paris for a mother-daughter getaway

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time for a visit

My mom and I grew up with an incredibly strong bond. “When Supal was born I wanted to give her every opportunity the world had to offer. She should see no boundaries and not limits. I wanted her to be one thing… and that was unstoppable.”

Growing up my mother was a proper mother to me. One that held very high expectations, never let me quit, encouraged {and sometimes forced} me to do things that I never thought I would cherish one day. As I grew older, our relationship of mother-daughter became more of a friendship. She was, and still is, the first person I go to when I need advice or have a problem. The relationship evolved organically as trust, honesty and love was instilled in existing structures. And to this day, I don’t know what I would do if I couldn’t FaceTime her regularly.

It had been one year since I had seen my mother in the flesh and I was itching to get some quality time with her. At that point, I hadn’t made plans to go to America-and so my parents thought it was time one of them bought a ticket to visit me across the pond. With eyes full of tears right now, it is really hard to live so far from them-but their love reaches me through every barrier that comes between us.

And like any child that has been give the world plus more, I wanted to treat her to a trip she will never EVER forget. she had been to London a few times now {not since I moved here}, so it seemed fitting to take a European city-break like the locals do. So we went to Paris.
 

{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs

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I didn’t want to rush Paris, so I decided to book it for 5 days, which is way more than what you need to explore the city. But I wanted to be able to take time to sit down and sip on coffee whilst people watching and take extra long sleep-ins. So 5 days, 4 nights it was. We first stayed in Hotel Bourg Tibourg in Le Marais, which was perfect as it was in the heart of it all, but quiet enough to get some good rest and not be too bothered. The latter portion of our trip we stayed at Hotel Sacha in Montmartre. There are lots of boutiques and cafes surrounding the hotel and it was super close to Sacre Coeur and the Parisian views from above.

“I want to experience the Paris that you love.”

When I heard the words above, I knew I needed to take her to some of the places I frequent to and do the things that I love best. We stopped at almost every boulangerie that came in our path and grabbed a baguette. I know where every Laduree macaron can be found in the world and we happily snacked on those. We took a nap under the shade of a tree in the Tuileries and gossiped in the Luxembourg gardens. Shopping was just a whole other experience we got to do together too.
 

{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs

what we carried

both of us carried purses from Coach
THE ROGUE BAGBROOKLYN CARRYALL 28
 

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{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs

some of the new place

You can find suggestions and tips from my previous Paris trips of places I went to: here is the first time I went and I shared my whole weekend itinerary and what I wore the entire weekend. The second post I shared were some places I go to often if I need a bit of a pamper in Paris. And since I was in this city for the first time with my mom, I wanted to make sure we discovered places together too. They are, after all, the ultimate memory when I visit again and again.

We grabbed a coffee at The Sprezzatura with my friend, Ylenia of @ineffabledaze one afternoon in Le Marais. Surrounding it were so many sweet boutiques and instagrammable doors! And the interiors, much like the coffee, did not disappoint.

One of the warmer days we were in Paris, and a particularly sunny one, we decided a lunch of ice cream was totally necessary. With a fast queue running out the door we knew Scaramouche was the place to get it. Utterly creamy, thick and subtly flavored-we ended up helping ourselves to double scoops on a cone each!

My mom and I packed a picnic for the train to Paris from London. Though it only takes a little over 2 hours, we ended up indulging on some of our favorite British delights. Lots of cheeky treats were had and so we were craving some vegetables. Luckily, Le Marais is full of gastro-experiences, so we headed to Miznon for dinner. Order the falafel plate, trust me. There are a few falafel places in that little corner, but this one has the freshest ingredients and the best pita bread!

I try out a new brasserie whenever I’m in town. Last time it was Cafe de Flore and this time I headed to Le Deux Magots in St. Germaine! Just across the street from the former, you get a proper Parisian experience.
 

{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs

what I wore

dress c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE purse c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE flats ASOS sunnies c/o BODEN
shop THE BOUTIQUE
 

{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs

some of the regulars

There were many streets and corners and bridges and views that I took my mom. “This street is my favorite because there are some cute balconies here.” “It’s just a little bit more and the view will be worth it! I promise!” Those spots will be reserved for those of you who visit me, but to share some of my normally frequented places…

We went to Grand Coeur and Cafe de l’homme for a meal. Go for the seasonal menu and the amazing French frites. The steak tartare is one of my favorites at Cafe de l’homme-and don’t forget to ask for a window seat if you can. Alternatively, you can go just for a coffee if you’d like! It’s perfect for an afternoon as it overlooks the Eiffel Tower.

The lines into the museums were overwhelming! The Lourve in particular was a nightmare as it was the height of the tourist season. We ended up going to Musee D’Orsay and by our surprise the queue wasn’t all that bad. I really wanted to see my homies, Monet and Degas.
 

{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs

what I wore

striped top PETIT BATEU blazer c/o JOULES jeans c/o JOULES sunnies RAY-BAN c/o SUNGLASS SHOP purse c/o COACH lipstick AMAZING GRACE by CHARLOTTE TILBURY
 

{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs

what I wore

denim jacket c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE bottoms ASOS trainers SUPERGA c/o ANTHROPOLOGIE sunnies RAY-BAN c/o SUNGLASS SHOP shop my wardrobe via THE BOUTIQUE

PS – Happy birthday, Mummy!
 

{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs
{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs {paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs

 
 
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{paris for mother's day} via chevrons & éclairs

  • wow ! beautiful post ! Loving the pictures a lot 🙂

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  • you are making me miss my mom! and paris as well! I studied abroad there a few years ago during uni and I haven been itching to go back =o) Girls trips with your mom are always the best. It’s a great idea you booked the trip for longer days so you could really enjoy the city =o)

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    • Haha I miss my mom so much too!! People were so surprised and were wondering why I booked so many nights in Paris, when it clearly isn’t necessary. At one point on the train ride over I was a bit skeptical too and concerned we would have nothing to do. In fact, it was the best idea!

  • I really like the way you take your pictures, they’re so beautiful. And I’m in love with the blue dress!
    I think it’s really sweet that you took your mum(she’s so pretty) to Paris, that’ll definitely be an unforgettable memory for you both. Enjoyed reading this post. xx
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    • The blue dress is so comfortable and gorgeous… bonus points for not falling off all the time! I think she is already looking for deals to come back to Europe so I take her somewhere else haha, she’s so cheeky! Also, I’m so pleased you enjoyed reading the post. I feel as if I write for myself sometimes because I can be a bit wordy and posts can get a bit long. It means so much that you take time (in a world where we are used to only caring about 140 characters) to read it 🙂 Finally, glad you like my photos-let me know if you want to know how I edit. I don’t have a tutorial up, but will be happy to trade secrets 🙂

      • Haha no worries, I enjoy reading your posts 🙂
        Aww that’s very nice of you. I would love to know some of your tricks as I’ve been struggling with my photography skills a lot.

  • How filial of you to take your mom to paris and appreciating her! Love this 🙂
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  • You will cherish these memories with her more than you can ever imagine! My mom and I were able to take a trip, just her and I, last October and it’s something I’ll cherish forever and ever.

    • I definitely do already. It was nice to just talk to her about girl things without the worry of neglecting either my dad or brother in the conversation ha. Not sure when it will happen again, but she already made a list of European cities she wants to go to. 🙂

  • Supal, it looks like an absolutely amazing trip! I am so glad you and your mom got to spend some good time together! 1 year is a long time!

    • It really was and I can’t believe it was 1 year since I had seen her! But we will be reunited in just a few short weeks again haha

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    What an amazing trip for you two to enjoy together! I would love to take my mom on a trip like this some day. I know we would enjoy it. Your mom is absolutely adorable!

    • Oh, you definitely should! Honestly though, my mom just wanted to spend time with me and drink wine. I literally think we could have done this exact trip in my flat wearing pajamas haha. Not gonna lie, I hope I am able to take my mom and prospective daughter on a trip. And she definitely is so adorable! Wait until you hear stories about her. She’s like a little hamster sometimes. So cute <3

  • Paige Allison

    I’m shocked D’Orsay wasn’t packed too! That was my least favorite museum; I loved to spend time at the small, weird ones with ancient artifacts. Impressionist art had me all, “Meh.” And I laughed that you know where every Laduree is! That was some of the best tea I had there, and I even lunched at the George IV in the Four Seasons. Ahhhh, memories. People watching at a cafe with a glass of wine was my favorite past time. I’d drink the small cups of coffee too fast 🙂