18eme + 20eme + 1er + 8eme

As you can see from the title, I was all around Paris this weekend. As my weekends in the “City of Light” are dwindling down, I had a lot of things to cross off my list, and the nice weather this weekend gave me the perfect opportunity to put a satisfying check mark next to those items on my list.

The first thing on my list was to hike the stairs to the top of the L’Arc de Triomphe to get a panoramic view of Paris. This view is said to be the best in Paris, better than from the top of the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame. It’s true. It was great to see all different neighborhoods or “cartiers” as they say in French. 

View of the Champs Elysées

After taking in the sights of Paris, I was inspired to take the fastest metro to the original Chanel and make a purchase. Don’t get too excited, I got the least expensive thing in the store, a lipstick (Bonheur). Nevertheless, I got the Chanel treatment—I even got walked out the door! They sure know how to woe me. 

I forgot to tell you, I also splurged and got an Angelina hot chocolate. It is literally like you are drinking chocolate fondue. 

Filling full of rich chocolate, we took the metro to the end of our line, where there is the biggest flea market in the world “Port de Clingancourt.” If you are looking for something or not, you are bound to find something because of the variety that is offered; paintings, vintage chandeliers, cell phone cases, shoes, smoking pieces etc. 

Sunday forecast was 75 degrees. It was time to run to the market and collect all items necessary for a picnic in the Tuilerie Gardens.

Grabbing necessities (baguette and cheese) for picnic in Tuileries 

Picnic in Tuileries

 Another item to cross off my list was visiting Père Lachaise cemetery. It is absolutely vast. After getting completely lost, and taking a break in the 77 degree weather to tan, we finally came across the tombs we were looking for: James Morrison, Oscar Wilde and Chopin. It was, of course beautiful and serene to walk through the cemetery and see loved ones remembered.

Grave of ChopinOscar Wilde’s grave. Once masked by kiss lips, the grave has been restored because of decay caused by the lipstick. Explanation can be found here.

Jim Morrison’s grave

7eme + 8eme

Playing tourist for the day is always fun for me. I think it is an important part of remembering things that draw you and others to your neighborhood. I played this in Paris, which is the most fun type of tourist to be. 

My girlfriends and I met at the Champs-Elysees and from there—went on an adventure. This area is obviously very touristy, and I heard a familiar tongue (English). While the stores aren’t as glamorous as I remember, I enjoyed going to a few classics.

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imageMercedes show room that my friend Ross would adore

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Ok, so really the only shop that I bought anything in, was in fact Ladurée, a macaroon boutique. I had a rose petal flavored one, and it was to die for. After indulging, we walked to the end of the Champs where we took an underground tunnel to the Arc de Triomphe.

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I am sure you can guess what comes after that! It was off to La Tour Eiffel. 

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It’s fun to play tourist for the day when you’re in Paris.