Sunday, 29 September 2013

Mon rêve

Hello! It's been awhile since I've posted an entry cause I've been so busy traveling. Traveling for 7 weeks is seriously no joke but I had so so so much fun! And now I'm finally back in Glasgow for week 1 of school. Anyway I shall talk more about Glasgow soon enough, time for me to ramble about my trip in Paris.

Paris, the city known for their architectures, art, museums, pastries and so on. It is a city that I've heard so much about since I was a little girl and it is one of the cities that I looked forward to visiting. The Eiffel Tower, the Lourve Museum, the Cathedral of Notre Dame, the Palace of Versailles and not forgetting those delectable macarons! ^^

Day 1
All dressed up and ready to visit the beautiful city, hl and I went to the famous Pont des Arts also widely known as the lover's bridge. Legend has it that when a couple inscribes their name on the padlock, locks in onto the bridge and throws the key into river Seine, that their love will be unbreakable or undying. It was a pretty sight to see couples committing themselves to one another and I helped a taiwanese couple take a picture with their lock from 5 years back. gee. super cute and sweet.

All the pretty locks of love <3
me :)
Oh and here's a short clip of me throwing the keys of my lock into the river Seine. hahah cheap thrills. 

Just one of the many roadside stalls that sells beautiful pictures of the city
Next up, we headed to the Lourve museum. It was really crowded and packed with tourists but overall I liked this museum. The museum was huge and the paintings were beautiful.

hl getting all hyped about seeing Mona Lisa

And tadah! The long awaited Mona Lisa. She was really smiling at me at all angles. haha

After the museum, we headed to the Concorde square which is a square near many important sights. There wasn't really anything much to do there except to see the Luxor Obelisk but it was bustling with people (probably cause it links Champs-Elysees from the Tuileries Gardens). But anyhow there was a pretty fountain in the middle of the square and we just had to take a pic with it ^^

Headed down to what it is said to be one of the most beautiful avenue in the world, Champs-Elysees. It's pretty much the same as our Orchard Road. They have the same few high end/luxurious brands such as Prada, LV, Gucci and so on. They also have a huge Sephora and we spent quite a bit of time there. haha #whatsnew. However the prices of their products were more expensive as compared to Singapore and I found out that there isn't any Sephora outlets in the UK :( 

Besides shopping, there were many restaurants to dine in and well established patisseries such as Paul and Laduree. Hl and I were excited to try the Laduree here in Paris, hoping that it will be better than the one in Singapore. We bought a box of 8 macarons (2 chocolate, 2 rose petal, raspberry, caramel with salted butter, lemon and pistachio), which came in a lovely green and purple box. The total cost was 17.30euros ($30) which is pretty steep for just macarons but who can resist such yummy pastries.

yummy macarons
At the end of Champ-Elysees lies the Arch de Triomphe which is a tribute to all the people who died fighting for their homeland in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars. Super jealous of all these European countries. They have such beautifully craved architectures which makes the city looks alluring and exquisite. haha. Hl and I always say any random building look like an iconic place.

Arch de Triomphe
Hl and I
Next on our checklist is the Eiffel Tower. It is almost impossible to visit Paris and not see it since it is visible from nearly everywhere. Look at the number of people sitting on the grass patch waiting for the Eiffel Tower to be lit up. It was a cool place to chill and probably a pretty nice place to bring your date too, though cliche but everything seemed so lovely.

Tadah! When the Eiffel Tower is fully lit. So pretty <3
So that marks the end of our first day in Paris. I will continue day 2 and 3 another time. Till then.


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