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A Day In Paris

Travel, FashionVeronica ArrietaComment

Since our first day in Paris was so toasty, I insisted on wearing a dress for the Louvre and Eiffel Tower. And I knew that meant a lot of walking (or in our case biking) so I threw on a pair of comfortable flats and we were off to breakfast/brunch. We ate breakfast at Claus and holy moly batman, it was seriously the best breakfast ever. I could have eaten there the rest of the trip it was so good. The wait was over an hour, but totally worth every last crumb I put in my mouth. Across the street from Claus is where they make and keep the pastries and perishables so the staff was constantly running across when they needed more eggs, tomatoes, croissants, etc. We ordered the brioche with orange and cinnamon, fresh squeezed orange juice, coffee, and eggs.

We then walked to the Louvre, which to be completely honest I wasn't that excited for because I was holding out for the Eiffel Tower, but once we got there I was obsessed with how beautiful it was. It was a little crowded because we got a late start, but still very pretty. And yes, we had to take a few corny photos. From there we walked through the Tuileries Garden and onto the Pont des Arts bridge (aka the Love Locks bridge). Although they're in the process of taking all the locks off, we couldn't pass up putting our own lock on the historic bridge - when in Rome (our case Paris), right. Mike went and bought a pink lock (duh!) for us, we wrote the "V <3 M" with the date, our life life motto "faith, family, health" then locked that sucker up. Threw the key overboard and walked away...we're officially love locked in in Paris!

Then we jumped on bikes, which are all over Paris that both locals and tourists grab-and-go to get around the city. The first 30 minutes are free then it's 1€ for each hour after. So we grabbed some bikes and  headed to the Eiffel Tower but first had to grab a few things for a picnic. We stopped at Bellota to pick up some meats. Bellota came highly recommended so we were excited to try their prosciutto, salami, and chorizo. Oh and they literally sliced the meats off the animal - it was pretty legit! Then ran across the street for a few bottles of rosé, cheese, cherries, and a French baguette (I think I've lost count of how many we've consumed at this point).

There's something so quaint and beautiful about the Eifffel Tower, then add riding bikes with your husband to the mix and you won't be able to get a smile off your face! Of course, I wanted to picnic at close as we could get to the Eiffel Tower, only after setting up realizing that we couldn't really see it because we were so close (jokes on me!). 

We ate dinner Seb'on, the cute and tiny restaurant with less than 10 tabes and enjoyed a tasty meal with wine, of course! 

Paper Crown Dress (major sale - only $70!!) | Pointy Toe Studded Flat | White Skinny Jeans | Michael Kors Crossbody/clutch (similar here


Meet Met In Paree

Travel, FashionVeronica ArrietaComment

My husband and I literally ate our way rough Paris, and I'm not even kidding. Since we were coming from London, we took the EuroStar straight to Paris. The train was only 2 hours and then boom we were in the middle of Paris and boy was it hot - a mere 90 degrees and sunny. This was my first time to Paris so I was super excited. We stayed at the W Opera hotel with our Starwood points, which was perfect and looked straight at the beautiful opera house across the street.

We were starving so walked to Tuileries Garden to grab a quick bite with a view then off to explore. Our first stop was Notre-Dame, but made a pit stop for ice cream at Berthillion - an absolute must stop on the Ile Saint-Louis. I got the salted caramel ice cream and strawberry sorbet in their double cones. (Disclosure: self control is a must - you will go back for seconds or thirds.)

Then we walked along the Seine river towards Notre-Dame. There was a long line outside but went really quick! Once we got inside, there was a Catholic mass going on, which made it all the more beautiful to walk through. Before headed out, Mike and I stopped and sat in the pews for a few minutes to thank our blessings. 

Next stop was Cafe de Flore in Saint-Germain, which is one of the oldest and most prestigious coffeehouses in Paris celebrated for its famous clientele. We sat outside for some great people-watching, while sipping a glass of rosé (make sure to ask for chips) before heading back to freshen up at the hotel before dinner at Pirouette

Pirouette is a trendy restaurant that was recommended to us by a few people. We had a local bottle of wine and ate (2) French baguettes that were to die for. Literally, we had probably eaten 4 baguettes by this point. (I don't understand why the bread is so amazing in Paris). We ordered the tasting menu and each got there courses. 

To dinner I wore this fun Topshop white dress with a beaded colorful collar and these black pointy flats. Then during the day, I kept on light colors because the crazy hot heat. I wore a Zara t-shirt and white Topshop jeans with my trusty black Sam Edelman flats.

Next stop is the Louvre and Eiffel Tower.