On this, my last night in Paris, I went to dinner at Ladurée on the Champ Elysees. I had the best Club Sandwich of my life in the bar (along with a glass of champagne). Of course, I couldn’t leave without getting a little box of macarons to take home. It’s past midnight here, and the cab is arriving at 7:30 a.m. I’m excited because my friend Elaine, who lives here in Paris, is flying back with me to Los Angeles. And if I can manage to rustle the money together, I would love to come back with her when she returns to Paris in March.

My vacation — including airfare and my beautiful apartment — cost less than $1,800 for the entire week. Economical, I think, for expensive Paris. I’ll give you all the details on how to rent apartment, if you’re interested, when I get settled back in LA. I also have lots of Polaroids of the city I want to scan to show you. So, will see you soon. Thank you for keeping me wonderful company on my trip. I’ve loved and savored all your comments!



42 Comments on Macarons

  1. Glad you had a wonderful time…and so inexpensively! {Well, relatively speaking.} Do share more about the apt you rented!

  2. that's incredible… it's my dream to go there, but for 3 months. I'll have to wait until my baby is much older though

  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful time! A club sandwich and champagne – love it. You're making my mouth water. I am very curious to hear how to rent the apartment. Have a safe trip home!

  4. I'm so happy you had a lovely time in Paris! And I can't wait to see the Polaroids!
    Have a safe trip home to L.A.!

  5. wow that is so cheap! did you fly during those times when the airlines had a lot of deals? i remember seeing flights to paris for $300-something from LAX.
    have a safe flight!

  6. Oh my dear – I have so enjoyed your trip to Paris. I can't wait to go in a few months (I hope, I hope). I definitely need the details of your apt rental, etc. Have a safe journey home.

  7. i am dying to go to paris, so i would love to hear any money saving tips you have! :) safe travels back!

  8. I've not been to Paris since I was 19 back in 1988. I'm so happy you had a lovely time! I miss the freedom of traveling abroad…. the wine… the food..

    Can't wait for photos. xo

  9. Thank you so much for sharing these Parisian treats with us! I look forward to seeing the Polaroids and hearing more about the trip. Seeing everything all at once made me feel like I got to take a little vacation, even if I was still sitting at my desk. Merci!

  10. I've really enjoyed your posts on Paris and can't wait to see and read more. Less than $1800 for the week? Such a bargain. Mon Dieu, I cannot wait to be in Paris this summer!

  11. Perfect ending to a lovely trip! If we had not just spent ten fabulous days in NY, I'd be tempted…

  12. Laduree!! The best pastries in Paris. Have you been to Pierre Herme? Best macarons in Paris hands down.

    Give details of your trip! Amazing.

  13. Your trip sounds so lovely and Laduree is one of my favorite places in the world. I would love to learn more of the charming apartment you stayed in, it is so beautiful.

  14. "My little vacation — including airfare and my beautiful apartment — cost less than $1,800 for the entire week"

    that sounds incredible! i was thinking closer to $3000! you must tell us how you managed that – my sister, cousins and I are planning a week in paris…


  15. that's such a great deal! my 12-day stay in Paris was almost $3000…but I went on a school trip. next time I should just go alone hehe.

  16. You must tell about your inexpensive trip to Paris. It is my dream trip. I like to make it a reality in the next two years.

  17. oh those Macarons look so dellicous. Glad you enjoyed the trip, thanks for taking us along with you!! x Liss

  18. Yay Tina! You truely spent your final night in Paris blisfully, exactly how I would have done it. Lovely! Can't wait to see all the pics

  19. The apartment we are renting is straight down from Notre Dame and the ice rink with the carousel.Bet we passed each other a few times!Glad you enjoyed yourself!Laduree is great! Isn't is amazing here people have champagne with everything!!!
    Enjoying your posts!

  20. Time does fly when we had lovely times non?! Have a great flight back darling…can't wait to view more visual delights*

  21. So glad you went to Ladurée and enjoyed it. I'm sure it won't be long before you get back to Paris!


  22. Ahhh Paris, one of the MOST beautiful cities! Hope you're relaxed, rejuvenated and come back ready to divulge all the details!

  23. i would love to know how to rent a little apartment in Paris! I love i there, just need to convince my boyfriend!

  24. What a beautiful photo! I'm drooling a little. Macarons from Ladurée are pretty much my idea of heaven. I was in Miami this weekend for my birthday and had macarons for dessert at the Setai — delicious, but not quite the same as Ladurée! Must plan a visit to Paris asap. Love your blog.

  25. you are getting me more than itchy to hop a plane to just about anywhere in europe, seriously! i am planning a european trip for 2011 spring, when i graduate college and my son graduates high school (both the same year, yeah!) but now i'm impatient. sigh…would love to know about your apartment deal though and how you enjoyed it, please post details…!!! safe trip back too!

  26. Thanks for the lovely week in Paris Tina!! I can't wait to see the Polaroids and apartment details!!! oxo Barbara

  27. What a lovely way to round off your stay! Thanks so much for sharing all the wonderful little details of your trip with us — and now I really can't wait to go back to Paris!


  28. Laduree is such a special spot..I made it in for breakfast on Sunday morning and it was sensational! A great way to end a trip in Paris…look forward to seeing your photos!
    Jeanne :)

  29. can't wait to see the Polaroids from your trip! ah, Paris. I just treated myself to a couple macarons from Dean & Deluca, and let me just say — disappointment. hope to make it back to Paris again soon (for the real thing.)

  30. those look so scrumptious. all your paris pictures are so lovely, they let me reminisce from when i visited a few years ago. i miss it so much!

    i'm glad you had so much fun! thanks for sharing!