Highlights from Paris

A little over a week ago, we were in Paris, celebrating our twelfth wedding anniversary as well as the tenth anniversary of La Dolce Vita (more on that soon!). While we had more rain than I would have hoped for, it was really a beautiful trip. The other day, I mentioned on Instagram that after waiting for years and after multiple trips, I had finally fallen in love with Paris. For some unknown reason, it took me much longer than it did with London or Spain, both places which I hold very dear to my heart. In spite of its unparalleled beauty, it took much longer for Paris to finally win me over and I am so glad that it finally did. Fabian and I both came home feeling incredibly inspired by the architecture, the history, and spirit of Paris. A week’s full of images is too much to share in a single blog post, so today, I will share some of my favorite highlights and later on, I will share more on our day trip to Versailles and Giverny, as well as an interiors-focused post on our hotel and our day at the Parisian flea market. I can’t wait to go back in September!

{Beautiful Blue Doors on the Place Vendome}

{Musee Rodin}

{Hydrangea Heaven at the Musee Rodin}

{The Louvre}

{The Louvre– Most mornings would start out sunny…}

{And the rest of the day would be a washout, like when we were on the Place des Vosges in the Marais admiring the Hotel du Sully}

{I loved the fig-covered facade of the Pavillon de la Reine Hotel in the Marais}

{A Gorgeous Church in the Marais}


{On the evening of July 1st, our anniversary, we headed to the Ritz for drinks at Bar Hemingway, then had dinner at L’Oiseau Blanc on the top floor of the Peninsula Hotel overlooking the Eiffel Tower.}

{Drinks at Bar Hemingway}

{Gorgeous Flowers at the Ritz}

{Hands down, one of our favorite things we have ever done on any trip was to charter this Venetian water taxi for a private tour of the Seine at sunset. I saw it on an episode of Barefoot Contessa after Ina chartered it for Jeffrey’s birthday and thought it looked fabulous!}

{Our guides were so nice and knowledgeable. The experience could not have been better as we sipped champagne and sat atop this chic, wooden boat for our private cruise on the Seine. It sure beats the bateaux mouches! It is a bit of a splurge, but worth every dime. We would do it again in a heartbeat.}

{The Eiffel Tower from our Boat}

I will be back soon with more from our trip to Paris, so stay tuned!

{All Photos by Paloma Contreras Exclusively for La Dolce Vita}


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  1. It looks great! I hope you get to see more of France on your next trip. The south, especially the “other” south of France in Languedoc, is beautiful. Look up Carcassonne….

  2. Lovely photos! Happy Anniversary! I believe you are the only other person I know of who, like me, did not instantly love Paris. My husband and I were in London and Paris last August. Not the time to be in Paris, but we were in London and I really wanted a side trip to Paris. It was my second time there and I did not enjoy it, unfortunately, as much as I should have! I am more of an Anglophile. Now I want to go back to Paris and give it another try. Looking forward to reading your additional posts about your Paris trip!

    1. That’s so interesting, Deborah! I am glad I am not the only one. Part of me had attributed it to the fact that English and Spanish are my dominant languages, so perhaps I feel more at ease in London and Spain than I do in Paris, but something finally clicked on this trip! I hope you give it another chance! XO

  3. So glad you love Paris – my husband and I have stayed there a few times – and visited places inspired by watching Ina. Haven’t seen he private water taxi one though. Food for thought… We stayed in the Marais one time and loved it. The Place de Voges is a delicious place to have a picnic and the pastry shop around the corner, CafĂ© Pouchkine, is to die for. If you didn’t find it you must look in September. We also love the Luxembourg Gardens. Happy memories.