This weekend Sam and I attended the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic. It’s probably one of my favorite social events of the year. I get to catch up with industry friends all the while sipping on some of the best bubbly. This year I wore a very special dress I bought when Sam and I were in Paris last year. It’s by a Japanese designer, Tsumori Chisato. She adds an incredible sense of whimsy to all of her designs and creates her own beautiful prints. The sailboat print for this dress came from watercolors she painted herself. It’s one of my favorite pieces. It’s delicate, playful, and the sheer draping adds a romantic touch. I pull it out whenever I need something special to wear. I love feeling confident knowing no one else will be wearing this dress.
The first stop on our European road trip was France’s second largest city of Lyon. We had a limited amount of time to spend here, so we did our best to capture the essence of the city in just 24 hours. Lyon has a very different feel than Paris. Even though it receives almost as many visitors, the city has a calm energy and it is not uncommon to find yourself walking through a street totally alone.
We started our day with a grand breakfast spread at Mama Shelter which is the hotel we stayed in. I highly recommend it. It’s brand new and situated a few blocks from the Seine. After breakfast we strolled along the Seine people watching and taking in the city. Our next stop was a decadent lunch.
The most important part about Lyon is that it is considered to be the gastronomic capital of France. It has produced the world’s greatest chefs and this was the main reason we wanted to visit. At the top of our list was the iconic restaurant, Paul Bocuse. Bocuse’s restaurant is the oldest 3 Michelin star restaurant in the world. He is considered to be one of the most famous chefs in France and his restaurant is an ultra authentic experience in French fine dinning. The dishes found on the menu are more than iconic, they are a history of French cuisine. Make sure to bring an appetite because the portions are large, rich, and they keep on coming. This place is an experience in culinary time travel, you have to keep an open mind.
After one of the best meals of our lives Sam and I took one of those touristy boat rides up and down the Rhône river. It was the perfect way to learn more about the extensive history of the city in a short amount of time. We had a dinner reservation at another 2 Michelin star restaurant with a modern take on French cuisine, but to be totally honest we were so stuffed from lunch we never made it. Instead we grabbed a bottle of Rosé and some light snacks, settled down on the banks of the Rhône, and watched a spectacular sunset that seemed to last forever.
Lyon is a beautiful city and worth a visit if you’re looking for a new French city to explore. Make sure to follow along with my Insta Stories. We’re in Provence now on the second leg of our road trip, and off to Italy tomorrow. Let me know if you have any suggestions for the areas around Portofino and Florence.
Welcome to the first post from our European road trip. We spent our first day in Paris where we did what we do best, sit at open air cafes while people watching. We visited our favorite touristy spots like Place de Trocadéro which is the best place to get those iconic Eiffel Tower shots you see everywhere (it’s best if you go early in the morning). We also stopped by the Arc de Triomphe before being treated to an exquisite dinner at Ladurée. The next morning we picked up our gorgeous rental car from Sixt and took off on our road trip.
Follow our road trip on Instagram~ @LateAfternoon and come back to read our travel guides for Lyon, Provence, the coast of Italy and Florence.
I’ve been eyeing both the skirt and shoes I’m wearing in this post for a while now. Much to my delight I found both at the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale. Swooped both up along with a darling Kenzo dress. I’m also loving that crochet is having a moment this season. I like to keep my crochet pieces in neutral tones to give off a laid back California vibe with a hint of that 70’s boho feel.
Today I wanted to share a quick little glimpse into one of our recent adventures with BabyBlue. We took her up to secluded ranch where we enjoyed a quite day of hiking, BBQing, and sunset watching. I love having a camper van for those moments when we want to escape from the world and get lost.