Friday, June 14, 2013

j'adore paris

This was my second time visiting Paris and I felt even more excited than the first visit.  My family and I went to all of the main tourist attractions - The Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Musée d'Orsay, Love Lock Bridge, etc. This time around, I felt like I was able to truly walk around and enjoy this beautiful city. Visiting Paris in June is the perfect time because it's not too hot, there are not many tourists and prices are not at their all-time-high.

Buying tickets for any tourist attraction/exhibit/museum will help with ques. You might pay a little extra but it is worth it because you want to visit Paris and see Paris, not visit Paris and wait in a line!

Louis Vuitton window on Champs-Elysées

Laduree Ever since I started blogging I have been infatuated with Laduree. My dream was to one day go to their restaurant on the Champs-Elysées in Paris. While we were walking down the famous strip, my heart stopped then rapidly started beating as we came across the famous Laduree. 

Susie and I each ordered club sandwiches which took us by surprise as they were absolutely delicious! There were layers of cheese, meat, vegetables and to-die-for sauces! For dessert we were delighted to order Laduree's classic macaroons! We even had a decadent strawberry cake which was incredible.

Walking around Paris was so magical - there is so much detail in all that surrounds you.

Paris train station

Abercrombie & Fitch
You might wonder why even bother going inside Abercrombie & Fitch? You have to. It is hands down one of the most beautiful stores I have ever been in. The attention to detail is exquisite and the cobble stone path leading up to the front door is gorgeous. What caught my eye was the magnificent gate opening up onto the property. We were lucky with there being no que, if you go in high season you might be waiting a bit.

There are no photographs allowed inside the store.

The model and I at the Abercrombie on Champs-Elysées on polaroid 

Palace of Versailles
Make sure you dedicate a full day to visit the Palace of Versailles because the Palace is amazingly grande and the gardens are large and magnificent. We got an audio guide which was great because of the GPS in the system, it knew where you were in the building, so it was constantly talking to you.

My friend Brandon suggested this restaurant to me and am I ever glad he did! I felt like I was walking into a private club with an excellent ambiance, comfy seating and walls covered in celebrity faces. Davé has been the place celebs come to eat in Paris for years and I witnessed this first hand by seeing pictures of them at the beginning of their career as well as current ones.

What I loved in particular about this place was there are no menus. Davé comes to you table and asks you what you are craving and you work on the perfect meal together. Thanks for such a delicious and memorable experience!

Davé is located beside the Louvre on a side street (click here for directions).

This is Davé and I at his restaurant

After Paris we were scheduled to go to Nice but the trains in France were on strike. Therefore we ended up going to Spain! We took a bus to the airport and when we got there pulled a few benches together, and slept in the airport. Would I recommend it? It was a free evening in Paris.

{Images taken by Sara + Susie}

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