Paris in the Fall is one of my favorite times to visit. The colors pop against the blues and grays of the Haussmann buildings and the light is golden. Not everyone has the chance to see the city at different times of the year. These are a collection of images from 2013 - 2018. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did capturing them. Prints are available for purchase in the shop here.
Paris was dressed up for Fall but it certainly didn’t feel like it. Temperatures were in the 80’s for the first few days of my trip. I wore a JCrew dress and my Blondo flats for my first meeting of the day. I brought my leather jacket but quickly learned it was way to warm for a jacket. I always like to leave early because I never know what will catch my eye along the way.
I took a quick stop for a croissant at Utopie and a coffee in the neighborhood before arriving at Buly on Rue de Saintonge.
I was happy to discover a new (to me) market just steps from the Boulangerie. I took a quick look and was on my way making a note to visit again another time.
I arrived at Buly and enjoyed a café crème at the bar before taking a tour through the stores products. I wanted to steal this girl’s look from head to toe.
I explored my old neighborhood and favorite street Rue de Bretagne which was right around the corner. I was sad to see it has lost some of its charm. There was a Ladurée that now replaced an old antique shop that sold way too many sunglasses and my old greek store was now closed.
One of my favorite spots Le Progrès on the corner had been remodeled. It looked like it got a modern facelift and the old Parisian charm was now gone replaced by shiny new light fixtures and a fancy floor.
I continued my walk to Canal St Martin where I had my Amélie moment on the bridge and checked out the new location of Miznon. The place was packed but I snagged one seat at the bar.
I continued to walk and walk all the way to the left bank to Luxembourg Gardens. I hit over 12 miles that day but the weather was beautiful and I wanted to soak up every bit of Paris.
I walked back to the apartment that night and eventually stopped for pizza for dinner. I don’t know why but I was craving a real Italian style pizza with fresh mozzarella and basil. I stopped to try a new place that had outdoor seating and was on the way. Not all pizza is created equal so I won’t be sharing the name of this spot.
I would love to know your thoughts on sharing my opinions on here. I always want to be honest with you, but I never want to hurt a small business because I didn’t care for their service or food. I only write about a place and share details if it is worth recommending.
Along with that, I ended up having a very late date on this Friday evening. I was still so tired and the date pushed back the date (he was late) until almost midnight. It was an amusing date to say the least. While a lot of my friends have asked me to share my dating life on the blog, I still want to keep it private until both parties agree to be shared. While it would make for a fun read, I wouldn’t want to be written about without my knowledge if the tables were turned.
After walking so many miles with my camera and lenses, I decided to give my back a break for Saturday. I carry everything in my Cuyana bag which I love and has been around the world with me. Top zipped bags are essential in Paris for keeping everything safe. You can read my Paris safety post for more tips.
P.S. Don’t miss the first of The Paris Diaries here.
Bonjour from Paris! It took me longer to adjust to the time difference this time around but I am slowly getting there. While most people tell me they envy my job there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes of the beautiful photographs. I have an early wakeup call before 8 am to catch the light and I end up working way too late at night. As I write this it is 11:30 pm and I will most likely work until 1 am before calling it a night. I figure I can sleep when I get home or at least attempt to. (we all know I am not the best sleeper)
The weather has been more like Summer weather than mid-October Fall weather. No matter how well I have packed from years of experience, I didn’t pack quite right. My suitcase was heavy on arrival and I have already picked up a few things at the pharmacie.
To be honest, I put a lot of pressure on myself for these trips. The trips to Paris are fully funded by me. My photography is what allows me to return to Paris so often. I save a lot and work hard and do my best to maximize my time here. I try to collect as many photographs as I can for the Print Shop and blog content. I plan out ideas for future blog posts as readers ask questions during the trip and I make notes as I go throughout my travels.
I truly try to make each experience different. Tonight, I was enjoying cheese and wine with my neighbors next door at my Paris Perfect Apartment this evening and they have been to Paris a few times. They explained it best as each trip was a different layer of the city. The first trip is the museums and all the sights and the trips that follow are discovering something new.
I have been to Paris a lot over the last 8 years and I am always trying to make a new experience. This time around I am staying at a few different places. They are in different neighborhoods all around the city which gives me a different perspective. Some are familiar neighborhoods and others are new discoveries.
A lot of readers have been asking for everyday life in Paris when I asked what they wanted to see through my eyes. There are parts that I have seen so many times that they seem normal to me. My goal this trip is to really step back and try to see it for the first time. From cafés to quiet streets and everything in between. I am also challenging myself to put people in my photographs. For years, I have been shooting empty streets. I was always turned away by cars parked on the streets or people passing by. I am trying to see the city differently and the people what makes Paris.
I am in Paris until next week and I am looking forward to discovering new parts of Paris and seeing Paris for the first time with fresh eyes. If there is something you would love to see from Luxembourg Gardens to the Eiffel Tower please comment below and I will do my best to show you.
Thank you so much for your support with the blog!
I leave for Paris this Wednesday and I feel I am not ready to leave town again so quickly. I just returned home from Cincinnati late last night and my suitcase is yet to be unpacked. I knew this when booking the trip but the next few days are going to be jam packed getting ready for this next adventure.
A lot of people are asking what my agenda is this next trip, I am still working on that and it should be in a separate post this week.
The weather looks pretty good for October. It can be hit or miss and I have usually seen it turn towards the end of the month. The weather looks warm for at least half of the trip and since I didn’t see rain my last trip in April, I am actually looking forward to a rainy day.
I created a general packing list for Paris for the Fall here but below is what I am packing for Paris for my trip this year. I hope these packing lists help you when you are preparing for your own trip.
I always seem to forget a scarf when I am in Paris. No matter what the season is, it is always good to have one. I have bought multiple scarves to keep warm in April and May. I just bought this blanket scarf which I will bring with me along with a scarf my Aunt bought me a few years ago that I always bring for the plane. I can still this in my carry on and pull it out to use as a blanket.
It is officially leather jacket season which pretty much runs during early Fall and early Spring. I bought one a few years back and it was totally worth the investment since I wear it over and over again.
I recently purchased a trench coat that I love but with the sunny weather this April, I didn’t end up needing it. I can’t wait to break it out in Paris this October.
While half the trip will be warm and in the 70’s, the other half is up in the air. Sweaters are essential for Fall in Paris. I have been living in this open front sweater for the last month and I need to snatch it up in more colors. It is part of my Fall uniform.
I wrote a whole blog post about my favorite sweaters for Fall here. I have already fallen in love with some big comfy what I like to call “café sweaters” for the cold/rainy days.
I am leaving some room in my suitcase for a stop at Sèzane to pick up a few more sweaters.
Skirts and Dresses
I am so happy to pull this skirt out of my closet for Paris. I bought it last year and loved it. The original one is sold out but this one is similar.
I bought this top at Sézane that I will either pair with a skirt or pair of pants. I have already worn it once and I love it.
This dress has become a staple over the last month and I can’t wait to wear it a Parisian café with a red lip.
I always bring my Longchamp for a carry on when I fly to Paris. It can easily be folded up into my bag but makes a great addition when my luggage is just on the border of being overweight. Let’s be honest that has happened more than once. I carry snacks, my toothbrush, a clean pair of underwear and a blanket scarf. The luggage is so much heavier on the way home but it fits right on top of my suitcase so it isn’t too bad.
It is officially Fall in Chicago. Sweater weather has hit with perfect timing. Last week this time it was 90 degrees and I was on a boat on Lake Michigan. I am officially on the hunt for more sweaters (suggestions please). Does anyone else get tired of their sweaters after a long Winter?
If you are headed to Paris this Fall, I created a blog post with activities around the city and what to pack. I have already had requests for activities in November and December. If you like this post, please comment so I can start planning future similar posts to help with trip planning.
If you are headed to Paris with kids, Fat Tire Tours has a whole list on What to Do with Kids in Paris. Bookmark this for a future trip!
One of my favorite hotels in Paris, Hotel Powers is set to reopen as a 5 start hotel in December. I have stayed here a few times and always loved it. It got a refresh but the character, charm, and views still remain the same. I can’t wait to experience it in person. I included them in my 10 Boutique Hotels in Paris post here.
Do We Travel just for Instagram? A great post to get you thinking about why we do what we do. I would love to know your thoughts on this one.
I loved the honesty of Garance Doré in this post on depression. She is opening the door for all of us to talk about anxiety and depression. Some people keep this private but if you know friends who are struggling, reach out and check on them. It can never hurt!
My favorite jeans that I wear all Fall and Winter are 40% off! They are a staple in my Fall Uniform.
8 Things You Need to Do Before Starting a Blog (I wish I read this before starting this one)
Uncovering The Belle Epoque Hotels of Paris. How many of these have you heard of?
Are you a tea drinker? I love Kusmi tea and it is available at Anthropologie. Plus this collection is on sale!
Headed to Paris and don’t have a cell provider for International text/calls? You can purchase a SIM from Amazon that you can use in Paris from ORANGE.
The Best Cooking Shows that Take Place in Paris. My favorite is “I Will Have What Phil is Having” Has anyone seen this show? Bookmark this post for the colder months.
Pink sheets? Maybe these will help me sleep better. After finally tackling my sleep routine these past few weeks have gotten me off track.
My Anthropologie mirror is on sale. This is one of my favorite purchases in the last year.
This Week on the Blog
This week was especially stressful. I have been working on a secret project the last few weeks and it has me loosing sleep. By Friday night I was already in my pajamas by 8 pm and I was totally okay with that. Does anyone else like matching pajamas as much as me?
This is one of the my accurate descriptions about being an entrepreneur. I found this graph and immediately sent it to my family. It is the most stressful but rewarding job. Can anyone else relate?
My friends at Insidr Paris share their favorite Museum Cafés in Paris. This is a perfect way to relax after a day of touring museums.
This past week, I attended Dîner en Blanc for the second year in a row. I had a reader reach out with a last minute ticket. We didn't have to carry our table, chairs, plates so it was a MUCH more enjoyable experience this time around.
Sisley Paris just launched a whole new lip color line and I am smitten. A color for every occasion and they are hydrating. Coming from someone who has dry skin and lips, this is essential!
I received an extra advanced copy of "The Lost Carousel of Provence" in the mail this week. I am still reading it but I wanted to pass along the extra copy to one of you. The book will be released on September 18, 2018. For a chance to win a copy, comment below and let me know what you want to see next on the blog. Anything goes! Personal, Home Style, Beauty, Recipes, Paris tips. You name it! Make sure your email is available so I can contact the winner.
First off, I want to thank you all for following The Paris Diaries this Autumn. They were a little more spaced out than usual but I needed time to reflect and squeeze in everything. The purpose of the trip was to shoot The Wedding but when they booked my ticket I added on a few more days. It only made sense to push forward my annual October trip to Paris to September, instead of flying back again.
The Wedding was a lot of fun and a huge creative challenge. I am used to capturing Paris in the light, with empty street scenes, and now here I was shooting people and it was one very big day. When I took on the project, I knew that this was going to challenge me, and I wanted something new and different as a photographer.
Once the wedding was over, I was burnt out. I wouldn't admit it until later. I was exhausted mentally and physically. I had just about another full week in Paris and there was so much I wanted to see and do. I had ideas, but here I was for the first time just stuck mentally. It was a bit of a creative block and I feel overstimulation. There were days where I had time to myself and I couldn't figure out a plan for the day. Should I go to the left bank and shoot or should I stay close by in the neighborhood? I just shut down. I put so much pressure on myself as a solo business owner and personally. I can't force the creativity, it has to come naturally. I was worried that I didn't get anything new and different to share with you as an audience and for the print shop, I felt a bit defeated.
Looking back, I put way too much pressure on myself. I had about a week in Paris after the wedding and I feel I got a good amount shot. There are a few future posts which were a lot of fun but need to be put together properly.
I try to fly home on Mondays. A lot of things are closed on Mondays in Paris and it just makes the most sense. Sunday is my favorite day in Paris, so I wanted to make sure to enjoy it to the fullest. I visited the Bastille Market, picked up bread and croissant at my boulangerie, walked through Place des Vosges, brunch with friends, and I even played my first game of pétanque with my Paris family. It was the warmest day I had all year in Paris and it was my last. Everything worked out in the end and personally, I wish I could do it all over again. Hopefully, that opportunity comes again in Spring.
There was a turning point and something I didn't realize was an issue until the very last day. This was the first time I had a phone that was connected to wifi. I typically get a SIM card but I don't use it that often and rely on wifi where I can catch it around the city. I like being disconnected. There were emails and messages clouding my thoughts and it was overwhelming, I felt stretched too thin.
My favorite part of Paris is getting lost on the streets and letting the city lead me. I never fully let go mentally until I gave up the phone. The minute I gave up my data connection I felt free. I could easily get away with "sorry I didn't have service" to anyone that tried to contact me. After all, it was Sunday. I needed this more than anything, to disconnect. The sun set around 8pm that night, so I messaged a few friends when I was back in the apartment to meet me on a terrace for wine.
After wine and cheese at a local spot in the neighborhood, we crossed the Seine for dinner. I never really had an itch to connect, I was finally in the moment. As my friends and I headed back towards the right bank, we made one more stop at a cute café for wine. The air was still warm and the city was quiet as we walked home. I dropped my friends off and I kept walking along the Seine. When I looked at my watch it was close to 1 am. The night went so quickly and I still had packing to do. But as cliché as it sounds I waited patiently on the Seine, for the clock to strike 1, so I could watch one last sparkle of the Eiffel Tower.
My day started at the Bastille market. I wanted to pick up the same dahlia I had last week so I arrived early. The flower guys were still setting up so it actually worked out better for shooting this as they were below me and now propped under the yellow lanterns. They didn't have the dahlia because the weather was cold and rainy but the good news is my flower guys know me and greet me with a "Bonjour" and I even get a smile out of one of them.
I had an appointment close to the Eiffel Tower in the morning so I made my way there via metro. I, of course, had to say hi to Madame Eiffel. There are some really adorable streets just behind Trocadero that I loved exploring and wish I had more time. I won't lie I got a little distracted before entering my meeting but Paris has so much charm. As I passed by each home I was trying to decide which house I wanted to be invited for dinner. Does anyone else do that?
The weather was absolutely beautiful and I hated being inside for the morning. The only part about this area is there weren't a lot of coffee shops like you can find in my neighborhood. I went into my meeting without coffee and almost fell asleep. It was my first stop when I got out.
I went to Café Constant for lunch on Rue St Dominique and had roast chicken and potatoes with a glass of wine. It was fabulous. While the inside was lively and packed I wanted to enjoy the fresh air so I sat outside which didn't have the same ambiance for one. This is a great lunch/dinner option if you are in the area.
I had to run a few errands back in my neighborhood so I took the bus back towards Hotel de Ville and walked the rest of the way home. The weather was just perfect. It was the kind of weather you just want to throw open your windows for fresh air, turn on some jazz and pour yourself a glass of wine. I sat and people watched from my window and took it all in. This trip was more chaotic than the last one and time was short. I wanted to freeze time.
When I was studying abroad in Italy I used to write in a paper journal with a pen. I literally wrote every day where we went and what I was feeling. It was my first trip abroad I didn't know anyone and I went through a lot of growing pains. I have some of those journals but I haven't had the courage to read them yet and this was almost 15 years ago.
The Paris Diaries are a bit different as I put everything out there in the world and while I may not go back and read them yet this is my way of documenting the trip. For those of you who can't make it to Paris or who have never been this is my way of sharing it with you.
This trip is a bit different because I am going for a special project that will happen this Friday. It has nothing to do with me except I will be there documenting it with my camera. I don't want to share too much until it is finished. If you have met me in person I may have spilled the beans. I have kept quiet on this for nine months. My family didn't even know until I told them last week. I guess I was too quiet about this one.
I decided to add on more time after the project was complete which is why I am in Paris in September and not my usual October. While I was hoping for an Indian Summer in Paris the weather does not look that way. I am leaving 70/80 degree weather for 60's. Hopefully it is a little bit warmer than my time in April/May. Either way I am packing boots, scarves, and sweaters. Goodbye Summer. For my full list of what to pack in the Autumn For Paris.
Since this is a diary I should tell you something about myself. I freak out before every solo trip. It is a bit of butterflies and nerves all mixed into one. It starts a few days before and literally ends the moment the plane takes off. Which for most people it is the opposite and they fear flying. Al of my trips are my own personal investments so I feel I have a lot riding on them. I have meetings and ideas to execute but I worry that things won't go according to plan. It is a bit of a fear of the unknown. I call my sister before each trip and she now rolls her eyes when I call asking for her to calm me down. She reminds me I have done this a million times.
Before I land in Paris I make a list of a rough idea of what I want to shoot. This time around I have had a lot of requests for specific blog posts so I want to make some of those happen. I actually try to make myself see the city for the first time again. This really helps my approach when I am shooting. If I pass by something that I see time and time again I will overlook it. The city has to look new to me. This explains why I don't photograph Chicago. This also explains a bit why I don't live in Paris full time, which has been an ongoing struggle for me.
But I will say I think better in Paris than any place else. The ideas flow like water. I had so many ideas last trip that I wrote down in my paper journal daily. As soon as I landed in Chicago the creativity slowed to a trickle. I am looking forward to being back to get the creativity and hopefully get some of those ideas in motion.
There are very long days ahead these next two weeks but I can't wait to get to work and see old friends. I hope you enjoy the Paris Diaries Autumn Series. Let's go to Paris!
This week was a stressful one. I spent the weekend with my family to celebrate my niece and nephew's birthday's which was a lot of fun. I left Tuesday just as the news of Hurricane Irma was coming out. We spent Monday night talking about action plans and my sister running to the grocery to pick up more essentials. I watched news reports and tracked the hurricane all week. I sent early morning texts and a few extra phone calls worried about my family. They made the decision to stay put in Florida. While it looks like my family will be safe this round after Irma made a last minute turn to the West coast there are two more on their way. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by these dangerous storms.
I leave for Paris on Tuesday! It does not feel real.. I will be writing more about this and what I will be doing in Paris in future posts. I am planning on sharing what I am packing as soon as I find out myself. My orders from both JCrew and Amazon will not show up in time for my trip so I have to go back out and start again. I do have a photo shoot with Katie Donnelly this week as well and I have no idea what to wear!! Suggestions on dresses please. The weather will be in the 60's so I can't decide Fall clothes or in between?
Starting My Holiday wish list with this one. Le Creuset has a new color "Sugar Pink" and I am all about it.
I am in love with this Home Tour of The Co-Founder of The Everygirl Have you seen it yet?
Paris Heritage Days are next weekend! If you are in Paris you will have the opportunity to see inside a lot of closed off buildings. The full list is available here. This is the best link I have found. I have plans to explore one day with my Paris family and the next with friends Magali and Thomas.
This post does include affiliate links which puts a little bit of money in my pocket for coffee and croissant research. Merci!
I typically visit Paris in the month of October. Last year I went a little later and booked a trip for November. I wanted to catch the beginning of Christmas in the City of Lights. I left on November 10th just three days before the Paris attacks. First, let me tell you what the city was like this particular visit.
I spent the week staying at my "Paris Family's" apartment in the 8th arrondissement. I had meetings scheduled all around town this week but spent a good amount with them walking through Parc Monceau on the way to school and catching up late at night over wine. The city was covered in Autumn colors. I took early morning walks on the Seine and it was warm enough to walk around without your coat.
I remember the Sunday before I left in particular. My family had friends over at their apartment for a Sunday lunch. The table was filled with wine, cheese, baguettes and the whole apartment was filled with laughter. There were about 5 kids total and they ran around the apartment playing and loving life. Around 3pm there was this magical light that entered the apartment. It is as it flooded the entire space with this golden light. I asked if I could get up from the table to capture the light.
After we finished eating we took dessert and headed to Parc Monceau. It was early November and the energy in the air was electric. The weather was so warm and beautiful and the park was filled with people of all ages enjoying the day. I had the offer to extend my trip but I was dating someone back in Chicago and wanted to get back to be with him as we had both been traveling. If I extended my trip I would have been in Paris for the attacks but instead, I missed them.
I was working, preparing for an upcoming show in Chicago when I got a text about the attacks. Then I got another one before stopping to listen to the news. I started to cry. I wept for the people of Paris and the safety of friends and family. I have called Paris home since 2013 and at that moment my city was under attack and here I was helpless in Chicago.
I headed home in complete shock and tried to keep it together. As I walked through the front door I tried not to let it hit me. I turned on the news and there is was. I watched everything unfold and I was literally glued to the TV the entire weekend. I didn't want to talk to anyone. The first thing I did was to message friends to check on their safety and once everyone was accounted for I felt a little better.
To be completely honest as much as the city was considered to be unsafe at the very moment all I wanted to do was to go back to Paris. Just a few days later after the attacks people were out at cafés returning to "normal" life in Paris. There is a "joie de vivre" that never left. As much as they tried to take that from the Parisians it will remain.
I first returned to Paris after the attacks in January. Yes, some things changed. Small things. You will find more security around the city but it would be like that in any other city in the world. When I walked into monoprix or a museum they asked me to open my jacket and look into my bag. Simple security measures that I don't mind taking part of.
I have been back three times since the Paris attacks. I will continue to return back to my favorite city and already have plans for Spring.
There is a lot going on in the world right now but the 130 people that lost their lives last year should be remembered along with their families and friends that were affected by the attacks.
Paris still holds that special magic after all these years and I hope you all get the chance to experience Paris the same way I have all these years.
The last time I was speechless was after the Paris attacks. As I woke up this morning I am completely shocked. I didn't have a post planned for today as I assumed most people would be reading the news of the election. But the election didn't go as most Americans/The rest of the country expected.
When I am stressed, sad, or frustrated I close my eyes and imagine myself in Paris. It is my happy place and as you have found this blog I assume you feel the same way. So here are a few photos for you to escape and dream.
You have either booked your ticket for Paris or thinking about visiting Paris. Autumn in Paris is one of my favorite times. You city is full of color and shades of reds and yellows. The weather can be beautiful in the Early Autumn but towards the end of October, the weather turns. So the big question is what do you pack for your trip? This was my fourth October in Paris so through trial and error here is what I recommend for your suitcase :
Parisians use this accessory as a staple. Whether it be to add another layer of color or texture to their outfit or to keep warm a scarf is essential. I picked one up a Galleries Lafayette on my last trip but you can certainly grab one of these classic options here or here. I made the mistake of not packing one for Spring and purchased a few to help keep me warm. Lesson learned Paris weather can be unpredictable. Better safe than sorry. I always pack an extra large one for the plane that can be large enough for a blanket. My Aunt got me hooked on this and I can't travel without the one she sent me years ago.
Boots are essential and you want to have comfortable walking boots for Paris. If it rains, you want something that is water resistant but still cute. I have two pairs of these boots in black and grey. I posted these for the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale as my favorite find. Wellies are really big in the States but I rarely see French woman walking around in rain boots no matter how bad the rain is. I love these over the knee black flat boots or these are great riding boots. I am a huge fan of the bootie and packed a pair of high heeled booties but didn't wear them much. Paris is filled with cobblestones and heels aren't the easiest to get around. You can always grab a taxi or uber if you are going out to get around the city. I will pack a pair of ballet flats for the trip too. My favorite is by yosi samara. These have been tested on the streets of Paris. 10 miles a day for weeks and they have held up great.
Sweaters are essential in Paris because it does get cold. The colder months are damp and cold they aren't dry like other cities. I love packing one large sweater which I call a café sweater that is perfect for sitting in a café on a cold rainy day in Paris. Some of my favorite sweaters include this one and I just purchased two of these bodysuits that are the most comfortable things! I will be wearing them on repeat in Paris.
This sweater has been a reader favorite. I bought it in red earlier this year and can’t wait to wear it in Paris. Size down. I ordered a Small and returned it for an XS.
Half of my suitcase was dresses this past trip and it made traveling so easy! I love dresses with boots and stockings or leggings. I had a lot of meetings so this was an easy look to throw together and wear all day long from morning until night. Jeans are perfectly acceptable but I think it all depends on how you dress them up or down. I wouldn't wear athletic shoes outside and around the city. It is much better to have comfortable walking boots or flats. I love these leather leggings to wear with sweaters.
When it comes to bottoms, jeans are acceptable but just wear them in good taste. No crazy rips or shredded styles. Keep it simple and classy. Leave the Lululemon at home if you can or if you must save it for the flight to and from.
I love the idea of a cross body bag in Paris to keep your valuables close by and if you aren't lugging around a big camera like me it is a great option. When traveling to and from Paris I carry this bag from Cuyana that I have mentioned before. It literally holds everything and gets better with age. I also pack a larger Longchamp bag for the flight home. This saves me from the possible overweight bag I might encounter at the airport. I can transfer some items in here and take off some weight.
My toiletry Bag is important to keep everything organized and clean. I love my Cuyana travel bags for this. I can put makeup in one and my toiletries in another. This past trip I brought along my own shampoo/conditioner from home. My hair never does well with the Paris pollution and water. It is best to go with what I know and love. I have fallen for this Klorane shampoo and conditioner that will be going with me to Paris.
This post does include affiliate links which puts a little bit of research money for coffee and croissants in my pocket. Merci!
All photos of me taken by Iheart Paris
I am a little behind after yesterday's personal post. I want to get you back on track and don't want you to miss a thing. I stayed at the stunning Le Narcisse Blanc on Friday night a new property on the left bank just a few minutes from my favorite bridge, Pont Alexandre III. I can't tell you more about this property but just take a minute and look at the light filled atrium. This hotel has my dream color palate.
In the afternoon I checked into my new hotel which is an old favorite of mine, Hotel Powers. The room wasn't ready yet so I made my way to the pharmacy for some cold medicine (exciting stuff I know) and then went to one of my favorite places for lunch Chez Andre.
If you are wondering about the hotels I am working on a whole list of places to stay in Paris. I get so many questions on places to stay and recommendations on all price points. I am actually coming up with a master list to make your trip to Paris the best it can be. I promise to do a whole detailed post on each hotel so you can choose the best one for you and your needs.
Hotel Powers is located just off the Champs Elysée which is a great location for people coming to Paris for the first time wanting to be close to the Eiffel tower and Arc de Triumph.
I had to run a few errands as my trip comes to an end so I found myself in the Tuileries. As I was watching the sun set from afar I knew it would be even better at the Trocadero so I jumped on the metro. But this view isn't too bad is it?
The beauty of Paris is it isn't really that big by metro, foot, or bike. You can usually make it to one end or the other by 30 minutes or less. I had planned on meeting a friend at the newly reopened café de l'homme but arrived early so I watched the sunset at Trocadero.
I don't know if I will ever be able to say I watched the eiffel tower sparkle 5 times in a row but last night I did. We started with drinks, then food, and of course dessert. Café de l'homme has the best location for the eiffel tower in Paris. I was lucky enough to get a little sneak preview. It was freezing outside on the terrace but there were heat lamps which helped a lot. I am sure in Summer this place will be completely packed. I am sure you can imagine I didn't want to leave this spot.
I have heard from a lot of you lately telling me you have read the Paris Diaries. I just want to thank you so much. It means so much to me that you are reading and that you are enjoying my adventures. I head home tomorrow which means I will catching you up on the other side. I still have a wrap up of Sunday and I will fill you in on what I brought home as gifts, beauty products and of course what I packed for Fall in my suitcase!
I woke up under a bunch of butterflies and it was fantastic. Hotel Monge located in the 5th arrondissement is newly opened and has really done their research when it comes to travelers. I will share a full post on the hotel. But I will say I would highly recommend them for their service, cleanliness, and attention to detail. I know people are contacting me daily about places to stay in Paris and since it may be a few weeks until this post is live on Hotel Monge if you are looking for a nicely priced 4 star hotel in Paris this is it!
As you may know through my posts I have been writing super late and going to bed around 2am every night which has taken a toll on my body. I slept so well under the butterflies but I think I caught a cold. I have skipped the wine and cheese today and I have been drinking so much tea trying to feel better. I am pushing through and I am going to make the most of my trip.
It has been rainy here all week off and on and especially yesterday in Montmartre. I always keep an umbrella in my bag and a scarf around my neck. Since it has been chilly I have skipped my ballet flats and I have been wearing ankle boots from Blondo which I love and they are waterproof. They are perfect for Paris and my feet have been so comfortable all week even after 10 miles a day.
I used to live in the 5th not too far from the Hotel Monge so I know the area a bit. I popped by the Place Monge market for a few minutes to take some photos for a future post. I also stopped by Jardin des Plantes to visit to show you just how close it is if you choose to stay at the hotel.
I am staying on the left bank one more night but moved closer to the eiffel tower. I arrived at my new location and I have to say I have been looking forward to this stay all week! This is a special one and I can't wait to share more details.
A friend of mine invited me last minute to experience tea time at Le Bristol today and with the rainy weather it was perfect timing. I remember watching Le Bristol featured in the movie "Midnight in Paris" and wishing I could jump right in to the hotel scenes. It has been on my list to visit for a while. The people watching was so good during Friday afternoon tea time and the lobby was buzzing with Parisians and visitors from all over.
I could have spent hours at High Tea chatting with the tables around me, everyone was so friendly. Of course I couldn't finish all of the pastries but they were kind enough to wrap them up for later. I will say the chou all the way on the left filled with vanilla creme and the raspberry tarte on the right were some of my favorites!
I purposely took the walk back to the hotel that had me cross over the Seine and view the Pont Alexandre III. It is my favorite bridge in Paris and I had timed the walk with the sunset just perfectly!
My last meeting of the week finished at the stunning Narcisse Blanc. I was given the grand tour of the hotel where I am staying and the details behind all of the decor which makes it so special and unique. Since I arrived in Paris I have had long nights and catching up with friends over dinner (mostly wine and cheese) Tonight, I stayed at the hotel and dined downstairs in the lovely Cleo restaurant. It was so nice to have a relaxing and delicious meal while dining solo.
I never thought I would enjoy dining solo but as I started to catch up on work I was engaged in conversation from the table just next to me about my meal. It was so nice to meet Parisians dining at the restaurant and practice a little French. I will share more about what I ordered when I feature the hotel in an upcoming post but I promise it was one of my favorite meals of the trip!
It is officially my last weekend in Paris but I promise I have so much more to share with you so stay tuned! I will make the most of it and hopefully I feel better in the morning. I am forcing myself to sleep in and enjoy the full experience of Le Narcisse Blanc. I have already placed my breakfast order for the morning to be served in the room.
Thank you all so much for following along so far. I have enjoyed reading your comments and love hear where you are reading from! xo
I spent the morning working on a project for the blog and was in desperate need for coffee after only a few hours of sleep. I am staying on the left bank close to Rue Monge so I popped over to Strada coffee with a friend.
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I spent a few hours walking around Montmartre in the rain capturing a few photos from my friend Lilly's new book. She showed me around some of her favorite streets in Montmartre as the rain and we grabbed a coffee at a neighborhood spot. It's crazy to see how much my neighborhood has changed over the years. I captured a few photos of Montmartre filled with red ivy and I will be sharing for an upcoming post.
Tonight I was with friends chatting over wine, chocolate, and cheese in the most beautiful Parisian apartment. Yes, if you are keeping track this is my third wine and cheese night in Paris and I am not sick of it yet. It was too dark to take photos but I hope to be back again soon to share Magali's eclectic decorating style. The apartment has chevron floors and the most amazing collection of designer candles all over. It is my pinterest dream come true. I am extremely lucky to see so many friends while being here in Paris.
Tomorrow I am taking a little time to myself in the morning before headed to tea at Le Bristol. I am picking up a museum pass for the weekend. What are your favorite museums in Paris I am looking for suggestions on where to go.
Today was an extremely full day. It is 1:30 am and I am still working. I don't think I have been more excited to slip on my pajamas and jump into bed. I spent the night at the adorable Caron de Beaumarchais on one of my favorite streets Vieille de Temple. The hotel is filled with charming details and it will make you feel as you stepped back in time. The window looked out onto the street and had it's own red geranium. I watched the sun hit the buildings at sunset and the traffic pass below me. I will share more about the hotel in a future post!
I had a little time this afternoon to explore my next stay at a fabulous spot. I will show you tomorrow but I had to snap my first self portrait in this location. I walked over to Le Meurice to meet Grand Luxury for pastries and tea. It was the perfect rainy day activity. We planned on each having one pastry but ended up having four total. The eclair with mint and lemon was the most amazing pastry followed by the best Paris brest I have ever tried. I may have fought for more if we hadn't split the pastries evenly on the plate. I had time to explore one of the rooms and see the breathtaking view from a Prestige Suite at Le Meurice. The colors of Autumn are so beautiful against the Parisian soft grey and white color palate. Don't worry I have a few more photos to share from here soon too.
This evening I met up with a photographer friend Katie Donnelly to chat about Paris and photography. We had so much to catch up on we didn't realize how much the time had passed. It turned into a late evening but it was so great to spend time catching up with a friend at a Parisian café over a glass of wine. Tomorrow I am meeting up with a few friends for wine and cheese in the apartment I am staying in and look forward to sharing the photos with you.
I started my morning bright and early at the Trocadero for an exciting photo shoot. I have never had a proper photo shoot in front of the eiffel tower after spending so much time here. I was excited when my friend Anastasia offered to photograph me, especially since it called for a very early morning on a Saturday. I arrived early to people watch and enjoy the sunrise at Trocadero. I had a full belly of croissant and a cafè créme so I was off to a good start. I can't wait to show you the photos from this morning. I had a sneak peak on the camera and it was very classic Paris with a little Audrey Hepburn.
After the photo shoot we stopped for a pastry and a catch up over coffee and tea at the lovely Carette not too far from the Trocadero. Yes, if you are calculating I had two croissants today! But in defense I walked a total of 10 miles and climbed 30 flights of stairs. So I am totally even! right?
I have friends visiting Paris at the same time as me so it was really important to show them why I love Paris so much. We started at the Bastille market where we picked up cheeses and my favorite apple the Rubinette and explored a bit. I took them to my favorite boulangerie where the baguettes came out pipping hot from the oven. We stood outside and took our first bite. I have shared this moment with so many people over the years. The first bite of a freshly baked, hot baguette on the streets of Paris is pretty perfect. We walked over to Place de Vosges to enjoy our snacks from the market and people watch.
My friend Tanya asked me later in the day how I decided to move to Paris. The story is that I was visiting in 2011 and walked through Place de Vosges and it hit me. I think I am going to live here one day and I want an apartment right here... Little did I know the apartments in Place de Vosges are a little out of my price range. But just two years later I moved to Paris. I still think it is pretty crazy but so happy that I made it happen.
The first time I explored Montmartre was in 2010 and I didn't know much about Paris at all. I had a friend show me around and I remember it was pouring down rain so we sat and watched the rain fall at a Montmartre café. I had no idea I would call Montmartre my home just three years later. Today I brought my friends to Montmartre after the market to show them around rue des abbesses and a few of my favorite streets. We climbed the stairs to the top of Sacre Coeur which can explain why my stair count was so high.
After a late lunch I set off to my hotel to quickly change clothes before dinner. I have friends in Paris that I call my "Paris Family" I will save the explanation for another post. They are traveling to Venice in a few days so we squeezed in a visit tonight. Dinner consisted off five types of cheeses, fruit, baguette, and wine. It was my perfect meal. We sat around catching up on life from the last couple of months. Their apartment is beautiful and they were the perfect hosts for the evening. We finished the night off with pastry from Angelina.
Writing the Paris Diaries is a challenge because of my long days but I am so happy to be able to record what my days are like and sharing everything with all of you. It seems the posts will continue to stay at this time for the rest of the trip due to my schedule. Thank you to each and every one of you for reading and commenting. XO