In September of 2019, my husband and I took what ended up being our last great travel adventure before the pandemic. We spent four glorious days in Paris and a week exploring the Normandy region of France. Over the past 18 months, I have reminisced about that trip regularly.
Somewhat surprisingly, amongst the museums, historic sites, unbelievable food, and other adventures, one of my favorite memories from that trip was—comparably—rather benign.
On the last evening of our trip, my husband and I toured the Catacombs of Paris.
As you can imagine, after this fascinating but entirely spooky adventure, I needed a breather. Instead of whisking off in a cab to a bistro or another arrondissement, we decided to enjoy the early evening golden hour and walk the couple miles back to our hotel.
Our promenade took us down the most quaint streets, through late summer gardens glowing in the first long rays of sunset, and past little scenes we couldn't help but stop and capture.
I was continually enchanted by the colorful doors we passed every block!
We ended our walk by popping in the neighborhood grocery across the street from our hotel and picking up a baguette, a bottle of wine, charcuterie, cheeses, and fresh fruits and vegetables for a "do we have to leave?" picnic on our French balcony.
That evening inspired some of my favorite pieces from my Paris collection. I hope they spark a special travel memory or inspire you to visit the City of Light when you see them in your home!