Do it at your own pace.
Really into only staying in Airbnb’s these days.
I LOVE TRAVELING BECAUSE…
I love immersing myself in other cultures.
What made you decide on this destination?
Surprisingly, my husband and I have never been to Paris before and I had to beg him to do France for our honeymoon. He was more into the idea of Italy, but as always, I won.
How did this trip come together?
We chose to do 12 days in France. We did 4 days in Paris, 6 in the South, and 2 more in Paris before we flew back to NYC. I think we planned it out perfectly, but I may be biased because I planned it. I asked a lot of my seasoned travel friends. We knew we had to do Paris and the South so we mapped out to stay in three different areas with enough attractions close by. We decided on 2 days in St. Tropez, then 2 days in Menton so we can pop over to Italy for the day, then 2 days in Antibes. We originally had planned to stay in Nice while down there but the day we got the France was the day the horrible attack in Nice happened. Extremely grateful to have been safe in Paris that night.
Best form of transportation?
Uber everywhere. Except in the South, then rent a car!
Highlights and favorite things?
In Paris, exploring Le Marais. The shops and restaurants are fabulous.
In the South, Paloma Beach is so stunning. We had the perfect afternoon there, eating fresh seafood and kayaking. Also, if you can afford it (we barely could!), Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc is as impressive as it looks in pictures, if not more.
Under the radar must-see or do?
Not sure if this classifies as under the radar, but one of our favorite moments in Paris was picnicing in the Jardin Du Luxembourg. We did it up: a good book, good wine, even better cheese and saucisson. Perfect French moment.
Probably seeing Chris Rock at DERRIERE – which is also a must-visit restaurant in France. That and my $55 burger at Eden Roc Bar & Grill. Not worth the money, but also, probably the cheapest thing on the menu!
Did you encounter any challenges leading up to or during the trip?
Word of advice: Give yourself a ton of time on your flight back from Paris. Their luggage line was horrific and their service is so slow, it’s painful.
3 words that sum up your experience.
Chic as f*ck.
Looking back, what do you miss the most?
The pace, and the architecture. I could retire in Paris.
Do your best to learn a few key sentences in French, even though you know they’ll be able to communicate with you in English. It’s the polite thing to do!
DESCRIBE YOUR INSTAGRAM PHOTOGRAPHY AESTHETIC
Colorful, contrasted, cultured but also silly. It’s really about me and what either catches my eye, whether that’s a store I fell in love with or a meal that looks pretty against my sunnies, haha. I don’t take my feed too seriously but I try my best to take quality iPhone photos. Travel for me always does best — I’m the most inspired when I’m somewhere new and it visibly performs better within my feed.
Decide what your goal is. Is your goal to have a truly unique and consistent feed (like this) or is it to be able to capture your lifestyle to its truest form (like mine)? Once you’ve decided that, stick to one or the other and POST QUALITY PHOTOS. I can’t stress that enough – you can’t build a following off of crappy imagery.
Entrepreneur and founder of lifestyle blog @tastethestyle, Cyndi Ramirez is a certified addict of all things stylish, which include food, hospitality and of course, fashion. Keeping up with this globetrotter on the go is not an easy job, but Cyndi makes sure to capture each moment of her journeys with her distinct & flawless style.