April in Paris really does live up to the hype. After what seemed like an incredibly long winter, we were ready to get out and enjoy spring. We went to a lot of new restaurants, some new, some old, and others that we revisited after a long pause. There was one new restaurant that particularly stood out, and that we haven’t stopped talking about nearly two months later. Milder temperatures helped me get back into my weekend brocante swing. I’m sharing my regular favorite, as well as how to find others that “pop up” over the weekend. Read on to discover where I ate and drank, shopped, and what I did in the April 2023 recap.
March 2023 Recap
March is always an exciting month in Paris. The first spring blooms start to arrive (even if the temperatures remain chilly) and the winter light finally starts to disappear. The Foire de Chatou, held in March and September, is one of my favorite parts of the month and I believe is truly worth planning a trip around. Read about where I ate and drank, shopped and visited in March 2023.
February 2023 Recap
I managed to pack a lot in to the shortest month of the year. Work was crazy with a huge surge in demand for trips to France this spring. There were times when I didn’t think I could keep up, but I’ve been able to streamline my processes as well as bring on new partners which has been a huge help. It was a big month for restaurant visits, with lots of warming comfort foods to get us through the winter. I hope you enjoy the February 2023 recap, which includes spots in Paris and the Loire Valley.
January 2023 Recap
On January 1st, Romain decided he’d had enough of our Christmas tree. After removing all of the lights he somehow produced a saw and took to the tree, branch by branch. When he was finished he instructed me to go into the courtyard and relay the remains of the tree that he tossed out the window to the trash bin. All I wanted was a quiet New Year’s Day, and what I got was the opposite. That’s pretty much how the entire month of January went. January was also the month that Boomer decided he likes to put his paws on bridges and take in the view, which absolutely melts me. Some of the highlights included a wonderful ski trip to Courchevel, some of my favorite classic French foods at all time favorite Paris restaurants, and a new to me Paris museum that is perfect for interior lovers.
Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Francophiles 2023
Now more than ever, I think Valentine’s Day should be less about grand gestures and more about doing heartfelt things to honor the people you love, whether that’s a friend, a family member, a partner, or yourself. I created this list of Valentine’s Day gift ideas for Francophiles last year and updated it this year. There’s a little something for everyone – I think these French-inspired gifts (all available online) would make the day extra special!