Life in Paris: Day 9
Friday, April 6th
Today was a fantastic day! I met up with Stefania (a fellow Makeup Geek), and she is such a sweetie! I took the metro to meet her, which was easy….huge relief! I’ve been petrified of getting lost somewhere in Paris, never to be found again! LOL. Stefania and I had some super yummy salads at ”Le Paradis du Fruit” which means “The Fruit’s Paradise”, and the salad we got was called “Beauté Naturelle” which means “Natural Beauty”, cute huh?
After lunch we walked down the Champs Elysées straight to Avenue Montaigne which is considered one of the most luxurious and expensive avenues in Paris. We stopped in at the new Chanel store – it’s a two story building which replaced the original Chanel store. It’s every girls dream store filled with clothes, purses, shoes, watches and other accessories.
Stores here are CRAZY busy! Here’s a picture of the line at Abercrombie and Fitch:
We then headed to le Petit Palais and le Grand Palais, which was built 1897 for the famous “Exposition Universelle” of 1900. There are art exhibitions there year round, and Chanel also has major fashion catwalks here too.
Paris is scattered with equally beautiful buildings all over the place! Right next to the Petit Palais is the Pont Alexandre III bridge. It’s massive and lined with intricate street lamps and statues. I hear it’s beautiful at night! I will try go back and try to take photos of this at night
We walked past the Hotel Ritz where Coco Chanel had an apartment for a long time. It is said that the view she had every morning from her window of the Place Vendôme inspired the famous cap of Chanel perfume bottles. Her room is still as it was when she died, but unfortunately is not open to the public anymore. Can you imagine standing in Gabrielle Chanel’s old apartment!?
We then went to the Opera House, le Palais Garnier. It’s a stunning building! We grabbed a coffee across the street at Café de la Paix. Apparently Tchaïkovski, among others, used to be a regular there. I still can’t believe how much history this place has..it’s amazing to be walking around the same streets that so many influential people have walked on.
We went by the Galeries Lafayette too- a ornate and massive shopping mall. It looks like a cathedral in there! The stained glass and high sealings were incredible, and so was was the shopping
Our last stop was Jardins du Palais Royal. The Palais-Royal was built in 1628 by Richelieu, and Louis XIV lived there when he was a child!
Phew…I think that’s it for the day! A special thanks for Stefania for all the history facts in this post and for an amazing day!
Hope you enjoyed all these fun facts!