I indulged in a little retail therapy and had my much anticipated Starbucks. It was nice getting out of my quiet mountain town for a few days, and I wasn't as overwhelmed at the craziness of being back in Paris as I'd thought. In fact, most of my old habits came back quite easily (navigating the metro system like a boss, avoiding dog poo on the sidewalks, weaving through crowds of tourists, and, unfortunately, paying an arm and a leg for everything), and in some ways, it felt as though I'd never left.
(But I did. And I'm much better off for it.)
So all in all, a very successful weekend in the city of light in good company.
And because I had such a fab time, stay tuned for a Paris-themed giveaway coming up really soon over here at Crystal Goes to Europe!
I didn't go photo crazy this weekend because I didn't want to stick out as a tourist too much. Here are the highlights:
|Beautiful Place des Vosges|
|Victor Hugo lived in Le Marais neighbourhood for 16 years, and you can visit his house which has been turned into a museum. His quote says: to create is to remember.|
|Arcade (and a typical French style café) surrounding Place des Vosges|
|You know you are in a swanky part of Paris when the street performers are playing the harp...|
|Hidden beauty...we stumbled into the courtyard of this hotel by accident (The Sully Hotel, thanks, Google) after going through an unmarked door. It was like walking into the Secret Garden and Paris d'autrefois.|
|Gorgeous sphinx (!) sculpture in the courtyard of the Sully Hotel|
|Hotel façade (you can see the twin sphinx sculptures flanking the entrance)|
|Inverted pyramid, le Carrousel du Louvre (the ritzy underground shopping centre at the famous Louvre museum)|
|My friend and I stumbled upon an AMAZING pet boutique in the heart of Le Marais. I was in heaven, and when I saw this print hanging on the wall, I knew I had to take a pic to document such awesomeness☺ www.moustaches.fr|
|Starbucks and some motivational reading material at le Carrousel du Louvre before my train back to Grenoble.|
|My pretty new bag from Lollipops, Paris. I was seduced by its sale price and the fact that it comes with a detachable shoulder strap. http://www.lollipopsparis.fr/fr/maroquinerie/nolibri-shopper.html|
|A peek at the inside. I love the colour contrast with the outside of the bag.|
|From the back...it seems be very durable which is great because I usually go through purses very quickly!|
|Waiting in line outside of what is considered the best fallafel place in Paris (and maybe France?). It even has its own wikipedia page! L'As du Fallafel, rue des Rosiers, Le Marais, Paris|
The fallafel were very tasty, and the long line moved along quickly. I paid 5,50€ for a fallafel sandwich stuffed full of shredded red cabbage, cucumber, tomato, delicious fallafel and their signature garlic sauce.