J’aime Paris

Almost 10 years ago I was sitting at work and I got a call from my husband who said, “How would you like to go to Paris for our first wedding anniversary?” Imagine my surprise since our 1-year anniversary was actually that weekend. I remember my answer was swift, “When do we leave?” I had never been to Paris and it was definitely on my bucket list. I had always been so curious and anxious to experience the culture, history, architecture, art, fashion, nightlife, cafes, and mostly, the food.

We left New York on a Thursday night and once we hit the ground the next morning, we didn’t stop for the next 36 hours. Even the sub-zero temperatures of January couldn’t keep us from experiencing everything Paris had to offer including Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Le Marais, Place de la Concorde, Musee de l’Orangerie, and my favorite street in the world, the Champs de Elysee. And even though everyone smoked and no one picked up after their dogs, I instantly fell in love with this city and like most American dreamers, thought how cool it would be to one day live here. I mean, we already lived in the most expensive U.S. city — how much more could Paris cost?!?

I have so many great memories from our Paris trip but one that stands out was our night at the famous Moulin Rouge. I’m sure to some it sounds cheesy that we actually went there but it was awesome and a definite highlight. I remember they sat us with another couple where the wife spoke a little English and the husband spoke none. This was a perfect pairing as Adam spoke a little French and I spoke none. We smiled and nodded our heads a lot but we had a blast. The Can-Can dancers were beautiful and even though I didn’t understand a word they sang or said, it didn’t matter.

And the FOOD! Even the pastries and croissants tasted different – and we had way too many of those. Our big anniversary celebration took place at the world famous George V restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel. Everything about this night was magical. I felt like a fairy princess and more than once asked Adam if he was sure we were supposed to be in the room. It was gorgeous and because it was a week after New Year’s, all the Christmas decorations were still up, which made it even more beautiful and sparkly. The 7-course meal was off-the-charts — and the food and wine kept coming all night long! Thankfully we had read some place that it wasn’t insulting to pass on the cheese course and that was a good thing because I’m pretty sure they would have had to roll me out of the place if I indulged. Even though it’s been 10 years since that meal – I still remember it like it was last night. It’s safe to say that my first visit to the “City of Lights” did not disappoint.

I will forever be grateful to Adam for surprising me with that trip to Paris. I love that city and I can’t wait to visit it again one day soon — and  next time, with Jack. I know he will love the croissants and pastries just as much as we did. Until then – J’aime Paris – and I can’t wait to see you again! xo