Brittany, did you really just reference an Olsen twins movie with that blog title?
Why, yes, I did! Thank you for noticing!
I figured it couldn’t be more appropriate, given how many times we exclaimed, “That’s where Mary Kate and Ashley lived in Passport to Paris!”
Did we actually see where they lived? Debatable.
Did we think we saw where they lived? Absolutely!
I planned this trip before we moved to Europe. It was at our Bon Voyage party that my two friends, Ellie and Felicity, said they wanted to do a trip to Paris and we should all go together. At first I thought it was just one of those things that people say at a party, but wasn’t actually going to happen. Lo and behold, plans came together, tickets were purchased and fights were booked. These girls meant business!
This was supposed to be my first trip to Paris.
But when the opportunity to shoot for The Darling Detail came up, I couldn’t say no! My first trip to Paris ended up being a whirlwind of wonderfulness! (Read more about that here) the only downside was the time, or lack thereof. I really only had 24 hrs in Paris my first go-round and we saw SO much.
But, as I’m sure you’ll agree, sometimes you want to soak in the culture and spend a little more time wandering.
Of course as luck would have it, my husband ended up going on a business trip back to the states for 6 weeks. The timing was challenging because he came back and then I left for Paris the next day.
It was bittersweet to say the least.
I felt so guilty.
I started to worry, “What will people think?! He just got back and then I leave?!” How silly is that?! I was going to cancel a trip that had been in the works for months, all because I was worried about how it would look to the outside world?! Thankfully, my husband is the calm to my storm. He couldn’t cancel his business trip, why should I cancel mine?
And as much as this trip was for being a tourist, it was also work. Instead of a clumsy rush to click a photo, I was patient. Sometimes that meant waiting a few minutes for a busy room to clear, other times it meant being a bit late to rejoin our tour group.
Each time I come to France, I find another reason to love it. This country ignites my creativity in a way that no other place has!
Our first day was a bicycle tour of Versailles. I am not a tour person, so I was VERY skeptical…but that bike tour ended up being my FAVORITE part of our trip!
There is something so perfect about riding down wet cobblestone streets, getting caught in rainstorms, and spending way too much time laughing. Part of our tour had us stopping at a farmer’s market to pick up necessities for a picnic lunch. I bought the most amazing cherry tomatoes, a baguette, some sausage, grapes, and cheese. The perfect Parisian picnic!
Oh and I bought a stick of French butter to take home with me.
Who buys butter as their souvenir from Paris? This girl.
We went to the top of the Eiffel Tower. We wandered along the streets near the Louvre. We stopped in any cafe we could find that had wifi! I may have ordered bubble tea to be delivered to our apartment… (thanks UberEats!) We saw Sacre Coeur and a tiny bit of Montmartre. We went to the Christmas Market on the Champs-Élysées. We walked more than I thought possible!
On our last day I had to stop at the iconic E. Dehillerin, where the Barefoot Contessa shops when in Paris. I managed to keep my spending to a minimum and came out with a rolling pin, two wooden spoons, and kitchen tongs.
It was a magical trip that was WAY too short. Traveling with Ellie and Felicity made me feel like I was in college again! These girls have the sweetest spirits and kindest hearts. I’m so thankful for their friendship! Ellie planned most of our trip and she really should be a travel agent, cause she knocked it out of the park! I cannot wait for the two of them to come back to Europe so we can go on another adventure!