Location: Paris, France
Bonjour! I recently went to Paris to celebrate my birthday and New Year’s Eve. They say Paris is always a good idea, but it was especially dazzling in the winter. Even though traveling during this time of year involved some rainy weather, the French capital was also awash with festive light—from café canopies to trees that lined the Champs Élysées. Plus, Paris looked exceptionally picturesque after it rained, and I made sure to warm up with a healthy dose of chocolat chaud following any run-ins with precipitation.
I was in awe of the intimate cafes, art-filled museums, overflowing flower shops, impossibly chic Parisians, and endless streets full of character. Some of my favorite parts of the trip were watching the Eiffel tower sparkle on New Year’s Eve, feeling at peace in front of Monet’s Water Lilies paintings, gathering inspiration from the Irving Penn exhibit, enjoying a fabulous Moroccan restaurant on my birthday, and the chance to capture the indefinable whimsicality of Paris.
Speaking of, let’s get to the fun part. After all, Paris doesn’t really need much of an introduction.