Travel Diary: Paris

Last October we traveled to Paris for our yearly tradeshow at Premiere Classe. Even though we're working most of the time we always take a day off to explore one of our favorite cities. We were blessed with great weather and armed with some recommendations from friends in the city. Here’s what we found on our journey through the City of Lights!

— Tessa

Saint Ouen's Treasures

The biggest flea market in Paris houses loads of treasures, including old French antiques and glassware. We bought a stash of Peugeot pepper grinders in beautiful colors: crème, blue, and red. Afterward, we grabbed lunch at Le Napoli, a nearby pizzeria with a cute outdoor alleyway seating area.

A 19th Century Perfumery

Our friend introduced us to Buly 1803, a perfumery with fresh, water-based perfumes and skincare products. Our favorite was Lichen d’Ecosse, a green scent evoking the Scottish highlands. We picked up crème de corps, and a fun mouthwash with a snake emblazoned on the front. They even have a calligrapher on staff to personalize your box, making the perfect gift from Paris.

A Famed Artist's Studio, Recreated

Constantin Brancusi’s former studio, designed by Renzo Piano, is a recreation of the artist’s studio with the walls replaced by glass. One side is his display room, crowded with sculptures; the other side is his workshop filled with tools, workbench, and works in progress. Sculptures like his Bird in Space inspired our infinity hoop earrings.

Modern Italian in a Cozy Setting

One of our new favorite restaurants in the up-and-coming Belleville neighborhood, Dilia is a Michelin starred Italian restaurant with an easy, casual vibe. Take a walk in Butte Chaumont before dinner and then tuck into their small dining room. Our favorite dish was tortellini in brodo and the wine selection was excellent.