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Girls Trip Itinerary: Paris and the French Riviera

Jun 15

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Towards the end of May, I went on a super fun birthday trip with my mom to Paris and the South of France. It was an absolute blast with my sister, aunt, and mom – we had the time of our lives! I wanted to give you a rundown of our trip. Everything was organized by Jessica Maxwell, who you can reach at jessica@curriecotravels.com. Paris was a bit cold and rainy, but we didn’t mind at all. We did a lot of walking and only had to duck into cafes a few times to avoid the rain. Since I’m sharing this after our trip, I’ve included some warmer weather outfit ideas for Paris.

I enjoyed the blissfulness along the Côte d’Azur so much, I’m thinking of bringing my husband along for a getaway, maybe next year. In the meantime, check out these outfit ideas and don’t miss my post all about nailing the South of France aesthetic.

Days 1-5: Paris

Where to Stay

Le Bristol Paris

Known for its architecture, this hotel opened in 1925 and is in the 8th arrondissement. You’ll find the Arc de Triomphe, Grand Palais and Champs-Élysées nearby.

This wasn’t my first time in Paris, so my sister and I were more into shopping this time around. Meanwhile, my mom and aunt enjoyed sightseeing during the day, and we’d all meet up in the afternoons. Two things I have to mention about Paris: 1. We preferred shopping at Le Bon Marché over Galeries Lafayette because the latter was way too crowded. Both are huge department stores with great stuff, but the experience was like night and day. I’ll definitely go back to Le Bon Marché for the relaxed atmosphere and awesome local designer collections. Our favorite shopping experience though, was the Paris flea market! They are open every Saturday, Sunday and a 1/2 day on Monday. We were there on a Monday, but I highly recommend not doing that, even though there were lighter crowds a lot of the shops were closed. Our travel agent hired a guide to lead us around and help us find some of the items we were looking for and that was the best decision that we made.
With the Olympics coming up, I wouldn’t go to Paris at the end of June or July for all the tea in China. They were already shutting down bridges causing crazy traffic and longer Uber rides, which means a bigger bill. Temporary constructions and arenas were popping up, blocking the views of the monuments. If it’s your first time in Paris, I’d suggest waiting until all that mess is cleared up.

Days 6-9: Cannes, Èze, and Monaco

Where to Stay

Hôtel Martinez

One of the best hotels in Cannes, located on the famous Croisette with a private beach and sea views.

We flew from Paris to Cannes, and let me tell you, the weather was like night and day! So nice to soak up the sun and experience a whole different vibe. We had a blast checking out Cannes, Eze, and Monaco, although I could’ve easily stayed in Monaco longer. If you’re into shopping, this is the place to be! We had a private driver take us around, cruising from Cannes to Eze, then Monaco, and back. Even though we didn’t eat in Eze, there’s a fancy Michelin Star restaurant with stunning views down there. We skipped lunch and headed straight to Monaco to explore some more. My sister’s husband flew in to join her in the South of France, and they chilled in Monaco for a few days. I’m thinking of bringing my husband along next time for a getaway, maybe next year.