An American Couple in Paris: Part Deux

The title of this post is a nod to the series finale of Sex and the City - I figured it was fitting! Anyway, we went to the Louvre on our third day in Paris. I can't even describe how massive it is! It was so insanely cool - and crowded. Luckily, a little research led me to a secret side entrance to the museum which allowed us to skip the hour and a half wait! So worth it. DSCN0252 DSCN0253 DSCN0254Louvre selfies!securedownload-1I didn't take too many pictures inside the museum because I wanted to take it all in. Also, I was SO annoyed by all of the camera phones and iPads (yes, people were taking photos with iPads), blocking all of the paintings. Seriously, you could barely see the Mona Lisa because of all of the phones in the way! You're at the Louvre - just enjoy it! You can google pics of the Mona Lisa later. Sorry for the mini rant....anyway, check out this ceiling!DSCN0259 My favorite parts were all of the crowns and royal heirlooms, the Egyptian tombs and Napoleon's apartment! I did take a few pics of that because it was so extravagant...DSCN0261 DSCN0262 After the Louvre we just walked around Paris - it's amazing to just wander around and take in all of the sights. Like this building we walked by - I don't even know what it is, but it's magnificent! DSCN0266We had a low key night since we had to wake up super early for our champagne tour the next day, but we did find a amazing little pizza place called Cote Pizza. Fresh ingredients, great wine and some of the best tiramisu I've ever had in my life! After three days I needed a little break from French food and it was the perfect spot.

The next day we woke up super early - our ride picked us up at 7AM - and headed off to Reims for the day for our champagne tour! It's about 2 hours away, but I highly recommend it if you're in Paris and looking for a day trip. We used Paris Champagne Tour and they were awesome! It's 175 euros but it includes your transportation, 2 champagne tours and tastings, a delicious lunch and a tour of the Reims Cathedral. It was a small tour too - just us and two other couples, who happened to be young Australians also on their honeymoons! We lucked out with a great group.

Our first stop was at the actual vineyards - all of the grapes for champagne in the entire world are grown right here! Also, it's not called champagne unless it's grown in this area - they are very strict about that! securedownload-20 securedownload-21Ah, my fave!securedownload-22Our next stop was at Cuperly - a small, family owned champagne maker. We toured their entire facility and they walked us through the whole champagne making process, which is very extensive. We learned a ton! Afterwards, we had a well deserved tasting - and we took home a bottle of the delicious rose! securedownload-8Fun fact, the bigger the bottle, the better the champagne! And, champagne doesn't need to age - it's already been aged enough after it's bottled. So drink up!

After Cuperly, we had a delicious lunch in Reims - I don't even remember the name! It was traditional French cuisine and there were only 2 options for a three course meal. Luckily, our tour guide stayed with us to help us order. We also drank a lot of champagne - it's all part of the tour, right?

Next we toured the Reims Cathedral, which was absolutely beautiful. The photos speak for themselves!securedownload-23 securedownload-26securedownload-28The stained glass was just incredible. securedownload-30 securedownload-24My favorite statue - doesn't she look happy? Rock on. securedownload-25Next stop? The Pommery, which I've decided is the champagne equivalent of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. It was so bizarre but really cool. Lots of contemporary art, bright colors and interesting architecture. securedownload-10 securedownload-11 securedownload-12This is what it looked like inside - completely different from Cuperly! And yes, that is a real stuffed circus elephant. Creepy!securedownload-9The whole tour was underground, and they make their champagne in these dark caverns. Again, a little creepy, but we were with a big group so it wasn't too scary. securedownload-15 securedownload-14 securedownload-16Really interesting place - one of those things you just have to see in person to get the full effect! Our last stop was the Veuve Clicquot tasting room, per our request! Completely different vibe from the last two - very clean cut and sophisticated. And of course, delicious!securedownload-19Another low key night - we didn't get back until almost 8 so we were exhausted. The next day we just walked around Paris, did some shopping and enjoyed our last day. That night, we had dinner at Saturne - by far our best meal in Paris! I had the best bottle of chardonnay of my life - here's a pic of the bottle. The meal was spectacular. The lobster with baby potatoes was absolutely to die for! Highly recommend - just make a reservation. securedownload-31

Tomorrow - all about our first few days in Barcelona! Ah I loved that city....can't wait to share it with you all!

xo Court

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recap: Our European Honeymoon!

Reese and I returned to the states yesterday from such a fabulous honeymoon! We ate some of the most amazing meals we've ever had, stayed at one of the coolest hotels I've ever seen and witnessed some of the most beautiful and iconic sights in each city. It may take a few posts to share all of the details, so let's start with Paris - Part 1! We used Airbnb for our stay in Paris - our host Maxime was great! He was very responsive and stocked the wine fridge with lots of rose...what more can you ask for?? The apartment was located on Boulevard Haussmann, right near the Champs Elysees in the Madeleine neighborhood. It was a great spot - we were within walking distance to so many great shops and spots, including the Eiffel Tower, but it was on a quieter street away from the hustle and bustle. That's ours on the third floor. securedownload-5We also had charming juliet balconies overlooking the street - so romantic! The view wasn't too shabby either... securedownload-6Our first day we were a little jet-lagged so we just wandered around our neighborhood. We accidentally discovered this amazing gourmet shop called Fauchon - I seriously wanted to eat everything in there!! From the cheese and charcuterie to the delectable desserts, it was incredible. We brought back cheese, jambon, fig spread and a baguette and had a nice little lunch with a great bottle of rose. securedownload-3Look at the colors on these desserts! We couldn't leave without buying a few macarons - so good. securedownload-4

That night we had a great dinner at Pomze, a restaurant right near our apartment. I'm still craving the strawberry gazpacho we had for dessert! Then we wondered over to a cocktail bar near by called Le Forum - it was one of the coolest cocktail bars I've ever been to! Reese ordered an old fashioned and it had actual Fruit Loops on top, and my champagne cocktail was served with spritz of rose essence from an old perfume bottle that the waiter sprayed table side. It was dark (hence the photo), mysterious and romantic - very Parisian. I also loved the menu design!securedownload-2I don't know how we found a second wind but we managed to bar hop after, stopping at the swanky Buddha Bar, which was very cool but crowded, and ending the night at Harry's New York Bar, a total dive where we partied with a few Brits and drank one too many Vodka Collins. We did manage to spot the Eiffel Tower at night before pouring ourselves into a cab - just breathtaking! The next day (after a bit of a late start, thanks to me), we made our way back over the Eiffel Tower with a pit stop at the Arc de Triomphe. It was under construction, but still pretty amazing!securedownloadSeeing the Eiffel Tower up close and in person was one of the highlights of the trip. It's truly magnificent! Is it even possible to take a bad photo of it?DSCN0216 DSCN0222 DSCN0225 DSCN0226 DSCN0229Eiffel tower selfies with my love. securedownload-7The view of the Seine River was spectacular as well!DSCN0235DSCN0231 DSCN0233On our walk back, we stopped at a local market to pick up some fruit and then found this amazing, quaint garden tucked away off of the sidewalk. We wandered in and ate our snack - it was so peaceful and one of my favorite moments of the trip. DSCN0236 DSCN0237 DSCN0238 DSCN0240 DSCN0242 DSCN0243

Tomorrow, I'll recap our visit to the Louvre and our day trip to Reims for our champagne tour! Stay tuned!

xo Courtney

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Packing for the Honeymoon!

I can't believe we're Europe bound this Friday!! First stop is Paris for 5 days, then we're taking the TGV down to Barcelona for 5 days. We're so excited, and I'm so glad we waited a little while after the wedding. It gave us some time to regroup - I was so exhausted after the wedding that I don't think I would have appreciated it as much. I also don't know how I would have packed for the wedding for a week AND 10 days in Europe. Anyway, over the past month we've been doing a little bit of shopping...okay, maybe a lot of shopping. It's Europe after all - we have to look good! Here are a few of my favorite outfits that I'll be packing in my suitcase:

securedownload-3I'm obsessed with these Lou & Grey lace pants from LOFT. They're super comfy, but manage to look cute and polished when I wear them. Paired with these Dolce Vita lace-up wedges and a silky blush colored J. Crew tee, it's the perfect outfit for sightseeing in Paris and checking out the Louvre.

securedownload-2This dress is an oldie, but a goodie! It's the one I wore for my bachelorette party - I got it from Urban Outfitters and I paired it with these BCBG wedges. Paired with a white blazer, it would be great for a night out in Paris, but the fun tribal print makes it suitable for Barcelona as well!

securedownloadIn Barcelona, we're going to the Primavera Sound Music Festival (Arcade Fire is headlining!) so I needed a good festival outfit. This is the winner - a fun printed tank top I found at Nordstrom Rack with my favorite boyfriend shorts from the Gap and these super cute and comfy Sperry Topsider Espadrilles from Macy's.

securedownload-1I can't wait to wear this Collective Concepts dress out in Barcelona - I'm obsessed with the colors, print, how it fits...pretty much everything about it. I'll probably pair it with my lace-up wedges - so cute!

A few other favorite staples I'm bringing on the trip? This cute and comfy Lou & Grey maxi skirt, great for sightseeing and this Amazing Tee from J. Crew.

Oh, and a bit of a splurge...Reese and I got new Bose headphones for traveling. I got this adorable teal colored pair - they're pretty awesome and totally worth it!

Stay tuned for lots of pics - I'll have my laptop overseas, so I'll probably be blogging!

xo Court

 

 

 

 

Typography Tuesday {12}

I'm in the midst of honeymoon planning...and I'm super excited! We're heading to Paris and Barcelona at the end of May for 10 days and I can not wait. We rented an awesome apartment in Paris through airbnb right near the Champs-Elysees. I'm already day dreaming about having cheese, baguettes and champagne on our balcony - ah! I'm dedicating today's typography to Paris, since it's on my mind...Paris Fonts used: Couture and Madame Klara

If anyone has any tips or recommendations, please send them my way! We've never been to Paris or Barcelona, so we're definitely in the market for a few tips about each city.

Happy Tuesday everyone!

xo Court

 

Inspired by: Crate&Barrel

Reese and I finally did our wedding registry the other day! We already had our honeymoon registry set up through Traveler's Joy for our trip to Paris and Barcelona next May, but my mom encouraged us to do a smaller registry of traditional items as well for the shower. Also, some guests do like to give an actual gift, so it's a good idea to have the best of both worlds. It's also a lot of fun (and a rite of passage) to walk around the store with the scanner and pick out everything you could possibly need. A citrus zester? A flour sifter? Why not! We decided on Crate&Barrel for 2 reasons - we love their simplistic, clean style and they have a little bit of everything from every price point, from rolling pins to a Vitamix (of course I registered for this. Will I get it? Who knows, but I've been told I HAVE to have one).

Below are a few of our favorite items from our registry list at Crate&Barrel - enjoy! registry_moodboard 1. KitchenAid Artisan Almond Cream Stand Mixer, 2. Mario Batali Red 6-Quart Dutch Oven, 3. Soup Tureen with Ladle, 4. Bodum Chambord 34 ounce French Press, 5. Flow Chip and Dip, 6. Brass Letter S Wall Art all from crateandbarrel.com