Paris is and always will be a dream for me. Every time I visit, it gives me this sense of wonder, admiration and love that I haven’t experienced anywhere else in my life before. It’s a distinct feeling. The feeling you get when you feel so entirely content and happy that you want life to completely stand still for forever. Paris makes me feel so many emotions it’s hard to describe. The one thing I know for sure is that no matter where life takes me or what it brings, I know I’ll always have Paris.
Traveling to Paris for the second time was undoubtedly just another dream. Having easy access to some of the world’s most incredible sights just steps outside of my AirBnB… The fact that the Notre Dame and I were neighbors was enough for me – let alone the endless amounts of croissants I could eat and rosé I could drink. Can’t you tell I was the happiest girl?? Thriving to say the least.
As much of a fashion lover as I am, you know I made sure to make my way onto Avenue Montaigne to visit the gorgeous designer shops and design houses. The Dior flagship was looking fab as ever, currently launching their Fall/Winter 2018-2019 collection.
We stopped for lunch at one of the many cute cafés along the side streets and this charcuterie board was all I ever needed and more. Peep the salmon dish on the table was also outstanding.
Our next and final day in Paris was dedicated to exploring every tourist spot we possibly could in a ten hour window. The first on our list was visiting the Louvre; and this time actually touring the inside of the museum. Last year when I visited Paris, I didn’t have the opportunity to go into the Louvre and immediately regretted it.
As soon as Mel and I entered into the museum, we walked – or more so ran, to the Mona Lisa right away before the rest of the crowd. We darted through hallways and walked up marbled staircases to reach this one painting before we were swarmed with other tourists. We darted past so many amazing pieces of art but I made a mental note to see them again after. I was so overwhelmed by how beautiful this museum was. I couldn’t even believe what I was seeing.
The Mona Lisa was very cool to see. It’s smaller than you would think and it’s guarded with a gate so one can’t get too close. Adjacent to where the Mona Lisa was displayed was this grand painting called The Wedding at Cana. Stretching from one side of the room to the other, this was the largest painting I’ve ever seen – it gave me chills. This entire museum gave me physical chills. I felt so much emotion standing inside this historical monument – thinking about who has walked these halls over the past 200 years. It was incredible standing in front of these pieces of art and thinking about how these artists never imagined their artwork to be seen by thousands of people for hundreds of years to come. I felt such wonder and awe like I’ve never felt before. It was truly incredible.
I was sad to say goodbye to the Louvre. You could spend an entire day here, but unfortunately we only had 2 hours. Keep in mind, this museum is the largest in the world with three full wings. There is so much to see and look at that I highly recommend planning out your visit beforehand. Making a plan of specifically what you want to see first will help not make the experience as overwhelming.
After the Louvre, your girl of course wanted her 30th+ croissant because, hey, you can never have enough – especially while in Croissant Land.
I took Melonie to my absolute favorite café/bakery in Paris – no other than Ladurée in Madeleine on 16 rue Royale. I love this location because it is the original location, built in 1862, and has this exquisite charm like no other. All of their pastries are so luxurious and to-die-for it was hard to choose what to get. I couldn’t resist their macarons though. To get specific, I got raspberry and salted caramel in case you were wondering. 😋
I also thought it was amazing that we were in Paris on the day they were having their Pride parade – it was so cool. We walked right through the start of the parade as we made our way back to the Eiffel tower. We had a picnic below the Eiffel tower (surprise, surprise) because that’s just what we do – complete with a baguette, jam and brie.
The beautiful thing about traveling the world is that every destination you visit changes you. It makes you understand and realize things about yourself, and the world around you, that you wouldn’t have otherwise discovered. Experiencing the world, I believe, is extremely valuable to your own personal growth and development. New places, new people and new cultures change you like nothing else can. It’s worthwhile. After you settle back into your own reality, it’s nice knowing you’re a better person because of the adventures you experienced.