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Musee D’Orsay

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My first trip to Paris was in 2003 I had terrible bronchitis and it was Valentines Day. Nothing was going to stop me from seeing the city. I sat on the top of the double decker bus camera in hand and enjoyed every freezing moment. When I was in High School my French teacher did a lesson on French Impressionism. We had to identify all the artists by their brush strokes. I was so excited to see all the paintings I had studied in school. This was my first trip to the Musee D’Orsay and I was in love. I keep returning and discovering new parts to this beautiful museum. Its by far one of my top picks and a great rainy day activity. What’s your favorite museum in Paris?

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Rose All Day

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Chicago finally feels like Summer. It has taken a while. It was just two weeks ago in the middle of May where I needed gloves on the weekend. I caught up with friends over Rose and cheese last night. While I am getting ready for LA I picked up these sunglasses from JCrew over the weekend. So excited to finally wear them! These strawberries paired perfectly with our Rose and cheese. I can’t wait for more nights like these.

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I am in love with these Anthropologie bowls and use them every chance I get. They come in every color and I collect them. Does anyone else have these? Plus they are super inexpensive.

 

A little update on what I have been up to

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When I first moved back to Chicago and finally had my own place the ideas kept coming to me like crazy. I finally felt creative for the first time in a while. I still wanted to travel but decided to take things to a different level. I have been active on Instagram for a while now and wanted to create content for hotel groups. If I wasn’t renting an apartment for months at a time I had stay in hotels. So why not trade hotel stays for photographs? I had a few ideas of hotels I wanted to work with which I will get to in a different post because I dreamt it and then I actually made it happen. Its been a bit crazy!

In January I traveled to Paris for 6 nights and stayed with a group of hotels. Two nights in each property. So many people ask for hotel suggestions in Paris and I am working on putting together a list but here is the first one called Plaza Tour Eiffel The location is just around from the trocadero and you can catch the sunset or sunrise from this beautiful spot. I recommend sunrise since you won’t be bombarded with as many people. The room had a view of the eiffel tower and little balcony.

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I was welcomed with a box of the most beautiful and delicious macarons from Carette. They went quickly but you can’t blame me can you?!

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The most stunning rooftop views from the little terrace. The hotel is perfect situated by the metro and there is trocadero square to grab a coffee or lunch at one of the many cafes.

Lazy Weekend Mornings

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One more I forgot to add to the reading list! French style and this weekend has been filled with lots of coffee breaks. From my recent stay at the fabulous Grand Hotel du Palais Royal. Each room is stocked with books and it really makes it feel more like home.

Weekend Reading List

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I will admit its been a while since I have picked up a book. I have a growing amount of coffee table books that I have collected the past couple of months too. Here is a list of what I have on my reading list. If you have any favorite books please let me know I would love to take one to the beach when I am in California in a few weeks.

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Cracking the Code – This is a new business book I already bought for a friend and bought a copy for me too!

Big Magic – I loved Eat, Pray Love my Melissa Gilbert and everyone has been raving about Big Magic.

Paris Mon Amour – This has been on my list for a while now going back and forth between Paris. I love this book of beautiful Paris shots. Take it all in over a cup of coffee.

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – I have lived in my apartment for 8 months which is the longest I have lived anywhere in 8 years and I feel things I don’t need are collecting and crowding my space. I would love to get rid of a few things and make space in my apartment and mind. Has anyone read this book and given it a try?

 

 

Parisian Apartment – Haven in Paris

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My first apartment in Paris was Montmartre. Located in the 18th arrondissement it wasn’t the center of the city but Montmartre has a vibe of its own and its so boho chic. Its a little neighborhood different from the rest of the city. This will always be special to me as its where I spent so much of my time when I first moved to Paris. The area has changed over the years and there are finally a few places to get a good cup of coffee which makes it even better ūüėČ If you follow along on my instagram you know I like coffee..

I have stayed in 8 different apartments in Paris all over the city. I love seeing the inside of places and the views… Balconies are my favorite and when I saw that there were three balconies in the Haven in Paris apartment I stayed in a few weeks ago I was thrilled! The Montmartre Hideaway was just a few blocks away from my old apartment so I was already familiar with where to get my baguette, grocery shop and coffee. The apartment was five flights up with no lift so I worked off my croissant before even arriving to the boulangerie.

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It rained just a few minutes after my arrival to the apartment and it was really beautiful to watch the rain fall from the windows. The rooftop view in Montmartre is unlike anything else in the city. The perks of staying in an apartment in Paris are the washer and dryer, full kitchen with an oven, and a lot more space. I will talk more about choosing one over the other in a follow up post.

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I am typically in a hurry for the light in the morning but I did take a day out to enjoy a breakfast on the balcony because I had to enjoy the view. I grabbed these delicious strawberries at the market down the street. I swear strawberries taste better in France than anywhere else…

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This view from the bedroom was incredible and so wonderful to wake up to in the morning. There were curtains to block out the light but I made sure to sleep with the windows open to catch the morning light and the fresh breeze.

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The apartment I stayed in is available here through Haven in Paris 

 

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