April 19, 2016
Is there a better place other than Paris to meet up with your sister, re-group, get inspired, and spend time with your Mom? We don’t think so! Paris was a slice of heaven and our words, nor our pictures will even begin to do justice for the experience, and the complete wonder that our trip was!
We all flew in at different times and met on a Tuesday at the most adorable Parisian apartment. It was love at first sight for all of us! The chic Parisians walking with baguettes in hands and the cold crisp air had us running out the door to go explore! A week was just enough time to take in the sights, enjoy many glasses of Rose’, and eat more than enough of the most fabulous carbs and cheese on the planet! And that is exactly what we did.
Our sights included places like the Notre Dame Cathedral, which is a Gothic cathedral that dates back to 12th century when construction began. The walls are adorn with religious Icons, and columns that speak to you. After this visit we dipped into the Saint Chapelle, Kingdom of Light which was erected in the 13th century and houses some of the worlds more profound stain glass windows.
And how could one not visit the famous Louvre??? We were warned about how overwhelming it can be and yes…true, but seeing the smirk on the Mona Lisa made the trip and crowds worth it. If anything, at this point the jet lag was what was overwhelming! On the other hand, in terms of museums, we all agreed the Musee d’Orsay was the best. It was housed in the old railroad station that was built for the World Exposition in the 1900s and was laid out in such a beautiful way that made strolling in and out of the rooms seem more like a waltz dance. This museum houses the Impressionist work such as Monet, Van Gough, Manet, and Renoir just to name a few. Seeing their paintings inches from your face is a memory we will both hold for a long time.
With all the sightseeing and tourist hopping, we must say our favorite part was walking the streets in the different neighborhoods like the Latin Quarters and Montmarte. This is where you could pop in and out of fashion houses and boutiques, stop at a multitude of cafes for a glass of Rose’ and a charcuterie plate while watching the Parisians walk by, speaking the most beautiful language ever. After the cafe stops, we would walk with crepes in hand and watch the local artist draw portraits of the tourist. Or another favorite was stumbling across the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore. A perfect day!
Now, it wouldn’t be Paris without a stop at the Eiffel tower. This was a spectacular experience for all of us. The ride up to the second level to look out over the City was a bit nerve racking. Especially for our mother…But once up top, the view made the queasy stomach and fear of heights disappear! After the tour of the tower and a stroll along the perimeter, we stumbled upon another cafe for yet another glass or Rose’ and crepes…The best part being, after we paid the bill it was around 8:45pm and we walked outside to see the Eiffele tower lit up…which was spectacular! When the clock striked 9pm shortly after it began to twinkle for a good 5 minutes, with blinking lights that filled our hearts with amazement! Again, another memory that will stay with us for a long time to come.
It was a perfect mother, daughter trip and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you a glimpse into our experience. For those of you who haven’t been to Paris, please put it on the list. And for those of you who have been to Paris, you must go back!
Thank you for following along with us on this adventure and we look forward to the next trip! Bon Voyage! Au Revoir!