Monday, 4 September 2017

PARIS || Ladurée @ St-Germain-des-Pres
















Ladurée


I finally got to have my Gossip Girl moment and enjoy macaroons in France! 

I was waiting to have my first macaroon experience at Ladurée specifically-- and it was worth the wait! As a shameless Gossip Girl addict, I remembered that Blair and Serena's French experience was always completed with a stop at Ladurée - so when I saw the store front I was so excited to try their macaroons! They were not only beautiful but also some of the best macaroons I've had.

The rest of my day was spent exploring the quaint streets off the St-Germain-des-Pres metro stop.  There were so many cute Parisian cafes and the streets were filled with adorable shops.  It turned out to be such a great day to adventure. 

Now that Ladurée can be checked off the list, I'm ready to try some local and maybe less-famous macaroons.  Will keep you posted on my favorite spots!


Tuesday, 29 August 2017

PARIS || Châtelet













Thrifting & Rolled Ice Cream in Châtelet 

During my first week here, a few friends and I came across a great little area right off the metro stop of Châtelet.  In pursuit of finding a thrift store or two, we came across a street filled with little shops and cute cafes.  After a bit of shopping (where Angela found this awesome hat!), we stopped by the cutest "art pastry shop" called Monsieur Benjamin.  It was my first time trying "rolled ice cream."  The entire process was so beautiful to watch and for some reason it tasted even better than normal "scooped" ice cream!  

This side street off of Châtelet is definitely a great place to spend the afternoon! 


Sunday, 27 August 2017

PARIS || HOME FOR THE NEXT FOUR MONTHS













Bonjour from Paris!

As tomorrow marks two weeks of living in France, I realized a blog post was quite overdue!

For those of you who don't know, I will be spending this semester studying in Paris.  I am living in the 11th district and have spent the past two weeks exploring my little area.  This weekend I knocked out some of the more touristy activities - climbing to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, having a picnic in front of the Eiffel Tower, visiting Lauderee for some macaroons, etc.  But what I've really been enjoying these past two weeks have been learning to take the metro, finding the best fresh baguette spots on the way home, and sitting on my balcony people-watching! It's been a fun first two weeks of exploring my new home! More photos to come soon. 

Thursday, 3 August 2017

SEATTLE || STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM



















 STARBUCKS RESERVE ROASTERY & TASTING ROOM

Located nine blocks from the first Starbucks store is the Starbucks Reserve Roastery and Tasting Room where I enjoyed my first cup of coffee ever!

Everything about the Roastery was so aesthetic and beautiful. There were so many handcrafted and artisan elements about the Reserve that made it truly unique.

I'm so glad that I got the opportunity to spend some time here while visiting Seattle. I would highly recommend it to all coffee lovers & Starbucks fanatics!

See video about the Roastery here.