Paris Recap

Location: Paris

Hi everyone, I’m back from Paris with an overdue picture post! Simply put, my time there was amazing. This trip was quite a big deal for me because it was my first time out of the country ever and was my first big vacation with friends, not family. Without further adieu, here is my vacation recap, including some photos I haven’t shared on my Instagram. 🙂

closetluxedoesparis_2 This is a view of San Francisco you don’t see every day!

closetluxedoesparis_3 closetluxedoesparis_4 Taken on my first night in Paris at 10pm, as we walked along the Seine. I still can’t believe how bright it was at that time of night!

closetluxedoesparis_5Sundays are a true day of rest in France, so it was very quiet as we explored the area around our hotel on our first morning there. All stores were closed, so shopping was out of the question, and some restaurants were also closed, too. Keep that in mind if you are planning a visit.

closetluxedoesparis_8We didn’t go up to the top of the Eiffel Tower, but we did climb to the top of both Notre Dame and the Arc de Triumphe, as they both were included in our Paris Museum Pass. I highly recommend any first-time visitors get this pass, as it allows you to visit many of the top attractions in and around Paris (including Versailles) and skip many of the long entrance lines!

closetluxedoesparis_9 closetluxedoesparis_10 closetluxedoesparis_11This photo was taken at Les Jardins de Tuilleries, but I loved every garden I walked through. Each were so beautiful and peaceful, and very conducive to relaxing and people-watching. My friend and I went to a garden every afternoon and enjoyed a cup of coffee while we rested our tired feet.

closetluxedoesparis_12The Palais Garnier, otherwise known as the Paris Opéra, had stunning halls!

closetluxedoesparis_14 closetluxedoesparis_18My favorite meal has to be from Comptoir de la Gastronomie, where I had this delicious, mouthwatering foie gras ravioli dish with a truffle cream sauce.

closetluxedoesparis_19Everyone must go to Angelina and try their hot chocolate. I had heard from several of my friends that no place does it better, and they were right 🙂

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetI don’t think it’s possible to take a bad photograph in Paris, not when you have such picturesque facades such as this!

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closetluxedoesparis_6Fresh flowers were everywhere!

closetluxedoesparis_23 Processed with VSCOcam with m6 presetEnding the picture portion of this post on a highnote — Ladurée! But… I forgot to take a photo of my macarons before I ate them all. Oops!

Btw, it rains often in Paris, so if you’re planning a trip, definitely invest in a travel-friendly umbrella. I recommend the Knirps X1 because it is super tiny and lightweight, and comes with a case. The case is essential, because after your umbrella is drenched, you can stuff it into the holder, then toss it in your pocket or purse and not worry about getting anything wet. C’est parfait!

For all my food-loving readers, here are my favorite places I ate at:
Comme Chai Toi (the escargot was prepared differently than the traditional way, and it was delicious)
Comptoir de la Gastronomie (4 foie gras dishes to choose from)
Gambino (if you need a break from traditional French food, have some good Italian)
Angelina (great hot chocolate)
Ladurée (macarons, duh!)

If there is anything about Paris you’d like to know more about, just leave me a comment! 😀

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  • Reply Jen

    So beautiful!! I can’t wait to visit one day. Thanks for sharing your trip with us!!

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    June 2, 2014 at 4:38 pm
    • Reply Christina

      Oh gosh, Jen, you will LOVE it! I hope you can visit soon 😀

      June 3, 2014 at 10:14 am
  • Reply lina

    Wow I love all your pictures! Love the scenery!

    June 2, 2014 at 4:45 pm
    • Reply Christina

      Thanks! Paris is super gorgeous.

      June 3, 2014 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Liz @ Shopping My Closet

    Love all your pictures – definitely miss Paris!

    Liz @

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    June 2, 2014 at 8:22 pm
    • Reply Christina

      Thank you! Where was your favorite place to eat and/or do there? I’m already brainstorming for my next trip lol!

      June 3, 2014 at 10:13 am
  • Reply Erin

    Christina, It looks like you had a blast!
    Xo Miss Erin

    June 3, 2014 at 11:18 am
    • Reply Christina

      From your pictures, you did too! Too bad we missed each other by a few weeks, how fun would that have been if we ran into each other there??

      June 8, 2014 at 7:07 pm
  • Reply Stacey Ann Loves

    Your photos are gorgeous!! Makes me want to visit Paris again! That foie gras dish looks fantastic! I’ll have to find one here like it. I love this recap… it looks like you had a blast. I’m really excited for you trip this May! Can’t wait to see your updates. Try to post as much as you can!!!

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    February 8, 2015 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply thehomemakerslife

    Wonderful pictures 🙂

    May 9, 2015 at 7:59 am
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