Highlights From A Weekend In Paris, June 2018
When I announce to people at work that my mom's 50th birthday just passed, they look at me like I'm crazy. 50?! As if she starred in the 1990's version of teen mom. I find it funny and endearing. Yes my mom is young but that makes us all the more closer. And for this big birthday of hers, I planned us a trip to Paris! A big surprise that involved me and my aunts and even my grandmother. And then our flight got cancelled.
I won't bore you with the details, but over tears and mussels, we all gathered at Bar Tabac in my old stomping grounds, and planned ANOTHER trip to Paris, 3 weeks later. Do you know how hard it is to get 5 women with 7 kids between them to agree on a weekend away with 1 month notice? Really freaking hard!!! But we did it and as always, Paris was a great idea.
Below are some of my favorite moments and memories from the trip.
- Walking around St.Germain was beautiful and I highly recommend visiting Le Bon Marché. It's like our version of Barney's plus they have an unbelievable selection of food, champagne and treats. It's impeccably designed and well-curated. I can almost guarantee you'll want to buy something, or if you're me: everything. If you're hungry afterwards, Pierre Hermé is just a short walk away and they have the most incredible pastries. My favorite was an eclair with strawberries and pistachio cream! We also got some macarons which were so crazy fresh.
- Dinner at Verjus was a great start to our trip. The ambiance was divine and the innovative, vegetable-forward cuisine was perfect. The restaurant is tiny, cozy, and romantic. You'll probably only find a late reservation, but snag it anyways. Especially in the summertime, Paris stays light until 10PM+! My favorite dish was the charred carrots which were better than most meat kebabs I've had in my days. Also, the poached lobster with cherries and peas. And the celeriac root. Ok well now I'm officially starving. I also really liked L'Assiette which is a traditional bistro in the 14th arrondissement. It has a limited menu, but everything we ate was spectacular. My favorite dish was the cassoulet which came to the table piping hot in a cast iron crock. It's even open on Sundays, which is rare in Paris.
- ART! While I am not the biggest fan of aimlessly walking around a museum for hours, I love learning about art in general. This time around, we used Context Tours to book a private tour of the Musee D'Orsay. Aside from our guide being fabulous, I felt as though I truly learned a lot about the Impressionists and why they painted what they did. It was empowering! Additionally, we went to Atelier de Lumieres for an interactive art installation with the work of Gustav Klimt. Giant projections of his work moved alongside classical music. When I saw this painting, I experienced what it means to truly connect with a piece of artwork on a subconscious level. I can't wait to order a print for my new apartment.
And that's it! The rest of the time we meandered around, ate a lot of cheese and bread, shopped a little too much, and drank many glasses of rosé. The perfect weekend, I'd say.