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Paris Part Deux

I hope you aren't too tired of all the recaps and I haven't bored you to tears, but I promise this is the last one!! After we finished our mini photo shoot at the love bridge - we headed towards Pigalle & The Moulin Rouge. 
Paris In the Summer
{so scandalous}
The show would have been nice to see but it was outrageously priced and we've heard it's just not as good as it once was! The area itself is sort of, how shall I put, sketchy, but has been cleaned up in recent years (think red light district in Amsterdam)! 
We ventured here for two reasons, it was on our way to Sacré Coeur & we surprised Gary with lunch at the restaurant made famous by the movie Amelie. It's one of his absolute favorite movies - so he was pretty excited to walk through the neighborhood where all the scenes took place!
Sacré Coeur sits atop one of the highest points in Paris and you can climb all 300+ steps to get to the top to see the sprawling views! 
{worth the trip if you have the time}
After a day full of sights it was the moment I had been waiting for...my first ever macaron! 
{dramatic enough for you?!}
Michael took us to Pierre Hermé and it was the such a pleasurable experience - unlike the craziness of Laduree, which don't worry, I still went to anyway! 
These little guys were devoured straightaway and everything I had hoped they would taste like!

I'm  not sure if I mentioned this in my London post, but we were able to do a river cruise in London as well as in Paris - if I had to rate the two - Paris was way better! Both cruises were included in our bus tours, lasting about an hour in Paris and if you take it at night the views of the city are pretty incredible!! 
{she's a beauty}
Thursday: We pre-booked a trip to Versailles through Viator and again made sure to choose the one with a skip the line option - thanks to the suggestion from Birdie to Be!  
The Gardens were absolutely stunning and in my opinion better than the Chateau. To say the grounds are palatial would be an understatement - it sprawls over 80,000 acres (yep you read that correctly)!!!
As for the Chateau itself, it's ornate to the max, you can see why there was a revolution against the monarchy!! The Hall of Mirrors was my favorite "room" in the palace! 
We opted for a half day at Versailles because we wanted to get back and make it to the Lourve!
{they have little boxes set up so you can stand and get the perfect photo}
We hit all the highlights and some other things that Gary wanted to see - but our feet were absolutely throbbing so we didn't spend more than 2 hours there! It was a mob to get near the Mona Lisa, but you know me and I totally pushed my way to the front to get a picture! We stood off to the side for a little while just taking it in - it's another one of those bucket list items! 
We had the best dinner at Cafe Trama that night!  It's on a quiet side street in Saint Germain and offers delicious French cuisine with friendly service.
Croque Monsieur Sandwich and ice cream drizzled with espresso 

Friday: We had two items to tick off our to-do list's for our final day in Paris. First up were the Catacombs. The trick to getting in is to be one of the first 200 people in line, after that you could be waiting for hours!! It doesn't open until 10 AM, but if you arrive between 8:30-8:45 you're basically guaranteeing entry. 

It's pretty creepy if you let yourself think about the 6 million bodies that are buried under there! 
After a quick photo-op near near the Eiffel Tower we made our way to the Champs Élysées!
Had to make at stop at Louis Vuitton - my mecca! And finally tasted a Laduree macaron! 
{via}
We finished the night with another delicious meal at Pizza Chic and were ready to get back home! 

And just like that 10 days had come and gone and our European vacation was over! Thank you guys so much for reading, scrolling and commenting on these posts and also a huge thank you to Amanda, Pamela, Shelby & Brittany for their wonderful  guest posts!! 

xo,
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51 comments

  1. Love your pics and that dress is amazing on you!! XO

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  2. sick of your recaps,as if!! i want more! lol. so which macaron was better?
    ok so with Versailles, I considered doing it on our own rather than with Viator. With Viator, did you really skip both lines, including the security line? Was the Chateau absolutely crazy? What day did you go? Did you notice when your arrived the line for the gardens / trianons shorter than the Chateau? Cause here's my plan. Go later, like 10am maybe, see the gardens, the trianons and Marie Antoinette's hamlet (they open at 12) have a nice picnic lunch and then do the Chateau because it apparently gets less busy after 3pm. I don't want to waste a whole day but I really, really, really want to see the hamlet and the Trianons. You can do a bike tour that takes you to a market and everything.. I am considering doing that. Anyway so sorry for all the questions! It would be so awesome to see the moulin rouge show but the prices really are ridiculous!

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  3. LOVE your recap of Paris! I wish I would have had more time there so I could have gone to Versailles and the Catacombs. I guess that just means I'll have to go back! ;) I did make it up to Sacré Coeur though and I have to agree, the views are amazing! That was the first thing we did when we got to Paris so before I saw the city from being in it I saw it from there and it was amazing. Not to mention this AMAZING little pastry shop we went to right up there. Yum. Love your pics!!!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  4. Ah macarons!! I miss those!! Love your photos, looks like you guys had such an amazing time and got to see so many things! We didn't make it to Versailles, hopefully that will be on our next Paris trip itinerary :)

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  5. Looks like such an amazing trip! I want those macaroons, they look just divine!

    Glad you got the cut the line passes, so smart! love all your outfits, tres chic madam :)

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  6. I am green with envy right now - Versailles is in my top 5 of places to visit, and it looks so stunning! I bet pictures don't even do it justice. Paris looks just as magical as I imagine it to be - I'm so happy you had a fabulous trip!

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  7. I'm so excited for macarons! So which was tasted better Laduree or Pierre Hermé? We're going to try to do 3/4 a day at Versailles and then the Louvre when it's open late. I'm sure Michael is going to kill me for that (and so will my feet).

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  8. Y'all are the cutest! I'd walk 300 steps up for that gorgeous view and then devour those macaroons!

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  9. I'm sad this was the last post! Between the macaroons and the croque monsieur, I am ready for lunch! I love all of the tips you gave about getting in line at certain times and purchasing the fast passes for everything. When I go to Paris I'm going to have to get ahold of this Michael dude for my own tour!

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  10. So this is the second time on your blog, the first was when I read about the Love Bridge. I am obsessed! You two are so freaking cute and I've always wanted to go to Paris. I've been to London and loved it but I really want to make it to Paris. And now after seeing your pictures I want to go to Paris even more!! Definitely consider me a follower, I love your blog.

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  11. ahh this is so awesome! i would LOVE to visit the catacombs! that is creepy but so cool. my fav picture is you with your hand on top of the louvre

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  12. LOVE the recap -- you and Gary are dolls :)

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  13. How amazing! You hit all the awesome spots that I hope to visit someday :) LOVE Amelie - one of my all time favorite movies and I would love to eat in the little cafe! And those gardens are just amazing!! xx

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  14. I am so jealous of your vacation! Seems like such a dream! And you hit so many tourist spots, that's pretty impressive!

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  15. i told you pierre herme is amazing!!! best macarons for sure! i am loving all your photos and so jealous i'm not there!

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  16. i am loving these recaps so i'm sad they are over! the dead bodies....holy YIKES. and i love your little picture with your hand at the top!

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  17. i love seeing pics of paris again! i didn't go to the catacombs...too scared that "something" would follow me around :(

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  18. OMG! I love this and I love all your pics! The catacombs are super creepy so I don't think I will do that but I am DYING to go on a nighttime river cruise! Thank you for posting!

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  19. Loving these recaps and all of your pictures. The one of the Eiffel Tower lit up = AMAZING!

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  20. aww sacre coeur is my favorite!! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  21. what an amazing adventure. I love that dress you are wearing in the last few pictures...where is it from?? You guys did an awesome job of hitting all the famous spots!! Gorgeous photos.

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  22. Ow ow, that first scandalous pic ;) Gosh, those grounds pics were just stunning! I still have yet to cross taste a macaron off my list, one day! Those look delicious!

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  23. Okay, but the big question is... who has the best macaron? I want to try both, but if I can't make it to both which one should I go to first? And this was your first macaron EVER?? You are so ruined! LOL! I'm sure no others are going to live up to these!

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  24. So I have to admit, I'm a weird person who has never really wanted to go to Paris, it was just never a destination I would pick if I had a choice, buuuut this post totally changed my mind! I can't get over how gorgeous those gardens are-- and the architecture! You guys look so truly happy in all of the pictures- I love the one of you at the Lourve! What an amazing trip!

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  25. Love this recap! Looks like you had such a great time!

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

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  26. AHhhh Love love love this! so jealous right now!

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  27. Gorgeous pictures!! I am jealous - it looks like a really great time! And all your outfits are so cute!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  28. I LOVE THIS POST! I'm so glad you guys had such an amazing time! The hall of mirrors at Versailles is my favorite too! :) You are the cutest, and I love your outfits as you explored Paris! Adorable! :)

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  29. You guys look too cute!! All that food looks amazing! That palatial garden is so beautiful. I can't imagine how many people it takes to upkeep it.

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  30. SO scandalous hah love it. Those macarons are so pretty but I'm with you - down the hatch as quick as possible! You definitely made the most of your time in Paris. And hopefully this will serve as a "to do" list for me in the future.

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  31. too tired of recaps?? nah! keep 'em coming!!

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  32. What an amazing trip!!! I needdddd some French macaron!! Such gorgeous photos :)

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  33. So beautiful! and the macaroons! yummmmm. These photos are absolute perfection! xo

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  34. Loved these photos too! Amazing!! Loved Amelie so I'm jealous you went to that restaurant. :) Beautiful views! And you're too funny in the Catacombs!

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  35. Awwww, man! I lived in Paris in my early 20's - your pics take me back! I found your blog via Meet @ The Barre. I'm excited to follow along!

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  36. WHAT??? The Moulin Rogue is a real place??!?!? I'd totally have to dress like Sateen & get my picture in front of it... one of my fav movies EVER!!!

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  37. I absolutely loved reading your recap posts!! They make me want to visit Paris and London so badly! It looks like you had a wonderfully planned out trip and everything was amazing! :)

    Maggie
    www.PolishedClosets.com

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  38. The catacombs are FREAKISH! She (the Eiffel tower) is indeed a BEAUTY! Haha pushing your way to the mona lisa...

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  39. I love seeing all of the pictures and reading about your travels! Seriously, I was wondering if I could drag two kids to Paris after reading your last post and this!

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  40. Oh all those sweets look delicious!! Paris is so on my must see list!

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  41. Ugh, seriously DREAM TRIP!!! Looks like you guys had the most amazing time! Paris seems incredible!

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  42. There are not enough words to describe how jealous I am of those legit macarons.

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  43. Amazing photos of the trip! Looks like you guys had a fabulous time! Love all the architectural photos, amazing food and you two in front the Eiffel tower!

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  44. Hi Be, looks like you guys had an amazing time in Paris and London! Next time catch a train and come see me in Roma :) Big hug to you and Gary. Julia

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  45. you hit all of the places i would recommend! gah! i wanna go back! i did see the show at moulin rouge (maybe 2002?) and it was, um, interesting, seeing topless women sing dramatic songs in french. i wouldn't go again. omg i'm so jealous about seeing Amelie places. LOVEEE that movie.

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  46. Love your red dress at the bottom. You look so cute! I am dying to go to Paris. Glad you had such a great time!

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  47. Omg dying over your recaps!! I want to go to Europe sooooo bad!!!! It's looks like you had such an amazing time!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  48. absolutely in love! so much perfection, you two AND paris..i mean!!! xoxooxoxo

    welltraveledwife.com

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  49. Absolutely loooved keeping up with these recaps/photos on my own vacay!! Ahhh Paris!

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  50. Wow! You guys did a ton! I'm totally jealous of the Catacombs! We wanted to visit them but didn't have time to fit it in.

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