The hotel was absolutely GORGEOUS! Pictures cannot even do it justice. For this being my first trip overseas, I was just mesmerized how beautiful everything was. A beautiful Mediterranean and mountain view was not bad to wake up to every morning. Not to mention palm trees automatically make me happy no matter what.
The FOOD. and all the WINE.
But oh my gosh, the food. Let’s just say all restrictions went out the window. I think I had bread with every meal, pasta was a must and the desserts were so mini I just had to try almost one of each. What I loved about France was that everyone sits outside and enjoys a cocktail with their meal. I fell in love with a new favorite dessert: Panna Cotta. I found a few recipes to attempt my own, but if you ever get a chance to try it.. do it! (Pictured above next to sides of chocolate and caramel sauce, after dinner shots, and of course: Espresso.)
I’m not much of a coffee drinker, maybe a Starbucks latte from time to time, but I believe I had AT LEAST 5 cups of espresso a day in France. It didn’t help that our little “office” for the week came with it’s own Keurig-like espresso machine.
One of the purchases I made in France was at Laduree for some French macaroons and tea to bring home and share. I wanted to move into the store, not just because all of the sweets, it was decorated so cute and fancy. After I bought these, I found out these is a Laduree store in NYC about 10 blocks away from me…
Celebrating my 25th birthday in France was one to remember. I’ve never worked on my birthday so it didn’t really feel like my birthday – just a normal check-in day at work. During lunch I got a suprise with the most BEAUTIFUL flowers I have ever recieved in my life – thanks to my Mom, Dad and brother. Then after our nightly meeting I was surpirsed with a sparkler birthday cake! More desserts.. no problem. After work that day, we headed to Morrison’s (the Irish pub we headed to just about every night) for ladies night. There happened to be a band – who made me sing happy birthday to myself. Definitely needed more drinks before that.
I was even surprised with a birthday poem from that cute little blonde up there:
I was crying as soon as I read it – so sweet. Thank you to everyone who made my birthday so special! I loved all the pictures, instagrams, cards and calls!
Valentine’s Day was our last full day in Cannes. The day started with an impromptu morning photoshoot on the hotel dock with our robes and slippers. The hotel staff and cab drivers outside thought we were nuts. Then later that evening the whole team had a romantic dinner at an Italian restaurant down the street. Basically just more bread and pasta.