Paris undeniably lives large in our cultural imagination, in so many books and movies. It can be a lot to live up to, but happily Paris is up to the task. We stayed at the Hotel Providence, an absolute gem of a boutique hotel in the 10th Arrondissement. When we arrived, I sent my parents a few pics of our hotel room, and my mom responded, sighing "Oh I love how Paris can just feel so Paris-y", which was absolutely right. Hotel Providence has a wonderful sense of place, from the decor to the corner location.
Our first morning in Paris we enjoyed a late, lazy breakfast on our terrace, but generally we loved going down to the cafe where we had coffee and croissants alongside neighborhood locals (who also stoped by the bar for an aperitif on their way home in the evening).
Golden hour on the Seine.
Recognize that dress? You might have seen it here. Did I mention that I packed carry on for nearly two weeks in France, spanning three different climates and one of the world's most fashionable cities? That's a point of pride for me, and a post for another day!
We had dinner our first night in town at Chez Julien, another recommendation from my dear friend. Go for the steak frites, stay for the lovely outdoor garden setting (see above).
Prior to our trip, I read The New Paris literally cover to cover. It came out earlier this year and is an excellent guide to the food and dining scene in Paris, and the photos are so stunning (and mouthwatering) that I want to leave it permanently displayed on my coffee table. I had the pleasure of meeting author Lindsay Tramuta at an event in NYC after our trip, and I openly gushed about how much I love her book and how invaluable it was to our recent trip. You can also check out Lindsay's blog, Lost in Cheeseland.
We ate so well throughout Paris, and The New Paris had a lot to do with that. It was thanks to The New Paris that when we stumbled on chocolatier Jacques Genin I knew we had to make a stop. In addition to delectable chocolates, Jacques Genin is renowned for pâtes de fruits, the little gems you see above and below. They use no artificial colors or flavors, and the results are incredible. Doug and I splurged on big box to take home, and then we learned that we needed to consume the pates within 10 days. Challenge accepted. They were gone before our flight back to New York.
I'd been to Paris as a student, but had yet to visit the Rodin Museum. The gardens and grounds are a treat, and I loved seeing Rodin's work displayed outdoors.
From the Rodin Museum, we wandered over to Rue Cler, a pedestrian market street that my parents had tipped us off to. We assembled a picnic lunch to be enjoyed in full view of the Eiffel Tour. A bit touristy, perhaps, but also thoroughly enjoyable.
Stayed tuned - there's more coming from our Parisian excursion next week too!