How do you get to Croatia from Philadelphia? Via Paris of course! That is is my answer for everywhere to get in Europe. LOL.

American Airlines was the first US carrier with direct flights to Dubrovnik, but they ended their flights one week before we were heading to Croatia. In 2019, it was my 8th trip to Europe with Nancy (my sister). Neither of us knew it would be our last trip to Europe together. Nancy passed away in June 2020.

Here were some photos from our time at Philadelphia International Airport and on the plane.

I found this photo that Nancy took at her house before the leaving for the airport.

When Nancy and I started planning the trip, we looked at ways to getting to Dubrovnik. Any opportunity to get to Paris, I was all for! We flew to Paris for one night and then went to Dubrovnik from there. We landed in the morning and left the next morning.

Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal

We decided to stay at the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal. It was a great location, amazing staff and comfortable room! Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal is a boutique hotel in the Hyatt family of hotels. We arrived and got recommendations for lunch. With less than 24 hours, we wanted to maximize our time in Paris.

Chez Monsieur

We took the advice of the concierge and went to Chez Monsieur for lunch. When you think of a Paris restaurant, all the boxes were checked and we had a perfect afternoon. Next time in Paris, I recommend Chez Monsieur. The wine, food, atmosphere and service was perfect!

One of my favorite photos of Nancy was taken here!

In a world where you can be anything. Be Kind!


French wines are my favorite. I wanted to bring some home, so we went to do a tasting Lavinia. I wished they shipped to the US!

Le Café Blanc

Due to events in Paris it was causing traffic jams, so we stayed near the hotel for dinner. The concierge recommended Le Café Blanc and we had nice dinner on the terrace. In 2020, it is interesting to look at the photos and see life “pre-covid.” The heat lamps were on and casting the red hue over the photos.

Café St. Regis

For me, a trip to Paris is not complete without a stop at Café St. Regis on île St Louis. It is family owned and love my time there! We met a couple from England. It was perfect because we were able to stay awake and it helped us adjust to the time zone.

During our first trip to Paris in 2011, we found Café St Regis. When we sat there, I looked at the building across the street and said…..I will live there!

Random Photos Around Paris

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