Long Sleeve Maxi Dress / Teddy Bear Coat / Paris: Where to shop and dine

Free People Dress, similar HERE / Charles David Booties, similar HERE / Rebecca Minkoff Crossbody / Kendra Scott Necklace / BB Dakota Coat, similar HERE

One of the things I love about a maxi dress is how it can be dressed up or down.  I’m especially fond of the long sleeve type.  I found this one from Free People for $29.99 at a Marshall’s in Denver on a trip there this past spring.  I put it away for the fall and I have gotten so much wear out of it already.  Not only did I wear it on my birthday this October but I also wore it on a day of exploring Paris earlier this month.  I tracked 11.5 miles on my FitBit that day and I was as comfortable as could be!  HERE it is in another print and HERE is a similar style.

I started the day by visiting Galeries Lafayette which is one of the most beautiful and biggest department stores I’ve ever seen.  The top floor even has an outdoor cafe with panoramic views of the city.

Next I walked to the area of La Marais based on a recommendation from my sister inlaw.  It’s filled with boutiques and restaurants.  She had actually recommended a fallafel restaurant, L’as du Fallafel, not for the ambience, but for the best fallafel.  The did have some inside seating but majority of people wait in a fast moving line to order from a window and take it with you which is what I did.  So glad I went.  It was delish!!

As I made my way back to my hotel (the Westin Vendome), I did a little shopping back near the Galeries Lafayette.  In addition to checking out a few boutiques, I always make it a point to check out the local Zaras and H&Ms.  Even though we have them at home and can order online, the inventory is alway slightly different so I feel like I have to investigate!

My hotel was just a few blocks from Rue Saint Honore, a prestigious shopping area.  It’s worth it just to take a stroll through the area to see the beautiful stores.  Trust me that I was strictly window shopping except for the one very small Zara oddly placed among the row of high end stores!

After my husband finished work we cabbed over for dinner with the most amazing view of the Eiffel Tower, Cafe de l’Homme.  On our drive it was sparkling with twinkling lights and we learned that it did that for five minutes every hour on the hour.  So magical!  We requested to sit on the patio for the view.  It was a little cool that night and, while I was surprised they didn’t have outdoor heaters, they did offer blankets which was a nice touch.  Between that and my teddy bear coat I was totally comfortable!  (HERE is a similar style).

We not only enjoyed the view, but the food was delicious and we had great service.  The restaurant was busy but shockingly not packed.  We had a reservation but really didn’t need it.  The restaurant was recommended to us from some good friends of ours.  It could be a hidden gem but I don’t know how!  Definitely put this place on your list of restaurants to visit if you find yourself in Paris….and make a reservation just in case word spreads!

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