9.09.2014

A morning with the gargoyles.

After a lengthy wait outside the cathedral, my mom and I climbed 387 spiraling stairs to the top of the South Tower of Notre-Dame. The views of the city from the top were absolutely stunning. I especially loved seeing the gargoyles and and chimera up close and personal. We ended up spending over an hour taking photos, listening to the bells, and enjoying the panoramic views. Standing at the top of Notre-Dame was one of my favorite experiences in Paris.

9.08.2014

Scenes from the weekend.

The majority of my weekend was spent working on lesson plans and to-do lists for the upcoming weeks at school. There is always so much to do at the beginning of the school year! In addition to spending hours at my computer, I also got to be Emily' assistant at Angel Spa (Brian thoroughly enjoyed his treatments) and snuck in a quick trip to Fifth Avenue for a dress that was on major sale at Madewell. The weekend flew by and before I knew it I was packing my lunch and laying out my clothes for Monday morning. How was your weekend?

9.07.2014

Patisserie Stohrer

We happened upon Patisserie Stohrer while wandering through the second arrondissement in Paris. Situated on the pedestrian-only Rue Montorgueil, Stohrer is the oldest pastry shop in Paris and offers an amazing variety of delectable desserts. The ceiling and walls of the shop are just as beautiful as the pasties in the glass cases.
My mom and I sampled a raspberry eclair and an almond brioche. The eclair was hands down the best I have ever had! We later learned that Stohrer is known for their Baba au Rhum, a dessert I would love to try. Looks like we have another reason to return to Paris!
Learn more about Stohrer here

9.06.2014

Atop the Arc de Triomphe

After a busy day of sight seeing, my mom and I braved the 284 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe. The 360 degree views from the top of the Arc were phenomenal. We coincidentally timed our visit with the Eiffel Tower's first twinkling light show of the evening, which was amazing to see from high above the city.

9.03.2014

Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame was one of the many sights in Paris that I couldn't wait to see in person. Luckily, it was about a ten minute walk from our hotel so we were able to visit the church a few times during our stay. The first time we were there my mom and I toured the inside of the cathedral. 

I was in awe of the space the second I stepped inside. The lights, arches, and rose windows were all breathtaking. 
Notre-Dame is truly a work of art. I am so grateful I was able to experience it while in Paris. 

9.01.2014

Scenes from the weekend.

My Labor Day weekend was everything I hoped it would be and more. After a long week at work, I spent most of the day on Saturday catching up on sleep. We had a date night in on Saturday night, complete with pizza and several episodes of Arrested Development. On Sunday morning Brian and I tried Culture Espresso, a coffee shop in midtown that has the most delicious cold brew on tap. We ended up buying our own cold brew system for our house- we love it! After fueling up on coffee, we scored some great deals at Macy's and had a delicious lunch at sweetgreen.

Rockaway Beach has quickly become one of my favorite places in New York City, so it seemed only fitting I spend my last day of summer there with several friends from work. We had lunch at Rockaway Taco and spent several hours in the sun before the rain rolled late afternoon.

If only every weekend was a three day weekend...

*Weekend bonus: When I studied abroad in Florence back in 2005, Vivoli Gelato was one of my favorite treats. This weekend I discovered that it is sold on the sixth floor of Macy's! The riso gelato was just as delicious as I remembered. I can't wait to go back for more soon!
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