I won't even say how many times I've been back here. I can't help it. It's fantastically wonderful!
This time it was to celebrate a very important milestone for two of my very good friends who feel the same way I do about Paris.
My buddies Scott and Milo were both turning 50 and we couldn't think of a better excuse to be in Paris than to celebrate their birthdays in our favorite city.
We found the perfect apartment in the perfect neighborhood through VRBO. Never again will I stay in a hotel in Paris when you can stay in a beautiful 17th-century carriage house in the heart of the Marais.
What made this trip even better was that I had a friend who is literally commuting from Paris to San Diego for work and it happened to be perfect timing. Justin was going to be in Paris the same time we were.
Even better, their apartment was a 5 minute walk from where we were staying.
Justin and Casey Chiotti sold all their worldly possessions last year to fulfill a dream of living in Paris while Casey builds her career of becoming a writer. This was the perfect move for the two of them and I will admit that they are living my fantasy life.
I'm so excited for them!
Great job Scott and thank you.
Le Colimacon was our first nights restaurant. A+!
If you're in the Marais district, you MUST eat here. Holy Moly, so great!
Food treasures and wine packed into our backpacks, we headed towards the Seine.
Walking into such a beautiful restaurant with such an interesting history really makes you take in every detail of the room that you wouldn't normally do. I was thinking "Did Hemingway sit where I'm sitting now?" "Did Paul Verlain have a cocktail at that bar?" "Who's Paul Verlain?"
BEST RUN EVER!
Justin went over the top by buying Fine de Claire Oysters where Hemingway bought them at the Marche Mouffetard as described in A Moveable Feast, shucking them himself and pairing it with a beautiful Pouilly Fuisse. I was silly with excitement and probably a bit annoying.
Couldn't get any better!
This is a beautiful 17th century chateau that Versailles was inspired by and has had some shocking major historical events. The gardens are some of the most perfect and spectacular in all of France. They are actually called a masterpiece. The next time I'm here in summer I'll make sure I stroll through these gardens in the evening when they have thousands of candles lit and classical music playing.
Can you imagine???
Pay the couple of extra Euros to climb up here and get a better view of the grounds.
We did the Bateaux-Mouches Cruise and it's well worth the money and the food was above our expectations.
Give it a try!
Can you see the bit of naughtiness in this door?
It was probably my fault for not researching or planning enough. I had visions of walking through vineyards and roaming from one tasting room to the next. You just don't do that here. Reservations need to be made, english speaking tours need to be timed correctly and routes need to be thought out in advance to make the most of your time here. It didn't give us enough time to get a real appreciation of the town and all it has to offer. We were able to take a taxi from the train station over to Tattinger where they have impressive caves and a very sterile tasting room. We opted to do the cave tour (Chalk Cellars) because of the amazing history associated with this house and paid for the very expensive tasting that would allow us to taste 3 of their champagnes. It was a great experience I just wish we had time to compare other Champagne houses to it.
The town of Reims looked beautiful and quaint and an afternoon wasn't nearly enough time to explore and get lost.
I highly recommend that if you take a day trip from Paris, skip Versailles where you will be competing for walking space among thousands of other tourists and go to Chablis.
When you do, the only and best way to see it is with Franck through Chablis Vititours.
Franck gave us the most fantastic adventure and wine tasting experience.
Franck picked us up at the train station, drove us through the heart of 4 very distinct appellations and fascinated us all day long with his knowledge and humor.
We spent the entire day with Franck. There is no better way to taste the best Chablis and sparkling wines that the region has to offer than with him.
Francks Facebook page.
It's everything you imagine a small quaint French village to be.
I was in a photographers heaven!
Bailly Lapierre makes remarkable sparkling wines and will have you saying "wow" over and over again as you walk into this massive cave.
Yes, we did sit in restaurants flipping through it's pages, looking up French words and phrases so that we wouldn't miss something wonderful.
Oh how I love getting lost.