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A Whirlwind Weekend in Paris – Part I

It was a last minute, whirlwind weekend in Paris, but hey, why not? I may have said that I wasn’t initially going to go, but in the end I did and well, maybe I’m crazy!! But really, I also decided I’d go because once your friends start to leave, those weekends where everyone is together are rare! And what a better place for a mini reunion than in Paris? Plus the fact that my birthday was coming up was another good excuse, if any, to go!A Whirlwind Weekend in Paris

Ana, Rafael (her boyfriend) and I flew out on Thurs night, well, technically Friday morning at 2:20am. We went via Doha, Qatar but our layover there was short and sweet and we finally landed into Paris around 2pm local time. By the time we got to our hotel, it was close to 4pm and we decided we would freshen up quickly before meeting up with Rose at Galleries Lafayette.A Whirlwind Weekend in Paris A Whirlwind Weekend in Paris A Whirlwind Weekend in ParisBy the time Rose arrived, we were famished.  We thought that maybe we’d sit down somewhere inside the Galleries Lafayette but to be honest, nothing caught our fancy – except for all the beautiful clothes and accessories. Sigh. I so wish I had had the time to shop in Paris. Next time?!?!A Whirlwind Weekend in ParisSo we decided to head up to Rose’s flat and check out her hood.  We ended up at a brasserie not far from the Moulin Rouge while we waited for her hubby and my cousin to get off work. I absolutely adore brasseries in Paris; sit down outside and just people watch! Plus the food is always amazing! A Whirlwind Weekend in ParisA Whirlwind Weekend in ParisWe ended up staying there for a few good hours catching up and just marveling at the fact that a) we were all together again but b) we were in Paris! Eeeek! It was totally refreshing being in new surroundings and being back in civilization. Ha.A Whirlwind Weekend in Paris A Whirlwind Weekend in ParisAfter our snacks at the brasserie, Ana really wanted to go eat steak frites so we headed to Le Relais d’Entrecôte, because when in Paris.. Well, turns out the one we went to was closed, because August!! If you’re ever planning on going to Paris try to avoid the month of August because a lot of places are closed for their holidays!! But another one of their locations were open, so we booked another taxi and off we went. This time, we got a table and we eagerly awaited our dinner. The thing with this restaurant is that they only serve one thing – steak frites. But they do have an extensive dessert menu!A Whirlwind Weekend in Paris A Whirlwind Weekend in ParisWith our bellies thoroughly full and happy, we pondered our next move. My cousin has lived in Paris for the past 8 years, so he suggested we head to Sherry Butt for some cocktails. Around this time, Bhavesh and Ted had just arrived in Paris from London, so we told them to meet us there.A Whirlwind Weekend in Paris A Whirlwind Weekend in ParisYou guys, Sherry Butt is a super cool cocktail bar in the 4th arrondissement in Saint-Germain and bordering with Bastille (map below). Definitely recommend you go if you happen to be in Paris – and happens to have been voted one of the 50 Best Bars in the World.

I can’t even tell you how amazing it was to be reunited with Ted and Bhavesh. Ted moved out to London back in March, so it had been 5 months since I had seen him. Don’t you love it when you see your friends again and it’s like nothing has changed? <3 Love those boys soo much!!

Our Friday night in Paris wasn’t anything crazy. We were definitely all massively exhausted but staying up just because. But we threw in the towel at past 1 am and I headed back to the hotel and passed out. I think we all did really well that night!

I’ll be back with more on Paris. I contemplated doing it all in one post but then it would be as long as the Iliad and just no! I also owe you guys posts on the rest of my Luang Prabang trip. Walao! 😉

Hope everyone had an amazing Labor Day weekend!

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  • Jen

    Oh my! I am so glad you were able to celebrate in paris. It is definitely on my bucket list of places that I want to visit. You and your friends are adorable! 🙂

  • Oh man, this post makes me want to go back to Paris right now! It’s just so beautiful, and I totally agree that you can’t beat eating in a brassiere or a cafe! It’s just so Parisian!

  • Natasha N

    I was thinking about your trip yesterday evening when I saw some planes coming in while on a walk. Living in Hawaii has made me so sick of long flights! But it’s also made me realize that everything on the Mainland is so “close” by plane if you’re already on the Mainland, and that Europe is actually pretty close to the East Coast. Anyway, glad it looks like you had an awesome trip!

  • Jealous!!

  • Paris! We’re going tomorrow and I can’t wait … I’m struggling with what to pack because nothing fits and maternity stores are lacking in Slovenia. But the weather looks like Fall, so leggings and dresses it is. Looks like you had a great time! MUAHHHHHHHHHH, hope you’re doing well!

  • How fun! I’d love to be in Paris. Such a lovely city!

  • Sometimes those quick and spontaneous trips are the most memorable! Paris seems so dreamy. Great photos!

  • sileas

    Ah spontaneous trips are the best! Looks like you had a blast!

  • Ahh this makes me want a spontaneous trip! Looks like you had a wonderful time!

  • 1) You are cute as a button! 2) I am sooo jealous and wish I was taking spontaneous trip to Paris! 3) The food! Omg it all looks sooooo good!

  • I still haven’t been to Paris, but everything about this post is magical!!! I just love following your adventures, and oh my gosh, that soup…divine! Send to me 😉

  • I want to go on a Paris city break too! Haven’t been there for ages and I don’t really remember anything from the city, except for the food…Would go just for the steak frites in your photos!

  • Well shoot, now I want a whirlwind weekend in Paris. 😉 This looks amazing.