Like many, one of my favorite cities in the world is Paris. But I don’t just love the cliches like eating macaroons and seeing the Eiffel Tower – even though they are still amazing – I genuinely just have a love for French language and culture. I took French all throughout school and I’m still working on becoming 100% fluent.
Everything about the country – not just Paris – radiates beauty in my personal opinion. But Paris is just a hub for it all. The food, the shopping and the style it is all executed in is swoon-worthy. I have been to Paris twice and Zach and I are currently planning our first European adventure together.
Unfortunately, with the wedding being less than two months away, a Parisian vacation is not in the cards. But next summer is fair game. Since we have a lot of time to plan, I’ve really done a lot of research in what we should do the next time we find ourselves across the pond.
So, this weekend, Zach and I visited our favorite slice of Paris in Downtown Seattle and talked over when we want to go. Whenever we spend time in this Seattle cafe, it makes me crave Paris in every way. No, I’m not just talking cuisine here. But, somewhere in between nibbling on baguettes and jam and sipping on our favorite mochas, this place sparks our wanderlust every single time. I remember back to my visits before and day dream about the picturesque strolls through the different quarters, stopping at crepe stands, having picnics and grabbing a Euro baguette while people watching *le sigh.* Even though all of those activities are incredible, it’s the culture and the people I admire most. The way they cherish moments together and put down their phones and make every day moments beautiful, that’s what I long for.
My favorite holiday is the 4th of July and it just so happens to be situated between both of our birthdays. It will be summery, beautiful and sunny in Paris and it seems like an ideal time to take a trip we will remember forever.
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While I spent my weekend Googling things to do in Paris over July 4th, I found the Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann. An American independence holiday may not seem like a celebration in Paris, but it is at the #galerieslafayette. With the abundance of amazing eats available, Zach wouldn’t mind my shopping quite as much. But seriously, look at the amazing editorials… swoon.
It fuses high fashion and gourmet food which sounds like my version of French heaven! Plus I found out that if you can coordinate your stop here to happen on a Friday, they always have a free fashion show (move over, Anna Wintour). Plus, the views from The Galeries are insane. They have a terrace where you can admire the Eiffel Tower, Montamarte and the Paris Skyline from afar. It was built in 1908, which is modern relative to many buildings in the city. But to Americans, it radiates historic charm and hosts a whole bunch of my favorite designers, like Emilio Pucci and Erdem. Not to mention right now, they are giving two free Seine tour tickets with a minimum in-store purchase*, *see details on site –Haussmann.galerieslafayette.
What are some unexpected gems you’ve found while in Paris (or simply Googling it)? I’d love to hear.
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