Bonjour and Happy New Year to all, I hope everyone got into the festive cheer and brought in 2013 with a bang! I have made it a NY resolution to blog more frequently.What better place to blog about right now then the beautiful French capital…Paris. In the four days we spent in Paris, I took enough photos to document the city and have split the post in two because I have too many to share. The city is absolutely beautiful and this is more a travel photo post then a foodie post. I’m going to keep the writing simple and aim to just get all the photos up to share with you all, enjoy!
First sighting of the Eiffel Tower on our arrival into Paris…we were staying in the 7th arrondissement, five minutes walk from the tower.
Morning coffee before a day of exploring. Side of Sucre sugar cube.
Paris has a great and reliable metro system making it the easiest way to get around the city.
My dream Parisian driving car…..
Fresssshhhh fruit at the corner store.
We made breakfast in our apartment every morning. This spread consists of croissants and baguette from the local bakery (I love how the baguettes are always warm and freshly cooked, you are never sold an old baguette, it’s a sin in Paris) fresh fruit and muesli.
Jardin du Luxemborg – The Palace & Gardens
After venturing out one day, we though it would be nice to stroll through the gardens at Jardin du Luxemborg the second largest public park in the city. The park is in the 6th arrondissement and is the garden of the French senate, which is itself housed in the Luxemborg Palace.
This is one of the entrances to the park, the overhanging trees look magical.
Jes and I enjoying a picturesque photo at the entrance.
The Luxemborg Palace, with its huge lake.
The hedges in the gardens amazed me, with the girls jumping in for a photo to show off their sheer size.
Some men in the gardens were off to pick something from the trees I assume, it felt slightly like a fairytale seeing them with their wicker baskets and green aprons.
Bread & Roses – Rue de Fleurus
Before entering the gardens we had seen this little cafe, bread & roses. I instantly fell in love with it and suggested we visit after our walk through the Jardin du Luxemborg.
Refreshing glass bottle of Coca-Cola light, I think I have a slight addiction.
Ana has the prosciutto plate with a crunchy olive baguette and pickles.
My lunch choice came with a basket of dark grainy bread which was fantastic and a large slice of a white vienna type.
The main part of the meal was a mixture of dips that you could mix up to your own liking. Clockwise from the top left is zucchini, hummus, tomato concasse, tabouli, eggplant and capsicum.
Jes only wanted something small and opted to follow her sweet tooth with a date scone that was served with cream and jam.
Isi who wasnt hungry at all went with a hot chocolate which looks like it has been made to absolute perfection.
Overall I loved our pitstop at bread & roses. It was pretty pricey with my dips and bread being around 20 euro but these prices are expected as you are in Paris, the tourist capital of the world. I’m happy to pay, as long as the quality of what you get is good. I definitely recommend if anyone else finds themselves at the Jardin du Luxemborg and is feeling a little peckish afterwoods.
Bread & Roses
7 Rue de Fleurus, 6e, Paris
Ph: 0142 2206 06
On another day we found ourselves exploring the Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic Marian cathedral which is found in the 4th arrondissement. I myself wanted to visit due to the world known story of the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The cathedrals architecture is its main drawing card as it is considered one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture. There is no fee to enter inside but they ask for a donation, it is beautiful to walk around and just take note of the amazing interior and stained glass windows.
Candles lit inside.
Inside shot to show off the beauty of the interior architecture as well.
The thing about Paris is that wherever you go, you are surrounded by beautiful architecture. We made our way to the Lourve one day, with Isi and Jes going in to explore. Since Ana and I have been before, we decided to stroll around the Lourve and make our way up the Champs Elysees and to the Arc de Triomphe.
Entrance way into the Lourve…
Stopped off for a Pauls baguette. Although this place is a chain (we even saw stores in Prague and Madrid) the quality is always really good and the baguettes are decently priced.
Pretty decent size baguette for the 4 euro I paid.
I chose the tuna, tomato and lettuce as I was craving some canned fish it seems. They also offer many other varieties such as mozzarella, tomato, basil and prosciutto and cheese.
We took a seat on the grass just near the Lourve with the other summer revellers and enjoyed our baguettes in the sunshine.
The Paris Tuk Tuk..if anyone is keen for a ride?
Ahh there it is…the Arc de Triomphe in the distance with the Champs Elysees looking very inviting with its boxed hedges and retail shops calling us to enter.
Had my tourist shot with the Arc de Triomphe in the background. The actual monument is there to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars. Beneath it lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War 1.
Ladurée – Avenue des Champs-Elysées
We come across Ladurée on the Champs Elysees, what a pleasant surprise The main store was currently being refurbished, but they have set up a pop up like store on the street. Once the refurbishment is done you will be able to visit the tea room again which serves a high tea and a brunch like menu.
Inside you’re not allowed to take photos….but I grabbed this sneaky one of the cabinet housing the pastries so you could get a glimpse of the interior.
We purchased a box of eight macarons, and took our little treasure to the Eiffel Tower for its very own photo shoot.
The beautiful packaging just sums up the experience you get from buying Ladurée macarons.
From memory our Ladurée macarons consisted of pistachio, vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel x two, rose petal and coconut.
I felt like I had just bought a bag at Louis Vuitton with all the beautiful packaging that we received. I wore my Ladurée bag on my arm with love that afternoon.
75 Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris
Ph: 0140 7508 75
I leave you today with some black & white shots I captured on the streets of Paris. This is only half of the photos, in part two I will be sharing our picnic at the Eiffel tower, our trip to Pierre Herme and some night time Parisian snaps from the bicycle tour we did around the city. I was slightly snap happy during our four days in the city of love.
Au revoir for now x x x
Read part two here.