The Paris Diaries Winter Day 3

The morning started out rainy as usual. I took a walk on île st louis and headed toward the Bastille market. This is tradition for me and I was really looking forward to seeing my favorite vendors. Sadly, the rain was too much and half of the market was empty and it was missing my flower guy and my regular cheese monger. I made my way towards 28 Beaumarchais where I picked up a croissant. This is one of my favorite spots. It did not disappoint! 

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I had a meeting with Sapphire from Paris shopping at Merci. The store opens at 10 am and since I am a pretty early riser I was able to get in a good stroll before meeting her. I have been working via skype and email for months now so it was good to finally meet her in person for a coffee. Merci is an adorable used book shop that also serves food, tea, and coffee. It is the perfect spot on a rainy day. We also explored the store before since Sapphire has never been inside. I have my eyes on the linen set for my bed, but I still can't decide between pink, grey, or white. 

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paris merci used bookshop

After our coffee chat, I set out to explore a little of the Marais. This is where I have stayed a lot in the past and I was missing my old neighborhood. I passed through Place des Vosges down rue de Bretagne and back again. I stopped for a quick coffee at Boot café on the way to my next meeting. Boot is very small but the coffee is pretty fabulous. You can take away or drink it there. 

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I have been keeping organized with these Rifle Paper journals. I still write everything down on paper. 

lunch at coup d'oeil

My lunch meeting was with my friend Nina of Insidr Paris. We are brainstorming some future ideas so we met to discuss over lunch. Insidr is a phone service which I use to stay connected in Paris. They also know all the best spots to eat, drink, and explore in the city. I let Nina choose the lunch spot. It was an adorable restaurant (see floors) Coup d'oueil is located in the 11th arrondisement not too far from Bastille. Lunch was 44 euros total. 16 euros for the special of the day and we each had wine.

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After lunch, I made a quick stop at Alain Ducasse to pick up some chocolate. If you have the chance to visit, I highly recommend it. I picked up a few bars for research purposes. By now you should know, I think chocolate is a food group. You can find his chocolates at café de flore and there is a small shop right next door in St Germain if you can't make it to the other shop.

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The evening finished with a hotel stay at Adèle & Jules 

I can't wait to share more details about my stay but I will leave it for a full post. I loved my time here and I really hope I can get back again soon. 

The hotel is just a few minutes from Sézane, so I stopped by for a visit. I have had my eye on a few sweaters so I wanted to try them on in person. 

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Staying in a hotel for the night gave me a little time to unplug from the craziness and I took myself out for dinner. The hotel made a great recommendation but after having a heavy lunch I was just looking for a cheese plate and a glass of wine. I ended up at Au Loup just around the corner from the hotel. I was the only English speaking person, which was really nice. I just listened to everyone around me and I slowly sipped my wine. I was about to leave when I started talking to a group of gentlemen that came in for a quick drink. So instead of one glass, I had one and a half. Not a bad way to end the evening. 

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I made the short walk back to the hotel and crawled into the most comfortable bed. I had a breakfast menu to mark up for the next morning and unplugged anticipating the next full day in Paris. 

To catch up on the other Paris diaries: You can read Day 1 here and Day 2 here

 

 

A Giveaway with Louis Jadot

If you are on the VIP List, I have been hinting at a giveaway. Tonight it launches and this is bigger than I have ever done before. First off, I LOVE you all so much. I wanted to do something for all of you. This is a partnership with Louis Jadot Wine so you must follow us both on Instagram to participate. Très simple! Follow LoveJadot here and follow me here and make sure to like the post with the image below.

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Included in the giveaway: 

My cuyana bags that I absolutely love and can't travel without. I use one for toiletries and one for my makeup. 

A Full Size Baies Diptyque Candle

2 Wine Glasses (just add your favorite Louis Jadot Wine) not included

Caudalie Buffing Cream this is great in the Winter to get off all the dead skin. I keep mine in the shower. 

Bioderma Water (Every French Girl has this in her Beauty cabinet) 

Cadalie lip balm and moisturizer. I have one of these lip balms in every bag I own. I literally can't leave the house without it.

Your choice of an 11x14 print in my print shop 

The New Paris by Lindsey Tramuta to help you plan your next trip to Paris. I can't recommend this book enough for discovering new restaurants, shops, and coffee spots in Paris. It is extremely well written and the photos are beautiful. 

You must be 21+ to enter the giveaway and this is for US Residents only.

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Louis Jadot USA This post does include affiliate links which helps contribute to my coffee and croissant research. Merci!