The best of Paris, via Instagram

The best of Paris, via Instagram

I went on my very first international trip to Paris with my mom when I was 11 years old: I was completely enamored with pain au chocolats every morning, the Disney store on the Champs-Élysées and the view from the Eiffel Tower. Last week, I went to Paris with my mom (my 11th trip to the city!0–and realized I’m still in love with pain au chocolats in the morning, shopping on the Champs-Élysées and being able to spot the Eiffel Tower in every photo I take. And it was an extra bonus to be able to catch up with my California-living, French-speaking mom (and get her excellent shopping advice!) in my second-favorite city. Christine Amorose in Paris, FranceIn many ways, Paris is the easy trip for me: I can speak the language and I know the streets, I’m familiar with the customs and I’m not too offended by the rude customer service. But no matter how many times I’ve been, I always find it surprising and magical and just the right amount of exotic. I love the twisting cobblestone streets and the beautiful Gothic cathedrals, that you can buy a freshly-baked baguette for 1,20 Euros at any bakery in the city and that it’s perfectly acceptable to have a glass of wine and an espresso with lunch. I’m constantly inspired by the fashion on the streets, the modern art in the museums, the certain je-ne-sais-quoi allure of Paris itself.

Paris rooftops from the BHV windowsHotel de Ville reflections in Paris, FranceCentre Pompidou and cathedral street art in Paris, FranceParis rooftops from Centre Pompidou in Paris, FranceChristine Amorose at Galeries Lafayette ParisMacaron at Galeries Lafayette in ParisLittle red car at Merci concept store in Paris, FranceView of Paris from Montparnasse TowerColorful houses on Rue Crémieux in Paris, FranceColorful houses on Rue Crémieux in Paris, FranceChristine Amorose in Paris, FranceBlue titles at La Grand Mosque in Paris, FranceGrand Mosque in Paris, FranceCobblestone streets in Paris, Frnace The back of Notre Dame in Paris, FranceChristine Amorose and mom at Fondation Louis VuittonThere will be plenty more Paris posts in the next few weeks, but until then, here are a few past favorites:

p.s. special thanks to my mom for treating me to such a special trip! So glad we were able to make it happen! 


  • Briel79

    That’s awesome that you’ve been there 11 times! Wow! Looking forward to hearing more about your trip. How wonderful of your mom to treat you! 🙂

  • Dana

    Glad you finally made it back to Paris! Let me know if you ever find yourself in Northern France 🙂

  • Simone Anne

    Obsessing over everything in this post. Paris is the best! Such lovely pics and that one of you and your momma is so cute! xo

  • Wait – Paris is only your second-favorite city? What is your first? 🙂

  • Pat

    Love all the pictures, specially the last one with your mom. You both look so happy!
    I’m flying to Paris in July to visit my sister and her family. They’ve been living there for a year now.
    Can’t wait to be in Paris again. Looking forward to hearing more about this wonderful city!

  • Gorgeous photos! I spent a week in Paris this past fall (my first time) and fell in love. It’s hard to put into words but I miss the city in the same way that I missed New York after my first (and second, and third) visit. A type of homesick for a place you’ve never lived.

  • I’m dying of gorgeous over here. Your photos are inducing some serious wanderlust and Paris-withdrawals. can’t wait to see more!

  • Those colors! I especially love the photo of you in front of the Eiffel Tower!

  • I love that I can now recognize almost every location in your photos! Especially love that second the last shot, used to live just around the corner on rue Ile St Louis! I’m headed back in under three weeks and I absolutely cannot wait!

  • Thank you for a beautiful diversion on this dreary workday afternoon 🙂

  • Gorgeous photos! It’s great to know that no matter how often you visit Paris still holds it’s charm. I think it’s really important to have a place like that.

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  • Beautiful photos! Paris really is a magical place 🙂 I went last May with my mom and grandmother for our annual Mother-Daughter trip and it was so special to watch them visit Paris (and fall in love) for the first time. How nice that you and your mom were able to travel back to the city you visited for your first international trip together!

  • camorose

    Yes, I feel so lucky! It was also amazing when I lived in Nice and could pop up to Paris for a few days at a time 🙂

  • camorose

    Fingers crossed I will! So much more of France I’d love to explore!

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! It was such a fun mother-daughter bonding trip!

  • camorose

    I like to think that New York City is my favorite–but that might just be because I choose to live here!

  • camorose

    What a fun trip! You’re going to have the best time!

  • camorose

    “A type of homesick for a place you’ve never lived.” — 100% YES. Totally how I feel about Paris.

  • camorose

    Thanks lady! Plenty more to come!

  • camorose

    Thank you! That was a fun little impromptu photo shoot, my mom is getting good with an iPhone camera 🙂

  • camorose

    Lucky lady! I feel that way a lot about NYC now–it’s so fun to look at photos or watch movies and be able to recognize all of the places!

  • camorose

    Any time 🙂

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s never lost its magic for me.

  • camorose

    Yes! It’s such a perfect mother-daughter trip!

  • Haha okay, that was my guess. 🙂 You’ve just visited Paris a lot, so I always assumed it was your favorite!

  • how lucky you are to share this with your Mom…I hope to provide that inspiration + love of France for my children! so far so good. 😉

  • camorose

    Yes! You’re on the right track! I just wish that my mom had been a littttttle more strict on making me learn French as I grew up. I was very stubborn and much more interested in playing soccer and going out with my friends as a kid–but I wish now that I had been more open to learning a second language! I didn’t really start until I was in high school, which was good–but could have been better!

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