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