Day 2 in Paris was bright and sunny — perfect for a stroll in the Tuileries Garden! We had been making our way from our Air BnB apartment in St. Germain to the Petit Palais — a public museum on the other side of the river not far from the Place de la Concorde. I was super excited to wear some of the cute jewelry I picked up in Strasbourg — a cameo ring and an octopus necklace — which seemed to fit into my netural/olive green color palette quite well.
Check out my Instagram page for some more real time snaps from my 2nd day in Paris! Like this sculpture that I saw at the Petit Palais. I don’t remember her story, but I later decided that she was the Parisian Goddess of Bread!
Paris has so many museums and on this trip I had on my agenda plans to stop into a few of the smaller ones I had not yet visited. First on my list was Musée Rodin! A small museum with an adjoining café and outdoor garden full of sculptures, it was definitely worth the trip.
You might have guessed, but it was this pink bag that I picked up at the Longchamp store in Strasbourg! I just loved the color and decided to switch things up by getting the shorter handles. After touring the gardens we all ran for cover inside the museum when a thunderstorm rolled through Paris.
Halfway between Strasbourg and Paris is a little area called Champagne. You might have heard of it before? Of course! Many people use the term “champagne” to describe any sparkling wine, but the truth is that you really can only call a sparking wine champagne if it comes from the Champagne region in France!
We hopped on a train and took a quick 2 hour ride over to Reims, the capital of the Champagne region. We picked up our rental car and started our adventure with a cave tour at Veuve Clicquot.
The maze of underground chalk caves is rather impressive, and very daunting! We were constantly reminded to not wander off as we could get lost for days! Each cave (crayère) is named after someone who provided a significant amount of service to Veuve Clicquot. Here in Cave No. 252 we have Jaques Pagnie who spent 41 years working at the House!
After visiting Veuve Clicquot we hopped up the street to Vranken-Pommery. Thankfully it was only a 30 minute tour, because although the history of each House is different, the caves and general processes are the same.
Pommery is located in a rather large castle-looking building with access to the caves right from the tasting room. While Veuve names their crayères after those who worked for the House, Pommery named their caves after the different cities that they began exporting their bottles to over the years!
This sums up how I feel about a few flutes of champagne… and right after this we headed over to the city center of Reims for some much needed lunch!
After lunch we made a quick stops at Taittinger and Moët & Chandon to visit the properties and look around. After a few glasses of champagne earlier in the day we really couldn’t make it though any more tours and tastings without falling asleep!
Of course you by now must recognize my AliKat military jacket! It was perfect for a day of touring the caves as it helped when we went underground and the temperature dropped 20+ degrees! I paired it with my trusty Citizens of Humanity jeans, Sam Edelman flats, Longchamp bag, and Prada sunglasses. My necklace, which you will see more of later, is a souvenir from the European Fantasy Film Festival in Strasbourg!
Half the fun of visiting Saratoga was planning out what to wear! We were by far the fanciest visitors to the track and we attracted a lot of attention by the other racegoers who wanted to take pictures of our hats and fascinators.
I wanted to wear something fun and I ended up choosing a bright pink full midi skirt from Express, a cream tank from Bobbles and Lace, heels and purse from Zara, sunglasses from Prada, and a hat from TJMaxx (with DIY’ed pink feathers). I’ve actually worn my hat on a few different occasions.
Aside from the fashion, one of my favorite parts of the day was getting to meet some of the jockeys. After every race you can stand outside and watch as they walk past you out of the building. They are all covered with dirt and mud from the race and wear several pairs of goggles around their helmet and neck. I was also able to catch some pictures of them just as they left the track.
Of course what was really exciting was when one of our hosts, Victoria, brought Lianna (of Salem Style Crochet) and I back into the paddocks to meet one of the jockeys! Of course you can tell by the lack of dust and dirt he was on his way in for a race!