Sex in the City in Paris | A One-Day Tour with Storytellers Events

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Ha- what better way to kick off my series of posts about planning a wedding in Paris than with Sex in the City ;).  I know, I know, they may not relate, but you would be surprised (or not surprised) by the amount of brides who ask about seeing some of the places filmed in the show- especially our most current bride.  Therefore, for her, I put together a full day tour of the sights related to Sex in the City and mixed it with some awesome tourist sights to see Paris, and now I figure I will share it with you.

1)  Begin your journey at Plaza Athénee, 25 Avenue Montaigne, the hotel where Carrie stays.  It is currently undergoing renovations, and should reopen their doors in the summer of 2014.

If  you are interested in staying at another hotel that is wonderful in the area, the Shangri-La Hotel Paris is gorgeous, has views of the Eiffel Tower, and is a palace a couple of blocks away from the Plaza Athénée :).

IMG_21002)  The street that the Plaza Athénée is on is the Avenue Montaigne- a street filled with Fendi, Dolce Gabbana, Chanel, Louis Vuitton…you get the point.  In any case, walk up the street towards the Champs Elysées and you will see the infamous Dior (on your right), where Carrie has a little mishap with the floor.

3)  Continue to walk up Avenue Montaigne towards the Champs Elysées, do your window shopping, and you will run into the Metro stop Franklin D Roosevelt.  I suggest taking the metro to our next stop since the walk is a long one…because this is a smaller station there is not a place to buy tickets, make sure that you have metro tickets at your disposal.

Take the metro line 1 (or yellow line) towards Château de Vincennes– and you will get off at the stop “Hotel de Ville.

Coming out of the metro, you will see the beautiful Hôtel de Ville or City Hall- which houses the Mayor of Paris and local Administration.  Plus…it also has grand reception spaces for you wedding couples ;)….

4)  Now you have a choice on the direction you want to go….like choose your own adventure books (if you are old enough to remember what these are…).

Choice 1:  If you like Vintage Clothing- you must head north on Rue de Renard and then take a right on Rue de la Verrerie.  All along this street, on both sides, there are vintage clothing shops, unique, and beautiful- up until your hit Rue du Roi du Sicile (Thanks Chris for your expertise on this).  Do not go too early…the shops do not open until 10-11 a.m., some not until after lunch, so pick your time wisely ;).

Choice 2:  Want a little historical tour, head south towards the bridge, cross the bridge, and tada….Notre Dame- yup it is on an island!  (go inside- it is free to tour the inside of the Cathedral, and there is a price to climb the stairs to see all the gargoyles).  If you have a little time, head to the back of Notre Dame and you will see a little secluded park and go a little further and you will run into the Île Saint Louis– the 2nd island in the Seine river.  Super quaint and adorable, there are several shops, and you will find many people heading there for the famous Bertillon ice cream.

IMG_19355)  Whichever choice you made, or did not make- maybe you just want to see Sex in the City landmarks- follow the Seine river west.  Walk along the Seine, amongst the flower markets, until you hit the Pont de Neuf and take a right at the Rue du Pont Neuf (a 10 minute leisurely walk).  Here, at 1 Rue du Pont Neuf, there is the Kong Restaurant on the 5th floor.  Go.  The food is good, the decor is ultra modern and kitsch, and the view is impeccable.  At night, you will most definitely need a reservation- for lunch, which is when I went, I still reserved, but the restaurant was not full.  Prices for lunch ran from 35 – 45 euros based on the formule chosen.

IMG_18096) Now that you have eaten, let’s continue to stroll along the Seine heading west.  In 5 minutes you will hit the Pont des Arts, a pedestrian bridge- the bridge where Carrie and Big share their Parisian kiss.  Back in the day, this used to be where you could find people picnicking with baguettes, cheese, and wine on a sunny day- and now what you will find are the “love locks.”  Not to worry, if you did not bring a padlock and key, you can buy one from a vendor on the bridge ;).

7)  Here’s my favorite part of the tour…from here, head north on the bridge in the opposite direction from the Institut de France (the background in the clip above), and you will be heading into one of the back entrances of the Louvre.  Head that way.  I love entering from this direction, since you turn a corner, and you find yourself in the middle of the Louvre Museum, the pyramid right in front of you, and the gardens, the Eiffel tower, and the Arc de Triomphe in the distance.

8)  The final stop of the tour is at the Musee Jeu de Paume, the museum where Petrovsky holds his exposition.  From the Louvre, walk through the Tuileries Gardens towards Place de la Concorde, and at the very end, on the corner of Place de la Concorde and Rue de Rivoli, you will find it.

So, that’s it folks.  I hope you enjoy!  If there is a place I missed, please do let me know and I will do my best to add it to the tour :).

 

IMG_2002**Added Bonus**  At the end of the day, if you are looking for a place to have dinner, and you’re still in sightseeing mode…the restaurant in the movie, Something’s Gotta Give –yes, the one with Diane Keaton, Keanu Reeves, and Jack Nicholson- is closeby…

It’s “Le Grand Colbert” on 2 Rue Vivienne.  The easiest way to get there is from the front of the Louvre.  If you are looking at the Pyramid right in the circle in front of the Louvre, take a left and continue.  You will run into the Palais Royal– go through the gardens – all the way through- and it will let out on the Rue Vivienne.  And there it is on the right hand side.  Be like Diane an order the roast chicken and some wine to go around!

 

IMG_2122*** Now to relate this to a Parisian Wedding- Plaza Athénée and the Shangri-La Hotel both have wonderful reception options for your wedding!  You cannot go wrong with the beauty, the service, and the food at either of these locations.  And be sure to check out the Pont des Arts at sunset for your photos… ***

 


Can a Parisian Bistro be Part of Your French Wedding?

Inspired by hearing Marley Majcher speak and by reading her book, she asks you to dream up of your ideal office.  Office? Do I really want to be cooped up in an office?

After days of trying to ‘figure it out,’ I got it-

Being in an apartment in Paris…hanging out with the family, music is playing, there’s some sort of dancing going on, the smell of espresso is in the air (it’s clean of course, which does not happen at my house very  often these days)… and when I get the urge to work, I walk downstairs to the corner bistro and sit at a table, with my coffee, une patisserie, and my laptop.  Done.  That is my dream office.  A Parisian Bistro.

I shared my revelation with my husband (we do live in Colorado and not Europe).   And he did not laugh it off as I expected…instead he got practical and said, “yes, we can remodel downstairs (the basement) to look like a Parisian bistro for your office.”

Hmmm…. “Or, we could have a place in Paris ;).”

My students (yes, I still teach a couple English Lit. classes at a university in the area-it’s in the blood) got a kick out of this when I somehow digressed and went on a tangent, which happens more often then I would like to admit.

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Let’s fast forward to recently, and my amazing, most wonderful, good looking, and generous husband who is almost always right (yup, looking for some good karma here) got me a new macbook air for Christmas.  Who knew I could ever get so excited about a piece of technology? His incentive may have been to become a completely Apple filled household-  In any case, me = super excited.

Again, my students noticed my sleek new toy and one stated, “you have part 1 of your dream, now all you need is that apartment in Paris…”

I had totally forgotten that I had shared that with them, and that they remembered!  Even more so, that it could be true.  I had not related this laptop to being one step closer to my goal.  There may be something to this idea of vision boards…and sharing your visions/dreams/goals with other people (and I don’t think that voice in my head counts).

SO, here I am sharing it with all of you…in preparation that one day it will come true.

Here’s to moving one step closer.

Parisian bistro


Inspired by ‘Letters to Juliet’

Letters to Juliet postWhile I was watching Letters to Juliet the other night (I swear it was for the scenery and not the chick-flickiness of it!), I was enjoying a little alone and escape time while my boys were sleeping.  Wrapped up in the movie, I started smiling- to myself- to the TV- whatever- smiling while no one was around, and realized what a sap I really am.

A photographer recently exclaimed to me, “you’re one of those planners who cries at every wedding, aren’t you?”

I smiled through my happy tears and said, “Yes, I guess I am.”

“Even after so many?”

I don’t think I answered him then, but I then thought, “of course I do!”

I believe that weddings bring out the best of what there is in life.  It is a moment in time that is just perfect.  You’re surrounded by the most important people in your life, the people you love and who love you the most, and everyone is there to share and to celebrate all that is magical in this term we call “love”.  Even more so, they are there to witness the spoken commitment that two people courageously make to one another.

And I have the honor of taking the journey with the couple in their planning of this occasion?  Yes, please.  What can get better than that?  Ultimately, it is why I do what I do and why I created the company I did.

During the ‘wedding season’ it is easy for us coordinators to get lost in the details, we forget the reason we are writing all of these emails and making all of these calls in the first place.  And then I have the opportunity to experience the weddings I have-the most authentic, sweet, and passion filled weddings days- and it is like a slap in the face- these are the days where I remember what a gift life is and what is most important.

Thank you to all my couples who share their day with me.  I am ever grateful.

Letters to Juliet
And since I am on this Juliet kick- here is a little quote from the movie for all my fellow ‘saps’ ;):

 

‘What’ and ‘if’- two words as nonthreatening as words come. But put them together side-by-side and they have the power to haunt you for the rest of your life: ‘What if?’I don’t know how your story ended, but I know that if what you felt then was love – true love – then it’s never too late. If it was true then it why wouldn’t it be true now? You need only the courage to follow your heart.

 

I don’t know what a love like that feels like… a love to leave loved ones for… a love to cross oceans for… but I’d like to believe if I ever felt it, I’d have the courage to seize it. I hope you had the courage to seize it, Claire. And if you didn’t, I hope one day that you will.

Honeymoon Planning/Destination Wedding Help

Storytellers Events has teamed up with E-Travel Unlimited to create a honeymoon/destination wedding event!

We have received many questions related to travel recently, and wanted to provide an evening to help ease your mind!  The idea is to provide you with some information and to give you the opportunity to ask us as many questions as you would like in regards to planning your honeymoon or your destination wedding (anywhere in the world).

We will also have a representative there from Palace Resorts to provide their expertise, though we will not be limited to only that resort.

To make it even more fun, there will be light snacks provided by:

The Gourmet Kitchen (delicious!)

and

door prizes including a stay at a Mexican Resort!

So, if you are still struggling with ideas on what to do for your honeymoon, or figuring out if a destination wedding is what you want, please join us!

Date:  June 6, 2012

Time:  6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.

Address:  7208 S. Tucson Way, Suite 255, Centennial, CO  80110

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Sandie at 303-792-9225.

We hope to see you there!