and the crisp cool weather. It was truly the ultimate fall vacation for Patrick and I since we do not get to experience a fall/winter season that much in Los Angeles. We had 5 1/2 days in Paris and I am going to start with our Day 1 itinerary.
We traveled from LAX to CDG airport flying Delta for this trip and had quite a pleasant experience. We booked our flight and planned out our trip using this travel post here. I always like to plan our flights as best as possible to beat jetlag and I have found that after some horrible trial and error, literally Patrick and my trip to the Mediteranian coast was the worst jetlag I have ever felt, I swore I would never do that again! I have found that booking a flight closer to late afternoon/ night time to leave and landing in the afternoon is the best. We left around 1 pm Los Angeles time and landed around 11 am Paris. So after landing at Charles De Gaulle airport, we took an Uber to our AirBnb. I find that Ubering is the easiest to use when landing because you do not have to find out how to speak with a taxi driver in a foreign language, and you do not need to get cash exchanged right away when landing at the airport. And plus trying to navigate public transit when just landing from a 10+ hour flight is miserable. Trust me, Uber if you can! As soon as we arrived, we checked into our AirBnb located in the 2nd arrondissement. I prefer the 1st, 2nd, and Le Marais areas the best because of the access to tons of cute shops, cafes, and it is close to a lot of the attractions and spots that I end of love visiting while in Paris. I also prefer AirBnb because I like having a locals view of living in an apartment in Paris. It just makes me so happy to experience cities the way locals get to.
Since we landed in the afternoon and my husband's parents were joining us did not land until later that afternoon the first half day was spent just lounging and enjoying being in Paris by way of the infamous cafes. I threw on my big coat and scarf over my airplane attire, and we went to District 80 MM and had a glass of wine and their yummy bacon macaroni. We then just took the time to walk around our little neighborhood just exploring and taking everything in because, hello we were in Paris!! Later that night we spent time catching up and chatting with the family over the BEST meat & cheese board from Le Cafe Noir.
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the louvre museum
So for our official "first day" we woke up and got coffee and breakfast at a local cafe on our walk to the Louvre Museum. It was forecasted to rain most of the afternoon so this was the best way to spend our time, getting lost in the museum. For the Louvre, I suggest buying tickets online beforehand at this website. The past two times that I have been to the Louvre, I have bought the tickets that morning or the night before to secure a spot in the "I have a ticket line" (on the left side when looking at the entrance) which is always wayyyyy shorter than the other line to get in the museum. Show up about 30 minutes before your time slot starts to get some good photos and admire the glass pyramids outside the Louvre. Depending on how much you love art and museums, you can spend as little as an hour or you can plan an entire day out of it. The most famous piece is the Mona Lisa.
However, here are the top spots I loved seeing at the Louvre:
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arc de triomphe
After the Louvre, we got on the metro and it popped us straight out at the Arc de Triomphe. You can buy tickets to go up to the top, but honestly it was pretty cool to just see while walking along the roundabout admiring it from multiple angles. We got to the Arc right at sunset. Then we strolled down Champs-Élysées, which is one of the most famous streets in the world. Kind of like Rodeo drive in Los Angeles. After the Arc, we headed back near our AirBnb in the 2nd arr. to get dinner at the cutest little French restaurant, La Brigout. It was very cozy and small and served authentic French cuisine. You can make a reservation online to help make sure there is a spot. I recommend a bottle of red wine with the ratatouille and duck. I had to get the ratatouille in Paris because I am a big fan of the cartoon movie Ratatouille lol!
Patrick and I just got back from traveling to Paris to celebrate Christmas in November with his parents. We went the first week of November which was a bit later into the fall season since the last time we traveled to Paris for our honeymoon. Highs were in the mid 50's and lows were in the mid 40's. This was my one week of truly getting to experience fall weather since it is still 70's in Los Angeles. I loved getting to see the fall leaves with their beautiful color! I packed using this blog post guide here.
You will very quickly notice that I pretty much wear this Zara overcoat the entire time basically because it ended up being a bit colder than I thought. Or maybe it was just my body in shock from being in 75-80 degree weather in Los Angeles when we left for Paris ha! I should have packed another large and warm coat but oh well. I wore a cream sweater, dark skinny jeans, a yellow knit scarf, and sneakers for our first day. It also rained a bit so I made sure I had my umbrella with me.
Day 2 we explored another museum and did a lot of exploring outside afterwards at the Notre Dame. The temperature was still a bit chilly and windy so I wore a similar outfit with this chunky sweater, black jeans, light knit scarf, and sneakers. And of course layered with my camel overcoat. I always love traveling in my Adidas sneakers because they are so comfortable when doing a lot of walking and standing in a museum.
On day 3 in Paris, we went shopping around a bit which is something I absolutely love doing in Paris! After a morning of shopping we got to have afternoon tea at the Peninsula Hotel! And wow what a ritzy and boujee experience it was to have tea & pastries in the cutest hotel. I chose to wear a bit dressier statement and switched my jeans for a midi pleated skirt, big poof sleeve sweater, and the same yellow/gold scarf from day one. The outfit really was tied together with my Forever21 belt bag secured on the outside of the scarf making a big statement. I wore these western inspired boots as well.
We took a day trip to Versailles which I would say was probably the trickiest outfit to plan. It was one of the colder days but dropped super low that night. We planned to be there most all day and got to watch the beautiful Parisian sunset that night. But once the sun started to go down, it was freezing and windy!! I was glad that I brought my camel overcoat, a blanket scarf, and beanie. But during the day and throughout the tour of Versailles, I wore a thick color block turtleneck sweater and my black jeans.
On our last day we went to the Eiffel Tower to enjoy a picnic on the grass and just be mesmerized with the view in front of us. The weather was actually pretty warm and sunny with a high of mid 60s. I bought this corduroy jacket at a local shop in Paris (Athina) and could not wait to wear it! I wore it over a thin, v-neck black sweater, dark skinny jeans, and my Adidas sneakers.
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