Weekend Recap

To start off, I have to start with the most exciting news of our weekend.

We booked a trip to Paris, France!
We decided on our honeymoon that we wanted to save up and travel to Europe for our 1 year anniversary. Well, somehow, that date has been quickly approaching. 

We figured it would work perfectly to be in Paris at the end of June/early July, and spend "our day", June 22nd, drinking champagne at the Eiffel Tower. 

Well, Paris in late June was going to cost us $2,200 a person - just to get there - so we scratched that dream and now we are going to celebrate our 11 month anniversary looking at the Eiffel Tower! 

I couldn't care less about what date I'm there, but now that we are going in May, it just means it's that much closer!
Les Coulisses, Restaurant, 19 Passage des Panoramas, Paris II
We will be spending 7 full days in France (2 days of travel); 4 in Paris, and 3 in Bordeaux. Our time overlaps with the French Open so we are going to spend one full day there. Beyond that - we are open and desperate for recommendations, so if you have them - please share!

Obviously, that was the high point of the weekend! 

On Friday, we met up with friends for sushi in our neighborhood at The Room. It's a new spot, and it is SO good. On Friday we had to wait like 40 minutes, but it's worth every bit of it. After our bomb dinner, we came home and played like sixty rounds of Heads Up. 

It's seriously the best game ever. 

On Saturday, I took a SoulCycle class, Joel ran, and we decided to pick up dinner to grill out. The weather was beautiful and it was way too hot to drink red wine. My bright idea was to make mojitos to pair with our brats and corn salad. 

Yea, well, 4 mojitos each (and a beer), proved to be WAY too much for us. We were so drunk on Saturday night and spent all day Sunday hungover. Whoops!
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  1. France will be so fun!! I can't wait to hear all about the wine region there. What is the main wine there? Is it just champs?

  2. You guys are going to have so much fun!! What a perfect one year anniversary trip :) If you can swing a trip to Versailles while you're there, the palace is breathtaking. Oh hell, it's France. Everything you do will be fabulous!

    I can email you some restaurant suggestions my dad put together this past fall for a friend on a honeymoon there if you're interested!

  3. Don't you hate those nights where you get accidentally SUPER bombed? We had a couple of those on Thursdays about a year ago and jokingly refer to "Drunk Thursday" now :)

    France - have an absolutely magical time. I haven't been in years and it's creeping back up on my short list of places I want to visit.

  4. How exciting!! You are right - it doesn't matter what month you go, as long as you are going together!

  5. I was there in the Spring and it was amazing. Give your selves a day to tour the Louvre and Nortre Dame.

  6. Paris is the most magical city! Those mojitos looked amazing..I can see how it got to four very quickly :-)

  7. How exciting for your France trip!! I'm currently saving for a 2015 trip! Nothing worse than not knowing how much you've drank and paying for it the next day - sounds like a fab weekend :)

  8. Congrats about your trip to France, that sounds absolutely amazing! Too funny about your Saturday night, thats what happens with yummy drinks and beautiful weather! Have a great week love!

  9. Oh my gosh France sounds like so much fun!! That's going to be the best trip ever!

  10. Ha!!! I wish we lived closer to each other. We would totally be friends! :) So excited you're going to France!!!!!

  11. http://talesofgrace.net. Search Paris hope that helps :)

  12. I've been reading for a long time but this is my first comment. We went to Paris for part of our honeymoon last May (end of May/beginning of June). It is the best time of year to see Paris but it is crowded! The weather is also temperamental. We had days where it was sunny and in the 80s and days where it was 60s and raining. We also went to London so we were prepared for cold weather but didn't pack anything for hot weather. Definitely bring at least an outfit that is prepared for hot weather!

    I would HIGHLY recommend staying in the 7th arrondissement. It's not super touristy and it has the famous Rue Cler market with lots of great restaurants and shops. We stayed in a hotel about a half mile away from the Eiffel Tower and it was magical. We got tipsy at dinner one night and went to the top of the Eiffel Tower and it was an amazing experience. I would highly recommend doing that.

    We didn't really plan our meals out because between the wedding and planning the basic parts of a honeymoon, I flat ran out of time. We walked around and would eat somewhere if a menu caught our eye. This led to some fantastic meals and so okay meals but it was the best way to see Paris.

    We also did one of the super touristy boat tours but it was such a good way to see Paris. If the line for the Louvre is too long (and it will be), go the Musee d' Orsay. The collection there is so much better in my opinion and not as crowded. Notre Dame is definitely worth it, especially when they ring the bells--that is such a neat experience! Go to the RItz and get a drink at the Hemingway Bar. If you have time, go to Versailles. It is so worth it. It's so beautiful and stunning but it really does take a full day to see it. If you're limited on your time in Paris, make a promise to go back and see it.

    I would be happy to give you more advice if you want! Have a wonderful time. Paris is such a magical city and it really gets in your soul. I absolutely loved it and cannot wait to go back!

  13. Anna - Thank you for such an awesome comment....can you let me know your email? I'd love to chat more and hear any of your other recommendations.

    Thank you!!!

  14. Sure! It's annabmarsh@gmail.com.