Louis Vuitton at Marche aux Puces St. Ouen in Paris


“Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!” One of my favorite quotes from the movie Auntie Mame (affiliate link*) and a perfect sentiment about travel. Traveling, whether exploring in your own city or flying off to Paris, is a banquet of experiences.

Paris never disappoints in providing lifetime memories. I’ve attended a Mass at Notre Dame, stood nearly alone in the Cours Carree at the Louvre and enjoyed a quiet (yes, quiet!) stroll down the Champs Elysee with my mom. Adding to this list was a moment when I stood quietly by observing a woman interact with a seller at Marche aux Puces St. Ouen over a vintage Louis Vuitton steamer trunk. The kind every Louis Vuitton fan dreams of.

If you have read my About Moi page, you probably have surmised that I love fashion having likely been the only child in my grade school who not only knew who Elsa Klensch was but who religiously watched “Style with Elsa Klensch” every Saturday. As a result, I developed a deep appreciation for the classic French designers Chanel and Louis Vuitton.

Every fashion enthusiast is always on the lookout for a vintage Louis Vuitton or Chanel find at a flea market and especially Marche aux Puces St Ouen being that it is the largest flea market in Paris. Sadly, I think the days of finding a vintage designer item for a steal of a price are gone but you can still enjoy viewing some wonderful pieces.

As I perused around the markets, I found a stall full of Louis Vuitton items and later I noticed in my picture, Kelly bags. I was so distracted by the beautiful LV steamer trunks, I didn’t even see the bags.


While I was there, a woman arrived interested in viewing one of the LV trunks. She was there with two young girls who I assume were her daughters. The vendor asked if she wanted to see the inside and as he man opened the trunk, gasps of awe came from the two young girls…and me. I think my heart stopped for a moment. And, then stopped again when the vendor stated the price. Way, way, way out of my price range. I felt so honored to see the inside the fabled trunk.


As the woman and the vendor debated the price, I headed off in search of finding some Chanel jewelry.

Have you ever found a designer find at a flea market?

Bises (kisses),



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That time when the Louvre courtyard was practically all mine.

Louvre-Cour-Carrée courtyard

Cour Carrée courtyard at the Louvre Museum

Even though I am not an early bird, I am always glad when I make the effort to enjoy a city before it wakes up for the day. There is something truly magical to watch and hear a city wake up.

One of my most emotional experiences happened early in the morning in the Cour Carrée (square courtyard) of the Louvre. Continue reading

Lost in Translation: My funny email exchange about the Eiffel Tower


The Eiffel Tower

While I was planning my visit to the Eiffel Tower, I had heard parts of the Eiffel Tower might be shut down for some reconstruction. I was thinking that maybe not all of the elevators would be running or certain floors closed during certain times…something like that… and depending on what was closed and when, I could plan my visit accordingly.

So, I sent an email through the Eiffel Tower’s official website asking if the Eiffel Tower would be shut down for any reconstruction efforts.

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My visit to Versailles with a dead digital camera

Outside of the Royal Chapel in Versailles

The outside of the Royal Chapel at Versailles.

Traveling is so much more than checking off a list of must sees. There are adventures and experiences that enrich and add depth to our memories of our visits. That is why I include a personal story of experience every month from serendipitously attending Mass at Notre Dame to a sudden change in pace while walking along the Champs Elysees.

Versailles had many but I decided to share one of the more humorous. Continue reading

When Serendipity Happens: Attending Mass at Notre Dame

One of my favorite things about travel is when something good unexpectedly happens.

While visiting Notre Dame, my mom and I were walking around the inside perimeter of the cathedral, taking it all in, when it was announced a Mass service was soon to begin. Always wanting to attend a Mass service, we couldn’t believe our timing and decided to participate.


Before Mass starts at Notre Dame.

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