August 7, 2015

Bonjour Paris! (pt. 3)

In case you thought I had given up on completing our recap of our Paris trip this spring, think again!! I may be covered in paint and still unpacking boxes at our new house (hence the delayed posts), but even if it takes me until Christmas, I’m going to finish my Paris series come hell or high water. So let’s jump back in! In case you missed parts one and two, get caught up and prepare for the next installment…
Again with the doors, I just can’t get over how beautiful they are!!On Sunday morning, we took the metro over to grab brunch at a place right by the Louvre called Le Fumoir. The spot was actually the recommendation of our sweet new Parisienne pal Sibylle, and not only was the brunch one of the best I’ve ever had (the Eggs Benedict were unreal!) but we got to pick her brain and ask her all our questions about Paris life and culture. My biggest question was, “Where are all the blondes??” It took us a few days to realize that we hadn’t seen one blonde Parisian yet and I could count them on one hand by the end of the trip. Sibylle said that the blondes have been weeded out by cross-cultural breeding over the years (although a few can still be found up near the north of France). Who knew the days of Brigitte Bardots in Paris have come and gone?Once we finished our brunch in a distinctively Parisian manner (i.e. at our leisure) we strolled over to start our day of museum hopping and enjoyed the stunning courtyard of the Louvre for a bit. The weather and architecture was beautiful and it would almost be enough to just hang out outside the museum, but eventually we wandered inside too.The Louvre was giant and formidable, and yes, we did see the Mona Lisa. I didn’t want to fight the notorious crowds just to see her, but the exhibit wing I wanted to see was nearby so I thought we might as well. It wasn’t as much of a zoo as I thought it would be near the painting, so I was glad that we stopped in for a peak. Her eyes do totally follow you around the room, definitely tested that one out…After giving our regards to M. Lisa, we made our way over to the second most famous museum in Paris, the Musée d’Orsay. I was actually more excited to go to this museum than the Louvre because my sister had told me that it was her favorite stop of the two and we usually have similar taste in art. She was totally right and it had so many of my favorite painters and periods of art (Monet, Manet, Van Gogh, Renior, Degas) that it felt like I was seeing a celebrity around every corner. This, my friends, is where art majors go to FREAK OUT. View from the museum—so beautiful!After the museums closed, we raced back to the flat, changed our clothes and headed out for our “fancy dinner” night of the trip. I had bought this feather skirt to wear on the trip and I was so excited about it that I could hardly wait for that night. If you can’t wear a skirt made of feathers in Paris, where can you wear it? I kept the color choices classic Parisian (i.e. all black) to complete the look, but topped off the bag with the Hermes scarf my Mom found thrifting (for under a dollar mind you!!!!!). I was sitting next to a lady with a Birkin bag at the bar, so I felt so happy to have a bit of couture with me as well.

I know there are so many amazing restaurants in Paris, but I wanted to pick just one for our special dress-up dinner and our flat owner recommended Kong to us. I was a little hesitant to pick a Japanese/Parisian restaurant to be the culinary pinnacle of our France trip, but not only was it an amazing choice, we will for sure go back any time we are in Paris—it was to die for! The whole rooftop is made of glass and you can see the Seine from your table and watch the boats go by and people on the bridge. Make sure if you go to ask for the top floor when you make a reservation, I didn’t know to make that distinction when I called and they sat us on the lower floor that is not nearly as stunning. Thankfully we were able to change our table to the top floor but we had to kill an hour at the swanky bar in the meantime—no punishment there!

Apparently Kong was the restaurant featured in a Sex and the City scene when Carrie goes to Paris. I had no idea they shot that scene there until someone pointed that out on Instagram the next day! We sat about one table to the right of them in the scene, next to the glass…
Should have taken the “real camera” there to get better pictures, lesson learned!Just a few more days in Paris to cover so hang tight until my last Paris installment comes up soon. Until then, à bientôt!

xo. Laura

12 thoughts on “Bonjour Paris! (pt. 3)

  1. Regine Atwood

    beautiful pictures of your fabulous trip to Paris! Your outfits are on point, you really did fit in. What are the sandals you wore with the striped dress at the museums?

  2. Samantha

    Your skirt is AMAZING. I would have had a hard time waiting to wear it too!! Where did you get it?!

    Your pictures are so beautiful, Paris is magical.

  3. Alexandra

    I’d be really interested to know if you had any problems carrying your ‘real’ camera around with you? I always worry about damaging/losing it, or it getting stolen, so I often end up with very few photos!

    1. thebandwifeblog Post author

      I don’t usually take it for that reason, but I took the smallest purse I could that would still fit my camera so I could get the good shots. So glad I did!

      Laura 🙂


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