4.04.2011

to paris, to paris.


Regardless of budgets, tight timelines and my stance of practicality, Gabriel had made up his mind: I would wake up for Birthday #25 in Paris. No questions, no arguments. It was happening, so I better deal with it.

Ten weeks ago we spent our last day together hunting down hotels. And let me tell you: That was a job for sure. Although we were booking five months in advance, some of our top choices were already booked to capacity. Not easily deterred from our search for perfection: We hunkered down infront of my computer and stalked hotel after hotel, looking for the perfect blend of location, charm, pricepoint and flawless TripAdvisor reviews. As it turns out, finding the ideal hotel for one entire week in Paris is impossible if booking less than six months in advance. So, we've decided to split our time between The Duquesne Eiffel Hotel and Le Burgundy. Both beautiful, and in ideal locations that allow us to experience two different arrondissments. One was much lower than our pricepoint, and one much higher...so we figured it would average out....right? :)

Truth be told...the inexpensive hotel has won my heart. Why? Here's the view from my room, courtesy of a TripAdvisor photo...and I did request this exact room:


We plan to do all the standards: picnic at the Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, balcony breakfasts of chocolate croissants. A Parisian flea market. Testing out my newly-acquired French-speaking skills. (That's still in progress...)

I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. Sixty days. Sixty days!

23 comments:

  1. Fantastique! I was just thinking about this the other night as I was writing you a little note... How many days until Bethany leaves for Paris? Now I know. Sixty! Ooh, that's very soon!!!

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  2. This post officially makes me want to go to Paris! How wonderfully exciting! :)

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  3. It sounds amazing! Certainly not a trip (or a view) I'd complain about!
    <3 Kiersten

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  4. What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday, especially a milestone one. You'll have an amazing time.

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  5. Oh Paris in the Spring time how dreamy! You must check out this link: http://jordanferney.blogspot.com/search?q=flea+market+directions

    It's directions to the real flea market. It's tricky to find. I really wanted to go to a real one, but we found just a junky type of one when we were there. Oh it's so romantic! You should check out Oh Happy Day or Design Mom, they're both living in Paris right now!

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  6. Oh my goodness, I am so excited for you . . . and truth be told, so jealous! I hope those 60 days go buy quickly!

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  7. how marvelous!!!! what a lucky girl! and, as if you need to be told, i think you've really scored a keeper with that boy! you MUST take a million pictures and share them here. i assume you will get lots of inspiration in such a beautiful city.

    i spent 3 days there in high school as part of a larger trip - and sincerely wished i had more time!

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  8. I used to live in Paris. You'll love it. It's a beautiful, beautiful city.

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  9. That is amazing! Are you taking french for your trip? I hope when you leave you have a marvelous time. :) You deserve an amazing time with your man being away for such long periods of time. You deserve it!

    PS - Please let me live vicariously through you by taking ridiculous amounts of photos!

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  10. Yay this will be so much fun. Every girl deserves to wake up in Paris on her 25th birthday, maybe I should start planning that for mine :-) That sixty days will fly by I am sure.

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  11. You have to tell me where the best coffee is. I've been practicing my French with Chad every night...I only know how to say: Good morning sir, two coffees please? :)

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  12. I think you may well be the luckiest girl in the world! How exciting!

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  13. I have an amazing list of places to eat in Paris. If you are interested my email is on my blog. I the list from another blogger who husband fequently goes to France. We used it on our honeymoon and we were not disapointed!

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  14. I hope you have a FABULOUS time!!!!!!

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  15. I am crazy jealous. I have been trying to schedule in a trip to DC before my 30th and I just can't find the time... how do you do it, you jet setter? ;)

    LB

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  16. Je suis jaloux!!!!
    What exciting news!!!!

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  17. Le sigh. Wish I was planning a trip to Paris. My coworker went a few months ago and came back with some stellar photos and wonderful stories. Sounds like you are destined to do the same!

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  18. hello! hoew lovely! I went to Paris when i was 16 for the weekend with my parents. I want to go back with my love :) x Love your blog..am your newest follower xx

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  19. wow! I am so excited for you! I can't wait to hear all baout it! I would say I am just a wee bit jealous........ :)

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  20. I swear, your litle life is turning out to be not so little anymore! Jet setting all over the world, I am most certainly green with envy. What an amazing thing to have to look forward to, and what an amazing guy you have to share it with. He's just racking up the points, now isn't he? ;)

    Although Ireland was a great trip to virtually tag along with you, I have a feeling this one will be just as magical. Can't wait!

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  21. That view is unbelievable! When I stayed in France the hotels weren't anything special, but I hardly noticed... I'm sure this charming little place will be wonderful for you!

    I'm officially living vicariously through you and your amazing trip!

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  22. We are tossing the idea of Paris around for our honeymoon so naturally I came over to your blog to read about your trip planning and experiences. Of the hotels mentioned in this post, which one was your fav? Do you have any other tips to share? I've read that Paris can be a place that makes a regular American (not dressed in high fashion couture) feel out of place...is that true? Thanks so much for any help you can give me! Feel free to email me if you prefer.

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