We visited the City of Lights to celebrate my 30th Birthday and our 5th Wedding anniversary. The trip was short (if you haven't noticed, that is our modus operandi) but luxe. We had amazing weather. We stayed in a gorgeous hotel. The whole experience was a dream. We were right in the middle of renovating at the time and stress levels were INCREDIBLY high so it was a great respite from dealing with permits and contractors and sewer pipes and joint compound.
Without further ado, lets get to the photos.
We stayed at the Four Seasons which is an absolute dream hotel. I've been lucky enough to stay in 2 other Four Season hotels but nothing compares to this particular one. We got there early in the day before regular check in time. Instead of making us wait in the lobby like most hotels do, this place whisks you off to a "relaxation room" that has soft feathery beds and candles burning for you to chill out in. Impressive.
The murals on the walls alone made me swoon! As soon as the bellhop left us alone, we were oohing and ahhing over everything - acting like a couple of kids in a candy store. Not long afterward there was a knock on the door. We quickly composed ourselves to act like we were used to all of this luxury everyday and let them show us to our room. It was huge!! These photos don't do this room justice b/c it looks a little bit grandma here but it really was lovely. Perfectly french, at least from a tourist perspective.
Waiting for us on the coffee table was a little surprise from the conceirge. Let me tell you this was the most out of this world pastry I've ever had. We practically ate the plate. I have no idea what you'd call this but it’s a good thing its thousands of miles from me or you'd have to wheel me around in a handtruck.
On a weird note, I'm not quite sure why but there was a photograph of Audrey Hepburn on the nighstand.
Hey, I like Ms. Audrey as much as the next person but I don't need her to be staring at me while I sleep. Is this some strange misconception that the French have about people from other countries? Not that I'm complaining - at least I wasn't in the Jerry Lewis suite.
Ok, I know you're thinking 'Enough about the hotel already!! Go outside!" Righto! So off we went to see the sights.
I don't remember the exact order of how we saw everything but we did a city tour to get the lay of the land.
We went to the sprawling Clingacourt flea market at the city's edge and found the sconces for our dining room
Had lots of good coffee
We lucked out and stumbled upon a food festival in Montmarte.
Had a weird redition of me done by a street artist
Took the metro all around
Did a lot of walking and window shopping. Also got yelled at a lot for taking photos where I'm not supposed to
On my birthday proper, we got dressed up and had an extremely overhyped meal.
On our final night, took a late night stroll over to see the lights of the tower. I know its cheesy but I have a soft spot for sparkly!
Our last stop before heading to the airport was Versailles. The crowds were much larger than I imagined but it certainly lives up to its reputation.
And then poof, our fabulous trip was over. We had to say goodbye to our lovely room as well as my 20s. Sniff, sniff.
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