Ahh, springtime in Paris. There was no better place to shake off the winter frost and spend a long weekend. My husband, Jeremy, and I packed our carry-on bags, and “Au Revoir” we were off.
The city was beautiful and bustling. If you’ve been before, you know how the roads are dominated by whizzing scooters, honking taxis, and eager pedestrians, and this trip was no different. For five days, we ate, drank, and shopped our way around the City of Lights.
Our getaway started by checking into the 6th arr. boutique hotel, Relais Christine. A flourishing courtyard greets you from the street with royal red, blues, and greens adorning the common areas. The breakfast area is cozy and inviting, and the Guerlain Spa is a must! It truly feels like home on the Left Bank. I also stopped by the Ritz Paris and J.K Place and saw how special each property was.
It’s easy to get lost amongst the cobblestone streets, with vibrant cafes and specialty storefronts grabbing your attention. Each day, rain or shine was spent walking, talking, and gawking at the many places we passed. With our incredible tour guides, Antoinette and Eric from Antoinette Azzurro, by our side, it made those otherwise easily passable streets come to life. We conquered the Montmartre Village (18th arr.), learning about past artists, walking through the Sacre-Coeur, and grabbing gourmet goodies along the way. An afternoon city tour and half-day spent at the d’Orsay Museum were other great additions. Eric can show you the best view of the Eiffel Tower!
I could write a dissertation alone about all of the great food we had, but I’ll pair it down to our faves: Atlas, Maison Savauge, Le Corner Esprit St. Germain, La Maison d’Isabelle for award-winning chocolate eclairs, Breizh Café, and the biggest highlight of them all, Pierre Sang.
There’s really something for everyone to enjoy in Paris, whether it’s your first or 40th visit!