Bonjour Ladies! I don’t even know where to start? So, let’s just start from the beginning. It was a Thursday and I was on my way to Luke’s football game, I got there early and was sitting in my car and decided to check a few emails. That’s when I opened an email, the subject line read: Taylor Swift Paris Opportunity it was from a brand partnership company working with Lenovo on Taylor Swifts City of Lover Show. It said and I quote, “ Lenovo, the presenting sponsor of Taylor Swift’s ‘City of Lover’ concert in Paris, would like to invite you to take the trip of a lifetime to experience this event on Sept 9! Lenovo will fly you to Paris and take care of your accommodations” As you can imagine, I was like WHAT?!? Anne Claire about the same time I finished the email called me and she never calls me after 4pm unless it’s an emergency. She said, LANDYN DID YOU SEE YOUR EMAIL?!?! WE BOTH FREAKED OUT. She immediately started researching the company to see if this was a scam. It was really too good to be true. I mean come on?!! There was no way…FLY ME TO PARIS? TO SEE TAYLOR SWIFT?!? IN 8 DAYS?!?
We took a call with them the very next day to get all the details and it was indeed TRUE. It then took a few days to get travel and hotel booked. And in a few short days we were on a plane to Paris. I still can’t really believe it, even as I type this on the plane flight home from what might have been the best trip ever. Alright, let’s fast forward through me packing franticly the night before/morning of (let’s not forget all that week I had been unpacking boxes and getting the store ready to open, not the ideal time to be away. Thankfully, Megan my store manager is totally capable of holding down the fort along with a few newly hired ladies) Plus through it all, I wasn’t allowed to speak a word of this trip until 2 days before we left. The whole thing was crazy. I still was having a hard time believing it was really happening. Why me? How did they choose the 5? Of all the people in the world? Me?
We arrived in Paris at CDG airport at 6am after an 8 hour flight connecting through Atlanta. Flight was pretty good. Slept a little on and off. Watched a few movies- The Devil Wears Prada, The Notebook, Jackie and a few episodes of The Act (that shiz is crazy btw) We planned on powering though and taking advantage of arriving early that day. Of course our room wasn’t ready, but they were kind enough to let us use the spa bathroom and changing area. Luckily it was so early that we had the bathroom to ourselves. We showered off, put on some makeup, threw a few curls in our hair and changed our clothes. They held our luggage and we headed down to the hotel’s restaurant for breakfast and some much needed coffee.
We both ordered the poached eggs, tomatoes, sliced avocado and croissants. Drank two delicious cappuccinos and that’s the we had our Hugh Grant sighting. I saw him from afar and was like, gosh he looks familiar? Yep, sure enough it was. Looking good as he ’s aging in case any of you were wondering. With a beautiful french woman on his arm. Is he married? She didn’t look like his wife from the google pictures, but what do I know I could have been suffering from jet lag? As we went up to the front desk, they were standing next to me checking out. I know, I know…why didn’t I ask for a picture? Then the walked through those revolving doors and into his Lamborghini and sped off. Not bad for our first two hours in Paris.
Next we were off to see this beautiful city. Anne Claire had been once for the day when she was 19 and I had never been at 42, so there we were, two blonde girls off to explore and soak it all in. Now, I’m sure most of you were following along and glued to my instastories during those 5 days. If not, I saved all of it to my highlights | p a r i s | & | p a r i s 2 | If you want to go back and watch or remember some of the places we went, ate or visited you’ll have it to refer to. Now, I’m not going to bore you with a full play-by-play, so I’ll break it down by where we stayed, restaurants, shopping, sightseeing, great places for drinks, cute streets, charming neighborhoods, what we wore and more. *Note* We didn’t get to visit all of the places listed below, but everything was highly recommended and what we did do was perfect.
WHERE TO EAT
WHERE TO GET DRINKS
WHAT TO SEE
River cruise on Seine
WHERE TO STAY
Le Marais area
St. Germain area
1st & 2nd Arrondissment
Hotel De Sers
Hotel De Crillion
WHERE TO SHOP
Le Marais District (kinda like soho area with great boutiques)
galleries LaFayette (chic department store)
Rue Saint Honoré (like rodeo drive)
the original Chanel store
WHAT WE WORE