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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?