From Paris with Love

Exactly a year ago today I went to Paris with my best friend to celebrate my 30th birthday. Spending 5 days with no husband or kids was something I have never done before. I was beyond excited!

T, my partner in crime, has been my friend for 10 years. It was an instant hit when we met the first day of Law School. We share the same passion for cooking and eating great, amazing, delicious food. We also share the same passion for nice things (this is me trying to say in nice words that we LOVE to shop together ;-)). I knew we are about to enjoy everything that Paris has to offer.

The first thing we did upon arrival was to book restaurants for every night. We used the concierge at our hotel to help us. Next, was to make a rough plan for our stay. We decided to spend half of each day on museums, galleries and walking around and the other half – enjoying the wonderful stores of paris. I loved touring the beautiful streets and admiring the history and the architecture.

This is my favorite list:

  • Eating my birthday dinner at L’Avenue. The Art-Deco design, the location on Av. Montaigne, the Burrata salad and the steak made it a perfect celebratory dinner.
  • Coming back to our hotel suite after a long day to discover that my Husband sent me the most beautiful bouquet of flowers and  birthday card all the way from Michigan.
  • Standing in line for the designer sale at Galeries Lafayette and scoring a beautiful Gucci clutch, a purple Furla bag for spring and a cross body Mulberry bag in the perfect shade of brown.
  • Discovering french brands such as Maje, Vanessa Bruno and Comptoir des Contonniers. I bought some of the most beautiful, wearable and useful items in my wardrobe from those designers. Now, available in US department stores such as Bloomingdales.
  • Buying clothes for my girls in different shades of grey and pastels at Petit Bateau, and trying to convince my then 3-year-old that a grey dress is much prettier than a pink one.
  • Mama Shelter – we heard so many great things about this restaurant that we knew we had to check it out, but we couldn’t get any reservation for the time of our stay. So, T came up with the brilliant idea of going and pretending we had one. It worked! It’s amazing how confidence can get you anywhere. The vibe and the food made it a really fun evening.
  • Eating macaroons all day long from Laduree and Pierre Herme.
  • Spending a day at the Louver and then walking across the Seine river for lunch at Cafe de-Flore and walking around the streets of Saint-Germain-Des-Pres.
  • Spending a beautiful morning at Jardin des Tuileries and Musee de L’Orangerie admiing Monet’s Water Lilies.

It was an amazing trip full of food, laughter, rest, happiness and really good company. That is all you need in life!

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