where i went: paris

required reading: marie antoinette by stefan zweig 

favorite bookstore: shakespeare & co. 

places i went

  • eiffel tower
  • monmatre/sacre coeur
  • luxembourg gardens
  • victor hugo house 
  • pigalle (cool basketball court)
  • st. michael fountain (st. germaine)
  • notre dame cathedral
  • the louvre
  • champs elysees
  • arc de triomphe

where i ate 

  • clover st. germaine: very small (only about 5 tables from what I remember), the kitchen is open so you can see everything as it’s made; definitely call ahead to get a reservation; had a fixed menu when I was there; food was really good and very fresh; only downside was they didn’t offer us another bottle of wine and we were like skrrrt….but it was really good
  • les fines gueules: SO FUN. this place is right near the louvre, so it’s a good spot to go after walking around a bit to see the sights; very lively late at night; pretty small so make sure to get a reservation; has a patio, bar, downstairs, and upstairs; played 70s and 80s american music randomly; the servers spoke a little bit of english but were really helpful and not pretentious; food was awesome  
  • le corner: excellent cozy restaurant for traditional french food; I got my escargot fix here; the service was great and it definitely seemed like a local spot  
  • la veraison: small, open kitchen so you can see everything as it’s prepared; only one waitress for all of the tables which was super impressive because she did a great job; food was excellent and creative  

where i shopped 

  • sezane
  • & other stories (this is american but I don’t have it in memphis so wanted to go)
  • fragonard
  • dhv marais department store
  • inouitoosh:  
  • maje
  • mango
  • sandro