i thought i would start this post with food–specifically croissants. nate was on a mission to eat at least one croissant a day–which isn’t hard to do. it’s funny because he is known by almost all our family friends as a total health freak, but his love for good croissants surpasses his need to be healthy it seems. i will share our favorite croissant in another post, but the bakery we frequented the most was called carton. one of the men at the hotel recommended that we grab croissants there and then sit at the little bar/restaurant directly across the way (cafe le conti) for coffees there. you can imagine how odd nate and i felt bringing in food to a restaurant, but the man waved us in as if it was done every day. #wheninparis!! its a good thing we tried our luck there because they ended up having the best espresso and coffee of any spot we visited in all of paris.
below are the famous columns on display at the palais royale–les deux plateau by daniel burren. ever since i have worked in the fashion industry these columns have always been a source of inspiration in collections. funny enough, i had not heard of them before then–and i was an art history major so i don’t think that says much about my education! there are 260 black and white marble pillars in the inner courtyard (cour d’honneur) of the palais royale. they were first installed in 1986 and created quite a stir of controversy in paris, but ultimately remained in the courtyard after much dispute–i am glad they did!
and then i made suzanne participate as well…
we spent our fourth day in paris wandering… we walked from our hotel in saint germain (5th arrondissement), past the louvre (1st arrondissement), past the paris opera (9th arrondissement, image above), past the moulin rouge (18th arrondissement, image below) and up to sacre coeur (18th arrondissement). it took about 2 hours, but we strolled, stopped, shopped, ate, etc. it was lovely.
one of nate and i’s best paris memories–and one of his firsts–was on these very steps. alexa was 3 months old and i was carrying her in a little sling and nate and i sast just chilling on these steps, listening to live music and enjoying the sunshine with a beer in hand. we still talk about that afternoon as one of our favorite memories ever.
the place du tertre, in montmartre, is a must. it is a bohemian artist filled square full of liveliness, food and drinks. every time i have visited i’ve sat along the square and had drinks, unfortunately this time was a total zoo.
my recommendation to you should you head here around new years is go really early and leave early. it was seriously like mardi gras… too much. that said, we still had a take a photo and check it off our list.
i had to include this photo because our dear friend diego told me that i had to go here (image above) and visit his cool graphic designer friend who also happens to own this bar… i took us all on an adventure trying to find it just to find out it was closed that day. we were so bummed! so, since i don’t know when i will be back, i recommend any of you going to paris soon (and visiting sacre couer) to stop by les perches du chai for some drinks and snacks–it looked awesome!
since we wandered around and ate all day i didn’t take as many photos as i should have, but below are the spots we visited that evening in the area called canal saint-martin in the 10th arrondissement. it felt like williamsburg, brooklyn–it was totally hipster, but very cool. every spot we visited was so perfect. from a college style boozy bar to a swanky cool indian spot to possibly one of the coolest hidden bar/massive gathering spaces we have ever seen, every spot felt like the definition of “off-the-beaten-path” and we adored it.
lastly i had to share how nate and i’s night ended… hilariously enough we were trying to take a picture to send to nate’s older sister as a happy birthday photo, but it was a total bust. i am not even sure if we sent a photo–i obviously had a lot of wine at this point–but i just saw these pictures when i was pulling the blog post together so i had to include because its pretty hilarious.