Red Dress Day and Paris Takeaways

Our last full day in Paris was definitely one for the books. We had a list of sites to see and were determined to capture the perfect portraits of this amazing city before training off to London town. 

We began the day with baguettes at our favorite Boulangerie of our entire trip (slash life). Le Moulin de la Vierge is located right underneath the Sévres Lecourbe and serves up an array of breads, pastries and desserts. 

We made visiting our location of this 450 year old establishment quite the routine. It was such a wonderful rhythm to have and the PASTRIES...they were the best we have ever had (to date). Happily stuffed with our croissants aux amandes we took the metro to the world famous Arc de Triomphe for our first round of photos. 

The skies were the clear and the leaves were just beginning to change into their autumnal hues. We spent over an hour circling the Arch and stopping at each of it’s cross streets to stare or snap. The Arch itself is of course beautiful to see. The monument honors the soldiers who fought in the Revolutionary and Napoleanic Wars on behalf of France. The Arch is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from WWI. The molding and edifice are tastefully decorated and the flame above the tomb is always burning. 

One of my favorite aspects of the monument is the location itself. The Arch stands at the center of the Place Charles De Gaulle where 12 streets intersect in a large round-about circling the monument. We loved crossing the walkways to gaze down every Avenue, each having their own attraction and charm.  

We spent the later afternoon leisurely strolling down the Champs-élysées and popping in and out of the designer shops and galleries. After a walking tour of the worlds' finest (including a lengthy visit in Louis Vuitton) we discovered a vantage point high on my list of must-sees in Paris. 

The Trocadéro boasts one of the BEST views of the Eiffel Tower in all of Paris and is worth spending the hour or two to walk its' paths and stairwells. I added this hillside park to my list after seeing these gorgeous photos on the blog Margo & Me. With the perfect amount of diffuse light and with my bravery at its peak, I climbed a top the infamous photo ledge to capture the magic of this viewpoint. 

Trust me, my palms were sweating but it felt amazing to whirl and twirl in front of Paris' stunning vista. Even though I wanted to replicate the photos I had glimpsed online, Jeff and I were able to create our own lasting memories of this moment. Jeff has become the most consistent source of care and support with the blog. He helped lift me up that day, directed the shoot and laughed along with me as we realized that the perfect shot can't always be captured. He pushed me to live in the moment and embrace my uniqueness when I struggled to tell the tale. For me, that was the most romantic aspect of our week in Paris. 

GUSH. After we had our fill of photos (as if one could ever truly have their fill on Eiffel) we journeyed over to Cafe Le Bosquet for our last dinner date in the city. The sun was setting over Paris and the golden evening light made everything seem even more magical.

We went to the restaurant on a recommendation from a friend and I have to say both the food and the service were great. Naturally I had to have my beloved soup for my last meal in the city and Jeff treated himself to a lovely steak. We also popped for the house's best dessert spread and can I just say - I am always going to order dessert in Paris. We sipped our wine and swapped stories from the week, enjoying the last few drops of sun. 

One of my best friends, Sydney, encouraged me while abroad to make a mental list of "Takeaways" from each city. This was designed to help with the homesickness and draw a deeper appreciation for the cities we visited. For Paris, it was a pretty easy list to form. 

The attention to detail in every inch of the city made the entire experience so rich. To combine functionality with ornate presentations, be it a building, street corner or garment, was truly wonderful to witness. Looking up to the see the beauty and considering the thought that goes into each design inspired me to both create and draw more beauty in my surroundings. Cultivating a collection of beautiful spaces to rest, work or study is a new priority for me now. 

Paris inspired me to slow down and look more intentionally at my surroundings. It taught me to notice the intricate and appreciate the austere. Every brick in Paris was placed with the grander plan of a gorgeous facade. If you are going to create something of scale (or even a minor serving tray) do so with great detail and craftsmanship. Not only will you appreciate when you create something stunning, but so will onlookers for years to come. 

Stay Tuned for more posts from LONDON! Up on deck! 

xoxo

~ A ~