Monday, June 15, 2015

Trip to Paris - Champs Elysees and Tuileries Walk

On our third day in Paris we spent most of the day shopping and dining.


We started our day off with breakfast at Laduree.  We had breakfast in their tea room at their Champs Elysees location.  You can read the full blogpost about it here.

Laduree Paris
Laduree Paris treats

After our filling breakfast, we went to the Louis Vuitton store headquarters.  We spent quite some time there staring at all of the pretty purses, shoes, and accessories.  I mean, after all, it IS 5 stories tall!
Peonies & Orange Blossoms buys a LV in Paris! Ooh la la!
I was SO excited to buy a LV in Paris that I had to have a picture!  I don't normally share pictures of myself, but I couldn't resist!  I wrote a blogpost about buying a LV in Paris and the fact that it IS cheaper to purchase there.  Definitely a total splurge but I will have it forever!

We then strolled along the boulevard and eventually climbed up to the top of the Arc de Triomphe.

Oh, and my Dad told me this story when we were walking along the Champs Elysees.  He was there one day in August in the 90s and there were all of these people lined up and there was a finish line... for something.  So then all of the sudden this bicyclist comes rushing through and crosses the finish line first and... no one cheered.  He thought it was SO ODD, why was no one cheering? Then another crosses, then another.  Only to be met with silence. Then all of the sudden, everyone starts yelling and cheering at someone wearing a yellow jersey who was clearly not the first to cross the finish line.  And the yellow jersey was the winner!!  He thought to himself, what a typical French sport, where the one in front is not the winner.  Turns out he was watching the end of the Tour de France!!  This was before us Americans really knew about the Tour made famous by Lance Armstrong.  How funny!
 Don't you just love the view from up here?? This was at the top of the Arc de Triomphe.  I love the beautiful Spring green of all of the trees.
 One of my favorite things to do is to stand on the top of the Arc de Triomphe and watch the cars go around in the giant traffic circle below.  It's amazing that no one gets hit.  Every once in a while you can find the same car going in circles 'cause they can't figure out which way they're going!
Paris Metro
We then strolled along the tuileries garden.  We crossed over the Locks of Love bridge.  We didn't add any lock.  Apparently the French just cut off all of the locks and won't be allowing people to put locks on the bridge anymore due to the weight of the locks on the structure of the bridge.

We then went to the Tuileries.  The Tuileries garden was so pretty.  The tulips were still blooming, the trees were still blooming, and then the other trees had just put on their green leaves! My friend had gone 10 days before and the trees were just blooming and none of them had leaves!  Paris at the end of April is beautiful!
I just love how manicured the trees are... all perfectly cut into rectangles.

When people ask me, "What is your favorite thing to do in Paris?" My answer is not "visit the Eiffel" or do other touristy things, it is instead: Pick up a pastry at Angelina's and walk over to the Tuileries and have a little picnic and eat it.  The gardens are so beautiful and it is so much fun to just people watch. It's really about just enjoying life.  Isn't that what vacation is about?
okay, not a pastry from Angelina's but from Laduree. Angelina's didn't last long enough for a picture!
That concludes day 3 of our Trip to Paris!!

If you've missed a Paris post, catch them ALL RIGHT HERE on my new Paris Trip Round-Up!

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22 comments:

  1. Hello Angelina,
    What a total blast from the past this was for me, as I have been to Paris, but it was over
    40 yrs. ago...........loved seeing your pics. Aren't there pastries just amazing......love how
    they just have pastry rooms, where you can just have dessert. It is that way in Germany too, probably all over Europe I would imagine. We did not know you could go on top of
    the Arch, course, maybe you couldn't back then......lol
    Looks like you are having a fine time.........Good for you. Eat some pastries for me!~~ lol

    Blessings, Nellie

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    1. I just loved the pastries. You are right, the rest of Europe has cute pastries too but nothing that are as pretty or good as the French ones I think! I am glad you are liking my trip recap... I still have more posts coming up!

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  2. Bonjour, Angelina. Your recount of your visit to Paris continues to excite. From all the way over here, in Australia I am enjoying reliving my previous sojourns to Paris through your lovely trip notes. Looking forward to your next Paris update.

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    1. Thank you, mon amie! I am glad you are enjoying Le Tour... It continues tomorrow...

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  3. What a great post! Your photos are fabulous - and your Dad's story is a riot - Just love that city! we've recently stayed on the Champs Elysees across from Laduree- such a fun lively area- but we also love discovering all the quirky little out of the way places and offbeat museums - can't wait to read more of your trip!

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    1. How fun to stay just across the way from Laduree... I for sure would have had a morning pastry to go if it were that close... Now we did have an afternoon macaron everyday... I too enjoy the offbeat places that are quiet.

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  4. Beautiful pics! I still have to get to Paris...it's on my list! I've been to Nice and didn't want to leave, lol! I can't imagine ever wanting to leave Paris. Thanks for sharing! (visiting from Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop) ~Ree

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    1. I have never been to Nice but have heard it is nice (pun intended). I didn't want to leave but at the same time I was starting to crave Mexican food so coming home to a big socal burrito was nice!

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  5. Paris is such a magical city where everything is picture-worthy!I would love for you to share this on the #funsummerfinds linkup!..http://bit.ly/1GkGMqz

    Shellie
    www.thefabjourney.com

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    1. Paris can make the worst photographer seem like a pro!

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  6. Oh my goodness, I'm so glad I stumbled across your blog at the blog hop! This is such a gorgeous post-it looks like your trip was spectacular! Thanks so much for bringing back beautiful memories of my trip to Paris-now I really want to go back!

    I am hosting a brand new linky party this weekend and I would be so thrilled if you could join in! It is called Sundays Down Under and it starts Sunday morning in Oz or Saturday evening in the USA. Hope you can celebrate with me!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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    1. I want to go back too! Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Paris is such a dream! I lived there during the summer of 2012 for college, and you're giving me flashbacks to such fantastic memories! The pastries, the baguettes, enjoying time in such an old city with such history, visiting family and loved ones! And working at Fashion Week was something I won't forget. ;) Such a beautiful view from the Arc de Triumph! It's amazing how none of those people manage to nail each other. My dad warned me about one thing when I went over; that drivers there are insane! Lol! Thanks so much for sharing your post. :) Can't wait to read more!

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    1. I'm totally jealous of your Summer you spent there. I would love to go to Fashion Week, what a dream! Yes the drivers there are insane, they drive on sidewalks, train tracks, and they almost hit you int he crosswalks!

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  8. Ever since I decided to take French in the 7th grade I have longed to go to Paris! Now I feel like I have just had a complete tour! Beautiful pictures and narrative Angela, thank you so much for sharing at SYS. Have a great week!
    XO Barbara

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    1. Well, you must go since you know some French. I know very little French, just enough to order the proper dessert I want at the patisserie (but at Dinner, however, it is a whole other story filled with grief). Thanks for coming by!

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  9. Your pictures bring back such great memories of my own trip to Paris. I was a bit too young to full appreciate the city at the time, but have some great memories none the less!

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  10. Loved traveling to Paris thru your post!! :) Michelle

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  11. Oh, I am jealous! Your trip looks wonderful, and your photos are gorgeous, Please come share your blog posts over at the Home Matters Linky Party! We'd love to have you for a visit. The Door Opens Friday! :)

    ~Lorelai
    Life With Lorelai

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