Hang in here with me for a moment while I take a break from the usual to share a quick personal note. I promise this post is going to relate back to interiors (sort of). I was fortunate enough to take a recent trip to Paris over spring break with my two young daughters. My husband had to stay behind, so a friend of mine joined us and it instantly became a girls trip. We based the trip around a visit with my parents — Francophiles who spend a month or two each year in France. I aspire to be as lucky when I’m retired some day!

It was truly an amazing trip full of culture, adventure, delicious foods and just the type travel I’ve been wanting to expose my kids to for a while. Growing up, my parents traveled to Europe quite a lot and I was lucky enough to go with them on a few occasions, however I’ve been procrastinating on taking my own family for all the usual reasons. It never seemed like the right time for work or school or spending, etc, but I finally decided it was time to take the leap and I couldn’t be more happy that we did.  Not only am I grateful for the memories my girls and I will have forever of seeing the magic of the Eiffel Tower at night with Grandpa and Grandma, but also I find travel is so great for renewing creativity and spirit. The entire time we were there I felt like my head was on a swivel! So many beautiful things to draw inspiration from – from the architecture to the beautiful shop windows, the museums and the adorable cafes and patisseries on every corner. I mean come on, the pastries alone are tiny works of art!

We certainly made good on our promise to eat our way through the city and so we could’t resist visiting some of Paris’ most famous cafes. This little sign outside one of the creperies cracked me up.

La Maison Rose, or the pink cafe as my teen age daughter calls it, is up on the hill in Montmartre. It’s definitely an Instagram hot spot (and is why she requested we go there, duh). We stopped for a quick bite and at least a dozen people posed to have their picture taken in front. You can see why… it’s adorably picturesque.

Another don’t-miss spot is Angelina, famous for their very rich hot chocolate and pastry.
We couldn’t leave with out stopping for lunch in our neighborhood at Cafe de Flore, the classic left-bank cafe perfect for people watching and aperitifs. It’s famous for it’s clientele which in it’s past included famous writers and philosophers.
I think the most delicious thing I ate was a simple strawberry tart from Bread & Roses. Don’t be fooled by the name because this place is legitimately french!
Sadly, I didn’t get a photo of the actual tart before it was gone.
You can find macarons on almost every corner, but Laduree is one of the prettiest places to find them, inside and out.
And speaking of inside… (see told you I’d bring it back to interiors.) I love the way the French juxtapose the old with the new. It really speaks to my philosophy of design. Think beautiful old Parisian apartments filled with character, blended with both classic and modern furnishings, fixtures and art. Tres bien!
Of course along with the visiting the museums and monuments, we did our part to shop as much as we could too and didn’t miss the chance to visit the Paris flea market, officially called Les Puces de Saint-Ouen which is the largest of its kind in the world and brimming with vintage and antique treasures. Needless to say for someone like me it was a little slice of heaven, and frankly a little overwhelming! I actually thought my head would explode since there was so much to see, but in the end I left satisfied with one precious little painting that will remind me of our trip every time I look at it.
Speaking of shopping…
This is the tiny Astier de Villatte shop. I wanted one of everything.
I splurged on a candle from Trudon, said to be the oldest supplier of candles in the world and supplier to the royal courts of Marie-Antoinette and Louis XIV,

And now I’m back to reality, experiencing baguette withdrawel symptoms. A bientot! SaveSave

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