A family weekend in Paris

In April, my mom, youngest sister and I went to Paris for a weekend. It was my fourth visit to the city of love and lights, but for both my mom and sister is was their first. You can imagine how excited they were! My sister mainly wanted to go shopping, so on our first day we headed to Le Marais to visit Ted Baker, Michael Kors and – my personal favorite – L’élclair de Génie, which you might remember from my last post about Paris! I didn’t find the blazer I was looking for at Ted Baker, and the Michael Kors I had been lusting after for months was quickly forgotten when I choose new ballet flats and a pair of light wash jeans as my birthday presents at Galleries LaFayette. Two items I very much needed. Mom also gifted me Essie’s famous Ballet Slippers which is perfect to practice my french manicure skills with. After LaFayette we went to admire the outside of the Louvre and walked all the way through the Jardin des Tuiliers, across the Champs D’Elysées  (hello Banana Republic and Gap!) to the Arc de Triomphe before we headed back to our hotel to finally check in. Luggage drop-off rules, my friends!
Our hotel was located right next to the Jardin des Plantes, near the Gare de l’Est metro and train station, with direct lines to all the cities main attractions. Before we went out for dinner in Le Marais, we went for a walk in the gardens and I made some lovely photos of the flowers. I can never contain myself when there are flowers, haha. 
Our second day was spent at Hotel des Invalides and a full-on shopping spree in Printemps, LaFayette (again!) and Rue de Rivoli. In the evening we went to see the Eiffel Tower sparkle, together with every other tourist in the city. I was just happy that I didn’t get robbed in the huge mass. We took the metro a lot during our weekend in the city, so I haven’t got many photos. My mom and sister aren’t very trained citytrippers, and prefer public transport over walking any time. 
On the last day, we climbed the stairs at the Sacré Coeur and tried fighting the crowds at Montmartre, but the huge masses proved too much for my poor, exhausted mom. We searched our way to the nearest metro station and escaped to the Notre Dame for a picnick, including Pierre Hermé maracons and pastries, in the park behind the church. It was a very lovely day, that day. It was rather quiet around the Notre Dame, which was perfect for picture taking. I love the ones I made of the locks on the bridge behind it.  I hope you enjoy this selection of photos I wanted to share! The rest of the photos I made are for our private family album.

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  • There’s no such thing as “too many pictures of paris” so yay for this post!

  • These pictures are making me jealous! I want to visit Paris so badly! It looks like you had so much fun!
    ~Sara

  • Beautiful shots! Looks like you guys had an amazing time. What a wonderful way to spend time with your family.

  • I’m so jealous! Paris is one of my dream vacation spots! the flowers look so pretty, and those little Eiffel Towers are so cute!
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  • Mooie foto’s! Die macaron ziet er echt zalig uit 😀

  • prachtige foto’s!

  • Beautiful photos! So jealous, it sounds like you had a wonderful time in Paris! 🙂 You’re so lucky to be able to travel so much! 🙂

    Away From Blue

  • Oh, zo’n mooie foto’s! Ik ga in juni misschien ook 2 dagjes naar Parijs, dus deze post bookmark ik alvast 😉

  • Prachtige foto’s! Alles staat nu ook mooi in bloei!

  • How fun to go with family!

  • Amazing pictures!

  • gorgeous photos!! those macaroons– 🙂

    xxoo,
    nikki

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  • Zo leuk 🙂

  • Oh, family trips, I want one too!
    And first time in Paris, always a delight!

    <3

  • lippylash

    Jij pakt echt de mooiste foto’s ever!!! <3

  • Making me miss Paris from last year, Nikki! Paris in bloom is probably the next best thing to heaven. 🙂

  • prachtige foto’s, as usual! ik heb ook al aan jardin des planeten verbleven een paar jaar geleden, supermooie buurt

  • prachtige foto’s hoor!

  • Hele mooie foto’s, moet een zalig weekend geweest zijn 🙂

  • birtegovarts

    Supermooie foto’s! En die macarons van Pierre Hermé zijn LEKKER he? Ik heb ze de laatste keer in Parijs ook gekocht!

  • Astrid Thank God It’s

    Supermooie foto’s amai!

  • Ahhhh Paris

  • Such pretty photos!!

    xo Jackie

    Something About That

  • Michèle

    looks like a wonderful city, need to go there soon too. it’s my dream since ages

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  • Amai dat taartje ziet er zo goed uit!
    Aaah Paris, ik heb toevallig net een kortingsbon gekregen voor de thalys 😀
    Naomi, x