Hi! I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving and beginning of Hanukkah! And got to enjoy all your favorite dishes!
I’ve had the majority of this post written since before Thanksgiving, but with traveling and Thanksgiving and catching up/enjoying time with family, I never got it posted. And somehow it’s already the end of Monday, Dec 2. Which means were only 22 days out from Christmas and there are only 29 days until 2014! wow.
Anyways, I spent last week in Europe and totally just disappeared after recapping London. In continuation…
Did you know a flight from London to Paris is only an hour and fifteen minutes?
I had never thought about just how close the two cities were to one another until the pilot announced that we were about to begin our decent about 30 minutes into our flight. That was a short and easy one after the 8.5 hours to London the day before.
Our days in Paris are fairly laid back and we don’t typically make plans until the day of or, if we’re feeling extra ambitious, the night before. So after arriving at our hotel and settling in a bit, we picked up some sandwiches from Eric Kayser to nibble on as we explored the area nearby. We eventually happened upon the Louis Vuitton L’Aventure Pop Up Shop on Avenue Montaigne where they were sharing the art of packing (aka – how to pack smart), which is apparently the founders original claim to fame. Then we ended our day with a warm meal of steak and frites at Le Relais de l’Entrecôte, a favorite from our last visit. My family loves french fries (and steak) so this was a perfect meal.
Day two included the only thing we had really decided to do before the trip began. A visit to Montmarte. I thought it would be fun to take my family to Sacré Cœur in Montmarte for a change in scenery. It’s also only a few blocks from the famous Moulin Rouge. Montmarte ended up being a nice place to visit since it was a Sunday and almost everything else we would want to do would be closed with the exception of the Jewish quarter/Le Marais where we went last year. I would’ve really loved a falafel from L’As Du Fallafel, but I was holding out for dinner. We spent the brisk wintery afternoon just strolling the streets, before heading back to our hotel for a brief rest prior to heading back out to dinner. We had dinner reservations at Le Bar À Huîtres, where my mom, sister, and I went seafood happy by ordering a giant platter to share. The platter included crab, lobster, shrimp, oysters, clams, and a few other sea creatures I don’t know the name of. But I know my mom and sister, both huge seafood lovers, were in seafood heaven. And to end the night on a sweet note, a flaming creme brûlée was happily gobbled up.