Sweet Treat on the Seine // Paris’ World Famous Ice Cream Shop

I’ve had my fair share of amazing ice cream, so when I heard about Berthillon having quite possibly the best in the world, I had to go and see what all of the hype was about. Walking along the Ile Saint-Louis we spotted the famous shop. I knew immediately this place was going to be incredible…the line stretched all the way to the other side of the street, with people tagging on nearly every second. We hopped on the end, waiting anxiously with very high expectations.

The scenic views of the Seine made for a quite enjoyable wait in line. The serene and still vibrant green water glistened as the sun danced across it. The warm temperatures and sunny skies made it the perfect day to stop for a sweet afternoon treat!

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The line moved quickly and before I knew it, it was our turn to order. I took a look at the flavor board and knew it was going to be tough to pick…everything sounded so delicious! Flavors ranged from vanilla, to pistachio, to goji berry, sure to satisfy every type of sweet tooth. I ended up choosing one scoop of mango and one scoop of melon in a waffle cone!

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I couldn’t have been more happy with the flavors I chose! So bright, light, and refreshing to help cool things down on this warm day in the city. The ice cream was easily the most rich and velvety I have ever had. Savoring every bite, I wished it was never-ending. Although a bit pricy, you are surely paying for luxurious and sophisticated ice cream…so worth the price and wait in line! Berthillon certainly makes some of the best in the world…10/10 would definitely recommend!

Stopping here is a must when in Paris! Have you ever been? What’s your favorite flavor?

xo, Lexie

 

 

Afternoon Boat Ride on the Seine

Waking up to an espresso along with bread topped with butter and strawberry jam was how I started every morning in Paris. The soft sunlight would peak through the large open window, bringing my tired eyes to life. A cool morning breeze would circulate through the room while the birds sang their morning hymn; our very own morning soundtrack via mother nature! All of us would gather around the table and enjoy breakfast together as we planned all of the activities we would be doing that day. This particular morning was particularly exciting to me when I heard that we would be going on a boat ride on the Seine. A dreamy afternoon was on the horizon, coming up full speed ahead!

We hopped on the metro and just a few minutes later arrived at our destination. Immediately we were able to spot the port where all of the large river boats were located, taking hundreds of people to see the beauty of Paris. We walked down to the water, purchased our tickets, and stood in line, anxiously waiting for the next boat to arrive.

As the next boat pulled up, everyone boarded, and we darted to the top deck to get the best views! I put my bags down, got situated and pulled my camera out, getting ready to put that baby to use!

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Posing for a picture on Seine nonetheless was the first thing I did on the boat ride…would you expect anything less coming from me!? I wore big Audrey Hepburn inspired sunnies, a red lip, and an off the shoulder top, trying my best to look like a true Parisian. Conquering this city in style is essential!

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The darling gold and blue details of the Pont Alexandre III added a regal touch as the boat cruised along the river. Lush green trees, sweet little boats and views of the Ferris Wheel were on full display, making this ride instantaneously special within the first 5 minutes!

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Moving along, the Ferris Wheel became even more present, taking me back to my first day when I was on the ride, experiencing my first magical moments in Paris!

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To say I was floored by the incredible architecture would be an extreme understatement. The buildings got prettier and prettier as we made our way down the river. I loved watching the people hang out on the river path…some would picnic, some would relax with a coffee, croissant and a book on the benches, while others would just sit on the ground, watching the boats cruise up and down the river.

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Getting a whole new perspective of the city was pretty spectacular…the massive detailed buildings are even more surreal from a distance.

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My eyes darted from left to right trying to capture each building as the boat went by…one of my favorites being Notre Dame. How insane is the detail on this church!? Truly out of this world.

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Passing this apartment put #housegoals to a whole new level! How perfect is this gold and black iron balcony? I can see it now…tucking the white wispy curtains away, opening up the windows, and sitting outside in my robe with an espresso and croissant every morning! Now that’s what I call living! Oh and the view of the Seine isn’t too shabby either!

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The boat ride couldn’t have ended in a more perfect way, with the most beautiful view of the Eiffel Tower! What an afternoon!

xo, Lexie

 

 

My Dream Came True / 31 Rue Cambon

I have loved fashion ever since I could begin to remember. When I was little, my mom used to give me her old pashmina scarves and I would create dresses out them. Trying to drape the best that I could manage with safety pins, I spent hours in my room perfecting my creations. As soon as my designs were complete, a runway show (that took place in my upstairs hallway) would immediately follow! My family would stand at the end of the hallway and clap as I modeled my very own designs. My love for fashion since then has only grown.

As I matured and got older, I became fascinated by high-end designers, my favorite being Chanel. I spent countless hours reading books and researching online about the brand and Mademoiselle Chanel herself. I was enthralled by her story, her empire, and chic, ladylike designs…she was (and still is) my idol. I can vividly remember coming across pictures of the first Chanel boutique, obsessing over how beautiful it was and seeing the address 31 Rue Cambon 75001 Paris, France. From the first moment I saw the boutique online, I promised myself that I would go to Paris one day and visit the original store.

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On August 3, my second day in Paris, I turned onto Rue Cambon and spotted the Chanel boutique…my dream came true at 17 years old! It was easily the most magical moment of my life. Tears of happiness streamed down my face. I was overwhelmed; I couldn’t believe that my dream came true. I was the happiest I have ever been in my entire life.

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I couldn’t stop snapping pics of the boutique…so classy and elegant! It completely took my breath away. The window displays were absolutely stunning. I’m totally obsessing over those shoes on the left!

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A walk up the grand marble staircase in the boutique will lead you to Mademoiselle Chanel’s apartment. Only the elite in the fashion world get to visit upstairs (Rachel Zoe for example) but that’s just incentive for me to work even harder in the industry to earn the status to visit the apartment!

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Chanel sure did love her marble! The iconic logo is printed on the ground in front of the main entrance of the boutique and I couldn’t wait to take a #shoestagram! Every inch of this boutique is beautifully crafted…I didn’t expect anything less from Chanel!

This magical moment in Paris is something that I will remember forever. I am so grateful that my dream came true at such a young age and I will never take that for granted. Maybe next visit to Paris I will make a purchase in the store…a pink classic flap perhaps!?

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

Arc De Triomphe

The Arc De Triomphe truly took my breath away. One look at the monument and I was instantaneously mesmerized by how magnificent and massive it is. Meticulously crafted, this structure is covered in detail that I could have spent days looking at.

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Located on the west end of the Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe is in the perfect spot…on one of the most famous streets in Paris! After taking pictures from every angle we possibly could have (#bloggerprobs) we walked down the famous street that is covered in some of the most exclusive and expensive shopping in the world…but don’t worry not every store will break the bank! I stuck to shopping in Zara!

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We of course had to run into the famous macaron shop, Laduree! The line was long but SO worth the wait…they were the best macarons I have ever eaten! Equally as delicious as they are photogenic! Next time I’m in Paris, I am definitely going to sit down to a formal tea at Laduree…seems like so much fun!

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As we started to reach the end of the Champs Elysees, we took a left turn and my lifelong dream came true…

Make sure to check out the blog tomorrow to find out where/how my dream came true!

xo, Lexie

 

Jardin des Tuileries/ Ferris Wheel Views

When I think of Paris, one of the first things that comes to mind is the Jardin des Tuileries. Located between the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre Museum you are bound to run into this Garden and Ferris Wheel when touring the city! Seeing countless instagram and blog posts about the view from the Ferris Wheel, going on it was a MUST for me when I was in Paris. I ended up going here my first day in the city…I got off of the plane in the morning, slept for a few hours in the apartment we were staying in, and then got ready for an afternoon adventure!

Thankfully the line to ride the Ferris Wheel wasn’t too long and in just a few minutes we were in our cart! I pulled my camera out, ready to snap away!

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As the cart’s began to rise, an aerial view of the Jardin des Tuileries was exposed to us. Lush and green, perfectly manicured, clean and symmetric…this garden was impressive to say the least.

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This garden not only provides a serene spot to relax in the city, but is also a great place for family fun. During summer holidays there are amusement park rides for the whole family that are sure to be a great time! After going on the rides, enjoy an ice cream or crepe from one of the many stands in the gardens.

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Seeing the Champs Elysees has been one of my lifelong dreams. Being able to see this street my first day in Paris is more than I could have wished for! Perfectly trimmed trees line the street of some of the most expensive shopping and restaurants in the world. If you look straight ahead, down the street, you will be able to see the Arc de Triomphe…incredible!

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My favorite view of the entire Ferris Wheel ride had to be the Seine and the Eiffel Tower. It was an emotional moment for me seeing what I had dreamed about looking at since I was a little girl in real life…so surreal!

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After we got off the Ferris Wheel we strolled around the beautiful garden, enjoying the beauty of Paris!

More about my travels coming tomorrow!

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

Montmartre and Moulin Rouge

Montmartre, home of French artists and some of the best views of Paris. Cobblestone streets are lined with painters, portrait artists, cafe’s, and be warned…lots of tourists! I could have spent hours watching the artists bring the pieces of canvas to life. The creative energy in Montmartre is like nothing I have ever experienced before. I left feeling completely inspired.

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This painter stuck out to me the most. His concentration, and gentle strokes of the brush created some of the most beautiful paintings of the Eiffel Tower I have ever seen.

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Bustling with people, Montmartre is one of the best spots in Paris to people watch.

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Grab an espresso at a cafe, sit outside, and you will be exposed to different people and cultures from all around the globe.

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Visiting the Sacre-Coeur is a must when at Montmartre. This is one of the most beautiful and intricately designed churches I have ever seen. Filled with unbelievably gorgeous stained glass and a ceiling painting that will blow your mind, you will not be able to put your camera down! After touring the church, head toward the balcony to see the amazing views of Paris or pack a picnic lunch and relax on the hill taking in the incredible views.

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I couldn’t stop staring into the distance…Paris is absolutely stunning. The architecture, the colors of the buildings…this view had me swooning!

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Not too far away from Montmartre (actually a walk right down the hill) is Moulin Rouge, the famous French Cabaret. Home of the first French CanCan Dancers, this was a hub for the fashionable and for the people who loved a good party! This nightclub and entertainment venue is still highly functioning and attracts hundreds of thousands of tourists a year. I loved seeing how this one building added so much color to the street and it’s even more beautiful at night…the entire building lights up!

Have you ever been to Montmartre or a show at Moulin Rouge? What’s your favorite part about the area?

xo, Lexie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mornings in Paris

I’ve been dreaming of going to Paris since I was a little girl. Madeline books (remember those!?) would be on constant rotation during story time right before bed. The Eiffel Tower images on the covers of the books and scattered throughout the pages stuck with me for all of these years. As I got older, my love for Paris grew more and more. My room became (and still is) filled with Eiffel Tower statues, pictures of the Arc de Triomphe, Parisian inspired jewelry boxes…the list goes on and on, not to mention that my bathroom is also decorated with a Paris theme! I fell completely in love with the French culture and lifestyle, but what I loved the most was the Parisian Woman; classy and elegant, always slightly overdressed, confident without having to boast, effortlessly chic, understated while simultaneously making a huge statement. The Parisian Woman is everything I have strived to be practically my entire life. When my parents told me the news that I was going to be vacationing in Paris with my best friend Justine, I couldn’t stop crying…my dream was going to come true! I hugged my parents probably a million times and immediately put a countdown on my phone waiting for the summer of my dreams. Everyday I imagined walking through the streets in the morning, watching the sun peek through the tree branches, hearing the birds chirp their morning song, while munching on a croissant and sipping on espresso…and when I arrived in Paris, that is exactly what I did!

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Getting up early is always a good idea in Paris. Not only do you beat the crowds and get better pictures, but you also get to experience a serene and quiet side of the city. We took a stroll down to the Eiffel Tower and got to watch the sunrise, slowly bringing the city to life…it was a magical morning.

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Watching the morning sun cast light and create beautiful, intricate shadows on the buildings is something that I will never forget.

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Out of all of the food in Paris, my favorite has to be the breakfast food. The croissants were to DIE for…so buttery, tender, and flaky (going to miss them the most back in the states). For all you chocoholics, you would go bananas over pan de chocolat…a croissant like pastry filled with rich and creamy chocolate. The french bread toasted with butter and strawberry jam was also one of my favorites in the morning. A glass of orange juice and some espresso to give you a jolt were the perfect drinks to start the day off right! There’s nothing quite like a traditional french breakfast!

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The darling, quiet morning strolls were a great time for me to set a positive intention for the day. I couldn’t help but smile while gazing at the immaculate architecture. The flowers scattered all over the iron bar balconies add a pop of color and sweetness to the city and were just how I imagined them in my dreams.

Paris has my heart! Many more posts about my French vacation to come…hope you guys are ready to read!

xo, Lexie