Paris Day 1, 2018:

Three years ago, knowing that Paris is one of my most favorite places in the world (thanks to a trip I took right after college graduation with my bestie),  Jordan surprised me with a trip back to the city of love.  This year’s trip marks our third year in a row going to Paris, and my fourth in total.  It’s our thing.  It’s our favorite place to go together.  And we’ve got it down to a near science (I’m directionally challenged but Jordan can navigate us completely around the city, almost without fail).  We eat delicious French food, drink rosé, shop and just be.  I love to travel, and since right before our honeymoon to Cambodia and Vietnam, I vowed to immerse myself in the culture of a foreign place and indulge in the food.  I’ve tried several kinds of paté, snake venom, jellyfish, sea urchin, morels (my absolute favorite kind of mushroom) and the list goes on.  Here’s what was on the docket for our Paris trip this year, day 1.  By the way, just writing this post is making me yearn for next year’s trip!

We took the redeye and landed at 8:00 AM.  By 10:30 AM we were at the hotel, bags unpacked and hit the streets running (only after grabbing a croissant on the go, that is).  We boutique hopped along Rue Saint-Honoré, a mix of some bigger names and smaller.  Gucci is my absolute favorite jewel box to step foot into, so that was a must.  Saint Laurent for the third year in a row now has been my brand of choice for a handbag.  Spring/Summer 2018 just looks soooo good right now (I ended up getting the front cracked leather black bag in the shot and am obsessed!).

Lunch, ahh lunch.  We like to wing it for most lunches and eat at a typical adorable Parisian café, sitting side by side at a tight little table, sipping rosé and having a late bite.  It’s hard not to notice the architecture in Paris.  It’s old world, stunning and full of history.  And don’t even get me started on the oversized doors, especially the Parisian blue ones.

Onto dinner.  My friend Taryn recommended we go to Verjus, a French omakase restaurant of the highest caliber.  We sat at 9:45 PM (which should you know is not even late in Paris, the restaurant started to fill up by 10:15 PM).  We were served 5 courses that included a sourdough bread course (salivating!) and the most decadent desserts.  The highlight for sure was the celery root and morel combination followed up with the chickpea and sweat pea crisps.  Hands down this was our favorite culinary experience of the trip.  The menu changes monthly and I can’t wait to see what next year’s will bring because we’re definitely going back!

Stay tuned for day 2’s recap coming up tomorrow!