Sunday, 21 November 2010

Day Trip to Paris

Originally I had planned a day trip to Paris to try to get a La Vie Du Grand Nord in the elusive colourway #10.  However, I had struck lucky in Berlin a few weeks before.  So now what to do in Paris? After various delays in travel along the way I eventually got there.  It RAINED!

Here you can see the magnificent Avenue de L'Opera with the beautiful Opera Garnier at the end - this is where the ballet is most often performed and where legend has it that The Phantom of The Opera lives/lived!

Some gorgeous classic style french fashions in the window of a boutique on the Ave de l'Opera.

As it was raining I decided against queueing to see the Monet exhibition so I walked the length of Fauborg St Honore

and did lots of window shopping:-
I wonder how many Euros this beauty cost??!!
The matching earrings (top).

It was still raining.... 
Fbg St Honore


A fabulous macaroon display with chocolate shoe!

Some lovely pink things!!
And a beautiful cake shop - of course!
The clothes in the shop windows were all gorgeous and these looked nice and warm and cosy!
My pictures of the Hermes FSH window were not good enough to show here (and there was only one window dressed anyway) but the horseman had suffered in the wind and rain - he lost one of his scarves!!  It was hanging beneath him poor chap!  I think he had the turqouise version of Posisson du Corail flying.
I popped around the corner to Rue Royale to look at Laduree's windows and they have a new designer box by Galliano so I bought my only purchase of the day - a little box filled with my favourite praline macaroons, although they probably have a special Galliano macaroon knowing Laduree!
Looking towards the Madeleine from Laduree.
The Madeleine/Rue Royale

I then went up to Avenue George V

but there was nothing at Hermes there to tempt me either.  The Louis Vuitton windows were good especially in the evening light!

I then had to head back towards the Opera to go back home - the Champs Elysees look fabulous at night:-

The Opera Garnier looked amazing lit up in the dark:-

And there were some lovely clothes that caught my eye in a shop just by the Opera..the shops always dress their windows beautifully in Paris.

I could not leave Paris without grabbing a fresh croissant to have for breakfast the next day and to remind me of my day in Paris!
I nearly missed my flight home thanks to the horrendous traffic in Paris and instead of having a leisurely hour to mooch around the lovely shops at the airport I had 5 minutes!!!  What a whirlwind of a day!


  1. Don't you love Paris in the rain? Seems to bring on an extra sense of romance.... as long as you're not waiting in line somewhere. Your picture of the window at Laudree made me smile because when in Paris I always seem to gravitate toward the 1st right around tea time and find myself staring in that exact window.

    Welcome back SA. Your updates always make me smile.

  2. Rain, sun, snow - who cares? It IS the lovliest city in the world. Its a long story, but my sister and I once had a box at Opera Garnier to ourselves - it was amazing.

    Hope you can track down La Vie at some point.

  3. SMR - thank you - and yes I know that right turn well LOL!!

  4. Mrs Exeter - The Garnier is a beautiful place indeed and the boxes are very quaint aren't they?! I got the La Vie in Berlin a few weeks back so no worries!!

  5. How wonderful I am able to travel along with you SA! The rain just somehow adds more gleam to this most beautiful city. I loved the windows you chose to show us. So beautiful!

  6. Beautiful pics, dear Scarf Addict. The romance of Paris shines through regardless the weather, looks like you've had a fabulous day!

  7. Yes it was a good day just looking and soaking up the atmosphere!