Paris: Day 2

October 11, 2012

Ahh, day 2 in Paris. The day when I was reunited with my beautiful friend, Peta, who has been living in France. How special. I was in a flurry to catch up with my dear friend, who departed for her overseas adventure two days after our wedding where she was a stunning, supportive bridesmaid. 4 months apart felt a bit too long, really.


Our day started with a run around Notre Dame (pinch me) before enjoying pastries for breakfast in Place des Vosges.

Ben and I then headed back to our apartment to await Miss Peta’s arrival. Of course she came bearing gifts – she’s divine. We were showered with treats from the Basque County – wine, caramels, cheese, foie gras and chocolates. Spoilt.


The three of us then headed out for lunch at Poilâne, a boulangerie I had been very eager to try since reading of their tasty loaves.

The lunch deal included salads to start. There were dried apricots in this salad – happiness.

I ordered the open sandwich with Bayonne ham, which was awfully delicious.

Ben had his with avocado and prawn, which was so fresh and tasty.

Peta had tomato and mozzarella, which was lovely also.

After lunch we wandered around some, catching up and exchanging tales. Peta then went back to the apartment for a nap, leaving Ben and I to explore the left bank.

We visited our beloved Jardin du Luxembourg

and Jean-Charles Rochoux,

where we bought truffles and marvelled at the exquisite chocolate carvings. I found myself a little starstruck by Monsieur Rochoux’s presence, and blurted out that I liked the way his store melt. Oh the embarrassment.


As we left chocolate heaven and started walking (so much walking), we were caught in yet another storm. Why, Paris, why? Completed saturated from the knees down, we sought refuge in La Crêperie de Josselin, which I knew to be nearby…it was all rather fortuitous, I suppose.

Nutella crêpesand cognac for afternoon tea.

Cocktails at Candelaria and Kong

After warming up and finding our way home we moseyed around, relaxing in our apartment a while. Later that evening the three of us went out in the Marais for cocktails at Candelaria, a hidden bar that is very New York and far too cool for me.

Cocktails and chips with guacamole.
Reunited in Paris, how special.

We then dashed to our 10pm dinner booking (so European) at Kong, a fabulous French-Japanese fusion restaurant. You might recognise Kong from Sex and the City, when Carrie is in Paris and has dinner with The Russian’s ex-wife. The chairs were not that hideous, FYI.

I believe there to be a direct correlation between cocktail consumption and a lack of photos from dinner that night. Trust me, though, if you’re wanting a sleek environment while you enjoy expensive but delicious cocktails followed by fresh, exciting food, Kong is the place to go. We had delicious seafood and scrumptious duck that night.

Paris, day 2. Special in so many ways.


Heidi xo

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  • D October 11, 2012 at 10:59 am

    Beautiful! You're making me wish I was much more informed before my Paris trip. I guess there is always a next time 😉

  • Jac October 11, 2012 at 7:54 pm

    Crepes and cognac for afternoon tea!! Very Paris!

  • Not Quite Nigella October 11, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    LOL at cocktails equalling less photos-I know that I really struggle remembering any details if there are cocktails involved! 😛

  • Iron Chef Shellie October 12, 2012 at 11:45 am

    It's so hard when besties move overseas 🙁 One of mine is moving soon… wahhh!!

    What an amazing way to catch up on the other side of the world though <3

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments October 12, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    We got soaked in Jardin du Luxembourg! Just that kind of summer in Paris I suppose. I am loving your Paris posts.

  • Heidi October 12, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    D – Thanks! & agreed, there is always next time…

    Jac – perfection 🙂

    Lorraine – it's an issue… 😛

    Michele – so so special!

    Lisa – takes you back, I'm sure! Was it really that long ago we were there? *sigh*

    Heidi xo

  • Leah October 12, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    What a spectacular day.

  • Hannah October 13, 2012 at 7:49 am

    How blissful, blissful, blissful, to meet with one of your heartsoulgirls in this city of wonderment.

    I keep hoping I'll turn around and see you in New York, my dearest. I'm back for another two days before flying to Canada right now. Why aren't you here?

  • Heidi October 13, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    Leah – so spectacular – spoilt!

    Hannah – my dear, I have no idea why I'm not there. It makes no sense to me. None.

    Heidi xo