Our Honeymoon: Paris

We started our honeymoon off in Paris, one of my favorite cities in the world.

I studied abroad in Paris when I was in college and this was my first trip back. Last winter, when Adam and I started planning our honeymoon out and brainstorming of where we wanted to go, I immediately shouted out PARIS! We had to go to Paris. It was a given. Paris was where I fell in love with food and where decided to make a career out of my passion. I’m obsessed with the French culture, the way of life there that involves all the sweet little pastry shops, markets and fresh flowers. There’s a spark, a bit of magic, that you feel when you stand on the bridge overlooking the Seine and the gaping steeples of the Notre Dame. I know it’s just a city and it has it’s share of issues, but for me there will always be that spark.

Instead of going the hotel route, we rented a tiny flatduring our stay and couldn’t have been happier. Traveling is both Adam and my biggest passion and when we travel, we like to “be local” as much as possible. For us that means steering clear of big corporate hotel chains, walking everywhere {or learning that city’s means of public transportation} and finding out the fabulous hole-in-the-wall restaurants. We aren’t big into touristy things and would rather dig in to local culture. That’s why it worked out so well for us to rent a flat!

Here’s the inside of our flat! It was tiny but perfect for us and was in a wonderful area on the left bank close to many bistros and cafes and about 15 minutes walking distance from the Eiffel Tower.

The bedspread was covered in hearts! Adorable. This flat had previously been a bakery in the early 20th century. How fitting, right? If you’re interested, you can find the listing to “The Boulangerie Room” here. I really can’t recommend it enough and the owner was incredibly nice. He took Adam and I on a stroll around the neighborhood right when we arrived to show us all his favorite places.

We spent five glorious nights in Paris. One of the days we slept until 12:30 in the afternoon! If you know me or have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know I NEVER sleep in…but it felt wonderful to just relax and catch up on all the sleep we missed during the wedding and on our long flight. It rained pretty much every day we were there, but we didn’t care. We just buttoned up our rain jackets, grabbed the umbrella that Christopher {the owner of the flat} left for us, and headed out to explore.

We stuffed ourselves absolutely silly with chocolate croissants, tarte tatin, ham & cheese crepes and flourless chocolate cake. Every single day we ate dessert after lunch AND dinner. It was fabulous. A typical mid-day snack was hot goat cheese toast and rose wine….or gelato, which I ate daily on the trip. I think that covers all nutritional bases, right?

While in Paris, I also became obsessed with the vending machines in the metro stations. I mean, they are really the cutest! Filled with European chocolates and Haribo gummie bears.

And the fresh flowers! They were everywhere, despite the cold rain.

We spent one afternoon exploring the Jarden des Plantes, which was in my old neighborhood, and then when it started to rain again, we took shelter sipping hot, sweet mint tea and nibbling on crunchy pastries at the Paris Mosque.

Another day was spent walking along the Seine and through the winding streets of Ile St-Louis. We ate dinner at my favorite restaurant in Paris that night, Il Caveau. If you’re ever in Paris, please do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a meal here. It’s actually quite affordable, as far as Paris goes. I believe dinner that night for the two of us cost only 60 euros, and that included wine and dessert.

When you’re there, start with a steaming bowl of French onion soup and then order the salmon with rice instead of vegetables for your entree. The sauce with the salmon is life changing, full of garlic and other magical things. Definitely get the soft chocolate cake for dessert, which is sort of like a chocolate lava cake, but served with thick, rich creme anglaise for dipping. Then, let’s chat.

On our last evening in Paris, the rain finally stopped. We took that as an opportunity to stock up on truffle salami {from our neighborhood charcuterie}, stinky cheese, French bread and macarons from La Grand Epicerie and head to the Eiffel Tower to have a picnic. The ground was still wet, so my husband went out and bought us a cheap blue blanket from Monoprix to spread underneath us and we cracked a bottle of Pinot Noir, made sandwich after sandwich, and feasted happily.

I have still have so much I could tell you about, like the ice cream sundae from Laduree, the falafel sandwich the size of my face from L’as du Fallafel in the Marais {we waited in line outside in the cold rain for half an hour to get that sandwich and let me tell you, it did not disappoint}, the countless cones of gelato from Amorino and dry, fizzy champagne we sipped out of paper cups in our flat, while our shoes dried out from the rain. Of course we had a dud day that involved walking in circles for hours, but that’s not relevant.

We left Paris early in the morning, dragging our sixty pound suitcase down the Metro steps as we made our way to the train station. The next part of our adventure to come!

**Regularly scheduled recipe posts will resume shortly. Thank you for understanding + having patience as we unpack, settle in and start our lives together!

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  • Carol S
    June 16, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Spent 10 days in Paris in April to participate in the marathon and explore the city. It was fabulous. As I had never been before I spent a fair amount of my time seeing everything I possibly could and not enough time exploring the food of the city.

  • sarah
    June 16, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    How wonderful, I love it. I am with on being very local when you travel, it’s just more fun. I have done air BBB but I’ll have to check out flip key!

    • sarah
      June 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm

      *airbnb πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    June 16, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Sounds absolutely perfect! Can’t wait to read what’s next.

  • Urban Wife
    June 16, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Paris looks wonderful! I’m sure it felt nice to be back there again, this time with your husband. πŸ™‚

  • Nancy in Naples
    June 16, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    Love reading about your honeymoon in Paris and can’t wait for part II!

  • sharon
    June 16, 2013 at 4:19 pm

    So happy for you both! Paris is so romantic and perfect to start off a honeymoon! So excited for more posts!

  • Kristin
    June 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    I love this post and it is a dream of mine to visit Paris one day. But if we could please stop for a moment and focus on your black skinnies at your picnic? Are they leggings or skinnies? The fit looks adorable….please share! Can’t wait to hear more about your travels! It’s okay to take a break from the blog-norm. Most of us love hearing about your life & adventures too πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      June 16, 2013 at 4:31 pm

      Thanks, Kristin! They are skinnies — I got them from StitchFix a while back – I believe the brand is “Sanctuary” and they are the black ponde pants. I love them!

      • Kristin
        June 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        Stitchfix does it again πŸ˜‰ thanks!!

  • Eliza
    June 16, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    lovedddd reading this! You look so beautiful and happy.

  • Marguerite Miller
    June 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    Wow, that sounds like an amazing start to your Honeymoon!! I can’t wait to read a little more each day! If I ever get to Paris, I will follow everything you did! Thanks!

  • Anne @
    June 16, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    Oh Wow! I love everything about this post!
    Not only is it beautifully written, it leaves me wanting more, which is the best compliment possible!
    I am so glad your honeymoon was so wonderful. Congratulations!!!

  • Liz
    June 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    Those are some gorgeous pictures, and I love that you rented a flat instead of staying in an apartment! I keep getting confused, though, about when it was that you were in Paris before. I thought it was for a 6-week course of some sort after college, not a study abroad stint in college? I can’t believe you’ve never been back! Once I caught the travel bug I couldn’t shake it. Then again, I have always lived in the northeast, which makes for a relatively inexpensive and quick hop across the pond.

    • Liz
      June 16, 2013 at 5:03 pm

      P.S. The vending machine appears to be filled with Mounds, M&Ms, and Snickers. πŸ™‚ (And other European brands, I know….) Actually I have specifically noted that the Snickers in Paris seem smallers and heavier on the peanuts (yum) than they are here.

      • Aubrey
        June 17, 2013 at 4:54 am

        Actually, the Mars company that makes M&Ms and Snickers has historically run its chocolate business between both the U.S. and the U.K., so the Mars bar could technically be considered European! And the recipes for the candy globally are a bit different based on the tastes of the country they are in. πŸ™‚ Chances are, that candy is made in Europe.

        • Liz
          June 17, 2013 at 1:42 pm

          I’m actually aware of that, and Nestle is also European, but let’s face it – mass-produced/mass-marketed candy bars aren’t exactly what people think of when they think “European chocolates.” And although the recipe varies a bit from place to place (not just for tastes but for accepted/available ingredients) those candy bars are still largely what you can get in any drug store in the US. (I’ve been to Europe more than 10 times, with 6 visits to Paris.)

  • Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health
    June 16, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I LOVE Paris! It looks like you two had an amazing honeymoon together and made the best of every situation. You’re making me want to go back there like, tomorrow. It’s such a magical place. And you’re flat was adorable, it’s actually bigger than the hotel room I stayed in while I was there. That’s too cool that it used to be a bakery-so fitting for you. Can’t wait to read more of your time there!

  • Michele | aka Raw Juice Girl
    June 16, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    I love that you shared all this, Jenna!! I’m SO happy for you!!! I felt your love and excitement in every word. I can’t wait to read more!!! <3

  • Molly
    June 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    This sounds amazing. So did FlipKey sponsor your apartment in exchange for your review?

    • jenna
      June 16, 2013 at 6:05 pm

      Yes! It was such a wonderful treat.

      • Lindsay
        June 17, 2013 at 10:34 am

        Hate to rain on your (sponsored) honeymoon parade, but you need to disclose the source of any gifts you receive in exchange for a review. And as a reader, I would appreciate it if you made it conspicuous instead of hidden in a post that required your reader to infer the sponsorship!

        • Suzanne de Cornelia
          June 17, 2013 at 1:06 pm

          It wasn’t hidden, it was right below the post where it belongs.

          • Marie
            June 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm

            Suzanne, you need to read up. It doesn’t “belong” in the bottom of the post:
            Although the 2000 guidelines defined proximity as β€œnear, and when possible, on the same screen,” and stated that advertisers should β€œdraw attention to” disclosures, the new guidance says disclosures should be β€œas close as possible” to the relevant claim.

            For what it’s worth, I think the way she mentioned the offer within the content of the post is a more honest and sincere way of disclosing sponsored content rather than ONLY putting it at the bottom of the page.

            And last, lest anyone accuse me of raining on her parade, I’m simply trying to offer the FACTS and also defend a few of the commenters here who are getting ripped apart just for saying they felt a little duped…or should no one get a say but you?

        • Sarah
          June 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

          Was this part “The company contacted us almost a year ago in regards to reviewing one of their thousands of properties worldwide and naturally, we saved that once in a lifetime opportunity for our honeymoon!” confusing to you, Lindsay? She made it clear. We would appreciate it if you let her enjoy that parade.

        • Heather C
          June 19, 2013 at 7:20 am

          I can’t believe people can’t just be happy for Jenna. Weddings and honeymoons can get pricey. So what if they were offered a sponsored flat in Paris? Awesome for them!

          Get over yourselves and stop being so judgmental. That can’t be a very enjoyable way to live.

  • LaurenC
    June 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm

    Jenna, this is my favorite post of yours! You described my dream week in Paris – staying in a flat, eating to your heart’s content, and wandering around to local shops, markets & boulangeries. My boyfriend and I spent 5 days in Paris in 2011 and fingers are crossed that we’ll be heading back next summer. I loved seeing your photos and reading your tips of local places. Definitely bookmarking this post for future reference! Looking forward to reading more about your honeymoon πŸ™‚

  • Abby
    June 16, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Looks like you had an amazing time! πŸ™‚ I’m a long-time reader and I love the way you bring your readers with you on every journey! Congrats! πŸ™‚

  • Tina
    June 16, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Looks like an incredibly lovely trip! The photos are amazing! Can’t wait to see how the rest of your adventure unfolded! Oh and now I’m really craving a croissant!!

  • Sarah
    June 16, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    I love Paris. Honeymoon 2006 and I wanna go back…… So bad.

  • Kaprise
    June 16, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    this sounds amazing!! πŸ™‚ love the pictures!!!

  • Pam
    June 16, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    Oh sounds like an amazing time in Paris!! I loved that you stayed in a flat, that’s the only way to do it in Paris! We rented a place through is Fall 2009, it was wonderful!
    Can’t wait to read about the next part of your honeymoon :).
    Congratulations on your marriage!!!

  • Luv What You Do
    June 16, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    I loved reading your post and seeing your pictures.
    What a great idea to rent a flat!!!

  • Angela
    June 16, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    How romantic!! Paris looks amazing, my dream one day is to picnic like that!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 16, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    What an awesome post and recap of some of your time there. Having a picnic by the Eiffel Tower, drinking wine, soaking in life with your new hubs…that’s pretty much perfection right there πŸ™‚

    Thanks for the update and sharing your travels with us!

  • Tieghan
    June 16, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    Looks amazing. You make me really want to visit Pairs! Someday!
    Thanks for the post, I really enjoyed it!

  • Aileen
    June 16, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    I love this post! We were in Paris at the same time! I kept seeing your IG posts and wondering if I’d see you. I’m so glad you had an amazing time! We loved Paris and I can’t wait to go back again. Thanks for sharing so much of your life!

  • jan
    June 16, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I love living through you in this post! It sounds amazing!

  • Olviya
    June 16, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    This sounds so wonderful! Eating and drinking your way through Paris. How fun!
    I love reading your travel posts, keep ’em coming! πŸ™‚

    Take all the time you need to settle in…your readers will always be here. πŸ™‚

  • Brenda
    June 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm

    I absolutely love Paris. We took our honeymoon there as well and stayed for two weeks. Your post brought back so many memories of that time. The wine, the ham and cheese baguettes, rue moufetard (spelling is wrong) loading our backpack with a picnic lunch. Loved every minute of it. Maybe not the oh my goodness I think we are locked in the metro and its closed and some menacing guy with a German shephard is coming towards us (scareiest moment ever!!!). Ahhh Paris…, love, love!!!!

  • Kaitlin
    June 17, 2013 at 12:40 am

    I love this post so much, because you are so excited about the little things I over look now that I have lived in Europe for a bit. It is easy to forget how magical a place can be after you have lived and worked in it, so thank you for reminding me that I have it pretty good.

  • michelle
    June 17, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Love this post! The food looks amazing. Where did you get your blue raincoat?

  • Christina
    June 17, 2013 at 3:14 am

    Jenna, yor way of writing is so wonderfully appealing and makes me want to go back to Paris myself. It really has this special flair to it and I think there’s no other city that compares. I have been reading your blog for years and although I do not know you personally, I am very happy for you and Adam. Take you time settling.

  • Lauren @ The Highlands Life
    June 17, 2013 at 3:44 am

    I love these posts! Don’t apologize. I’m just grateful you are willing to share and let us live this a little through your words and beautiful pictures. Keep them coming and take all the time you need.

  • Aubrey
    June 17, 2013 at 4:56 am

    I could not find info on Il Caveau, and I want to recommend it to a friend who will spend July in Paris! Would it happen to be “Le Caveau de l’Isle” on Isle St Louis?

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    June 17, 2013 at 5:48 am

    LOVING that you’re doing recaps of your honeymoon/wedding! And how darn cute is the heart pattern on the bed on your flat, ps?

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    June 17, 2013 at 6:12 am

    That goat cheese smeared one bread dish looks so good!
    And I’m sure you loved typing out “my husband” in your picnic story. πŸ™‚

  • Melanie
    June 17, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Oh how I love Paris!!! Your traveling style sounds very similar to my husband’s and mine–we also stayed in a flat in Paris and it was amazing. It will be a while before we get back (we have a 2 year old and another on the way) so thank you for sharing your trip so I can get a taste of it again!

  • deva by definition
    June 17, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Oh this is such a lovely post – gorgeous photos! We tend to travel as local as we can. My husband travels often for work so we use points for hotel rooms to save some money, but 90% of the time that we travel, we try to figure out the local public transportation or walk a lot. We went to Boston in 2010 and walked 8 miles our first day there! I love getting to know the area where we travel, to walk around and explore the cities!

    I am looking forward to reading more about your honeymoon travels!

  • Laura (Blogging Over Thyme)
    June 17, 2013 at 6:39 am

    So excited to hear more about your honeymoon, travels, and wedding! Love these types of posts πŸ˜‰

  • Lindsay @ Kale & Coriander
    June 17, 2013 at 6:44 am

    This post makes me so happy! I can’t wait to hear even more about your trip girl! xx

  • Robin
    June 17, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Looks like an amazing couple of days. Now you have me wanting to go back to Paris! Love that city <3

  • Caroline L.
    June 17, 2013 at 8:33 am

    This post made my heart oh-so-happy! That looks like such a dreamy honeymoon, and I’m so glad it came full-circle for you πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to read more! Also, this makes me so excited about studying abroad at Oxford in the winter… my best friend and I are planning a girls-only Valentine’s Day weekend in Paris and I will force her to hit up these spots you talked about!

  • Barbara
    June 17, 2013 at 8:56 am

    why can’t I see your beautiful pictures!? πŸ™

  • ashley
    June 17, 2013 at 10:18 am

    Wow! Wonderful stay in PARIS!!! how romantic and a wonderful place to honeymoon… You seem thrilled and happy to be a wife… I have been married 11 years and it just keeps getting better! I know it will be the same for you too !

  • kyla
    June 17, 2013 at 10:29 am

    That flat is sooooo cute!!!!!! Everything looks wonderful. Can’t wait to read more!

  • Mary
    June 17, 2013 at 10:39 am

    Sweet. I want to go to there.

  • Leslie Means
    June 17, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Now I totally need to go! πŸ™‚ Thanks for this!

  • erin @hooleywithaz
    June 17, 2013 at 11:43 am

    love! i have never been to paris, but want to go so badly! i think renting a flat or a room is such a good way to do it, especially in europe…it puts you closer to everything, and makes you feel like you’re living “real life” there.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    LOVED this post!! Spectacular street photos. The Ile St. Louis…a fave. Am now missing Paris sooooo much. Can’t wait to see the rest of the trip!!

    Pretty sure it’s a Cosmic Law that will get lost in Paris without getting lost. πŸ˜‰

    ‘My husband’. Two beautiful words together.

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 17, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Jenna– Just thought to mention, as I know you love Carmel, a 1 bdrm really darling Redwood Chalet cottage 5 min walk to town avail for August 15-Sept 16. (It was avail July 16-Aug 15 but think they rented the first month). Laundry, WiFi, darling kitchen, the works… a real ‘writer’s place’…..extremely quiet at night in the forest.

  • Mel
    June 17, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    I head to Paris on July 11th- will be in France for two weeks! I absolutely cannot wait to wander around leisurely and take photographs. Not to mention eat really good food!

  • MaryM
    June 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    I also spent my honeymoon in Paris! We found the people to be awesome and the food great. I just loved every second of it!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    June 17, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Oh I totally feel the same way about Paris. Looks like you had a blast. I cannot wait to visit again.

  • Meghan
    June 17, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Beautiful pictures! I can only hope to see and experience Paris in person one day.

  • Emily
    June 17, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    May I ask where you got that cute blue rain jacket?

  • Liz O
    June 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Rue du commerce!!!!! My heart skipped a beat when I saw the metro sign- my husband and I lived in Paris, on rue du Commerce in the 15eme for 18 months! I know firsthand just how amazing your location was!! Looks like an incredible honeymoon- congrats!! We are longing for a long weekend in Paris, but now torn with leaving our 19 mo old daughter with grandma….how life can change :). Congrats again & thanks for the great Parisian walk down memory lane.

  • Annie
    June 17, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    I love hearing stories of Paris…it brings back the magic of my one visit!

  • Ashley
    June 17, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    I love being able to see all of the adventures you and Adam experienced. Thank you so much for sharing!

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    June 17, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Everything sounds amazing and makes me want to visit Europe again soon. I studied abroad in Spain and have many of the same feelings about the city I stayed as you do for Paris. I adore your and Adam’s way of traveling – keeping it local. I’m trying to make a point to do that more as I travel. It seems to make for a much fuller experience.

  • Kim
    June 17, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Jenna, it sounds like you had so much fun!! Congrats on a beautiful honeymoon!

  • Laurie {SimplyScratch}
    June 17, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Looks like you had a great time Jenna! Your post and pictures are truly fantastic… thank you for sharing your time in Paris with us! Xo

  • Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    June 18, 2013 at 3:44 am

    It sounds like you guys had an amazing time – I’m so glad you finally got to go back to Paris again! I’m dying to go someday (especially after reading David Lebovitz’s The Sweet Life in Paris… his depictions of the French totally crack me up).

  • DessertForTwo
    June 18, 2013 at 5:22 am

    Oh, Jenna! Thanks for sharing!
    This was such a great reminder that it’s worth it to slow down in my day and enjoy the simple things in life: warm goat cheese toast, gelato, a small sweet. Thanks for this!

    I’m so glad your honeymoon in Paris was everything you hoped for!

  • Lauren
    June 18, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I feel the exact same way about Paris. Magical.

    My mother and I rented a flat for 10 days last summer in the Marais, and she begged me to take her to L’as du Fallafel TWICE! She had never tried it, but now she’s hooked. πŸ™‚

  • Alicia
    June 18, 2013 at 8:50 am

    I love Paris! It will always have a magical spark for me! It’s where my husband asked me to marry him πŸ™‚
    Falafel was one of my favorite meals! It’s the only place (besides patisseries) where we ate more than once. And the gelato! Oh my! Did they shape your gelato like flowers? That’s the way ours came which was really fun, but I can’t remember the name of the place.

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    June 18, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Amazing!! I went to Paris in college and fell in love. I love seeing all of your pictures!

  • Katie
    June 18, 2013 at 1:29 pm

    I wish flipkey would sponsor my trips! πŸ™‚ haha

  • hilly
    June 18, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I stayed in the Boulangerie room two years ago too!!! It’s just the cutest place!! although the shower was like a tiny glass box!! Next year we are planning in staying in one of their other properties πŸ™‚

  • Danielle
    June 19, 2013 at 2:24 am

    I’m finally catching up on your post-wedding adventures (had a baby June 1, so life is a little different now:) This makes me want to go back to Paris! Someday… Can’t wait to hear more. Congrats Jenna!

  • kristen | verbs and vignettes
    June 19, 2013 at 4:57 am

    it all looks beautiful!!! glad the rain didn’t get you down. welcome home, mrs.

    i’m looking forward to reading about the rest!

  • Amy Walters, A DESIGN DOCK
    June 19, 2013 at 5:39 am

    I love that flat! It’s beautiful. I’ve never heard of FlipKey…so fun!

  • gwen
    June 19, 2013 at 6:56 am

    For some reason, traveling doesn’t top my list of favorite activities, but your post makes me want to go {back} to Paris! Would it be silly to fly there for the falafel alone? πŸ˜‰

  • Heather C
    June 19, 2013 at 7:23 am

    It’s fun to read about your adventures. Thanks for sharing! It looks like a lovely trip πŸ™‚

  • Caroline
    June 19, 2013 at 7:56 am

    I’m so happy for you! I’ve been following your blog since the Florida days and you’re life sounds so fabulous. Having some glimpse of what you’ve been through in the past but seeing where your life has led you since then has been such a treat. I wish you every happiness in the world!

  • Amy @ So There. by Amy
    June 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Oh, I am so glad you posted this, thank you!
    Sounds like you had an amazing honeymoon.

    I am visiting my friend in London in September, and we are spending 2 days in Paris – I just emailed her this link so we can try and check out as many of these places as we can!
    Thank you!

  • Karen
    June 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Jenna – Did you receive my email re. Savannah and Charleston recs?

    • jenna
      June 19, 2013 at 11:59 am

      Yes! I apologize I am a little slow on my email right now. We actually just had a friend pass away this morning and we are headed down south to be with the family. I promise I’ll catch up next week.

      • Karen
        June 20, 2013 at 4:49 am

        Oh no…so sorry to hear of your sad news. My deepest condolences and safe travels, Jenna. (Next week would be just fine.)

  • Sara @ sarasmiles
    June 20, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Sounds heavenly!

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  • Lily
    June 20, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I love this post!!!! I have fallen completely in love with this city during my time here abroad, I can’t believe I have to leave next week πŸ™

    I’m all about the champagne, goat cheese toasts, chocolate and almond croissants, baguettes, and I had my first amorino flower gelato cone the other day by the L’Organgerie, AMAZING!

  • Kristi
    June 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Paris looks wonderful and an amazing place to spend a honeymoon.

  • Julia
    June 23, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I loved this post too!!! We are making our maiden voyage to Paris this fall. I have taken notes of some of your recommendations. We have also rented a flat through VRBO.. I am soo looking forward to eating, drinking & strolling through this romantic city!! Thanks Jenna and congratulations on your nuptuals πŸ™‚

  • Hannah
    June 26, 2013 at 2:46 pm


    It’s so interesting to see your trip to Paris as I’m finishing my year abroad here as well, and it’s amusing because you talk about staying “local” but quite a few of your pictures – such as Les Deux Magots, or the Eiffel Tower, are not very local at all! Haha, it’s totally okay to do “touristy things” while you are traveling! Even after a year here, I still lose my breath when I see the Eiffel Tower, but it still remains a very touristy image of Paris, and there is so much more stuff to see here ! Next time πŸ™‚

  • Deborah
    June 26, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    What a lovely post! My sister and I are going to Paris at the end of July, so this was great to read. She is a huge foodie, so I’m sure she’ll be in heaven (right now she’s making a list of all the pastry shops she wants to try!)

    Can you give us more info on the Il Caveau restaurant? Where is it? I can’t seem to find it on Google πŸ™

  • P.
    June 27, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    I’m truly happy for you. I would not choose a Paris for my honeymoon (even though it is one of my “must visit” places), but if that’s your place, that’s great.

  • Sophie
    June 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Hi Jenna! I’m headed to Paris in 3 weeks (yay!) and was thinking of doing my birthday dinner at Il Caveau. I can’t seem to find it online – can you let me know where it’s located? merci!

  • Angela
    July 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

    I too spent a semester abroad in France, although I lived in Pontlevoy only 2 hours by TGV in the Loire valley. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post about your honeymoon in Paris. I would love to go back and see some of my favorite sites. Have you seen the Sabrina 1995 movie? It has set partially in Paris and I love to see it when I want to reminise. I’m so glad I found your blog! I can’t wait to read more.

  • Kanisa
    July 10, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    Wonderful. I love this post. πŸ™‚

  • Stacey
    November 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm

    hi there!
    i’m getting married in may and dream of going to paris. we know that traveling is expensive and do plan on renting a flat and eating local (cooking/assembling own meals there)… we’re having trouble figuring out what it costs to “live” there for a week.
    any tips? πŸ™‚

  • Beth Anne
    January 4, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    A friend just shared one of your recipes and I was browsing your blog and saw in your 2013 post that you went to Paris..this post is so awesome! I’m going to Paris & Rome in May and we were thinking about just renting an apartment in Paris for a few days and then in Rome for a few days instead of a hotel. Thanks for the link to that website I’ve already found some good deals for us!

  • Jen H
    April 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    I am currently on a perfect European vacation with my wonderful husband! We just left Paris yesterday and we are staying in the French riviera for the next couple of days before heading into Italy. Thank you for your inspirational blog. It is fun to look back on your pictures, as we just saw the same sites. And congrats on the baby.


  • Duniya Safari
    March 14, 2021 at 10:26 pm

    Great pictures and suggestions. A memorable trip I am sure. Thanks for all the great tips. I love the suggestions, and the beautiful pictures! I love reading tips about Paris