Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Discovering Paris | Snap Shots

Paris City Trip

You may have noticed that I was a bit absent on my blog, social media and perhaps blogs of others. That is because I spent last weekend discovering Paris with my boyfriend. I had been there before, so most of what I saw was not new to me, but it was fun to see it from new and different perspectives, literally. 

I thought it would be nice to share some of my pictures with you all and share my thoughts. I am aware that Paris is a very popular place to visit by many people all around the world, but after having been there once before I was not a huge fan of it. I did not particularly think anything was wrong with it, but I was just not in love with it. The feeling did not change much for me, but I did discover some places that I would love to return to!

Paris City Trip sacre coeur

On our first day we went to the Sacre Coeur, which was closely located to our hotel, Place du Tetre, Moulin Rouge and we walked all the way to a delicious Thai restaurant. So we passed some tracks, which appeared like the less romantic side of Paris to me. I noticed Paris was more industrialized rather than romantic, but the jardins were beautiful, especially when the sun was out! And of course, Paris is well-known for its amazingly beautiful buildings.


Paris City Trip food

As I mentioned above, the Thai place "Tuk Tuk" really stood out. It is in the center of Paris, but it was so affordable, the dishes were served quickly and with lots of kindness by the (English-speaking) waiters.. and more importantly, the food was delicious! I had fried prawns as a starter, red curry with white rice as a main course and fresh fruits for dessert. This is a place I would love to go back to when in Paris! Oh, did you notice there is an actual "Tuk Tuk" in the restaurant? The place is quite small, so I would make an online reservation if I were you.


Paris City Trip

The second day we were blessed with sunny weather and we happened to walk by beautiful gardens and sights (well, actually.. I planned it that way). We had lunch (though I technically would not call it a proper lunch) at Angelina, a famous patisserie, on Rue de Rivoli. We were seated after having waited for about 10 minutes by the door (there was a long line) and we ordered chocolate milk. I had white chocolate and my boyfriend had pure chocolate. He ordered an eclair and I ordered lemon cake. I figured that it would be heavy... but never did I realize how heavy. I was unable to finish my chocolate milk nor the dessert. I got so nauseous from the overkill of sweetness and chocolate. The same thing happened to my boyfriend (though he had more bitter chocolate), so if you go here... I recommend you just stick to one sweet thing. This overdosis of sweetness has put me off anything chocolate for a long while to come. Angelina is a great place to visit, but it was my own darn fault. 


Paris City Trip  Miss Ko

Though I felt so stuffed after those sweets, I still wanted to try all kinds of yummy things. We accidentally discovered "Miss Ko", a Japanese restaurant and hip cocktail bar, as we went into a different street next to Champs Élysées, looking for a place to have a drink. I am so happy I discovered this place. It is my favorite thing about Paris so far! The place looked fun coming in (see the first two pictures above here) and had a great vibe to it with only kind and very inviting staff. When people smile, my experience becomes better. I tried the Gyoza's and had some nice drinks at the bar which was made of an LCD-screen with different Japanese media videos showing. Oh, I also went to Sephora, which was make-up heaven and spent way too much money on make-up. So, I am officially banning myself from buying anymore until at least the summer holidays. Wish me luck!


Paris City Trip Eiffel tower and louvre

Of course, we also visited the typical tourist sights such as the Eiffel Tower. My boyfriend wanted to go to the top of the tower and I gladly agreed, because I had never done that before. We went in the evening, it was so cold and windy.. especially when you reach the top of the tower. Luckily we took the elevator! I was able to take some beautiful shots, so it was worth the (relatively short) wait and coldness. We also went to the Louvre on our last day and walked around the museum for hours. Yes, I saw the Mona Lisa but I was not impressed. I was, however, with the amazing architecture of the building (inside and outside) and the Pyramid! Amazing view, right? Have you ever been to Paris? What would you like to visit or did you enjoy visiting? 


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  1. aw thats sooo sweet. i wish my bf and i can visit paris too and go up the eiffle tower to enjoy the view, and eat lots of food cause i heard the food is great there. PS: what did you buy in sephora? :)

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    1. Hi Shayne! Well, the view from the Eiffel Tower certainly was beautiful.. I recommend going during the summer.. so the wind will hopefully just be more of a breeze haha. The food I tried was quite good overall. Oh, I bought lots of products from Urban Decay, some from Sephora and that's about it .. I think.

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  2. Leuke foto's! Zo te zien hebben jullie het erg leuk gehad in Parijs :) Ik ben wel erg benieuwd naar wat je precies allemaal hebt gekocht in de Sephora; is het echt zoveel dat je nu maandenlang niks meer hoeft te kopen?

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    1. Dank je wel, Kirsty! Ik heb veel producten gehaald van Urban Decay en wat dingetjes van Sephora zelf. Nou.. het is echt een opeenstapeling van allemaal producten de afgelopen tijd. Ik heb mijn pakketje binnen uit Amerika (ik heb namelijk een beauty swap gedaan) en dat zijn meer dan 31 make-up producten (ehh.. groot budget) en in Parijs weer wat dingen gehaald bij de Sephora en Douglas.. dus... ik mag eventjes niet meer. Ik heb er ook helemaal geen ruimte meer voor, haha.

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    2. Haha dat is echt wel heel veel inderdaad, maar wel heel leuk! :) Ben benieuwd naar reviews van de producten, zeker de dingetjes van Urbam Decay :)

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  3. Lovely pictures! I just love Paris, I didn't want to leave! So did you went shopping in the champs elysées?

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    1. I only went to Sephora and that was make-up heaven!! Good Gosh. I will come back just for that store!

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  4. About time I also visit this enchanting city... !!

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  5. Leuk verslag. De foto's zijn echt prachtig! Ik zou super graag eens gaan, echt schandalig dat ik er nog nooit geweest ben!

    x Karen
    http://dressinginlabels.blogspot.com

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  6. Oh leuk leuk! Ik ben al enkele keren in Parijs geweest en ik snap je gevoel: het is wel allemaal super mooi, maar het heeft zo net niet dat 'je ne sais quoi' (haha grappig dat ik dat nu wel in het frans moet zeggen). Ik ben meer een Londen-meisje denk ik ;) Anyway, het blijft een leuke stad voor een weekendje

    Liefs,
    Marlies - Golden Mirrors & Pink Bows

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    1. Ik ben het helemaal met je eens, Marlies. Ik vind Londen echt een geweldige stad (waar ik al meer dan 4 keer ben geweest en elke keer is het echt super) met zoveel leuke dingen en het is zo eclectisch. Die passie voel ik niet echt als ik denk aan Parijs. Maar verder is er inderdaad niks mis mee :)

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  7. Aah Parijs blijft echt een heerlijke stad. X

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  8. Wauw je foto's zijn echt geweldig! Door jou wil ik weer terug naar Parijs hihi. Het is nu bijna een jaar geleden dat ik er met mijn vriend ben geweest en ohh.. het blijft echt een droomstad!

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    1. Dank je wel, Kimberly! Ik ben blij dat mijn foto's je bevallen. Zoveel rondlopen met mijn camera is toch best een gedoe, haha. Nou dan moet je maar snel weer terug :P

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  9. Super leuke foto's!
    Je hebt precies ook nog veel gedaan en lekker gegeten


    Liefs,
    Karlien

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  10. So much fooooood, haha :-) Geweldig. Heel tof verslag, aaaah Paris....

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  11. Oh it looks like you had so much fun! I really need to find some good restaurants before going back to Paris, because every time I was there, I had the impression that the food was overpriced and not very good. I do like their bakeries A LOT tho!

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    1. Well, definitely visit MissKo! And stay away from Casa Luca near the Champs Elysees. That is an Italian place that completely ripped us off.

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  12. superleuk verslag!! Ik ben zoooo jaloers!
    xxx

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  13. Parijs is een zalige stad! Leuke foto's
    x
    www.Cwithoutshoes.blogspot.com

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  14. Oh zo'n leuke foto's!
    Ik ben er nog maar één keer geweest, maar ik vond het toen een beetje tegenvallen... Het is niet echt een stad voor mij :p

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    1. Daar is niks mis mee! Mijn vriend is er nu eindelijk eens geweest, dus ik denk niet dat we snel terug zullen gaan.. tenzij ik nodig naar de Sephora moet ofzo haha.

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  15. So much food is making me hungry now. Especially the Prawns yum yum

    I'm glad you were able to discover new places and when it's food relates, it's even more fun. The pics are gorgeous. Even though I stay like 3 hours away ( by Eurostar) I still haven't been to Paris or France for that matter. It's on the list and I hope to see it soon.

    You went to Sephora??? Oh dear, must have spent all the money. All the best with the shopping ban, hope yup stick to it :D

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    1. Hi Naaj! Thank you for your reply. Hahah, the food I shared with you was definitely really good. I ate so much prawns that weekend, insane haha. Yeah, easy access for you from Eurostar! You should definitely do that.

      Sephora truly was make-up heaven.. I felt so happy walking around there.. and everyone was so friendly (obviously) and helpful.. and it was quite organized and chaotic (so many people) at the same time. Can't wait to go back! Haha, thank you.. I really have to stick with it.. I've no space for my make-up anymore.

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  16. Ik vind Parijs een hele leuke stad, het is ook eo lekker dichtbij :) dankzij de mooie gebouwen kannikver keer op keer van genieten. Ik hou er eigenlijk gewoon van om eens weg te zijn, maar ik snap dat het speciale er vanaf is als je er al geweest bent. Leuke foto's en al dat eten, amaai! Haha die overdose aan sweets ken ik, daar kun je zo ellendig van zijn he!

    X Sara

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    1. Ik ga liever miljoenen keren naar Londen en dat blijft altijd leuk bij mij. Voor mijn gevoel leeft Londen meer dan Parijs. Ook spreken ze Engels met leuke accenten (een stuk makkelijker voor mij dan Frans) en heeft het eclectische subculturen waar ik veel van kan genieten :D Helaas is het net zo duur (of duurder) dan Parijs. Haha, het was echt teveel zoetigheid.. ik hoef eventjes niet meer! :P

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  17. Wat prachtig!! Parijs is echt een hele gave stad. Krijg gelijk
    weer zin om erheen te gaan haha :-)

    xoxo
    www.its-dash.com

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  18. Giiiiiiiiiiirl this looks so fun! I love admiring your pictures because I've never been to Paris. It looks amazing <3

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    1. Thank you :D I am glad you like the pictures, Maria!

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  19. Ziet er goed uit! Leuk dat jullie naar het topje van de Eiffeltoren zijn geweest :).

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    1. Ja, toch wel een unieke ervaring.. dus zeker de moeite waard :)

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  20. Ben er nog nooit geweest, maar twijfel of ik naar daar zou gaan of naar Londen... Hoor namelijk van iedereen dat Parijs wel mooi is maar niet zo tof als Londen ?
    Ben zelf al in Londen geweest en ben er helemaal weg van dus twijfel twijfel :p x

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    1. Parijs moet je zeker wel proberen, want het is toch wel één van de grote en belangrijke steden (fashion, food, etc) van Europa. Maar het is inderdaad niet zo leuk als Londen! Dat vind ik de meest geweldige stad van Europa.. maar ook meteen de duurste haha. x

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  21. Superleuke foto's! Ik hou zo van Parijs en wil er heel dringend eens naar terug (want het is al bijna weer een jaar geleden!). Mijn favorieten zijn de hele wijk Montmartre (oh Amélie Poulain gevoel), het Louvre en ook de begraafplaats Père La Chaise :)

    Liefs, Liese

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    1. Hi Liese! Dank je wel :) Wij zaten in Montmartre en dat vond ik inderdaad ook wel een leuke buurt met allerlei gave cafe's en restaurantjes! De volgende keer dat ik er ben, ga ik zeker weer overnachten in Montmartre! x

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  22. Heel leuk gedaan met deze foto's, ik krijg er spontaan honger van...

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    1. Yes!! Mission accomplished :D dank je wel, Lyana!

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  23. PRETTY!
    <3
    http://www.fionabrookslifestyle.com/

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    1. is what happens whenever I'm away on holiday haha. xD

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  25. Me alegro que la hayan pasado muy bién en Paris, las fotos están fabulosas!

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    1. Muchas gracias, Ingrid :) lo aprecio!

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  26. Oh wow, I was just excited to read about your Paris adventure and you knew from my previous post that I wanted to be there. LOL! The food looks really awesome and yummy, thanks for sharing your snapshots. For someone like me though who has never been outside the country, I'd most likely be thrilled to be in Paris, and the Louvre! Gaahh, I can only think of Da Vinci Code or Angels and Demons. Ahaha :)

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    1. Hi Rea! Yes, I do remember. I had you in mind when writing this post :) the food was pretty good, generally. Had some bad experiences too, but didn't feel the need to share those. *Positivity* The Louvre is huuuuuuge!

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  27. Paris in the sun is nice. But still I'll be a London girl forever :) Lovely post and pictures!

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    1. You are not alone ^^ I sure do love London! Thank you, Peggy :)

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  28. The buildings are really beautiful there. It looks like you enjoyed some really yummy food too. Thai food tends to be a pit on the hot side for me but I would love to try tome Pad Thai (I hope I'm spelling that right lol). Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us at Countdown in Style! Don't forget to stop by Friday to see if you are featured. xo

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    1. Hi Brittnei! Phad Thai really is excellent :D especially with chicken (then again, almost anything with chicken is excellent haha). Really delicious.. or you could try the yellow and red curry, they are quite sweet! I will definitely stop by :) x

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  29. I've been to Paris and it's beautiful. I wouldn't want to go back except that my husband hasn't been. I loved Nice much more. It's just a beautiful place, but too many people for my taste. Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures with us at Countdown in Style.

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    1. Yeah, that was exactly my reason for going back :) well, one of them anyways! I have never been to Nice, but I would love to see what else France has to offer :) thank you for taking a look!

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  30. Hmm die food shots! :O Super. En inderdaad, de Mona Lisa is eigenlijk maar flauwtjes tegenover de schoonheid van het Louvre als gebouw. Ik liep constant naar die plafonds te staren!

    x Aurélie

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