Tag Archives: Paris

The meal I still dream about

17 Mar

Can you think of one meal that you would repeat over and over if you could? I’m not talking about your go to comfort foods (mine is tomato soup and grilled cheese) or your favorite food of all time (I can eat salt and vinegar chips like it’s my job). I’m talking about the most delicious meal you had in your entire life that still makes your mouth water just thinking about it.

For me, it was a dinner I shared with Sebastian at a little restaurant in Paris called Chez Marie Louise. The bf and I both adore Trip Advisor and spend many hours researching before our travels. I wish I had stumbled upon this gem, but it was Sebastian who discovered it.

If you read the reviews, you’ll see that it’s now ranked #37 of restaurants in Paris, and with good reason. The atmosphere is lovely, the prices are reasonable, the service is outstanding and the food is out of this world amazing.

Eggplant at Chez Marie Louise | www.the-wild-child.com

We started our meal with warm eggplant, ricotta cheese and tomato confit. After one bite, I knew our evening was going to be awesome. For the main course, I chose the scallop ravioli with lemon butter and fried zucchini, and Sebastian had veal kidney with beans and orecchiette pasta. Let me just say, I would eat those ravioli for every meal if I could – to die. The kidney tasted like kidney, but I was proud that I tried it – the bf thought it was very tasty.

Scallop Ravioli at Chez Marie Louise | www.the-wild-child.com

Veal Kidney at Chez Marie Louise | www.the-wild-child.com

We finished dinner with a dark chocolate cake with hand-harvested sea salt. You guys, I was in heaven. From the cozy, intimate setting to the chalkboard menu to the wonderful food selections –you really can’t go wrong.

Chocolate Cake at Chez Marie Louise | www.the-wild-child.com

If you ever find yourself in Paris, head to the 10th arrondissement near the Saint Martin canal. The place is small, so I recommend reserving a table before you go. And seriously, you have to go.

Chez Marie Louise
11 rue Marie et Louise – 75010
www.chezmarielouise.com

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Paris is always a good idea

16 Oct

One of my favorite parts about visiting Paris was walking around and exploring. There were so many great neighborhoods, and the architecture was incredible. It’s hard to escape some of the touristy spots, but I really enjoyed when we wandered off the beaten path and saw the real parts of the city.

Here are some of the sights from during our time there:

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Dear Paris,  you were lovely. I’ll be seeing you again someday.

xoxo

Locking our love

27 Sep

I have a confession. I LOVE doing uber touristy things. For example, taking my picture with the I Amsterdam sign. Or posing with horse statues. Sebastian, on the other hand, does not. He does them for me (because I force him). So you can only imagine how often I put him outside of his comfort zone – and Paris was no exception.

Pont_des_ArtsWhile researching for our trip, I discovered there was a bridge in Paris, the Pont des Arts, where you could “lock your love.” I’ve since found out there are several cities where you can do this, but needless to say, it was something I was determined for us to do in the City of Light. The goal is put your initials on a lock, lock it to the bridge and toss your keys over the side into the Seine River. Before I left, I bought said lock and decorated it with our initials.

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Pont_des_Arts_lockAlthough our second day in the city turned out to be cold and rainy, I made sure we found the bridge. The Pont des Arts itself is incredible. There must be thousands of locks – something truly heartwarming. You could really feel the love and those who had come before us. We set out to find a place for our lock, performed our little ceremony and tossed our keys into the river below.

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Pont_des_Arts_standingWas it cheesy? Oh yes. Did I love every second? Of course I did. Even though our lock might not stay there forever, it’s nice to know we left a little piece of ourselves in Paris.

Up next: Palais des Papes

Working, moving and churches in Paris

24 Sep

What? It’s fall already? And September is almost over? If you haven’t noticed, it was quite a hectic summer for me. Right about when I returned from France, I had a second interview at great company, and I got the job! I’m back on the corporate side of things, but still in PR, and still loving it. However, the new gig was 65 miles from my house. I was commuting throughout July and part of August but decided to move closer to work. Two and half hours in the car each day. No thank you. So big news number two, I finally moved out! It’s my first place that’s all my own. No parents. No roommates. Just me.

In between starting the new job, packing and moving, getting settled into my new place, exploring a new area, and a visit from Sebastian, it hasn’t left a whole lot of free time. And I realized I never finished all my France trip recaps! Now that I’m settling back into a routine, and have my apartment-warming under my belt, I’ve decided to dub the end of September the weeks of France. In between some regular posts, I’ll be recapping all the fun things from my latest trip with zee German.

For instance, Paris has some amazing churches. Actually, Europe in general has amazing churches. They are old and big and beautiful, and I love them. Our first day in Paris, we visited the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris up on the hill of Montmartre, the highest point in the city. I loved how the church loomed high above us as we walked down the street below. The hill leading up to it has several sets of stairs, and many people took advantage, lounging on the steps and the sloped lawn. We did too for a bit, enjoying the atmosphere. The views of Paris were spectacular.

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The inside wasn’t so bad either. Take a look:

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Afterward, we adventured to the local artists’ plaza. I grabbed a gelato and Sebastian a crepe, and we walked around looking at the paintings and sketches. It was one of those afternoons that was so quintessentially European.

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asilica_sacred_heart_paris_artistMy love affair with churches didn’t end with the Sacred Heart. Our second day in Paris we visited thee Notre-Dame Cathedral. I was excited to enter a building with so much history and significance. It was breathtaking. After a few steps inside, my eyes were instantly drawn up toward the ceilings – something you just can’t help but doing. It was absolutely stunning.

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Notre_Dame_Cathedral_Paris_glassIf you ever make it to Paris, or if you’ve already been, these are two places that should definitely be on your travel list.

Up next in the France recaps: Locking our love on the Pont des Arts.

Lounging on the Champ de Mars

14 Jun

We arrived in Paris later in the evening, and instead of rushing out to sightsee, we decided to explore the neighborhood where we were staying. We found a little Arab restaurant, picked up some falafel and shawarma, and headed back to our apartment to make a plan for the following day.

We both agreed the Eiffel Tower had to be our first stop. It’s easily the most recognizable landmark in Paris, drawing in millions of tourists from around the world. So we woke up the next morning, stopped at a café for a coffee and croissant and were on our way.

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The Eiffel Tower is as majestic as you’d imagine it to be. I first spotted the tip, peering above a line of trees, and it validated for me that I was definitely in Paris. We finally turned a corner, and there she was in full glory, rising above the city. I could have stared at her for hours.

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Eiffel.Tower.5Below the Eiffel Tower lies the Champ de Mars, a large public green space. We joined the other visitors, lounging in the grass, taking in the view. Luckily it was a beautiful day, perfect for relaxing in the sun. I loved watching other people as they took touristy pictures, conducted impromptu picnics and enjoyed the Paris scenery. As we were lying in the grass, a street performer nearby started playing his accordion, and it all felt oh so French.

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Eiffel.Tower.7After an hour or so, we walked northwest toward the Eiffel Tower to take it in up close. It’s a unique structure, one of both elegant beauty and magnificent strength. We made our way under, and then crossed the Pont d’Iéna bridge over the Seine river to see it from the Esplanade du Trocadéro. No matter which angle you view, the tower is stunning. I loved that during our time in Paris, I always caught glimpses of her from different places in the city.

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Eiffel.Tower.12When I make it back someday, I’ll definitely be spending time at the Champ de Mars again, taking in this special landmark.

Up next: Some of the churches we visited in Paris.

Travel plans

5 Mar

I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite parts about traveling is planning the trip. I love thinking about where I might visit or the places I’ll see. It’s already the third month of 2013, and I’ve got the itch to start planning.

Here is where I’m hoping to travel this year:

Chapel Hill, NC

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I had the chance to visit my friend Lindsay last spring and would love to go again.

Paris, France

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Doesn’t springtime in Paris sound lovely? It does to me.

Colorado Springs, CO

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Labor Day is family weekend at the Air Force Academy. I rarely get to see my little brother, and I’m excited to visit him there.

Berlin, Germany

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Every time I visit, I fall more and more in love. Have to make it there again this year.

Milan, Italy

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Sebastian’s brother will be studying there this fall, and I think it would be a perfect time to visit.

What about you? Where are you going this year?

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