Thursday, August 31, 2017

PARIS PT 3

Thursday afternoon we flew back to Paris from Perpignan. After a quick a quick bag drop and refresh at the hotel, we were ready to head out on the pursuit of what else? Food.

After nearly a week of sustaining on primarily bread, cheese and macarons, my body was really begging for some fresh, dare I even say, healthy food. Adrienne had the incredibly brilliant idea to try and find a good mediterranean restaurant. In Detroit we are #blessed with some amazing mediterranean and middle eastern restaurants, it's such a great go-to, especially for people on a plant based diet.


With a fair amount of research, we settled on Le Grand Phenician in Monmarte, just around the corner from the Moulin Rouge and right up the block from the Terrass-Hotel, where we had planned to go for cocktails later.



Don't go to LGP if you're looking for something fancy, but if it's out of this world, delicious lebanese food you're after, this is the place. The food and drinks were both very reasonable priced, the service was super friendly fast, and accommodating, and we left full and happy. The baba ganoush (above) was particularly noteworthy and unlike I'd any had before (pomegranate arils?!).

View from the Terass Hotel rooftop bar.
Post-dinner we walked over to the Terass-Hotel (only about 5 minutes up Rue Caulaincourt) to have drinks on their AMAZING rooftop bar. Sadly, the weather was cold and rainy that evening, but the terrace was covered with umbrellas and plenty of heaters (they even had blankets available) so we stuck it out and enjoyed the beautiful view and delicious cocktails. Of course we had to stop and do the photo booth on our way out.

     



Rex Club was the last stop of the evening. Rex Club (situated under the famous cinema the Grand Rex) has been around since the 70's when it was the go-to for disco, then rock in the 80s, and since has become one of the top clubs in Paris for techno and electronic music. I went with the best intentions of dancing off all those falafel, but truthfully, I was pretty whipped from the trip and the music just wasn't enough to keep me upright for long.

I also completely failed to take any photos, so here is a cool shot of Le Rex Club from 1979. Thanks, internet!


Friday was our last full day in Paris and we really wanted to make it to a museum so we could leave at least slightly more cultured. Paris offers so many options when it comes to museums (I would highly recommend Musee Rodin, which I visited on a past trip), and this time around we settled on Musee d'Orsay.

jacket is j.crew collection, dress is cotton citizen,
sunnies are saint laurent, bag is vintage chanel, sneakers are adidas

Musee d'Orsday is great for a couple of reasons. First, the museum itself which is located in the centre of Paris on the banks of the Seine, opposite the Tuileries Garden, is the former Orsay railway station, built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. The building itself could be considered a work of art. It's arched glass ceilings and intricate architecture is just astounding.


Second, if you don't have time to run around to a bunch of museums, Musee d'Orsay offers a variety of different mediums, ranging from 1848 to 1914, so you can get a lot of band for your buck here (so to speak). I loved being able to to see sculpture, realism, impressionism, and decorative arts, all in one visit.






EVERYONE wants to see the Picasso.


Another hidden treasure at the Musee d'Orsday is the terrace just off Café Campana on the second floor. Off the terrace you get a beautiful view across the Seine, Jardin de Tuileries and even Sacre Coeur in the distance.






From the museum too the scenic route, walking Boulevard Saint-Germain over to Hermes of Rue de Sevres (this location is a must visit). Boulevard Saint-Germain is such a beautiful street to walk, it feels like perpetual fall (even in the middle of summer) and I love that.



On our way we stopped to grab a quick bite to eat at Le Cafe Saint Germain. It's pretty much your typical Parisian cafe, perhaps teetering on the edge of toursity. However (perhaps because of this) they do a slightly more extensive menu, which was nice for moi!


Then in it was on to the mothership!

Everyone has their own idea of what heaven looks like,
this is mine.
pro-tip: if you spend your life's savings at Hermes,
they will provide complimentary espresso (in Hermes serveware, no less).

Kelly ring in rose gold with diamonds.
After making the above irresponsible, but very necessary decision, it was back to the hotel to get ready for our last dinner (wahhhh).

View from the terrace at Maison Blanche. 
For our last dinner we chose Maison Blanche, based pretty much exclusively on it's terrace/view of the Eiffel tower..I mean, come on. I will say, it was probably our most expensive meal of the trip (aside from Hotel Costes) and not exactly the most vegetarian friendly menu. That being said, the servers were lovely, and did their best to accommodate my *special needs*.

Coincidentally, we happened to be dining next to former Detroit Tigers player Magglio Ordonez. We met him and his wife on the elevator up the restaurant, and couldn't believe what a small world it is! Admittedly, I'm not a huge baseball fan, but it was definitely a fun story to tell friends and family back home.



When I booked the reservation I had mentioned I'd be there to celebrate my birthday (28 and and month counts, right?) and they were sweet enough to bring me this delicious treat. Sorry about the red light #heatinglamps.


After dinner I obviously had to get some pics with this bad boy.

The luckiest shot.

Selfies with a big glowing tower are hard. 
Saturday morning we woke up early so we'd have time to visit La Basilique du Sacre Coeur before heading to Charles de Gaulle. Being that Adrienne and I are both Children of the Sacred Heart, it was imperative that she experience Sacre Coeur.



The basilica is located at the top of the butte Montmartre, the highest point in the city, and offers a pretty spectacular view. It is said that on a clear day you can see 30 kilometers away.






We grabbed a car back to the hotel, and made one last, but very important stop at the pharmacy. I know 'french pharmacy finds' have become sort of cliche, but if you've ever been in one - the obsession is real.


Not only is the selection of products unreal, the prices are just SO much better than what you'd pay in the US for brands like Phyto, Caudlie, Avene, Bioderma, and Klorane.

What I stocked up on:

  • Biafine ACT
    • The 'cure all' cream. Put it on sunburns or rashes to speed up healing, or use it as a super hydrating treatment on your face. This sells for around $30 in the us, and about 5 euro in France.
  • Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel
    • My favorite facial cleanser. Takes everything off your face in one step. Perfect for lazy people like me.
  • Caudalie Rose De Vigne hand cream and lip conditioner 
    • Love these natural, rose scented products from Caudalie. Perfect purse size for on the go or travel. 
  • Phyto Phytheol Intense Treatment 
    • This treatment is the ONLY thing that has ever worked to clear up my dry, flakey scalp. Retails for almost $20 USD and was around 15 euro.
  • Klorane Dry Shampoo
    • The best dry shampoo, that doesn't actually dry out your scalp. Cost a fortune in the US.
  • Mustela Hydra Bebe Body Lotion
    • I became obsessed with the Mustela baby line when I was nannying in LA. I love the body wash and lotion. 

After spending all my remaining Euro at the pharmacy, it was time to face the truth and head to CDG. On our way out I was finally able to snap a pic of this perfect, white GSD that we'd been seeing around the neighborhood all week. I love him, and I was missing Bug so much I had to stop myself from running up and giving him a big hug!!!


Friendly reminder for you fellow shoppers: don't forget to submit your VAT tax refund papers BEFORE going through security, otherwise you'll be extra sad!

     

A bientot, Paris! I know I'll be back soon.

It's just impossible to see and do everything in 10 days - what should be on the list for my next trip?!

xx Kellie




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