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

 

Finally a weekend with Friends… MARVELOUS

This Saturday I decided to spend quality time with actual humans instead of huddled up in front of my laptop and hanging out with the Munchkin.

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Although Seti is a very cute munchkin…

I hadn’t seen my friends in 3 + weeks. I never wanted to plan anything at the weekend so that I could give myself enough time to get things done…. But this tactic tends to lead me to having more time to procrastinate rather than me actually getting more work done.. so moral of the story: Take breaks, have fun and embrace your social life (in moderation?).

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I mean, okay, maybe I over exaggerated a little. I did “go out” as in leave the house for my favourite stretching and body pump classes every weekend, but because those are at really annoying, mid-day times, they really mess with my time-management (or lack thereof). So I was thus faced with the difficult choice between socializing and working out (I generally chose the latter for highly justifiable reasons: Once I am out with my friends, I am OUT... so if I “just” workout I technically should be investing more time into my studies… technically..).

I did however do at least 1 marvelous thing each weekend.. let me start with weekend 1:

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Friday: Lichthof Party in the main University building. This was a once in a lifetime experience where we got to dance in the actual building. The great part about this party was that EVERYONE was there because it was the place to be if you were a student, i.e. I got to see a lot of my old classmates, which is always a treat after being away and losing touch with so many.

There were 3 dance “halls”, one of which was being DJayed by none other than Nachtseminar… so you probably know where I spent most of my time right?

Have I mentioned I have started flyering for my favourite party?

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Weekend 2, I didn’t go out (shocker) but enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my mom on Sunday.

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Crêpes for dinner and dessert? I will take it 🙂 Restaurant recap definitely coming soon, but I need to revisit the quaint café for some better pictures first 🙂 (and more dessert…)

And finally last weekend: I started my weekend by FINALLY going to dance class! It felt great to be “home”, but I was in mega pain on Saturday… not dancing (except for in clubs – no judgement) for 6 months really has a remarkable impact on your body.. like mine totally forgot which muscles to use, and my legs were shaking during both hours (Barre a Terre and Jazz).

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On Saturday, I met up with some of my girlfriends for drinks at Grande – my second favourite place after Dante (actually they are head to head as they are both owned by the same owner, i.e same concept, same cocktails.)

I went all out with the mascara… going out is such a “special occasion” now that I really took my time and made an ordeal out of my makeup routine…

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We sat outside due to lack of space and soon started to feel the October chill… my friends wanted to “warm up” with some pizza (I was still full of Kabocha, addiction obsession still going strong (I eat it almost daily, and devour an entire squash in warp speed #sorrynotsorry)), but the place we went to was out, so we did what any cold student would do… we went to Starbucks.

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And since I am now studying Media- and Communications, I feel like I should state that this is unintentional product placement…. we just like to hang out there.. a lot

I had steamed soy milk with a pump of pumpkin spice syrup. Tis the season after all… #allthepumpkin #allthetime

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We felt like 16-year old high school students again, where you were “forced” to hang out at Starbucks because you were too young for bars (technically allowed to drink wine and beer at 16 here, but I never cared for it then..). This déja vù called for a #throwback selfie!

I was in bed, lights out at 1. The polar opposite of my usual self… but I had a paper to complete and body pump to attend #favouriteworkout

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I also ate more kabocha, took a few naps and walked the munchkin. Oh, and I tested a new overnight mask from Origins… blog post coming soon (along with the other one that I had promised… saving that for my next, longish, study break 😉 )

IMG_4183So that’s all for now! Not much besides eat, sleep, sports, study, occasional outing and repeat, but I promise to report back with my promised posts ASAP!

Have a great Tuesday! I just did my nails while reading for class tomorrow and am now off to a dance class… talk about productive, huh 🙂

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo