Paris, France

We began our Paris adventure hot on the heels of a 12-day trip to Norway. Paris actually turned out to be a convenient route for us to get back to our side of the world and we decided to turn it into a little vacation from our vacation. I had been to St. Tropez and Nice before, which resulted in a growing love affair with France, but never to Paris. Naturally, I was elated to finally spend some time exploring there.

Upon recommendations from friends, we stayed at an unbelievably charming AirBnb in the heart of Le Marais. Contrary to the amount of planning we did for Norway, we decided to wing it and see where the days would take us in Paris. We picked up a fun guide book that we found in our apartment and hit the streets to explore on foot. Our main objective, after spending our days hiking and camping in the mountains, was to relax and drink as much Rosé as possible. We did just that and discovered some rather enchanting spots along the way... 

Paris Highlights 

Staying in this charming AirBnb in Le Marais.
Eating breakfast at Fragments, coffee at Telescope Café, lunch at Café Hugo overlooking the Place des Vosges, wine and charcuterie outside at Le Barav (you can buy a bottle of wine from their cellar next door and enjoy it on their patio), and Boris Lume for croissants and other delicious treats.
Exploring Le Marais and Montmartre, people watching in the park at Place des Vosges and Palais Royal, walking along the Seine at dusk, getting a bird's eye view of the city from the rooftop at Printemps, and having cocktails at the spectacular Hotel Particulier Montmartre. 

You can't go wrong in Paris if you cruise around on foot. It's a big city and there is a lot of ground to cover! We were a bit turned off by the touristy vibe under the Eiffel Tower but really enjoyed it from afar. I would also suggest skipping the very popular Cafe de Flore, a friend warned me that it was touristy and overrated and she was completely right. 

We got some really fantastic recommendations from the guide book we found in our AirBnb and I would highly recommend it (linked below).

Bon Voyage! 

Maui, Hawaii

Highlights
 

Surfing Honolua Bay, staying at an aromatherapy institute in Makawao, renting a car and driving to Hana, swimming at Red Sand Beach in the rain (and having it all to ourselves), hiking to Waianapanapa Falls, staying in a treehouse in Hana, driving the backside of the island from Hana to Kihei, discovering hidden swimming holes, and eating at Choice Health almost every day. 

MUST DO
 

Have a night out at Mama's Fish House and order the locally caught Opah. Rent a snorkel and explore Honolua Bay. Skip the hotels (and crowds) and stay in an AirBnb - stay with a local and they might even tell you about some secret spots. Stroll through the charming town of Paia and grab breakfast at Paia Bay Coffee.