Paris I: Le Marais
Bonjour à tous! Wow, it feels like it has been forever since I last wrote on this blog. There has been a good reason for it, I promise! For one, I've been taking a bit of a break because I've been on vacation, and there has also been a lot of changes going on in my life lately that led me to give my undivided attention to it. Anyway, what I'm really here for is to talk about my lovely time in Europe!
I figured, to start off my ease back into blogging, I thought it would be good to show you what I've been up to over the past 2 weeks (I can't believe it's been 2 weeks already... oops). First, I want to show you some fun photos from our first destination - Paris! Specifically, the Le Marais area. If you've never been to Paris and want to go, I highly highly recommend staying in the Le Marais area; it is honestly such a perfect neighborhood! It's neither too crowded with tourists, nor too local for said tourists... It is the perfect balance of trendy, exciting, and quaint enough for a comfortable stay. I've stayed in the Marais both times I've been to Paris, and I just absolutely adore it.
We arrived in our rented flat, which was so beautiful from the outside (albeit a bit weathered, but it just adds to the charm). I absolutely love how a lot of the apartment buildings in Paris have these cute squares/terraces in front that is closed off by large gates. It just screams Madeleine - amiright?!
Theres nothing better than a fresh baguette in the morning while strolling through the streets of Paris. I'm a huge advocate of getting freshly baked bread in the morning, especially if you're in Europe. Also, I'm not really sure how Parisian it is to be scarfing down a baguette in the morning while walking down the street. Could be a faux pas. Also not really sure I cared too much at that moment.
Yes, the Le Marais neighborhood is an incredible area to go shopping. Think of it as the "NYC Soho" of Paris. I really suggest taking a whole day to just wander around in the little shops and boutiques in Le Marais. One store in particular I fully recommend is Merci! There's something for everyone in this shop, which spans 3 floors of clothing, accessories, home goods, bath & beauty products, and more from many different boutiques and brands. I was in love the second I saw the little pink car out front.
Alright, now you're hungry from all that shopping. Where should you go eat, you ask? Why - Les Philosophes, of course! If you're in the mood for some solid Parisian fare, this is seriously the place for you. It's your perfect example of a classic french brasserie - relaxed and informal, yet with solid, good food. I ordered a duck confit, which was so ridiculously large that I almost couldn't finish it. It was super tasty and I'm now craving one. Unfortunate.
Care for a yummy cocktail to lift your spirits and transcend your taste buds into a delectable world of precisely mixed flavors? Look no further than La Mina - an underground cocktail bar found in the basement of the really popular and trendy restaurant called Carbon. This place was luckily just around the corner from where we stayed, and it has got to be one of my favorite places I've ever been to in Paris. For one, this bar is outfitted with a cage-like wiring, which does not allow for any cell service to penetrate through. This means that you actually need to chat... in real life! It's a super cozy and intimate bar that allows for a lot of talking and gossiping over some incredible cocktails.
It's the perfect place to head to after dinner, especially if you're having dinner at Carbon. This is on my list of things to do next time I visit!
Honestly, you all need to see this neighborhood for yourself. The pictures don't do it justice.
I hope this post gave you a little bit of insight on how my vacation went! This is just part 1 of 3 travel blog posts that I will be writing on my trip to Europe! Get ready for part 2 next week!
Sorry for the rustiness... I hope this post makes up for the radio silence :) If you've ever been to Paris, please let me know your favorite places to visit in the comments down below.
Til next time ;)