Paris, France Day Five.

We booked a cooking class before coming to Paris at LaCuisine and were super excited about learning how to make pastries: croissants, pan au chocolat, twists, and a few other flakey treats. The class was hands-on and three hours long and I love every second of it. These were our creations at the end of class:
^^We'd take another cooking class in a heartbeat. It was super fun.^^
^^Yesterday we climbed to the top of the Notre Dame, but we didn't see inside of the cathedral. That was on our to-do list for the day.^^
^^Random walking streets in Paris.^^
^^We walked a little over a mile from the Notre Dame to a road called Rue De Cremieux. All of the apartments/houses on this street are painted colorfully. Go to this street in Paris! It's quaint and cute.^^
^^In front of the Eiffel tower, again. We sure love this place :)^^
^^Check on my instagram @allisoncelestia to see why we're eating pink cotton candy.^^

Tomorrow is our last day here (sniff, sniff) and we're taking the train to Versailles for the day. We never want to leave Paris!

Paris, France Day Four.

We woke up easy this morning and wanted to walk down one of the famous street markets in Paris, called the Rue Cler. This street has dozens of meat/cheese shops (our favorite), floral shops, bakeries, you name it - this street has it.
^^Of course we found ourselves back at the Eiffle Tower. Who wouldn't on Valentine's Day?! We considered riding to the top of the tower but the overcast was still pretty bad at this point.^^
^^Just below the tower on the walkway along the Seine river were a few bubble blowers working for tips. I couldn't help myself - I was running through the bubbles like the rest of the kids around me!^^
^^We walked half way to the Notre Dame before deciding to take the metro. Last time I was in Paris my mom and I climbed to the top of the Notre Dame and it was one of my favorite things in Paris. The wait to climb the stairs was about an hour, but we sat in line eating sandwiches and drank a hot chocolate from the bakery across the street.^^
^^387 steps later and this was our amazing view of the city!^^
Tomorrow we're taking a cooking class and exploring more of the Notre Dame (since we didn't get to go inside of the cathedral) and the Latin Quarters. Our time is almost coming to an end and we're not at all ready to leave Paris!!

Paris, France Day Three.

Our first stop this morning was the Oper Garnier house. It's a theatre that was built in the 1860's and dedicated to Emperor Napoleon III. We took a self guided tour for 12 euros - this has been on of the more impressive places I've seen in Paris:
^^No detail was spared in the Grand Foyer. This is the room where the Parisian's would gather during intermission.^^
^^The actual theatre seats 2,000 people.^^
^^Outside of Opera Garnier.^^
^^We took the metro to see the Arc De Triomphe, a memorial dedicated to soldiers who fought and died for France during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars.^^
^^Inside of the arc.^^
^^We actually took the metro back to our airbnb, took a couple hour nap (I'm fighting a darn cold!) then took came back to the Arc de Triomphe to walk the Champs and see all of the fancy stores. There was a crepe stand so we waited in line for a nutella/banana crepe. It was so so SO good. Remind me to eat more crepes this week.^^
^^We wanted to walk towards the Eiffel Tower in the evening since it twinkles on the hour (every hour) for 5 minutes after sun set. We were going to cross the Sien river and sit closer to the tower, but the view ended up being so good here that we sat here at 6:30PM hoping that the sun would set and the first set of lights would start at 7PM.^^
^^Alas! 7PM and the Eiffel Tower started sparkling. There were few people on the bridge with us and we snapped quite a few photos, then took the last few minutes taking in the romantic view.^^
We walked closer to the tower, went back to our place, and ate dinner in our neighborhood at a Greek restaurant. One of these days I'll take pictures of the area we're staying in because it's pretty cute. There are several street markets that we've walked along and have loved.

Tomorrow is Valentine's Day! If the sky is as clear as it was today we might climb to the top of the Eiffel Tower. I've been saving myself for lots of macrons too.

Paris, France Day Two.

This morning was a bit rainy we wanted to hit up the museums that Paris has to offer. Our first stop was the Musee D'Orsay. The art museum quickly became packed with tourists (and I've heard Sundays are the busiest days) but we enjoyed the sculptures and impressionist sections the most.
^^This window/clock overlooks the city Paris.^^
^^View of the clock above from outside.^^
^^Before our next stop to the Louvre, we walked to Angelina Cafe. We've both been to Paris before, but we've never been together. Our favorite place to get hot chocolate in the world is definitely this place! It's extremely rich and thick and the restaurant alone is gorgeous.^^
^^Hot chocolate, citrus tart, and a chocolate and cream pastry. This was before we ate lunch... oops.^^
^^We then walked to the Louvre.^^
^^Of course we stopped to see the Van Ghogh section and the famous "Mona Lisa" by Da Vinci. There were SO many people crowded around the Mona Lisa we had to squeeze are way to the front like little sardines. She may be small in size but she's worth it, I can promise that!^^
^^The mall next to the Lourve - Carrousel du Louvre, had a few awesome shops including this one with the tile flooring. I obliged to take a picture. We stopped at the Maille mustard shop, and Tate purchased a few mustards to bring back to Vegas.^^
^^After we were done with both museums and lunch, we wanted to walk to the Eiffel Tower to take a few photos. The sun was coming out and it ended up being a really relaxing time just hanging out here. We probably sat here for an hour or so enjoying ourselves and the view.^^
^^Me and my <3 in front of the Eiffel Tower!^^

Anyone who says Paris isn't romantic needs to give this place a second chance. If nothing else I'm having a love affair with all of the amazing food we've been eating, hah. Tomorrow we're exploring more of Paris - we have a week here to relax and play so we might even sleep in!

Paris, France Day One.

We made it to Paris! We found extremely good flight deals a couple of months ago and booked tickets to Paris on a whim (thanks Scott Keyes!) We arrived this morning, dropped our bags off at our little airbnb, then explored for the rest of the day. It is bitter cold here, but that isn't stopping us from having fun! Our first stop was the Catacombs in Paris. We waited in line for about 3 hours, but it was well worth the wait:
^^These former limestone quarries were turned into catacombs in the late 18th century due to health concerns of the cemeteries on normal ground level. Over 6 million people we re-buried down here. After climbing down 130 steps (20 meters underground) and walking down several long corridors, the bones appear out of nowhere. ^^
^^Tate was joking that even the catacombs are romantic in Paris. A bit disturbing, but this was our favorite 'skull formation' we found.^^
We took so many pictures underground but most of them turned out blurry because of the poor lighting. All over there are entrance signs leading to different rooms saying "Stop, this is death's empire!" and "Blessed is he who keeps ever in sight the hour of his death and is always ready to die". It was a mysterious and exciting experience to say the least and I can say I've ever seen anything like this. But we learned a lot about the history of Paris and I now understand why there are literally thousands of people who visit these catacombs every month.

Tomorrow it might be snowing in Paris (eep!) so we're going to explore museums and eat food all day. My kind of vacation!

los angeles, california.

If you've read my blog for a bit you know by now that I like girl trips. Don't get me wrong - I LOVE traveling with my husband but sometimes it's nice to travel with my girls too. (Previous girl vacations: India, New York, California). My mother in law woke us up at 4:30AM and told us we need to get ready because we're going to Disneyland! We were both surprised and excited for the weekend ahead:

Friday we were in Disneyland all day:
On Saturday we woke up early (again) to drive to downtown LA to go to the Broad Museum. We were in the standby line and had to wait about an hour, but we made it in and enjoyed the free museum:
^^This is the Infinity Mirrored Room. We had to wait in another line to see this installation. It's a dark room with mirrors and hundreds of flashing lights and the floor around you is water. Each person only gets 45 seconds in this room, but it was a very cool experience.^^
^^Jeff Koons^^
Another blog, Studio DIY, has a series where she finds cool wall murals all over the states. This mural was only a few miles from the museum so we wanted to take a peek. We had to drive through a few alleys to get here, but it was well worth it. This is by an artists named Matty Mo:
We drove to the Micheltorena steps too:

Of course, we had to make a pit stop at MILK for their famous ice cream macarons:We made a quick drive to the Hollywood sign then headed back to Las Vegas. I love these girls! We arrived in Henderson late Saturday night, I packed for a business trip, and now I'm in Atlanta, Georgia. Hopefully I'll get to explore the city a bit!
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