Hello readers! Long time no see! Life has flown by since November, with tons of travel and the holidays are always a bit crazy.
I was lucky enough to get to jet off to Paris for Thanksgiving, such a great trip! My friend Alicia who lives in Seattle met me there. I managed to pack for 6 days in a carry-on, and I was very proud of myself! I’m going to share some of my outfits and activities for those planning a winter European vacation in the future.
Leggings and tunics were my main staples for this trip… they take up less space and let’s be honest, no one needs a tight waistband while eating their way through Paris!
Paris Winter Travel Essentials:
- Packable Down Coat – I tried on so many of these to find the perfect one, but it was worth the search. Packable down will keep you warm, but isn’t heavy so great for travel and lots of walking when you may take your coat off. Some options below:
- A few pairs of waterproof booties – I’m a huge fan of Blondo, links below
- Nylon Crossbody Purse – I borrowed this Marc Jacobs bag, it was perfect and lightweight! Linked to similar that I bought after trip.
- Spanx Faux Leather Leggings – I wear these at least twice a week and they were wonderful for travel! I wear a medium in these.
- Spanx Look at Me now Leggings – A great basic, I would size down in these. I have a medium but think a small would be even better.
- Denim Leggings – My favorite denim Commando leggings are no longer available, but I’ve linked to an option that gets great reviews.
- Pashmina Scarf in a neutral and a few different colors
- A number of tunics to mix and match, some blouses and some sweaters. Here are some recommendations:
Alicia and I landed Thanksgiving morning, and headed straight to our adorable Air BnB. It was a wonderful location and perfect for 2 people. After settling in and taking a nap, we got dolled up for drinks at the Ritz Carlton bar (so pretty), and then I had booked us a Thanksgiving dinner at O Chateau. Turkey and everything! Paris is so festive this time of year, everything all lit up for Christmas. I did bring one sweater dress to wear out with tights.
View from our balcony
Outside the Ritz
Drinks at the Ritz
Thanksgiving dinner at O’ Chateau
We woke up Friday to get ready for our Paris by Mouth tour of the Left Bank. I highly recommend this tour! We spent 3 hours going to different food shops, and ended the day in a wine cellar, tasting wine and enjoying all the delicious things we picked out!
Our amazing guide
After our food tour, we grabbed a drink (did a lot of that), and then walked around the Luxembourg Gardens before heading home to freshen up for dinner. Dinner Friday night was so cool! I found this site called EatWith, and booked us dinner at a French woman’s home in Montmarte. Her name was Claudine, and she had a lovely apartment where she welcomed us, along with a couple from Israel, and two other single American women. It was so much fun and a wonderful meal. Check it out in many major cities!
Dinner at Claudine’s
Saturday we had a lazy morning shopping around on our way to Champs-Elysses for our reservation to eat crepes. Unfortunately the people rioting about taxes sent us on a detour! We finally found a crepe place we could get to that ended up being delicious, and then took the subway to the Eiffel Tower to escape the madness. We had both been to Paris and up the Eiffel Tower, so this time we were just there to board our champagne cruise of the Seine. It was such a fun time cruising the river while we tasted and learned about champagne. If you don’t want to do a dinner cruise, this is a great alternative! We ended with dinner at Via Emilia, but we were a bit disappointed with the ambiance. The food however was delicious!
Sunday morning we were up early to catch our train to Beaune, part of Burgundy country. After an easy train ride, we arrived to this adorable little village! Felt like walking back in time. We dropped our stuff at our Air Bnb there and headed straight to meet our wine tour of the area. We used Safari Tours, and it was absolutely wonderful! Such a cool experience, a fabulous guide, and of course lots of amazing wine.
Monday we were up bright and early again for a cave tour at Joseph Drouhin at 10am. The tour was fantastic, and we learned a lot. And what better excuse to start drinking early. After shopping and a quick lunch we were off to catch the train back to Paris!
We checked into our hotel in Paris, freshened up and then headed out for some shopping and dinner. We ended Monday with a movie, masks, and wine in our hotel room. The perfect way to end a girlfriend getaway!
Tuesday morning, after a lovely breakfast and final mimosa in our hotel lobby, we sadly headed to the airport! Another amazing trip to the City of Lights.
Please feel free to reach out to me through email if you need help figuring out what to pack for a trip, I’m happy to curate links with ideas for no charge! (I just collect commission on anything you purchase through my links)
I will just be here freezing in Chicago this week, everyone stay warm!