A mint green, crumpled Ladurée bag spells out most of what my recent trip to Paris was all about. Delight.
The whole visit was a sensory orgasm, with scents emanating from boulangeries, patisseries and crepe stands to the visual delights of store window displays and nonchalant French eating their 'petit dejeuner' in a street-side café. Paris is a complete overhaul of the senses.
A selection of macaroons from Ladurée, well, what was left of them anyway.
I'd heard the hype about Ladurée for ages but I'd never tried a macaroon, so I wasn't sure what to expect. It was only when I saw their boutique-looking pop-up store on the Champs-Elysées that I realised where this hype was coming from. This was my home from home, I thought, a royal atmosphere inside with lavish fittings and decor, lined with glass fronted cabinets that encased little mouthfuls of sugary treasure.
I'll admit that my first macaroon was incredible, but the whole experience of being in the queue, attempting the ask for the flavours 'en Francais' and getting your little rope handled bag at the end of it was better. So this is why we went 4 times and I ended up spending almost forty quid on sweets the whole time we were there. Totally worth it I say.
The decor in our hotel was rather eclectic, but beautifully modern and stylish.
The Hotel De La Sorbonne in the 5th arrondissement in Paris was our home for the week. An amazing hotel staffed by equally amazing people, we had no problems with the accommodation whatsoever and recommend it to anybody who wants to visit Paris. It's located opposite the Sorbonne University, so you see a lot of students around and it feels like you're seeing authentic Paris! It's about 15 minutes walk from the Louvre, about 40 minutes from the Champs-Elysées and the streets surrounding the hotel are magnificent, Boulevard St Germain and St Michel are full of great cafés, bars and boutique shops along with big high street names.
Ok, so I got a bit 'Instagram-happy', so what.
Taking in the sights has to be what Paris is all about, there's always something going off, whether it's a man playing a grand piano on a street corner or a homeless guy waving at you whilst you're having a meal, it's all part of the pleasure! So here are some generic tourist snaps of me and Paddy effortlessly enjoying ourselves.
So, with this being a fashion blog and everything, I suppose I should show you the delights Paris has to offer in that department? Well, it was extra exciting after we took a trip to the Louis Vuitton store to buy the new Marc Jacbons & Louis Vuitton book, where they told us that there was an exhibition practically 15 minutes away. Also, I might add that trying to hail a cab in Paris is a lot easier when you're carrying a Louis Vuitton bag. Here are a few fashiony snaps for you.
The Louis Vuitton windows were so beautiful, and there was a vintage store in Le Maris that let you fill a bag full of clothes for 7 euros!
If you haven't been to Paris, I only have one word to say to you, go. You'll never regret it. Ignore the people that say 'ooh it's expensive' and just do it, live a little. For an extra couple of hundred quid you get to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world and see what all the hype's about.