I have just returned from a fabulously relaxing and rejuvenating birthday get-a-way in Paris coordinated by Take Me To Paris Apartments. If you’re looking to escape the heat and humidity of summertime in the States, Paris is where you want to be!
I spent much of my 5 days outdoors – strolling along the Seine, lounging in Jardin des Tuileries, and taking advantage of end-of-season sales at outdoor markets and boutiques.
Parisians are making the most of the breezy real estate along the river – where pop-up bistros, crepe stands and cafes are interspersed between outdoor activities like hopscotch and tether-pong.
The gardens at Tuileries are in full bloom and immaculately pruned. Soothed by the tranquil sounds of a trickling fountain, I spent most of one afternoon sunning and people-watching.
Although truncated from the extensive offering during the spring and fall months, the outdoor Saxe-Breteuil market still has an amazing selection of treats and gifts.
If you’re fond for finding a bargain, most boutiques are still open and looking to sell their final items before setting out fall and winter collections. I found lots of good deals along Rue du Commerce in the 15th. For big spenders, or faire du lèche-vitrine, stroll along rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré in the 8th … and be sure to stop for a drink in the famously elegant Hotel Bristol.
While indulging in the French delicacies of pain au chocolat and fromage, I also mildly kept an exercise regime – logging between 12,000 and 15,000 steps per day and with a one-day pass at CMG Sports Club on Rue Frémicourt.
A big thanks to Sonja and her team for making this birthday a special one!