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PARIS OPÉRA GARNIER ACADÉMIE NATIONALE DE MUSIQUEThe last post of the year is dedicated to the place where it all started, Paris of course.
With my partner in crime we went to see the mesmerizing and upside down Christmas Tree at Galeries Lafayette situated near The Palais Garnier known as Opéra that you can see in the first four pictures. I used to work in this neighborhood and I fell in love with it instantly. I may not be a huge fan of the Parisian crowd and lifestyle but I am obsessed with its architecture from the 19th century. I recommend the 9th arrondissement if you too are hooked on typical Parisian buildings and great places to do some shopping.
As I mentioned before, we went there to see the unusual Christmas tree above all as we have already visited this neighborhood many times in the past two years.
From the moment we stepped into the galeries,  I couldn’t stop taking pictures of the magical upside down tree hanging from the ceiling in the middle of the ‘shopping center’, if I could coin it in those terms! But we had to get out of there ’cause the place was so crowded and it was getting hot. So to cool ourselves a bit, we strolled through the streets of Paris and ended on Place André-Malraux nearby Le Musée du Louvre where we enjoyed a wonderful soap bubbles show. You can see in one of the photos how I am in awe of the gigantic bubbles flying over Paris. The next stop was evidently La Pyramide du Louvre and Parc des Tuileries from where you can see La Tour Eiffel pointing the tip of its nose. After taking some pictures of the impressive Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, we moved towards the exit of the Parc des Tuileries and ended up on la Place de la Concorde with its enchanting Ferris Wheel and L’obélisque de Louxor. On the second to last picture you can see les Champs-Élysées, l’Arc de Triomphe Étoile and la Défense (the business district).
The stroll ended there, I mean we stopped taking pictures once we hit the Christmas market at the end of the Champs-Élysées because of cold, the crowd and mainly because it was daylight and lights were still off. So we returned there after 5pm and took some great pics that will soon be published, so stay tuned guys!

By the way, Happy New Year to all of you!

Xo, G.

I was wearing : Zara turtleneck, Gap jeans, H&M scarf and a handmade coat from Italy in which I didn’t get unnoticed since apart from some Asian tourists and children, people were mostly wearing dark colors, as usual.
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DISNEYLAND PARIS

DISNEYLAND PARIS ENTRANCE MICKEY MOUSEI got the best Christmas present ever and I couldn’t have wanted more. My sister, her husband, my niece, my husband and I went to Disneyland Paris and enjoyed it like little kids. It was my sixth time at Disneyland Paris and second time I had the chance to visit it during the Holidays. Needless to say it was magically decorated and completely enchanting. I am still a child at heart, especially when it comes to Mickey Mouse’s world so I couldn’t be happier. As we expected, it was crowded as it always is at this time of the year, so we only did four rides since the waiting time was from 45min to 100min and after spending 50minutes in a queue and 30seconds in the ride, we didn’t feel like waiting in the cold another 60minutes and then 50min and then 60 again, so we walked around and appreciated the magic world we were lucky enough to be part of on the day after Christmas. My favorite ride at Disney is definitely Indiana Jones (even though I was shitting on myself in the queue, as usual!) but once it’s finished I always want more. The last ride we did was The Twilight Zone, The Tower of Terror and for those who never heard of it, it is an accelerated 56 meters drop!!! It is sick! I have done it once in the past and it seems that I forgot how scary it was. But you shouldn’t miss it because once the elevator is at the top of the tower, the doors open so you can appreciate the beautiful view of the entire resort before the thrilling and terrifying drop. It is breathtaking figuratively and literally! ^^ I love Disneyland from the bottom of my heart and can’t wait to go back. I hope you will enjoy the pictures I took. You see me only in two pics since I have the bad habit to monopolize the camera wherever we go.

Xo, G.

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Reception at The Twilight Zone, Tower of Terror
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CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES / PART 2

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Hope you’ll enjoy the pics!

Xo, G.

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CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES / PART 1

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Wearing : ZARA jacket, t-shirt and bag, H&M leggings and shirt

Throwback to my last visit in Paris, when I took my husband to Le Parc du Château de Versailles for the first time. I am ashamed to admit it was my first time visiting it too. But when you live in Paris, you don’t really care about historical buildings and all that stuff, especially when you’re young and a working student. Weekends were for homework and occasionally for the movies, while holidays were for trips outside Paris or outside France. But now that I am living abroad, and knowing a bit more about French history and monuments, I enjoy discovering those places I’ve heard so much about and knew so little.

The day we went visiting, there was only a few people and the weather was excellent. ‘Cause usually, there are people queuing all the way down to the street, so needless to say how happy and lucky we were that day! And as my husband wanted to see every corner of le Parc du Château de Versailles which is 715 hectares, we spent several hours there and at the end I just wanted to go home and took off my new Converse which were killing my feet and back.

Putting aside the pain, this is the most beautiful man-made place I’ve visited so far.
Tomorrow I’ll post more pictures of the park to show you guys, what a divine place le Parc du Château de Versailles is.

Xo, G.

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BLED : Lake + Castle + Island

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The Bled castle overlooking the Bled lake

My day trip to bled was peaceful and invigorating at the same time. I promised to publish more landscape pictures for you to discover the beauty of this Slovenian heaven on Earth, so here are the images I took when I wasn’t posing in front of the camera. ^^
The only problem was that we have arrived there a bit too late, and since the sun goes down pretty early now the light wasn’t very good. So obviously, we didn’t manage to take a walk around the lake or even go a bit further to Bohinj, but we will make more efforts the next time and go there earlier to fully enjoy the natural environment this magical place if offering.

In addition to the pictures, I have to share with you a funny story that happened on the island. Just before boarding on our small boat to get back to the land, we asked a Chinese tourist to take a picture of us, and while we were posing, more Chinese people arrived from nowhere (like the Walkers from the Walking Dead haha) and all started taking pictures of us like we were some monkeys. One of them even followed us to show the pic he snapped. That was pretty funny.

I hope you’ll enjoy my photographs guys. Take care!

Xo, G.

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A small island in the middle of the lake is home to Assumption of Mary Pilgrimage Church

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DAY TRIP TO BLED

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ZARA leather jacket, t-shirt and earrings, GAP jeans, GAMLOONG leather boots, H&M rings

This was my second time visiting Bled (Slovenia). Three years ago, I visited the castle with my friends and family who came from Paris for my wedding. This time, we rented a small boat and went straight to the Bled Island in the middle of the Lake Bled and I enjoyed it more this time around.
Firstly, the atmosphere and the landscape are hundreds time prettier during fall, particularly when it’s sunny and a bit windy. You got to witness leaves falling from trees which are like bouncing from place to place, flying, making fall enchanting. In the background, the forest is painted in so many colors that it makes your speechless while staring at it. Nature is so inspiring. Secondly, I prefer the view of Bled from the ground as you can admire the castle from the lake and island as well as from every single hotel, restaurant or street in the city. Don’t get me wrong, the view from the Bled Castle is astonishingly beautiful so it would be a shame to miss it if you’re one day visiting Slovenia.
Anyways, while picking my outfit of the day, my wish was to blend with the environment and it came as natural to wear my goldenrod leather jacket which I paired with black and denim. This way, the jacket became the key piece of the look and moreover respected the surrounding nature. Once I went through the pictures, I was so happy for having picked out this jacket! Hope you’ll enjoy my pictures guys.

ps: Whilst today’s post is all about me and my look of the day, tomorrow you’ll see more pictures of the richness and beauty Bled has to offer to its visitors.

Xo, G.

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