Paris was something like a dream. For reals. I think I was still jet lagged and sleep walking half the trip. Luckily, my internal clock was ticking in my favor however, and I was waking at 6:30am every morning with an itch to adventure!
Every morning Jose and I made a ritual of going to the same Parisian cafe for fresh-squeezed orange juice and espresso. We tried to skip the chocolate croissant more often than not, but woe is me… When in Paris 😉
Doesn’t Jose look darling here? One of my new favorite shots of my handsome bae.
The itinerary for this day was: Visit the Louvre. Jose was dying to see the Mona Lisa (which is very tiny and looks like all the posters btw) and I wanted to see what all the fuss was about. The Louvre is world famous and I’d never seen a real, true castle before.
What I can say about the Louvre is that it will not disappoint. At one point I thought we were seeing the front of the castle (I can hear the french laughing at me still) when I turned another corner and my jaw dropped. There was at least another mile of castle unfolding before me- towards the famous Eiffel Tower no less.
While the exterior left me in major awe, I found myself stunned by the insane and otherworldly collections of art inside the Louvre. We only spent about 4 hours there, but when you are consuming heavy, historical art like that, it can be kind of emotionally exhausting so we called it a day. I wish we’d had another day or two to wander the rest of the halls and exhibits.
The painting above cracked me up. I definitely think the brother on the left was the one with a sense of humor 😉
You’ll see me wearing a very french ensemble whilst taking a selfie with what has been deemed “The Selfie Statue”. This was day 3 or 4, so by now I’ve adopted the proper street shoes and denim look that most girls sport throughout the city. The shoes are a Paris purchase from Lacoste in the Louvre shopping center. I also bought the cashmere scarf here. Smaller scarves like this are essential since you’re going in and out of cover all day and need quick layers that won’t bulk up quickly. Thanks goodness for that shopping mall. It’s HUGE and carries several good brands like Lacoste, Dior & Dolce and Gabbana. (Obviously I made my purchases within my budget, haha).
My chic, cream moto jacket however… Now this brand, I am proud to say, I discovered in the US despite the very french name, J’amy Tarr. (The designer is originally from Seattle but works out of San Francisco now.) It’s a good thing I packed this little number too, because despite the bright sunshine seen here it was blustering cold out!
I was excited to have something warm and fashionable packed, which meant one less purchase. This little Moto jacket is deceptively warm for it’s tiny, fitted apprearance. Each of these jackets are created to be timeless and classic yet still modern, which provides versatility and longevity to each piece. And I’ll add warmth to boot.
This trip was a mind blowing experience. I’m so blessed and loved by wonderful partner, Jose, who spoiled me with this once in a lifetime opportunity- to see Paris for the first time.