***Mood/Status: Currently jammin' out to Paris by Magic Man while writing this post**
Bonjour! (Sorry, I just had to) Being in Europe and literally living right by St. Pancras, going to Paris is pretty much unavoidable. Plus, my incredibly blogger chic and bubbly ami, Kelsey, happens to live in a pastel tangerine apartment that's oh-so Parisian. Props to her for being the most energetic and amazing hostess! Being in Paris for only a weekend calls for a strategically planned out and unraveling list as my itinerary. I'm a tourist,what can I say?
Here is my copy & pasted list of endless and unforgettable adventures from my trusty E-sticky notes!
+ Eiffel tower (11am) with nutella crepe by carousels & Seine river (we're so cliché, but I love it)
+ pics at Trocadéro (hands-down necessary with the loveliest view. obviously, I had to "candidly" walk down some steps with the tower in the background)
+ Wandered around & found ourselves on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées! H&M allured me in and I shamelessly bought my treasured ankle-length coat like the retail heavens were calling me. Plus, I left with a massive H&M Paris Fashion Week bag as a souvenir (kind of).
+ Department store (Printemps--breathtaking terrace view with the smell of burgers wafting in the air; Galeries Lafayette--a tear-inducingly angelic dome smack dab in the middle)
+ Palais-Royal: stumbled here & took blog pics! (coming up soon)
+ steak frites and crème brûlée at random corner restaurant by Louvre museum (mediocre food but it tasted like the foods sent from heaven because of our excruciating starvation)
+ Louvre museum: Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo, Winged Victory, moats, Napoleon's apartment (I ended up getting free entrance after 6pm! The Mona Lisa was...anti-climactic. I managed to nab a spot in the front center & get a selfie without anyone by me! Call it a rite of passage to embarrassingly take 10000 pics in under 1 minute and leave instantly.)
+ Amélie watching (for the first time!) with leftover white wine, fresh baguettes from bakery, camembert cheese (like brie & pronounced camem-bear) and grapes from "duane reade"-esque store
(I'll shamelessly admit this was my first time watching the film. After swooning over its heart-stirringly magical playlist, I'm pleased that my first time watching it was in Paris with finger-lickin, typical French food)
+ Amélie spots; visited Monmartre where it was shot & erratically stayed inside the Sacré-Cœur for mass (Confession: I need to go to church--& confession). We walked up what seemed like 800 stairs! Did my legs feel like jelly? Of course.
+ Monmartre village and blog pics in front of La Maison Rose (if it's pink, it's a yes)
+ Croissants and gelato (my first croissant in Paree!) Chocolate croissant & macaron/speculoos gelato for me; croissant & mango/strawberry gelato for Kelsey. Our fingers froze but "Do it for the Gram!"
+ Sacré-Cœur polaroid shots while I got assaulted by "the bracelet guys" who insisted I needed a DIY friendship bracelet. No thanks but thanks for rattling my bones--literally.
+ Patrick Roger chocolate store: pretended to eat a chocolate Eiffel tower for a pic & a fellow shopper proceeded to imitate my pose right after--I'd like to think I'm a trendsetter (jk).
+ Moulin Rouge (I still need to watch this film. Currently adding to my movie bucket list)
+ Palace Video (where Nino works in the film; we just looked from afar)
+ "I love you" wall a.k.a. Le mur des je t'aime (It has all the "i love you"s in every language--including ASL! I knew I had to take a pic for my half-deaf sister & a pic by the 사랑해 for the 'rents)
+ Pierre Hermé macarons because if you know me, you know I'm a macaron aficionado at its finest. (Let's just say, it took a lot of restraint from devouring my box of 7 within seconds)
+ Angelina Cafe hot chocolate (okay, okay. I casually sipped Jeremy's hot chocolate but it's super expensive & I realized by hot chocolate, it's literally just that.
Tip: Not hot chocolate with milk. It's legit chocolate that is melted---happy soul? yes. happy thighs? nope.)
+ Chanel 31 Rue Cambon. (The security guard gave me dagger eyes for taking so many shots in front of the entrance but after my internship & my utter love for Gabrielle, it was only reasonable).
+ Avenue des Champs-Élysées towards Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (we passed by the fountain from The Devil Wears Prada! You know, when Andy chucks her trendy sidekick after ditching Amanda Priestly. Apparently Meryl Streep never went to Paris for the film!)
+ Abercrombie & Fitch. How do I state this.. after drooling over a palace-like store with golden-tipped gates and an Alice & Wonderland-esque green maze, we found ourselves in an A&F. SMH x1000
+ Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (more stairs? Perfect! 80, to be exact) The view was priceless & I confidently whipped out my macaron to take a picture of me authentically eating it with the Eiffel tower in the background. No shame.
+ Savory crêpe at Au P'tit Grec (we waited forever but it was drool-worthy. If only I could re-eat that, right now)
+ Shots at Espit Chupito bar (600 different kinds of shots--we had: Marshmallow bonfire-esque shot, vodka with glazed orange slice on fire, Smurf-colored blue vodka with Pop Rocks to drink with) Tip: If you're having a bachelorette party & are okay with being cramped in a narrow hall with uni students, do the Monica Lewinsky.
+ Le Bar 10 (sangrias + some random strong shot) The vibes were relaxing and we had a few minutes of authentic-sounding Parisian music in the background!
+ Café de Flore (If you have Tumblr, you've seen this café invade your dash) Our Sunday breakfast: herb omelette, cappucino, croissant. Fun fact: Hemingway, Kate Moss...etc ate here! Overrated but the ambiance was worth the €€€
+ Notre Dame cathedral (walked in on mass. It felt so unnatural to see "make your own coin for 2€" signs and tourists swarming and circling around churchgoers)
+ Shakespeare & co (yes, there's one that's on Waverly Pl. in NY, but this one was by far my favorite bookstore..ever! I took some au naturale shots while reading ancient, worn-down 1€ books and ended up flipping to a page labeled "We Were So Lucky" which was surprisingly so perfect. After skimming through Parisian coffee table books & clicking away at vintage typewriters, I managed to squeeze into a mini room & left my own little note for the future, nameless visitors years from now )
+ had a mini Ratatouille moment & passed by a man playing the accordian (so Paree)
+ Rue Crémieux: if you're nomadically roaming the streets of Paris for a blogger-perfect venue, look no further! (I'm so cheesy, I know). I'm pretty sure if Barbie were real, her and all her Mattel friends would inhabit this cat-friendly cobblestone pastel street. My favorite? The bubblegum pink apartment with barn-door-esque detailing. P.S. Outfit post coming up soon for all you visual learners out there.
+ Chez Gladine. Southern French food? Yes, please! I got the Salade Complete while Kelsey got the Poulet Basquaise. It was mouth-watering and I'm pretty sure I would risk battling a bear in the middle of the Antarctic to re-experience that salade.
+ Gérard Mulot pastries for our much-needed dessert = check. Hazelnut chocolate tiramisu-like and strawberry-topped dessert with a flaky crust. Needless to say, food coma's were on the daily.
+ Pharmacie Monge = pretty much the elite, crème de la crème of all beauty stores. Waking up early in the morning won't avoid the cramped craziness and the incessant elbow-jabbing. There was a sea of korean tourists and tour guides advertising certain products.
+ Jardin du Luxembourg with Jeremy was..what you'd expect it'd be like during winter (even though it's technically spring). Thank the genius who invented the reclining chairs scattered in front of the gardens. I managed to soak in some obligatory sun & pretended I was in LA
+ La Creperie de Josselin: We hit crêpe lane and it was glorious. I scarfed down my Carnac crêpe (almonds, caramel á la vanilla ice cream)
+ Éric Kayser: for my last few moments in Paree, we were on the hunt for a pistachio macaronade but all the patisseries were closed *cue the tears* we ended up opting for a croissant in a corner boulangerie right by Kelsey's apartment & a baugette sandwich from Kayser
+ Dose café to spend the last 2 hours I had left in Paris (sad face emoji included). Thank café's with "Wee-Fee" a.k.a. Wifi--it's so cute how Parisians pronounce it. Mochas for 2!
So in true Parisienne style, despite my complete Americannes, I'd like to say it was all trés chic in the honor of my blog name. It only seems fit.
I'll be vicariously living through this very restrained blog post. I had 134,345,689 photos but had to narrow it down like no other! I'll just wear a dorky, floppy beret and chomp on a Trader Joes baguette while wearing a Brandy Melville striped turtleneck to escape---like the crazy person I am.