Haussmannian architecture / Paris skyline from the Musée d’Orsay / The Louvre
My sister Fi and I just returned from a lovely day in Paris- lovely up until the point the heavens decided to open. The rest of the afternoon, I had to contend with puddle-soaked ballet flats and frizzy hair- not good :(
Started the day off with a delicious brunch on Boulevard Saint-Germain at the legendary Café de Flore which was surprisingly unassuming. Yummy croques, café au laits, salmon fumé and eggs just hit the spot.
Then it was onto the Musée d’Orsay for a little Impressionism, before heading to the Rue Saint-Honoré for some window-shopping and a trip to Colette of course. Having never been to Colette, I was pretty excited. As the world’s most famous concept store, I expected it to be bigger but there were some interesting cult products to admire and purchase, amongst a lot of gimicky items. Picked up the latest issue of Self-Service, a Karl Lagerfeld tee and a Pharrell printed one by French label, ‘Hope Means Nothing’. Hmm that’s perhaps the most depressing tag I’ve heard in a long time…
Anyway, it was fun to try out the cult beauty products, drool over Alaïa accessories, and actually see some stunning Repossi jewellery in the flesh! The only thing I didn’t like was the fact that it was overstaffed with strangely sinister assistants- I was in fact reprimanded twice for daring to take some pics. (Rebel I know ;)
Then we sauntered down to the majestic Rue de Rivoli to gaze at the unreal-looking Hotel Le Meurice and have a leisurely late lunch/tea at the glorious Angelina. The chocolat chaud viennois is an absolute MUST- it’s literally just steaming molten chocolate presented in a huge jug. Everyone around us seemed to be enjoying that plus obligatory croissant for their goûter so we joined in on the calorific action. The miniature macarons were also out of this world- really intense flavours. We tried them in pistachio, chestnut, vanilla, and salted caramel butter. I have to say, this last flavour was my favourite- lick your teeth over and over again scrumptious!
Flowers at Angelina / Angelina macarons/ Me contemplating the delicious spread / Club sandwich / Macaron leftovers / Angelina cakes / Glass doors of Hotel Le Meurice
Bought a few pressies then crossed over the road to the Tuileries for a little stroll. From there, we proceeded towards the Champs-Élysées when the downpour occurred. And if you know Paris, you’ll know that once you head towards the Champs-Élysées you’re stuck in open space for a good half mile, with no shops or cafes to seek refuge. Not good timing. Luckily we managed to hotfoot it down into the metro towards our destination. Once there, we did a final spot of shopping- (mainly to those all important French pharmacies for the Bioderma Créaline!) ventured to Ladurée and had a brief dinner before heading back to Gare du Nord to catch our Eurostar home.