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Two weeks ago, we had the entire week off to travel! It came at the perfect time, and I was excited to hit some of my favorite cities. We had 9 days planned out and on our itinerary was Paris, London, and Portugal!

Although I had just spent the entire summer in Paris, I was anxious to get back to my favorite city and show my friend Kayla the magic of Paris! The city never ceases to amaze me with it’s sheer beauty, and I think I could spend months there without getting bored. Every corner takes my breath away, and the sight of seeing the Eiffel tower sparkle at night truly never gets old.

We hit a lot of the super touristy spots since Kayla had never been before, but I was also able to show her some of my favorite places off the beaten path! The city (especially the stores!!) had started decorating for Christmas and the cold weather really got me excited for the Holiday season! It was cool to see the city in the peak of fall while all the leaves were the perfect fall shades and the morning air just crisp enough!

First stop was my favorite place to grab a quick and easy meal with a perfect view of the city! It was a little foggy that morning, but by the time we finished our croissants, it had cleared up enough so that we could see the Eiffel Tower!

A stop on the way to the Louvre in Galleries Lafayette was a must. The decorations were stunning and it was like walking into heaven. Across from the Louvre is Palais Royal, one of my favorite little spots in Paris!

We spent a few hours wandering the Louvre and hitting the hot spots and then there was a mission for some ice cream! We ended up in the Tuileries Gardens relaxing for a bit while playing in the leaves and eating a large cone of Gelato. (and playing in the leaves) 

Later that night, we made our way to see the Eiffel Tower up close and personal and hung out there while we did a whole lot of people watching!

The next day a stop at Laduree was in order for Kayla’s first macaroon experience! In case you’re wondering…the chocolate was her favorite! We also made our way to the Luxembourg gardens, which I had only been to once before briefly, and it was absolutely gorgeous with all the fall colors. I couldn’t stop taking pictures!

Oh and then we had a small photoshoot in the leaves before we were told by security that we weren’t allowed to step on the grass…..whoops!

Oh and somewhere along the way we bought a beret as a joke….sorta. Our heads were cold and we decided we would take turns pretending to be French! In case we hadn’t already gotten enough pictures with the Eiffel Tower we had to make sure we had just a few more….

Oh and it was here where we decided to crack open the box of macaroons for their taste test. It only seemed appropriate that we did it in front of the Eiffel tower! I made sure to capture Kayla’s first experience on camera so she could cherish this moment forever.

Kayla also managed to capture this moment of me when I tried the Rose flavored one…..wasn’t my favorite!!

The Arc de Triomphe was our last stop! We climbed it at night to get a glimpse of the tower sparkling one last time! Tell me that’s not magical….

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  1. Such gorgeous pictures Shannon!

    Tori A. from Prep For A Day

  2. Ah Paris looks gorgeous! I love all of your pictures from your travels, Shannon!


  3. All of your traveling and adventures are giving me wanderlust! It's amusing that you didn't like the rose flavored macaron, as it was my favorite! Hope you're having a great time!
    Lauren | misslaurenalston.blogspot.com