Wow! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted, and we have a lot to catch up on. This month, I had an incredible opportunity to travel to Europe for my job, and I was fortunate enough to travel to Paris a few days early for vacation. (If you’re interested, you can read about my work experiences here.)
I’ve traveled in the South of France, but this was my first time to Paris. I’ve been daydreaming about a Parisian vacation for years, and it was absolutely everything I imagined and more. Paris is divided into 20 districts, or arrondissements. I stayed in the 6th in the Saint Germain area, which is an area that is very quintessential Paris. Characterized by its beautiful buildings, narrow streets, charming shops and corner pâtisseries, Saint Germain is one of the most beautiful areas in the city.
While I was in Paris, I obviously visited some of the must-see sights (the Eiffel, the Louvre, Notre Dame), and they were very incredible. But more than anything, I wanted to spend some time leisurely strolling around the city, exploring shops, visiting cafes and sampling as many different kinds of macarons as humanely possible.
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Like any reasonable blogger, I also had a Parisian mission of spending some time at the best department stores Paris has to offer (La Bon Marche & Colette), as well as the original Chanel atelier on 31 Rue Cambon.
By coincidence, I happened to be in Paris during Paris Fashion Week. While I was extremely envious of everyone attending the shows, (maybe someday DakotaChic will become an international sensation) I spent some time at the Café del Flore and Hôtel Costes sipping champagne and observing the fashion of numerous models and bloggers .
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I’d be remiss if I didn’t include a mention of all of the mouthwatering food. The bread, croissants, cheese, macarons, soufflés, crème brûlée, bordeaux, champagne, cafe au laits… the list goes on and on. It’s pretty safe to say that Paris was not very friendly for my #weddingdiet, but every morsel was absolutely worth it. (Except the beef tartare… that is one that I could’ve done without.)
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