Last Bit of Paris
I dreamed about Paris last night and have been kind of sad about it all day, so it’s a good time to post about our last two days there. It was pretty relaxed, which was just the way I planned it. We checked into our last hotel, which I absolutely loved. It was perfect for evening strolls and was super comfortable (and had Hermes products!). It overlooked the sweetest little street and was just down from St Etienne. You might know it as the pickup spot in Midnight in Paris, but it’s so much more. It’s a lovely little spot to people watch, which is exactly what we did our first night back in town. It was cool and the cafes and restaurants nearby were quietly buzzing about.
The next morning, I couldn’t wait to get up and get dressed because it was my BIRTHDAY! Sam told me to pick anything at all that I wanted to do, and I knew right away where we would go. It was one of the only things that we did on our first trip to Paris that I just knew I had to see again. After we’d had our appropriate fix of Pain au Chocolats, we called an Uber to take us to the Orangerie at the end of the Tuileries. It’s the most breathtaking museum in Paris, in my opinion. Although small, It houses Les Nympheas, which are Monet’s waterlilies. They are in two circular rooms, which the canvases wrap around. The ceilings allow natural light to indirectly pour into the all white rooms. No photos allowed, but I sneaked one–I couldn’t resist. Words can’t describe his works, so I won’t attempt. If you ever find yourself in Paris, make sure you pay them a visit. When we left the Orangerie, the skies opened up and let down the prettiest little rain shower I’ve ever seen. (Paris makes everything pretty, even rain on your birthday. I wasn’t even the least bit annoyed.) We walked around the 1st and shopped at some of my favorite places, Pierre Herme, Colette and Repetto.
We had a leisurely afternoon tea (and latte) at Cafe de Flore. I am still kicking myself for not getting a few tea cups and saucers… I wonder if they’ll ship internationally…
We got back to our hotel and rested up. I tried on potential birthday outfits and then we went to one of my favorite little restaurants, Le Grand Colbert. Dinner was fabulous and we headed off for a few after dinner drinks at Harry’s New York Bar, the original inventor of the Bloody Mary.
*They published a book of cocktail recipes which is now tucked safely on my bookshelf. We’ll fast forward to the next morning, after the best birthday of my life, we hit the pavement for Eric Kayser Pain au Chocolat (which are definitely the best in Paris, in my and Ina’s opinions). We strolled around a nearby market and daydreamed about what it would be like to live in Paris. We made our way back to Jardin du Luxembourg to soak up our last few hours in Paris. I swear you could get lost in these gardens and not even care. Before heading to the airport, we wandered around until we found a bakery with ample pastries and baguette sandwiches for our long trip home. As soon as I found these little guys in the window, I knew we’d found the right spot. (I’ll spare you the photos of me eating the hotdog baguette the length of my arm.) I do write this with a bit of a heavy heart. I remember after our first trip, I was sad for a few weeks. When you find something (or someplace) you love, it’s so hard to leave knowing it will be a long time before you make it back. Big shout out to the best husband ever.