this past week was probably my favorite week in Paris so far because my mom and two sisters were here visiting me! they arrived early monday morning where i met them at the Charles de Gaulle Aeroport and helped them take the train/metro back into the city to their hotel where we got lunch at the famous Cafe Flore. sadly, i did still have to attend my classes all week as midterms are starting, so they had some time monday afternoon and every other morning to spend on their own. monday night we had a great “classic” french dinner at a small brasserie near their hotel.
on tuesday i met up with them at the Musee d’Orsay after class, where we saw the famous impressionist art and ate lunch before heading to Le Bon Marché to do some shopping! after spending several hours wandering the department store, we had dinner at a cute restaurant called Les Cocottes, with lauren’s favorite cesear salad and where all the dishes are served in Staub cocotte dishes.
wednesday, after i went to the Petit Palais with my art history class, and mom & sisters did it at the same time, we went to l’Orangerie to see all of Monet’s water lily paintings, which are amazing in real life. then we went to lunch at Fauchon, a famous bakery near Le Madeline, which just happens to be right near the other major department stores Printemps and Galleries Lafayette, which thankfully saved us from the rain for a few hours! wednesday night we had dinner at Willi’s Wine Bar, mom was not happy about the long walk in the rain, but the food and wine was “almost worth it!”
thursday morning the girls all went to the Rodin museum and Eiffel Tower while i was in class. i met up with them at the Eiffel Tower and we went to lunch at Angelina followed by their famous, delicious hot chocolate and mont blanc dessert! we then wandered up and down rue Saint Honoré admiring all the pretty designer stores. for dinner we went to the famous Relais de L’entrecote, where they only serve steak frites, ally was a great sport and went so mom & lauren could try it!
friday morning i went to see the movie “Intouchables” with my french class. it is a french film that came out in November, and quickly became the second largest film in France. it got questionable reviews in America, many critics saw it as racist, but the film (from what i understood (in France they do happen to show french movies in french without english subtitles)) it was really good and funny! after the movie i met up with the girls as they had just gone to Notre Dame and gotten ice cream at Berthillon on Ile Saint Louis. we met in one of my favorite areas, Le Marais, and got my favorite falafel for lunch! we wandered around the neighborhood for a bit after lunch, then went up to Montmarte to see Sacre Coeur. we ended the day with dinner at a creperie near the hotel with my friends jackie and nathan!
saturday was their last day in paris! we made the trek up to the famous market Les Puces at Porte de Clingancourt, which was neat to see and wander around for a bit. We then went back into the city and got lunch on the roof of Printemps before doing a bit of last minute shopping. we got pre-dinner drinks at Les Deux Magots, the competitor to Cafe Fleur, had a delicious dinner at a cute restaurant called l’Ardoise, and had amazing after-dinner drinks at Bar Hemingway @ the Ritz! It was the perfect end to the day, especially as we saw the Eiffel Tower sparkle when the clock struck 12, aka the quintessential midnight in paris!
it was a truly amazing and fun-filled week with my family, though we wish dad could have been here with us to enjoy it! we walke a lot, ate a lot, and shopped a lot, but now it is back to reality (school) for me, with midterms starting this week! but thankfully i have a quick trip to normandy this weekend to look forward! until next time…xoxo