Hi there! How are you? I missed you! I missed this space! But oh, it felt so good to step back for two weeks and clear my mind and my eyes. I truly believe in the power of self-care on all fronts, and it felt like I was overdue on caring for my work-self. I’m so ready to get back to normal activity, and catch up.
While I was away, I traveled to Paris without the kids! I flew overnight and spent my time relaxing and working on a few fun things outside of this space. I also went there with this need to experience a new version of me (I just had a birthday!), and felt so incredibly inspired and moved by the end of my trip.
Here are a few photos of my trip below …
By chance, a few of my friends were visiting at the same time, so while I went alone, I also got to spend some time with friends.
Merci is a cute shop with linens, clothes, and tiny gifts and a used book cafe attached to it.
There were many parts of the trip that I truly loved, but sitting at a cafe and reading was my absolute favorite! I love how religious Parisians are when it comes to their espressos and outside dining. It felt like I could just walk around and land anywhere where I felt comfortable with reading and relaxing.
While I tend to stray from generally touristy things, I did see a few sites while I was there. Knowing that I didn’t do nearly everything leaves room to always go back and visit and experience more.
Typical New Yorker: I loved riding public transportation and pretending to be a local. Being able to get around and explore or live like a local is key for me.
This little cafe was my favorite! The homemade jam and Brioche! I’ll be doing a food piece soon with all my favorite food spots from the trip, so stay tuned!
The amount of fruit and flower stands around the city was insane! There were stands everywhere, so if you needed one or the other or both at any given moment, you’d be taken care of.
Everyone suggested that I shop for the kids at BONTON, and I am so happy they did! The store was beautifully designed and all the pieces were well-made. I love how french designers generally lean towards being gender neutral. After having Oak, I realized how important this is.
What a magical magical magical few days! It’s so crazy to me that most kids these days travel more than some people do in their lifetime. Next time I go, I want to bring the kids and experience all their favorite foods with them (croissant, fresh fruit, and yogurt lovers).
When I went to get my passport, the receptionist told me many Brooklynites don’t leave the country until their older, and I believe it. It often feels as if Brooklyn offers everything with every kind of person and experience, it’s hard to get up the courage to pick up and go.
When was the first time you left the country?