My grandmother’s 80th birthday was April 1st. My best friend’s birthday was April 2nd. My mother’s birthday was April 3rd. So obviously we had to go to Paris. This was the exact conversation we all had in my grandma’s house when the idea to go to Paris was born. My friend Shilo and I had already talked about making a work/travel trip to Europe happen. She’s a musician and she wanted to book a European tour, but didn’t want to do it alone. And I’ve always wanted to go back to Europe, since the last time I was here was 5 years ago when I studied abroad in London. So we brought up the idea and my family jumped on board. (They’re cool like that.)
The last time I was in Paris I was 20 years old, I was severely depressed (I have major S.A.D.), and I came with my friend Britt – who studied abroad with me – and we met my mom there. Paris was beautiful and romantic and I swore to myself that the next time I came to Paris it would NOT be with my mother. lol. Never say never.
So the full gang on this trip included my mother, my grandmother, my sister, and my friend Shilo. There were lots of birthday celebrations and bag sandwiches involved. I love all the women in my family oh so deeply, but I will repeat to myself – NEXT TIME I GO TO PARIS IT WILL NOT BE WITH MY FAMILY.
Anywhoo, let’s talk about the amazing things that did happen – like the places I ate that made my mind explode with joy. First and foremost, if you’re into the health food thing like I am go to Wild and the Moon. I drank a blueberry lavender latte and ate a Japanese bowl exploding with flavor, plus some overnight oat situation that blew my mind. Just go there and revel in the beauty and the health. (You may have to fight for a table, but it’s worth it.)
The second place I’d totally recommend is Holybelly. I talked about it a little in my Blackberry Coconut Brown Rice Pudding post yesterday. It’s run by some New Zealand ex-pats and the menu is killer. Pancakes and black rice pudding and hashbrowns galore. Plus some really good coffee. You should get there early and prepare to WAIT for a table. But, again, worth it.
The other thing I put in my mouth that I 10/10 recommend was the caramelized hazelnut eclair from L’eclair de Genie. It might be one of the best (and most beautiful) desserts I’ve ever put in my mouth. You should just search out a shop and go buy a million. Eat one in honor of me.
Okay now let’s talk about what we did, besides eat, while in Paris. We obviously went to see the Eiffel Tower, although we didn’t climb it on this trip. I did climb it last time I was there and I’d say it’s a must do. The view is just so unreal and the amount of accomplishment you feel after that many stairs is so worth it.
We toured the Sainte Chapelle, which had some of the most beautiful stain glass I’ve ever seen. We went to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. We went on morning jogs by the Seine River. My mom and sister did a lot of shopping. Unfortunately on this trip I had do pass on seeing the Louvre for the second time, because I had some work to do. But I went last time I was in Paris and it’s both overwhelming and worth it.
The other thing I did while in Paris was (sort of) co write a song with Shilo, and then I filmed a little video for it. When I’m not writing things for Brewing Happiness, I write a lot of poetry and occasionally some song lyrics will slip into my head. However I’m not musical at all. So I passed the lines of a chorus onto her and she turned them into a hauntingly gorgeous song. I embedded the video in this post if you’re interested in watching.
So Paris was a lovely whirlwind of a week filled with food (mostly bread and cheese) and laughs and art and deep conversations by the Seine River. Since Paris I have been to four other countries. (I’ll fill you in on those adventures later.) For now I’ll just say, I will absolutely find a third time to go to Paris in my life, but next time I most definitely won’t be with my family. haha. xoxo.