In my Manicure Monday post, I mentioned that I had just returned from a wonderful trip to a much-loved city of mine, Paris. The following posts will revolve around my 5 day trip, and while that could mean they wont have much to do with all things dance and beauty, ballet steps and mascara splurges definitely managed to sneak their way into my short vacay (some more than others…). So without much further ado, let’s see how well my short-term memory functions 😉
6.00 am wakeup and drive to the airport to catch the 7.45 am flight. Note how tired I look and how animated the boyfriend is..
We landed at 9.30 in gloomy, rainy Paris (Zurich was hot and sunny).
After waiting ages for our luggage, the terribly long taxi drive to get to the hotel and not being able to check in just yet we were really feeling the gloominess of the day..
Since we had been awake for quite some time and hadn’t eaten a proper breakfast, we dropped off our bags and head out in search of a place for lunch on Rue Cler, which is full of cute cafés and bakeries.
After lunch we returned to check in and were given some tips on what to do in Paris in the summer. This was not my first trip there, so I know my way around a little. What I didn’t know however, was that the Louvre was open until 9 pm on a Wednesday. We immediately decided that we would take advantage of the longer hours, i.e. shorter queues later on in the evening, and jotted that down on our itinerary for the day before mapping out a route and how to walk there.
Our path took us down Champs Elyssées
Avenue des Champs Élyssées is one big avenue leading from the Arc de Triomphe to Place de la Concorde and it is home to many luxurious brands, department stores, car dealerships and more. The photo above was taken outside of the massive Louis Vuitton, where many tourists were posing for pictures in front of the displays.
Our first stop on this famous avenue was the Arc de Triomphe.
The boyfriend and Dietikon
On the insides, among all of the French battles, we found the Second Battle of Zurich that took place in Dietikon in 1799. Switzerland in Paris! Reason enough for a picture 😉
Not wanting to queue to go to the top, we walked down the Avenue instead and looked at all the stores. Since the weather was slightly off, we decided to go into H&M for some warmer clothing (specifically long trousers for the boyfriend who only brought short ones :)).
At some point we thought it was time to head to the Louvre. We wanted to leave enough time to stand in line and walk around the exhibits, so we took the Métro instead of walking the whole way and got there shortly before 7.
In line for the Louvre
First stop: Mona!
We also took a walk around Napoleon III apartments. The Louvre is breathtaking on its own and we spent a lot of time just looking at the building and walking from area to area.
Dinner was right next to the Louvre at one of my favorite Cafés (be prepared for hearing that a lot)…
Café Marly has a great terrace outside with a wonderful view of the Louvre and the other tourists still standing in line. The weather had cleared up by the evening so we took a seat and enjoyed the temperature change.
The food was amazing. I had a tomato and burrata salad with a side order of French green beans.
After our meal we walked back to the hotel, which is located near the Eiffel Tower. When we got closer we decided to take our first Eiffel Tower pictures (I saw the tower before the boyfriend though, midday upon our drive into the city ;))
When we got back to the hotel we were ready for bed. After a 6am start and long walk through the city we deserved a rest!
Stay tuned for Day 2 🙂
With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo