SPRING IN PARIS | BONJOUR TOUR EIFFEL

SPRING IN PARIS TOUR EIFFELI never got tired of seeing and photographing la Tour Eiffel.
After we finished visiting Les Invalides and le Musée de l’Armée we decided to scroll through the small streets of Paris towards the Eiffel Tower to see what’s hiding in this part of Paris. We discovered tons of cute bistrots serving great Entrecotes but because of the crowded terraces we continued on our way and ended up eating Au Bureau on les Champs-Élysées. It is a very cozy place that reminds me of Irish pubs and their food is really good. I don’t have pictures of the place since I was impatiently waiting for my chicken to arrive and God knows that when I’m hungry I’m not in the mood to talk, smile and even less take pictures! Sorry ^^
Anyways, Paris looks awesome in Spring thanks to the amazing blossoming trees and the green color of the fresh grass. But don’t be fooled by the sunshine and blue sky, it wasn’t hot at all! It was windy and cold but luckily it started to rain the day after that so we have at least some nice pictures from that Parisian trip.
I’ve got to go now as I’m heading to an outside birthday party! Yay, grilled meat here I come!

Have a nice one folks,

Xo, G.

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SPRING IN PARIS | LES INVALIDES

SPRING IN PARIS 1I must tell you that it was a pleasure to be back behind the lens and shot Les Invalides both from inside and outside.  The twenty something pictures that I am sharing with you are revealing the beauty of this historical landmark where several France’s war heroes rest in peace. I photographed the tombs of Napoleon Bonaparte and his brother Joseph, since their burial sites are the most eye-catching.
In the pictures, the first tomb you see is Joseph Bonaparte’s which is actually situated on the left when you walk into the building. But let’s start from the beginning and go over the pictures one by one.
The very first picture shows Mansart’s dome that is shining like a diamond under the sun but you can’t see it on the picture as the clouds spoiled it all. You might have also noticed that a picture of the entire building is missing. The reason why I haven’t published it here is because my husband is on it and I respect his decision not to appear on my blog, but if you are curious you should check out the pictures of Les Invalides available on the internet, they are gorgeous!
Then follow pictures of me, jumping around like some kangaroo and don’t even ask how many time did I had to run and jump! The first pic is hilarious, doesn’t it look like I’m doing a long jump? Hahaha …
The picture with the tank is the last picture taken at the entrance of Les Invalides but the next ones have been taken back side of the building where the Eiffel Tower appears on the right side this time.
Then I appear in front of the gorgeous door where people were kind of waiting in line to snap it. The following pictures are from inside and as I have mentioned it before, Napoleon Bonaparte’s tomb is in the last picture that I couldn’t caught on camera from the top as an ugly ladder next to the tomb was ruining my pic.
By the way, ignore my look! I was in tourist mode and the wind was cold as hell that day. ^^

Hope you will like my post and come back tomorrow if you want to see a few pictures of the Eiffel Tower under the Sun.

Xo, G.

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PARIS, PARIS – PART 2

EGLISE SAINT EUSTACHE PARISJ’ai retrouvé ma motivation pour écrire en français donc l’article d’aujourd’hui sera bilingue. Après avoir squatté à Opéra, les Champs, Parc des Tuileries et Le Louvre, cette fois-ci la visite touristique a commencé dans le 4ème arrondissement, plus précisément à Châtelet et s’est bien évidemment terminée dans le 16ème, à Trocadéro. Sur la première photo vous pouvez voir l’impressionante l’église Saint-Eustache que je vous recommende vivement de visiter si vous passez près de Châtelet.

My motivation to write in French came back so today’s article will be both in French and English. During our last tour, we spent several hours on Opera, Champs Elysées, Parc des Tuileries and Le Louvre so this time the sightseeing visit started in the 4th arrondissement specifically at Châtelet and of course ended in the 16th arrondissement at Trocadéro. In the first picture you can see the impressive church Saint-Eustache I urge you to visit if you are near Châtelet.

PARIS CHÂTELET LA TOUR SAINT JACQUESLa magnifique Tour Saint-Jacques dans le 4ème arrondissement.
The outstanding Tour Saint-Jacques in the 4th arrondissement.

CHAMPS ELYSÉES ARC DE TRIOMPHEAutant que je me souvienne, l’Arc de Triomphe n’était jamais décoré pour les fêtes de fin d’année et lorsque nous sommes sortis du Publicis Drugstore avec nos délicieux macarons Pierre Hermé, j’ai été agréablement surprise de voir que l’Arc a volé la vedette à la Tour Eiffel cette année.

As far back as I can remember the holidays lights were only reserved for the Eiffel Tower and when we stepped out of the Publicis Drugstore carrying our boxes of delicious Pierre Hermé macarons, I was pleasantly surprised to see the Arc de Triomphe stealing the show from the Tour Eiffel this year.

ARC DE TRIOMPHE DÉCORÉ PARISCHAMPS ELYSÉES LA GRANDE ROUE DE PARIS FERRIS WHEELLes Champs-Elysées sont biensûr la plus belle avenue du monde mais ces voitures gâchent tout! Il m’était presque impossible de prendre des photos sans me faire klaxonner par les chauffeurs Parisiens nerveux. A force de les envoyer chier, j’ai rapidement perdu l’envie de photographier et me suis rapidement dirigée vers l’avenue Montaigne, pour une balade tranquille.

Les Champs-Elysées are obviously the most beautiful avenue in the world but damn, those cars ruin it all! It was almost impossible to take pictures without being honked at by the cranky Parisian drivers. After constantly having to tell them to piss off, I rapidly came back into my angry Parisian mood, lost the desire to take pictures and quickly walked towards the Avenue Montaigne for a peaceful stroll.

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AVENUE MONTAIGNE DECORATIONS DE NOEL HOLIDAYSL’ Avenue Montaigne, ma préférée.
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TOUR EIFFEL CAROUSSEL PARIS BY NIGHTJe conseille à tout le monde qui visite Paris pour la première fois de commencer par Trocadéro. A la sortie du métro vous ne voyez pas la Tour Eiffel qui est dissimulée par l’immense Palais de Chaillot mais une fois que vous passez le palais, elle apparait soudainement devant vous et le sentiment que vous éprouvez est unique.

If you are visiting Paris for the first time, start at Trocadéro. At the exit from the métro the Eiffel Tower cannot be seen since it is hidden by the huge Palais de Chaillot but once you pass by the Palais, the tower suddenly appears in front of you and the feeling you get is unique.

Enjoy!

Xo, G.

PARIS, PARIS

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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GET LUCKYThis is the only car air  freshener I ever bought and this just because it was a four-leaf clover.

SKY & BIRDS Spring in Paris. About 8pm.
While taking a walk with my sis and niece, I couldn’t resist the urge to take a picture of these ‘agitated’ birds flying back and forth like in the Hitchcock movie.
It was beautiful to look at, but we anyways walked quickly towards the house…
you never know! ^^

FLOWERSIn my garden in Croatia.
It was the beginning of Spring, the flowers were beautiful, the light was perfect and … click !
It is my favorite picture actually.

CAT I am so in love with this Parisian cat!
While I was taking picture after picture, he stayed still, stared at me the whole time and even after I left he didn’t move an inch.
Cats are crazy.

LEAFSimply a leaf.

BIRDFreedom.
Ironically, I am afraid of flying with airplanes but if I could have one magical power, it would be flying.

CAT 2This is Miki, my sister’s cat descendant.
He is living a happy life somewhere in ‘wild’ Croatia.

SCORPION I came across this little bastard this summer in Krk, Croatia.
So my first reaction was to find as much information as possible on Croatian scorpions and on  Wiki they said there are not very dangerous. Pfiou!
I slept badly that night though…

Hope you’ll enjoy my pics guys!

Xo, G.

CHÂTEAU DE VERSAILLES / PART 2

CDV 2 1As promised, here is the second part of the day I spent at le Parc du Château de Versailles. I tried to capture all the beauty of it, but it’s actually impossible. There’s so much magic in this park and being able to take a walk in a place where royalties were living and spending most of their time hundreds of years ago, gave me butterflies, kind of. I was pretty excited to walk in their footsteps. With my husband, we discussed the architecture, the immensity of the park, the symmetry of the ponds and trees, it all impressed us since we didn’t expect such a huge place to be so perfect and well-maintained.

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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