In the second part of my Paris series – a few travel snapshots. The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, walks around Saint Germain, The Marais and along the Seine… I loved walking up to the Sacred Heart Basilica of Montmartre and seeing views across the city (shame about the clouds!) and Notre Dame at night was quite spectacular.
I couldn’t have had a better start to the New Year than I did in Paris. An amazing city for fashion, food and architecture – five days exploring Paris was the perfect way to kick-start 2013. I did very little other than explore the streets on foot and soak up the sights and the atmosphere – the pretty Marais and Saint Germain with their boutiques and brasseries; the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the Tuileries Garden and the Pantheon.
Being January, walking around the city required several layers for warmth and I spent most of my time wrapped up underneath my coat in chunky knit sweaters and my favourite cashmere beanie from Fred Segal. This persian blue jumper is from H&M – a spontaneous buy in December that is serving me well this winter! Perfect with jeans this cable knit is a great colour to fight the grey clouds and dark nights that draw in so early. Having said that, it was a beautiful day when these photos were taken at the Champ de Mars – I was so happy to be in Paris!
My Paris Foodie Notes:
Brunch at the divine Angelina Tearoom, at the wonderful suggestion of my friend Anne. We dined on mini macarons, freshly baked organic rolls with jam and honey and duck foie gras terrine on brioche toasts with fig chutney. All topped off with a glass of champagne, of course!
Coffee and cake at Jacques Genin in the Marais, where I met fellow blogger Cee – whose site I have followed avidly for some time now. A fashion blogger and aspiring novelist currently away from her home in Vancouver for adventures in Paris, Cee’s personal style is inspired by her icons Audrey Hepburn, Coco Chanel, Marion Cotillard and Leigh Lezark. At her suggestion I tried the Paris Brest pastry, a mouth-watering ring of choux pastry with praline cream filling.
A late night take-away crepe from one of the crepe stands in the Latin Quarter. A must!
Chocolates from Maison Georges Larnicol. A little taste for my Eurostar trip home….
My Paris Shopping Highlights:
Photos: William Williams.
I love this time of year with the build up to Christmas. Life has been hectic of late moving back to the UK again so a few days spent doing very little apart from eating, drinking and being merry suits me just fine. Despite my love of the dress and all things elegant I make an exception at Christmas. At Christmas you’ll likely find me in jeans and a shirt or tee – perfect for the role of aunty to my three year old nephew who’ll no doubt be keeping us all occupied over the holidays and even better for festive lounging*.