to paris we go...and a give-away winner

Tuesday, July 23

{i took this picture on my last trip to paris at the top of the arc du triumph}

Well, we leave for Europe today. 

I’ve literally been tip toeing around the house in excitement, doing a happy jig. 

For those of you who don’t know…by the grace of the good Lord, Kev and I are able to go to a wedding of my dear Aline (my family’s old exchange student from Switzerland!) who is marrying a pretty awesome Dutch man. They are getting married in Rotterdam, so off to the Netherlands we go! 

However, before we make it to the Netherlands, Kev and I are flying into Paris for a few days. 

This probably goes without saying, but how dreamy is Paris in the summer with your lover?!? 

And, since Kev and I have both been to Paris before (separately) and seen all the major sights, we feel as though this trip will be perfect to just get lost and soak in all the elegant streets, cute cafes, and beautiful scenery. No rushing around trying to make it to all the tourist attractions! 

In my excitement I’ve made a quick list of the things I can’t wait to do with Kevin.... 

- Take a romantic picture in front of the Eiffel tower!
Cheesy, I know, but seriously, does it get any more romantic than that? 

- Eat a gluten free crepe and croissant.
I’m pretty sure I could live on crepe’s and croissants, and when I found out I was gluten intolerant, I literally shed tears that I would never again bite into the buttery goodness of French croissant again.
To my great excitement, I googled and found both a gluten free bakery AND a gluten free creperie with the BEST REVIEWS EVER! I am in heaven!
Because honestly, what is a trip to Paris without a croissant or crepe?!?!? 

- Watch the little boys play with their toy sailboats at lexumbourg gardens. 

- Stroll, hand in hand, down the Champs de Elysse. 

- Sit on the steps of Sacre Coeur at sunset and watch the street performers. 

- Dance along the banks of the Siene and see the street vendors and maybe purchase a momento of our time there...maybe:)  

-People watch for hours at a street cafe

- Lastly, pretend I’m in the movie “Midnight in Paris”.
 (However contrary to Gil Pender, I think Paris is best in the sunshine!)

What is your favorite thing to do in Paris? Besides the major sites, are there any must-sees that you’ve experienced?

Have a beautiful week dear friends…thinking of you from Paris! 

Love Katie

and ps- the winner of the give-away is Rebecca Vandemark! excited to give these beauties to such a lovely and remarkable woman! 
you can check out her blog Caravan Sonnet here

{luxembourg gardens...sooo pretty!}


  1. Have so much fun! I love watching the sailboats. So cute!

  2. I LOVE strolling the exotic plant and animal market...yes it is as cool as it sounds :) I can't remember what arrondissement it is in...but it's pretty cool!

  3. You guys are going to have a blast!

  4. ahhhh!!! have SUCH a great time! how romantic to go with your man after you have gone separately, i can't wait to see all the pictures!

  5. So excited for you! I have been to Paris but not in years...Dan and I always talk about taking a trip there together. Can't wait to here more about it when you get back! Safe travels love!

  6. HAVE FUN! I am so excited for you guys!! And I know how you feel about the gluten free bakeries! That's how I felt when I discovered there were places in Italy that served sugar free gelato!

  7. how fabulous! enjoy every minute of it Katie!

  8. Aaaahhh! Katie, I'm giddy with excitement for you. I hope you soak in every second of this trip and just overflow with joy. Can't wait for pictures when you two return. :)

  9. Have tons of fun! I love traveling. I love just to sit at an authentic restaurant or café and take in all the scenery and enjoy some local treats!
    You'll have to check out my blog... I did a post of Laura who has Celiac Disease.

    ~Ashley (A Cute Angle)

  10. YAY! Wishing you safe travels and an incredible trip. Can't wait to see photos and hear all about it. xoxo

  11. Oh, it sounds wonderful! I loved sitting at a cafe and people watching, eating crepes (the best ever!) and watching the little boys with sailboats too! Sounds like an awesome list! Wherever I go, I just love people watching, eating yummy food, and finding a fabric store. Have a great time in Europe! The weather is great here now :)

  12. Ah! You are going to have so much fun! I love your list and can't wait to see your Eiffel Tower picture!!! Yay! Have so much fun!

  13. Oh girl, this post has me longing to go to Paris with Nate! I hope you and Kevin have a magical time there and an amazing time celebrating the wedding of your friends!

  14. Love the Paris bucket list Katie! Have fun! And eat some great food while you're there =D

  15. Have a wonderful trip- your itinerary sounds perfect! :)

  16. OK fine, you convinced me, I'll fly to Paris and meet you (:! Have a fantastic trip!!!!

  17. Aww, your going to have SO much fun, my dear!

    I also LOVED watching kids with their sailboats at the Jardin du Lux! Walking down the Seine was also so relaxing at sunset. And finding a bench in the Place des Vosges and people watching with the pretty fountains in the background.


  18. How exciting! Have a wonderful time in beautiful Paris!

  19. AHH I am just catching up on my blog reading for this week and my little heart was just so delighted to (a) read that there are gluten free croissants and crepes in Paris (because someday I would LOVE to go back again) and (b) that I WON the giveaway?!??! I am just SO happy!! You have made my little day sweet friend!!
    :) AHHHHH!!
    :) Hope you are having a delightful time!!
    :) Rebecca

  20. oh my goodness, i'm so jealous you are going to Paris! France is first on my list of yet-to-explore countries :) i hope you have a fabulous time at the wedding, takes lots of photos! :)

  21. Hope that you both have an amazing trip!! So nice how you've been before and now exactly what you want to do. :-) And the wedding sounds like it will be amazing too! I love weddings and attending an international wedding would be awesome!

    xoxo Miss ALK

  22. So exciting!!!!!! I just know you're loving it!

    AND YAY REBECCA!!!!! So excited for you, friend :)

  23. How exciting, friend!!! :) Can't wait to hear all about it :)

  24. Have so much fun!! Can't wait to hear all about it!

  25. Hey Pretty Katie,

    Hope you have an awesome time! And I say go for it with the cheesy, romantic things - I mean come on, you're going to be in the city of love!! Stay safe too, sweet friend!


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  27. I hope you're having the MOST wonderful time in Paris! I think we must be soul sisters because I am a huge fan of 'Midnight in Paris' and I loved all of the things on your list when I was there during my semester abroad! Safe travels xoxo :)


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