Perfectly Paris

I spent New Year's transitioning from 2012 to 2013 in France with one of my best friends. Since this trip, I brilliantly stored pictures on an external hard drive that was quickly but inexplicably outdated by my current laptop, leaving me unable to access my treasure drive of memories. After numerous attempts over the past few weeks, and some fake tears, I DID IT. Photos recovered.

We split time between Paris and Biarritz in the south of France. The overall feel of the two trip segments differed enough that they seem to warrant two different blog entries.

We stayed at the Left Bank's Hotel Montalembert for the first part of our trip. (We crafted a Paris sandwich with a sojourn to the south, so we spent the latter half of our time in a stunning Airbnb.) The hotel is simply beautiful with generously sized standard rooms. Pics of the view outside our charming window took a good chunk of my digital roll.

Boulevard Saint-Germain

Paris exuded post-Christmas inter charm with lit streets throughout the 6th arrondissement.

Dyptique on Saint-Germain

Our strolls included happening upon Parisian gems like Dyptique - fragrance heaven.

Louvre in fog

Even in the fog, the Louvre charms.

Beautifully lit Carousel at Parc Monceau

We strolled along Parc Monceau and happened upon this stunningly lit carousel

Sun broke through on the day we decided to hike up and enjoy the view from the top of the Montmartre hill in Paris's 18th arrondissement.

Walking through Montmartre in Paris

I fell in love with this corner-set restaurant in Montmartre.

Chapel of Chanel

No trip to the City of Light is complete without a visit to Chanel's original post on Rue Cambon.

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Stay. Planned far enough in advance, the Hotel Montalembert is quite reasonably priced (starting from €240 per night for a standard room). I did, however, love our Airbnb and would repeat that route any day. We were set right near the Latin Quarter and walked everywhere.

Shop. I discovered Marithé + François Girbaud during our Biarritz leg, but the line has a couple of locations in Paris. Dyptique is a must.

Savor. Un Zèbre à Montmartre in Montmartre for great bites and champagne. Khao Thai in the Latin Quarter (yep - we went TWICE). Le Procope, also in the Latin Quarter, for quintessential French delicacies and a wonderful wine selection.