Paris 2015 – Day 1

Happy Monday friendly faces! Hope your weekend was marvelous, and you enjoyed as much sunshine as I got to. Mine was rather low-key, spent “detoxing” (read: eating loads of fruit and veggies) and going to the gym, but I had a few busy days during the week! And as you can tell by the title of this post, those busy days were spent in Paris 🙂

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The first glimpse of la Tour Eiffel!

It was a super short, super spontaneous trip; we were there and back in only 2 days, but I enjoyed every single second of it! Paris is definitely my absolute favourite city, and the next trip is already in the works 😉

We landed around 10 in the morning, and took the train to Gare du Nord, munching on Luxembourgli we brought from Zürich. Pure decadence.

Once we got to the station, we figured out what metro we had to take to get to the hotel. We stayed at hotel Ekta. It was right off of Champs Élysées; great for shopping, but also great for safety while walking back at night – the busy main street is always alight with plenty of people walking around.

Upon check-in we took an hour to walk up and down and decide which shops we wanted to visit. The first one on my list was the renovated Guerlain boutique.

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They showed me their irresistible new scent, “mon exclusive”. I was told it was made specifically for the boutique, and lucky for me it isn’t as exclusive as I thought it was, as I could hopefully order the ravishing scent online. Although I do hope to make it back to Paris before then…

Our next stop was lunch at one of my favourite cafés in one of my favourite parts of the city.

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Breizh Café in Le Marais! Just walking around the area made me too happy for words – all the little boutiques, the bustling alleys, the different colours and scents… it’s just such a vibrant and lively part of Paris and always on my to-do list when I go. I definitely hope to stay around the area next time, as I would love to explore further than just this fine creperie.

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I had the goat cheese galette, and for dessert the rhubarb crepe. Galettes are made of buckwheat flour, so a great gluten-free option!

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We accompanied this meal with organic cider. Apparently they specialise in ciders and have an entire menu to select from! Personally not being much of a cider-conoisseur I expected it to be slightly sweeter… but it definitely was great with the meal!

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After our late lunch (we finished eating around 5) we walked through le Marais to Place des Voges – one of my favourite parks, not just because it is right next to a make up forever 😉

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Through that little alley we got to Rue de Rivoli where we took the metro to the Louvre.

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Paris to me is a city best walked. So I wanted to walk from the Louvre, through the Jardin des Tuileries, past Place de la Concorde back up Champs Élysées. And so we did!

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Which was also when I first glimpsed la Tour Eiffel!

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Looking back at the Louvre.IMG_0192The Eiffel Tower, spotted again 🙂

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We got back to the hotel around 7.30, where we rested, made use of the wifi and ate a Caramel Fleur de Sel truffel from Sprüngli before heading back out to dinner, to an Italian restaurant called La Fabricca, which was right around the corner from the Arc de Triomphe. Get ready for a few pictures coming your way of the Arc and the sunset!

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IMG_0337After dinner, which was around 11 (the Parisians were still eating!) we walked back to the hotel for an “early night”.

I dare say we had a rather marvelous start to our short trip, don’t you think?

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Stay tuned for day two and three! And don’t forget to check out Katie’s blog for more marvelous posts!

With attitude and nail polish,

Anoushé xoxo

 

Happy Blogiversary!!

My apologies for being absent from the blog lately. No excuse seems viable enough so I will just go with “I was building the suspense”…(but actually I was mainly just studying, hanging out with the munchkin and binge-watching reality TV).

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You see.. today is my two-year blogiversary. I started of pirouettes and concealers without any intention of it becoming my go-to place to vent; it was originally a dance and beauty blog after all.. but my little space on the internet has evolved and changed along with me, and over these past 2 years it has now become more of a lifestyle blog of sorts.

Yes, I am still makeup crazy, yes I still love dance – but there is more to me and this blog than just that. “Sticking with a niche” and “write what you would want to read” (some of the advice I have received along the way) to me also means stay true to yourself, and myself is saying: “go lifestyle”. Write about life.. and all the facets that go along with it.

As a student/journalism intern/young adult/little kid at heart I feel like I have things to share. Things that could be interesting to some, boring to others, but possibly helpful to those who seek affirmation through stages of their lives, like in my case through the stress of university, the fears of not knowing what career path to choose, and whether kale really is better for me than a piece of chocolate… So why not lend my experiences to the world if that could help even just one other reader looking for the answer via Google?

With this evolution I have promised myself to take some time to build my blog further. I have a rather long summer ahead filled with trips, goals and ideas, aiming at bettering myself and this blog in the process…

So happy 2 year blogiversary dearest blog, you have an exciting year ahead of you!

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Anoushé xoxo