We’ll Always Have Paris

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This was my second trip to Paris, but I felt "at home" there this time right away. Perhaps it's because we spent a majority of 2016 in Europe, but while walking the streets of Paris I kept thinking to myself how much I felt one with the city and its culture as if I had already been there many times before. My husband has been to Paris more than me, and with our last trip there being so short, we were finally able to see more of what we were hoping to last time. So one morning, after breakfast at Angelina's, we hopped on the metro (we prefer subways over taxis) north to explore a new part of the city I had not seen before. [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="10765,10753"] [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="10754,10763"] Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Montmartre, Paris, France Tor's favorite neighborhood in Paris is Montmartre (mine is a tie between Montmartre and Le Marais). To him, it feels like the quintessential quarter of Paris. He wasn't wrong - it still has cobble stone streets, hipster coffee shops (Tor's favorite discoveries), and plazas filled with artists painting the architecture of the neighborhood. After visiting the famous Sacré-Cœur, we enjoyed a bird's eye view of Paris before indulging in delicious crêpes (caramel and chantilly cream for me, ham and egg for Tor) at locals' favorite Crêperie Brocéliande (where I proceeded to have a meltdown over an adorable, little blonde French girl enjoying crêpes with her dad) and a coffee (hot cocoa for me) at Cuillier. [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="10766,10769"] [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="10755,10770"] Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Paris, France wearing Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Chevron Bag [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="10775,10776"] [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="10752,10773"] [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="10771,10772"] Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Montmartre, Paris, France The rain was still coming down, but we refused to let it damper on our day (pun intended). We hopped aboard the Metro and headed towards Paris' most iconic landmark - the Eiffel Tower. We had enjoyed dinner with all of our friends (yep, all 20 of us) at the top of the Eiffel Tower on our first night in town, but we had yet to admire it in the daytime. Even in the rain, the Eiffel Tower is still majestic. [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="10759,10757"] [gallery link="none" columns="2" size="full" ids="10761,10762"] Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Paris, France wearing Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Chevron Bag Be sure to check out my Paris Travel Guide for all my recommendations for your next trip to the City of Love! Photos by Torrance Coombs. Rebecca Minkoff bagLauren Ralph Lauren coat (similar here), J. Crew sweater, J Brand jeans, Marc Fisher heels, Bloomingdale's cashmere gloves

This was my second trip to Paris, but I felt “at home” there this time right away. Perhaps it’s because we spent a majority of 2016 in Europe, but while walking the streets of Paris I kept thinking to myself how much I felt one with the city and its culture as if I had already been there many times before.

My husband has been to Paris more than me, and with our last trip there being so short, we were finally able to see more of what we were hoping to last time. So one morning, after breakfast at Angelina’s, we hopped on the metro (we prefer subways over taxis) north to explore a new part of the city I had not seen before.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Montmartre, Paris, France

Tor’s favorite neighborhood in Paris is Montmartre (mine is a tie between Montmartre and Le Marais). To him, it feels like the quintessential quarter of Paris. He wasn’t wrong – it still has cobble stone streets, hipster coffee shops (Tor’s favorite discoveries), and plazas filled with artists painting the architecture of the neighborhood. After visiting the famous Sacré-Cœur, we enjoyed a bird’s eye view of Paris before indulging in delicious crêpes (caramel and chantilly cream for me, ham and egg for Tor) at locals’ favorite Crêperie Brocéliande (where I proceeded to have a meltdown over an adorable, little blonde French girl enjoying crêpes with her dad) and a coffee (hot cocoa for me) at Cuillier.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Paris, France wearing Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Chevron Bag

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Montmartre, Paris, France

The rain was still coming down, but we refused to let it damper on our day (pun intended). We hopped aboard the Metro and headed towards Paris’ most iconic landmark – the Eiffel Tower. We had enjoyed dinner with all of our friends (yep, all 20 of us) at the top of the Eiffel Tower on our first night in town, but we had yet to admire it in the daytime. Even in the rain, the Eiffel Tower is still majestic.

Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella of The A List blog visits Paris, France wearing Rebecca Minkoff Quilted Chevron Bag

Be sure to check out my Paris Travel Guide for all my recommendations for your next trip to the City of Love!

Photos by Torrance Coombs.

Rebecca Minkoff bagLauren Ralph Lauren coat (similar here), J. Crew sweater, J Brand jeans, Marc Fisher heels, Bloomingdale’s cashmere gloves

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  1. Kashya Smith

    You guys should check out Monsieur Bleu next time you go! Amazing views and really great atmosphere, especially if you enjoy people-watching.

    • The A List

      Thanks for the tip!

    • The A List

      You will love it!

  2. Karen

    After following your Twitter posts for awhile I finally had a chance to check out the blog and wow did you not disappoint! Tres manifique!

    Definitely taking notes for when I get to do my own European adventures.

    • The A List

      Wow Karen that is such a compliment! Thank you so much!

  3. Maggie

    Can’t get enough of Paris at the moment! I’ve only been once, and it was quite fleeting and rushed, as it was for a school trip. I’d SO love to go back one day. As for now, I’ll just live vicariously through your STUNNING photos. <3

    It's Me, Maggie | http://itsme-maggie.blogspot.com/

    • The A List

      Hi Maggie! I completely understand that “rushed” feeling! My first trip to Paris was for only 2 days and I was battling a severe sinus infection, so I didn’t have a better lasting impression on the city. I’m glad you are enjoying our photos until you return for yourself someday!

  4. Jandrew

    Paris the city of lights …,if you don’t love ❤️ Paris you don’t love .Thanks for your great blog .
    Jandrew
    Dress The Part
    http://jandrewspeaks.com

    • The A List

      Thank you so much!

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