After my short trip to London, my family and I headed straight to Paris via Eurostar!
Steam punk vibe at the station. It was love at first sight.
Different trains arriving from different places such as Amsterdam and Brussels. It’s so easy to travel from one place to another while you’re in Europe! Wish I could say the same about Asia! My craziest dream is for a train/tunnel to magically appear from Manila to Tokyo.
Ah, la belle Paris!
As usual, we walked around the area of our hotel after leaving our stuff in our rooms. We stayed at Hotel Saint Petersbourg at 33-35 Rue de Caumartin, which is a humble place that’s only one block away from the Opera and the subway. Excellent location! It’s also near shopping places such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps.
We passed by an Office du Tourisme to get our bearings. You can get almost all your tickets to all the famous tourist spots here. Talk about convenient!
From here on, I couldn’t help but snap pictures at almost every corner.
Ministère de la Justice at Place Vendome.
Librairie Galignani in rue de Rivoli. It is the first English bookshop established on the continent! It’s been around since the early 19th century.
When in Paris, eat macarons. I think I ate macarons everyday when I was there. I tried Pierre Hermé, Angelina, and of course Ladurée!
So many people having their afternoon tea and cake. Angelina (formerly known as Rumpelmayers) was once a favorite of Audrey Hepburn and Coco Chanel.
I can stare at this the whole day. I loved all the macarons so much that I had to buy some more before heading back to Manila. My tummy was very satisfied.
Hello there, little fella!
Jardin des Tuileries, a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde. There weren’t a lot of people when I went there because it was so windy and rainy.
My hair after being subjected to x number of hours of different weather conditions. Nothing like a little red lipstick to save a bad hair day.
River cruise! Vedettes du Pont Neuf. Pont Neuf is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine.
Rue du Bac, near Musée d’Orsay.
The flag of France. The Tricolour.
Gare d’Orsay is a former Paris railway station and hotel. Now, we just know it as Musée d’Orsay, the famous art museum.
In front of Musée d’Orsay. Went here on another day, so more pictures of this place in another post.
Pretty French buildings.
Even tree branches are photogenic in Paris.
Feels and looks like a dream.
Had afternoon coffee (al fresco) at a small cafe where everyone was too nice! One of the waitresses knew how to speak in English so she patiently took our orders and even complimented us for looking cute. Little did she know that she was the cutest one!
One of my favorite landscape photos from my Paris trip. Here’s a good view of the Eiffel Tower, the River Seine, and the Pont Alexandre III arch bridge.
Thank God we found someone who could understand English!
Hotel des invalides and Dome des invalides. Louis XIV built Hotel des invalides in the 17th century to serve as a home for invalid war veterans. Now it’s a war museum.
Dome des invalides is the burial place of Napoleon, two of his brothers and his son Napoleon II. More pictures of this place in another post!
Place de la Concorde, one of the major public squares in Paris.
Here you can find the Obelisk of Luxor, another one of the three Ancient Egyptian obelisks. I already posted a photo of the London Cleopatra’s Needle before, so I only need a photo of the one in New York to complete the series! Back in early 2011, I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures and go around Central Park because of my 38-39 degree fever. Hopefully I can come back soon, yes?
Stylish Parisian pedestrians (and some tourists!)
L’église de la Madeleine. The Madeleine is a parish of the Archdiocese of Paris.
Every fashion fan should know the significance of 31 rue Cambon. Clue: She invented the concept of the modern boutique… and of course, N°5.
The Opera by day.
Guess where I am?
Just in time for the lights! I’ve always preferred the Louvre when it’s dramatically lit up in the evening.
Time for fill our empty stomachs with classic French food!
But first we had apéritifs with my mom’s former student and my former schoolmate (he went to Ateneo for a few months as an exchange student) Frédéric, who introduced us to Sauternes. Sweet wine will be the death of me! Someone bring this to Manila!
The Opera by night.
I absolutely love Paris at night. It’s like it completely transforms into another place! Nothing can ever compare. Everything is so wonderfully lit, and the fact that there are so many places with Paris with a very rich history makes it all the more magical.
Up next: Versailles!