One among the particular perks of residing in Europe is that there’s a wealth of marvellous cities simply a few hours away (vs Australia, the place flying wherever takes about 20 hours). My pal Grace was was coming to city from New York just a few weeks in the past, and once we had been planning she requested if I additionally needed to hitch her in Paris after her keep in London. I considered it for all of two seconds earlier than saying ‘oui‘. One among my resolutions for 2017 was to do extra of what I really like, extra usually. And Paris and great girlfriends undoubtedly each fall into that class.
So I placed on my out-of-office, hopped on an early Eurostar, and simply three hours after leaving my home discovered myself stepping off the metro and into the fantastic sunshine in Paris. As Grace was flying and thus arriving an hour later (I’ve since educated her on the deserves of getting a Eurostar as a substitute of a flight between London and Paris), I discovered an enthralling little cafe across the nook from our house and holed up with my laptop computer and the largest espresso the French do (translation: tiny).
Sporting at high: Whistles coat (now on sale here + additionally seen here) // Chanel bag // Topshop brooches (on coat) // Kenneth Jay Lane bracelets // Tom Ford sun shades // Mac ‘Ruby Woo’ lipstick.
We headed upstairs to the tres incroyable One Fine Stay house we had been fortunate sufficient to name dwelling for the subsequent two nights, and it was every thing we may have needed in our fantasy Parisian house – simply steps from Le Louvre above a florist on Rue St Honore and all marble, stylish design parts and sweeping French home windows. After tearing ourselves away, we wandered down the street to the Palais Royale. Within the springtime – when the roses are in full bloom and all of the Parisians sit across the fountain with their weekend papers – it’s considered one of my favorite locations on the planet, but it surely’s nonetheless completely beautiful within the winter too. Our first cease was to Cafe Kitsune for espresso (just like the blogger cliches that we’re), earlier than discovering a little cafe close by for a late lunch outdoors within the sunshine. We sat and caught up on life over champagne and Croque Monsieurs, and simply fortunately people-watched for hours. I may consider worse methods to spend a Friday afternoon…
One of many joys of visiting a metropolis you’ve each been to many instances earlier than is that as a substitute of feeling it’s a must to rush round to see every thing, you possibly can simply transfer slowly with no agenda and do precisely as you please. So after lunch within the park, we went for a stroll across the neighbourhood with nowhere specifically to be however all of Paris to take pleasure in. For dinner, we headed to Tannat – probably the most great little neighbourhood restaurant a bit out of the best way, however fully well worth the metro trip – the place we caught up with Lindsey (who’s an American author residing in Paris and is principally residing my dream) over French onion soup which all of us agreed was so good, it was virtually life-changing.
As Grace and I had each solely just lately visited Paris with our boyfriends, we needed to spend hours procuring – not precisely one thing you are able to do with a person in tow, irrespective of how affected person (my fiancé has a one hour procuring threshold, so I’ve to make use of it correctly). And as we had been staying on Rue St Honore, we didn’t have far to go.
We began with brunch within the sunshine at Cafe Marly (on the terrace of the Louvre), earlier than heading to Astier de Villate at no. 173 – considered one of my favorite purveyors of scrumptious homewares, but additionally slightly devastatingly costly. Subsequent it was onto Collette, considered one of my favorite boutiques, at no. 213 the place we fell for embroidered footwear by Tabitha Simmons and baggage by Olympia Le-Tan, and sniffed our means across the magnificence room (all the time considered one of my favorite spots to find cool new magnificence merchandise), the place I satisfied Grace to purchase a bottle of Byredo’s Pulp fragrance (we’ve the identical style in perfume and as I’d simply acquired my first bottle for my birthday and am now fairly obsessed, I knew she’d find it irresistible too). After a pause at Diptyque at no. 330, it was on to the actually glorious spots. We went to Goyard at no. 233 to fantasy store, however Grace fell for an elegant white clutch bag which she took dwelling. While we had been there, two guys got here in with their lovely canines to have them fitted for Goyard collars… solely in Paris!
A detour through Annick Goutal (the place I once more satisfied Grace to purchase a bottle of Petite Cherie – my favorite summer season fragrance) and the brand new Laduree macaron boutique on Rue Castiglione, after which onto Chanel on Rue Cambon. I fell deeply in love with this blush pink bag (under), however thought I ought to train some restraint (that’s fairly the hefty impulse purchase…) and ‘sleep on it’. Alas, the subsequent day the shop was closed, and two failed transfers to the London retailer later, I’m nonetheless making an attempt to hunt it all the way down to make it mine.
Effectively and actually window shopped-out, we headed to Hotel Costes for a glass of pink champagne (and a peek on the lodge’s florist, exploding with perfumed roses). I’d been listening to Costes’ annual albums (the right French lounge soundtrack for lazy weekends) for the previous decade, however had solely ever visited the florist in individual. My tip is to keep away from the terrace (devoid of atmosphere and filled with people who smoke) the place they’ll attempt to seat you if you happen to’re not staying on the lodge, and request a seat within the bar or one of many smaller rooms (all plush upholstery and crimson partitions). Even if you happen to solely go for one drink and a peek on the lodge, it’s the right spot for a particular deal with subsequent time you’re in Paris.
Afterwards, it was meal time, and we had been each within the temper for a correct French supper. I recommended we head to the Left Financial institution, the place all the long-lasting bistros sit – Cafe de Flore, Le Deux Magots, Cafe Bonaparte and Brasserie Lipp. So we hopped in a automobile and 10 minutes later discovered ourselves tucked into the nook desk at Brasserie Lipp, imagining all the good artists, philosophers and literary greats who had dined in that very same spot earlier than us.
After far too many carbs, we determined to skip the metro and stroll again to the house. It was an attractive night for it, and we strolled down Rue Bonaparte, throughout the Pont des Arts – pausing to absorb the lights mirrored within the Seine and the Eiffel Tower glittering within the distance – by way of the Louvre and again to Rue St Honore. We fell into our beds, full and completely satisfied.
The following day, we strolled to Le Marais – my favorite neighbourhood in Paris. Grace was hankering for crepes, so I led us to Creperie Suzette; it’s the place I had my very first meal in Paris about 12 years in the past after I stumbled upon it accidentally (and miraculously I remembered the best way at the present time). We sat outdoors and had probably the most scrumptious goats cheese crepes as a jolly French band performed all my favorite jazz requirements on the opposite aspect of the pavement. It felt like the right cinematic second, and we couldn’t have been happier.
Given the face Grace and I are each artwork obsessives, we are able to by no means go to Paris with out visiting at the very least one gallery. So after a fairly flip round Place des Vosges (considered one of my favorite spots in all of Paris) we headed to the Musee de Picasso close by. Sadly half of the museum was closed for re-hanging and so we solely received to see half of the gathering, however it was nonetheless well worth the go to to study extra in regards to the man himself (and provides me purpose to return once more quickly and see the remaining).
Sadly Grace then needed to depart to get her flight again to New York, so we walked again to the house and stated a fond farewell (fortunately I’ll get to see her once more in just a few months) and I headed as much as Montmartre with my baggage to see my pal Anne. After chocolate tarts from Hardware Societe (I really feel it’s completely acceptable to forgo regular vitamin in favour of pastry when in Paris…) we walked all around the bohemian neighbourhood for hours till night time fell – previous the Sacre Coeur (which she lives proper beside) and its vantage level over the rooftops of Paris, previous the artists and the tiny cafes in the Place du Tertre, up and down picture-prefect stairways, previous windmills and vineyards and cabarets, and thru the Place des Abbesses. I really like having associates all around the world, and it’s all the time such a deal with to have my very own private French tour information after I’m on the town.
Lastly, drained from strolling however coronary heart full of recent Parisian reminiscences with pricey associates, it was time to go to Gare du Nord for my prepare dwelling. Till subsequent time, au revoir Paris!
Love, Miss B xx
P.S. You possibly can see Grace’s submit from our journey here!