Les Journaux Française: Part I

Oh hey there. Fancy meeting you here! C’est moi, Victoria, and I’m back, bitches. Actually, I’ve been back since Saturday, but I anticipated having severe jet lag and even severer longing for France (I was right on both accounts), hence me scheduling extra guest post content for you this week until I could get it together and start telling you about the trip.

But in the interest of keeping things interesting (because frankly, I have lots of fun post ideas!), I’m going to share bits of the trip piecemeal, savoring them as much as possible. I want to relive it, it was just that good! So keep an eye out for the continuation of Les Journaux Française over the next week.

Before we dive right in, a little piece of business that’s not really business at all. Today I’m honored to be featured on The Everygirl! And this time I do something that’s a little out of my comfort zone: I’m in front of the camera, and sharing more about my career path and how I ended up launching Vivaleur. Stop by and check it out!

Now, on to the goodness. Let’s start at the beginning. We left on the first of June, and after a long ten hour flight directly to Paris, arrived in the ÃŽle-de-France in the mid-afternoon. Here’s a photo account of what happened next…

Tune in next time for our Provençal arrival. There’s a lot of gelato involved!

Photos by Victoria McGinley for vmac+cheese; all taken with my iPhone!



  1. Purple Paparazzi said: replied:

    1. I love the ” And I’m back, bitches” line. LOVE IT!
    2.Love love love the picture up top with all the locks, you’ve just given me some inspiration for a Purple Paparazzi jewelry project
    3. All these photos with your trusty iphone! The iphone is the truth then, the pics are GREAT quality!
    4. It is so good,refreshing, great to have you back Victoria, vmac+cheese just ain’t the same without ya!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  2. comme je suis jalouse! my last trip to paris was chaperoning 18 high school students, so needless to say a trip along your leisurely lines sounds like heaven! can’t wait to hear about provence!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  3. Things That Sparkle said: replied:

    Victoria. I cannot even explain how jealous I am right now. Your pictures are gorgeous. Paris is so magical.

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  4. samantha said: replied:

    ahhh amazing victoria!! i cannot wait to read more… must you limit it to just one post per day?! and i love that you took all the photos with your iPhone :) xx

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  5. Take me back! Your words seriously made me feel like I was there, soaking up every moment!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  6. Dominique said: replied:

    Ahhhh I want to go back…Can’t believe you already have all your pictures uploaded and beatiful! I am so behind!! haha


    Dominique @ http://comfycozycouture.blogspot.com

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  7. That all looks positively DREAMY! Can’t wait to hear about more.

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  8. Nnenna said: replied:

    Wow, what an amazing recap- I feel like I was there! I cannot wait to read more about your trip to France! :)

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  9. Christin said: replied:

    You’re making me want to kill myself. And I obviously mean this in the nicest way possible.

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  10. Lisa // Elembee, Etc said: replied:

    This was perfect, and now I wish I were in Paris (ok, I already did because I’m reading The Paris Wife, but now I REALLY wish I were in Paris).

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  11. sarah said: replied:

    Congratulations on your Everygirl feature! Next time I go to Paris I will be sure not to miss the falafel. Now I just have to figure out an excuse for another trip…

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  12. I can’t believe that Abercrombie pumps out their cologne in Paris! That makes me hate it more. No class! Looks like a fantastic 48 hours!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  13. TheNOW said: replied:

    yaya yay yay! Agh I’m so jealous! And congratulations on Everygirl! heading over there now!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  14. Alyssa said: replied:

    What great pictures–your few days in Paris look magical! I wish I was better at taking pictures when I went to Europe a few years ago…I’d go crazy now!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  15. nuha said: replied:

    aghhhh these pictures make me want to go to paris right. now! love that you ENJOYED your vacation and truly lived the parisian life – relaxation, napping, and all!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  16. Jess said: replied:

    Lovely!! Glad you’re back – and that you enjoyed your trip!! Looking forward to posts about the rest of your trip :)

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  17. Unreal (and great recap…) I am so jealous!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  18. Kirby said: replied:

    I want to book a trip to Paris RIGHT NOW!!!!

    Cannot wait to see more pictures!


    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  19. Neda said: replied:

    Gorgeous journal of your trip! I really enjoyed it and felt the atmosphere of beautiful Paris right at my computer! Lovely! xx

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  20. Jacquelyn | lark&linen said: replied:

    I seriously can’t wait to read all about every bit of your trip!!! Ahh – Paris. What a way to start

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  21. Lonely Wife Project said: replied:

    I love having you back! And I’m having some serious Wanderlust right now! France is SOOOO beautiful and relaxed and perfect. Can’t wait to hear the rest. Oh and P.S. the two best falafels I’ve ever had were in Paris and Florence. Go figure!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  22. Tiffany @ Savor Home said: replied:

    I loved your guest posts, but I missed you! Your trip looks like it was glorious and I am glad you had a great time. I enjoyed your feature on The Everygirl, too! Your advice had my name on it. So helpful! And I agree- Big is the man. :)

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  23. Serena said: replied:

    Did you stay at the hotel Ares by any chance? I have almost that exact same photo out of my hotel window!
    What a gorgeous trip!

    21 Jun 2012 | Reply
  24. designstiles said: replied:

    Just lovely. When I walked up to the Eiffel Tower for the first time, I let out an audible gasp. Unreal to see it in person. It was simply beautiful.

    Really enjoyed reading your Everygirl feature.

    22 Jun 2012 | Reply
  25. Nancy said: replied:

    so great to hear about your vacation to paris! this post is getting me even more excited for my upcoming trip to paris! thanks for the inspiration and tips on what to do while there!

    22 Jun 2012 | Reply
  26. Libby said: replied:

    amazing pictures! you are quite the iPhone photographer!! on my trip to Paris, I remember spending many an afternoon wandering around… love it!

    26 Jun 2012 | Reply
  27. Kerry said: replied:

    My fiancé and I have one of those locks–on the Pont des Arts. We were wondering, where are the entrepreneurial lock sellers!? We had to get ours at the Monoprix and come back the next day. I’m glad to see there are some new ventures. And L’As is KILLER! Rue des Rosiers in general is just such a good food street!

    27 Jun 2012 | Reply

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