January 10, 2011

i dream of paris...

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One of my New Year's resolutions is to take a trip to Paris. About 10 years ago was my first (and only) trip to the City of Light and I've been in love ever since. I love the buildings, the food, the culture, the shopping, the food. Did I mention the food? I think I could easily live like a Parisian - I love escargot, foie gras, marcarons, wine (at any hour of the day), fashion, walking...isn't that the typical Parisian lifestyle? Karen and I have been talking about taking a girls trip there for as long as I can remember and we're hoping that this will be the year! To get us excited for our upcoming travel plans, we each decided to do posts on our dream Paris vacations....so here goes...

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1. Vintage inspired luggage - what better way to get your holiday started than by packing your valuables in beautiful luggage!

2. Chic and most importantly COMFORTABLE flats - The best way to get to know a city is by walking. But that doesn't mean you need to wear sneakers - these shoes are perfect for wandering aimlessly through the streets of Paris and you'll look cute doing it.

3. This bag is fabulous because you can use it day OR night. It's large enough to fit a camera, map, bottle of water and anything else you need to carry while you're doing tourist-y things during the day but pretty enough to bring with you for a night out on the town!

4. An outfit isn't complete without a great pair of sunglasses.

5. This dress looks so airy and comfortable - perfect for touring the city in. But can also be dressed up with some heels and jewelry for an evening out - multifunctional:)

6. I get cold very easily and am always freezing on planes! Wouldn't it be luxurious to have your own (gorgeous) throw to snuggle up in rather than using the plain, thin ones airlines provide?

7. I LOVE this dress. Very understated but so stylish. And you can't go wrong with stripes.

8. I think these shoes speak for themselves. So sparkly!

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There are a million things I want to do in Paris but I need to prioritize if I only have a week. Here are my top 5:

1. The Louvre: This is a given. Even if you aren't interested in viewing any of the exhibits, it's an experience just to see the glass pyramid. I remember feeling such awe walking up to it. Find more info about the musuem here.

2. What's better than sitting outside at a cafe, sipping a glass of wine and people watching? Not much. I plan to do this at least once a day while I'm in Paris.

3. Macarons: The first macaron I've ever had was from Laduree in London - which might also be the best macarons in the world. I've wanted to go to the Laduree shops in Paris ever since - to see where it all started. Macarons are all over the place in Paris - wouldn't it be fun to go on a little tasting tour?

4. Musee d'Orsay: Another beautiful museum in Paris - I definitely want to plan a visit since I didn't get a chance to go during my last trip. Find more info here.

5. Flea Markets: Paris is full of flea markets and Les Puces de Saint-Ouen is the most famous one of them all. It's located just outside of Paris in Porte de Clignancourt and is the largest antiques market in the world.

I'm not sure when this trip will actually happen, but I hope I can show you photos of me doing all these things, going to all these places before the year is over!

You can find Karen's version of her dream Paris vacation here.


Michelle said...

I really didn't enjoy my trip to Paris (I know, I know...) but I loved the Musee d'Orsay!!! Definitely one of the highlights of my European travels...

Karen said...

I love how we both prioritized the same activities for the trip without coordinating ahead of time. Museums, flea markets, macarons, wine. Not necessarily in that order.

LOVE LOVE LOVE both pairs of shoes! Maybe we can trade our pairs for a day while we're there...

eric said...

Sigh... I wish I was invited. I guess I just don't have stylish enough shoes and handbags to roll with you two.

Sary said...

michelle - maybe you should give paris another try and come with us!

karen - sharing shoes is not a bad idea...

eric - i think if you started wearing stylish shoes and handbags i would be a bit concerned...

Karen said...

Awwww, no pity parties, Eric. As we explained on New Year's Eve, there's no "invited" or "not invited" on this trip. Glittery mini-skirts and shoes are equal opportunity.

Amanda said...

I don't know if I would ever get past the macarons and wine. I have only been once too, and I would love to go back. I hope you get to go this year so that we can live vicariously.

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Nikki said...

I have been there! for only 3 days, and I feel that I have missed out on so much. That's mostly the reason why my citytrips are now 5 days or longer.I don't want to miss a thing anymore! =) x

Raving Fashionista said...

I'd LOVE to make it to Paris in the near future. The city just has this completely glamourous allure. I'm also in love with that flowy dress (#5). I love the airy style it's so chic and fabulous!

xo www.RavingFashionista.com

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