… and she’s going French-zilla!
Basically, I went on a weekend break to Paris and I took a million pictures, so I’ll probably end up splitting it into two posts in order to be able to tell you all about it.
I arrived late on Friday and missed dinner, so breakfast on Saturday had to be proper. The flat we stayed in was located just 5 minutes away from Opera Garnier so we didn’t find it hard to find plenty of small cosy cafes offering petit déjeuner.
The plan was to spend the morning walking around my favourite part of Paris – Montmartre, a hill on the north side of town offering amazing panoramic views. On the way up we went into a cathedral which boasted a richly decorated altar and ceiling.
We continued up along Rue des Martyrs, which turned out to be full of colourful market stalls, local shops and charming cafes. It had everything you’d expect from Paris – fruit, cheese, wine, pastries, breathtaking architecture, and, coincidentally, my favourite adorable French bulldog puppies by the dozen!
Accessorize blanket scarf, Bershka sweater (similar), Stradivarius skirt, Over the knee boots (surprisingly good quality)
At the end of what seemed like an endless climb, we finally reached the top of the summit, and the magnificent Sacré Cœur Basilica.
Afterwards we strolled through the cobbled streets of the bohemian quarter where artists like Dali, Monet, Picasso and Van Gogh once gathered to draw inspiration from each other’s tales.
It was time for refreshments. I grabbed a cone of pistachio ice-cream and lost myself in the busy, vivid square behind Montmartre where modern artists paint their chef d’oeuvres.
The Pink House was one of the trendiest places during La Belle Epoque.
On our way down we witnessed a typical French pastime – relaxing in an open cafe with a glass of wine under the sounds of French chansons.
I was having a bit of a hard time deciding which was more adorable, but the sad puppy eyes won me over. Hands down.
Opera Garnier goes with Cartier. Check out this Cartier advert if you’re an eternal romantic.
In the afternoon we continued our tour around central Paris. I was seriously tempted to get myself one of these vintage pink bikes and mingle with the locals.
When you’re in Paris, temptation lurks around every corner. Especially in the form of ganache-filled macaroons..
Chocolate, pistachio, rose champagne, coconut, mango, strawberry. Yum!
We chanced upon this gorgeous little street filled with boutiques and cafes and at this point we tucked our guide and map away and simply enjoyed stumbling upon the secret alleys of Paris.
From Place de la Concorde we continued on to Champs Elysees. Unfortunately the Christmas lights weren’t switched on, but it didn’t take away from the festive atmosphere (shop windows… shop windows everywhere!)
In a belated Halloween spirit
The Dolce & Gabbana window
Louis Vuitton bag and ankle boots
Some retro rides displayed in the Mercedes Benz Gallery
I couldn’t resist the compact Renault appeal
The Four Seasons looked quite tempting in the moonlight (and in the face of the number of miles we’d walked throughout the day), but we really weren’t that tired. What is more, we had absolutely no desire to end our lovely evening promenade and head back to the flat. Well, knowing that we still had one more day in Paris made it a bit easier to draw the line and say “to be continued”…