What is it, when in another country, that the usual tat I would bypass, becomes more appealing? Those t-shirts, sweets and postcards, with their unfamiliar foreign packaging just draw me in and tempt me to buy things I would never normally give a second glance to!
Monday, 31 August 2009
Friday, 28 August 2009
My final day, starting with a trip to Montmartre. Again, a tourist haven but one I wished to re-visit, envisaging Amelie running through the streets. A highlight of my trip I think, sitting in a carriage on the carousel with the Amelie soundtrack playing along.
The weather being as glorious as it was, a boat trip to enjoy the breeze and look at all the wonderful views from the Seine.
What I was most looking forward to was the infamous visit to Ladurée. If you have a sweet-tooth like me, there is no place better for delightful pastries, macaroons and tea.
I did not come away empty handed of course. I had to buy more macaroons for my journey home as well as the Marie Antoinette tea, as suggested by new friend Valentine, now I can enjoy the Ladurée experience at home.
The final night was spent looking at the amazing sights of Paris at night, wishfully pondering my next visit...
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Thursday, 27 August 2009
So, my next morning was spent at many of the famous landmarks in Paris - no trip is complete without an Eiffel Tower visit, right?
We then went on to Versailles. I had not visited the palace before and although terribly busy with tourists, a definite must-see. I had re-watched one of my favourite films, Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette before the trip, so that I could envisage the queen walking along the corridoors with her entourage, dressed in her finery. I think the pictures speak for themselves, opulence at it's most opulent.
We then went on to the fair that runs alongside the Jardin des Tuileries, inspired by some pictures you may have seen before.
Final stop for the day, le Marais. Again, another area I liked very much. I only wish I had had time to visit through the day and wander through the little streets, popping in and out of the gorgeous shops. This has got to be one of my only holidays where little shopping has taken place - and I'm not proud! However, a lot of yummy food and drink was consumed, wasabi coated nuts...
... and the best gelato I have ever tasted from Amorino - raspberry and chocolate were the flavours of choice - scooped into the shape of a flower no less!
Tomorrow, will be my final post on Paris. I do hope you're enjoying my journey as much as I did!