i am still on such a high from getting to spend the weekend with girlfriends in paris! you might have caught a lot of the trip through my videos on instagram stories, but now that i am home, i have a billion photos and stories i want to share as well! we were able to pack in so much in just 48 hours, but it never felt rushed or crammed, as we just wandered around and got lost on the most beautiful streets or inside the most incredible shops. i love traveling with my family and kids, but there was something nice about getting to hop into this store or that store on this trip to paris and just wander, or head out for dinner late into the evening because we didn’t have little ones’ schedules to keep. i missed josh and the kids something awful, but this was a really special trip for me and i’m so thankful josh held down the fort at home so i could go.
my girlfriend jenna found an incredible deal on airline tickets and somehow within a few group texts later, we had a trip booked to paris! for those of you who have asked about the deal, we found it through priceline, but another great site josh and i use often to find great rates for tickets is sky scanner. i think we have an advantage flying in and out of nyc, since it’s such a major airport hub with constant direct flights to and from europe, but you never know!
i’ve broken up our 48 hours into two blog posts, since i took too many photos and want to share them all! so stay tuned for the second post soon! below is part I of the trip!!!
traveling with these two was so much fun. my friend, mary martha, just had her fourth baby, the sweetest little martha mae, when we started texting about this trip and wasn’t sure about coming. i am so glad she went for it and brought her sweet baby girl with. having little ones has never stopped her from getting out and having adventures in her day to day and it’s something i love about her. and also, how can you deny paris as your baby girl’s first passport stamp?! little martha mae wins all the baby awards for being such a good little traveler. and i think it added to my paris high getting to have a newborn around to cuddle! of course, i am now more baby hungry than ever (not that i’m ever not really baby hungry. but you know…)
also, i picked up these sunglasses right before the trip and i am obsessed with them. they are also on sale for $10 online, so thought i’d share incase you’re interested! also in the color sliver right here for $16.
we took a red eye flight in thursday night and dropped our bags off right at our hotel friday morning, quickly washed our faces and freshened up in the hotel lobby bathroom since our room wouldn’t be ready for check in until later in the day and hit the ground running by 9AM! we went straight to the eiffel tower to start our day. it had rained the night before, so everything felt extra fresh and green and definitely like spring! i’ve only visited paris in summer and winter previously, so the spring weather was definitely a plus. not too hot and not too cold, i think we got really lucky to see a few beautiful blossoms on the trees and avoid the rain showers.
the amount of photos i took along all the corners of streets in paris is insane. i swear, outdoor cafes don’t come more picturesque than in paris.
had to include this photo of mary martha and her baby girl who slept pretty much the entire trip! also, couldn’t get enough of that fun fur detail she put on her stroller canopy.
also had to share this cute candid one of jenna! she is the queen of posing so well, i swear! so thankful for all the amazing women in my life i get to call friends. you know you’re lucky when you come back from time spent with girlfriends feeling so inspired and encouraged as a woman and mother and small business owner trying to do it all every day. there are such highs and lows to life and being able to share with and confide in and trust the women around you is something i have learned to never take for granted. we stayed up one night at the hotel until 5 in the morning having some of the greatest conversations and it just made me leave feeling really thankful.
happened upon the most darling bakery in the 3rd arrondissement called aux merveilleux which has the most insane chandelier hanging in the entry way. we watched them frost and decorate some cakes through the windows after going inside. such a beautiful pastry shop.
stopping by merci is always a must for me. i won’t ever get over that gorgeous store. the merci cafe behind me with all the books along the walls is seriously one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever seen. if you go, make sure to also stop by bonton kids which is just around the corner. i shared a few videos on my instagram stories of the store, but neglected to take any photos. that store is a dream (and also made me really homesick for my kids! it was kind of bittersweet walking around in there. lol.)
while my friends have both been to paris before, neither of them had been to montmarte or to the sacré-coeur, and it is one of my favorite parts of paris, so we made sure to spend an afternoon in the area. i know it’s really touristy, but i swear those views of paris from on top of the hill cannot be beat and i love all the windy cobblestone streets filled with artists working and selling their art. we also had our favorite meal of the trip here at hardware society (see photos below).
we ordered the brioche french toast, lobster eggs benedict and the scrambled eggs on a homemade english muffin and shared all three dishes. all three were out of this world amazing. thanks so much to a reader for tipping us off to hardware société. it looks like they also have a location in melbourne, and when the waitress told us this, it suddenly made so much sense. if you remember my post from last year, the best brunch josh and i have ever had was in melbourne with the kids last winter at top paddock. melbourne just knows how to do brunch. but this place can’t be missed. it was incredible. (ok, i will confess we also split a piece of cheesecake after all that food as well. best crust ever. just trust me. don’t miss this spot.)
all the artists at work around montmarte. always one of my favorite things to see. (here’s my blog post from when our entire family explored that same area a few years ago. eleanor and samson are such babies! also, it appears i took the exact same photo of colorful paints below! haha.)
on our last morning in paris we wandered around the notre dame cathedral (even though it was early the lines were already so long to go inside and we had to catch our flight soon) but luckily i’ve been able to go in before. we’re a little blurry in this photo of all three of us, but it’s probably my favorite one from the trip. hard to tell, but we are standing on a big post which we almost fell off of. haha! good times.
selfies with a ginormous slr camera aren’t ever my strong suit, but we just did rapid fire holding down the button while pointing it at us and actually got a few that were in focus with all three of us in frame! success!
found a few beautiful trees in blossom as we wandered around!
for those interested in other logistics of the trip, we found a good deal on a hotel room at the westin vendome and when my friend called to book the room, she asked for one with an eiffel tower view which they were able to accommodate. it was so much fun watching the eiffel tower sparkle at night from our beds! the hotel is also a really great central location, so we could walk to several of the nearby museums and neighborhoods. we all wore sneakers and walked almost everywhere! we might be used to it because of living in new york, but it’s the best way to really take in any city, in my opinion. just walking it.
i also think 48 hours is the perfect amount of time to get a decent amount of things in. of course we weren’t able to do everything with our short time frame, and since i am no expert on paris, i am sure we missed so much! but the timing felt just right for us since we all had little ones back home to get back to and also since we’d all been to the area before, it felt like the right amount of time.
okay, so stay tuned for one more post coming soon with another batch of photos and round of other things we ate/saw/did! one thing is for sure, i ate every nutella crepe and pain au chocolat within arms reach this trip and i don’t regret it one bit. :)
for those who have asked about what i am wearing, i’ve included all the links below!!!