I returned from Paris last week after a quick visit with my husband back to the "City of Light" and of course, love.  If you want to read old Paris posts I have written, check out Kate Moss at the Ritz Paris Today, My Midnight in Paris, Christian Louboutin's Paris Windows, and The Ritz Paris Bathrooms from the last trip.  This time, we hit a few fashion shows; again stopped by the Eiffel Tower; went to the Charles de Gaulle museum, saw the Roy Lichtenstein exhibit at the Centre Pompidou; strolled through the Musee de l'Armee'; went to Les Invalides and saw Napolean's tomb; and went back out to Versailles and on this trip spent more time in the gardens and touring The Grand Trianon and Marie-Antoinette's Estate.  The last time we were there we toured the Jardin du Luxembourg, visited the Musee de l'Orangerie, the Orsay, the Louvre and Versailles - so we wanted to hit some of the lesser known spots this trip.  We saw friends from Greenwich who were also in Paris and  had great meals at Guy Savoy and Taillevent.  Since we hit L'Amroisie, Le Meurice and Ledoyen on the prior visit, I wanted a few "fun" spots -- so we hit Miss Ko (Philippe Starck's new Asian restaurant along George V - we loved the fun vibe and good food) and Le Bar a Huitres in Saint-Germain (their seafood is simply amazing, check out their website for inspiration.  If you have been in Paris a few times and want a break from traditional French food, they've got great seafood).
Here are some fun photos from the trip.  I am so excited that my good friend, Wendy Stapleton Reyes - a founder of The Greenwich International Film Festival - will be guest blogging tomorrow on her A-M-A-Z-I-N-G time  in  Paris last week as well.  She will be sharing tons of personal photos of all of the fashion shows she attended - tune in tomorrow!
[caption id="attachment_3324" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_0736 Me in the garden at the Musee Rodin[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3325" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_7407 I watched the behind-the-scenes assembly of the DIOR fashion show set behind the Musee Rodin - this is a photo I snapped with my camera phone - stay tuned for Wendy's coverage tomorrow of the actual show![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3326" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_7409 Meringues at a Paris bakery[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3327" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_7410 An amazing cheese shop in Saint Germain[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3328" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_7412 Cheese shop in Saint Germain[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3330" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_7414 Even the ice cream is elegant in Paris[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3331" align="aligncenter" width="720"]Melissa Hawks Paris Overlooking Paris[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3332" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_7449 Street Style Outside of the Viktor and Rolf Show[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3333" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_7451 More Street Style Outside of Viktor and Rolf[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3334" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_0775 To give you an idea of what it's like inside these shows before they start![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3335" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_0803 Viktor and Rolf September 2013 Paris[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3336" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_0805 Window shopping along the Rue Saint-Honore[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3337" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_7464 I just love French doors! And this blue...[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3343" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_0836 Beautiful trellis work at Marie Antoinette's Petit Trianon[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3354" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_7514 Ahhh Givenchy. We were so lucky. Thank you Vanessa and Will Schenck[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3345" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_0850 We sat near Kanye West and Kim Kardashian at the Givenchy show[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3346" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_0851 The set for the Givenchy show was amazing![/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3347" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_0874 Anna Wintour and Hamish Bowles were just down the row[/caption]
[caption id="attachment_3349" align="aligncenter" width="720"]IMG_0884 Anna Wintour deep in thought at Givenchy[/caption]
Stay tuned for more coverage this week or French dining, shopping and fashion! ~Melissa Hawks