paris #3 : le dernier jour de paradis
The last day in Paris was spent roaming the streets from Champs Elysees to Le Marais, eating macaroons from Ladurée, taking pictures, visiting Printemps and Lafayette to find a Balenciaga bracelet Maja wanted, going on a treasure hunt through various vintage shops, eating lunch outside Les Philosophes while watching people and of course; getting as much tanning time as possible. Well, some tanning, I was sweating my way through the streets of Marais, drinking gallon upon gallon of water, so I preferred the shadows after a while. The day ended with a private chauffeur picking us up at the hotel and driving us the airport were we boarded the plane home to Oslo. Today I am working on one of my exam essays on Picasso, while dreaming about Paris. Need to go back soon.
le grand palais
The cocktail party and LG launch party at Le Grand Palais on Thursday was quite an event. Red carpet event with 1.300 attending, among them the famous French actress and former Bond-girl Sophie Marceau (who looked stunning) and film director Claude Lelouch. Me and Maja practiced people-watching for a good hour while eating hors d’oeuvres and drinking champagne/gin tonic, and drooled over the Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Balenciaga and Hermés bags in attendance. One day when I get rich and .. rich, I will devote an entire room in my palace to all the beautiful bags of this world.
We were also entertained by samba dancers (and capoeira guys that killed it on stage. Too bad I didn’t film it, because they were quite awesome), before entering the screening of the 3D animated movie Rio. The movie was actually quite funny, and the 3D elements were very good. Got to try out the different 3D glasses as well during the film, and the corny geek-glasses from the 90s that the old lady is sporting further down on the page were excellent, while the yellow ones I am posing with were OK. So I know which glasses I am going to bring the next time I am watching a 3D film. Even though they make me look like I am a left-over from the cast of the Matrix or Swordfish or any other techno-related film from the late 90s (or a TVshop commercial).
And yeah, we were a part of a new Guinness World Record, for The Largest Private Viewing of a 3D movie Ever (or something like that). LOL. We had fun in other words. And Le Grand Palais is simply gorgeous.
paris #2: yacht on the seine
breakfast by le tour eiffel
Good morning, dearest readers. Breakfast to this view ain’t so bad, is it?
Today we’re going to eat lunch at Le Maison Blanche, before the press conference and presentation of LG’s new 3Dtv at Le Pavillion Cambon, followed by a trip on the Seine. Enjoying myself immensely with all the geeks (and Maja).
BTW, do you have any shopping or restaurant tips for Paris? We have Friday off to do whatever we feel like, and while I have been here a couple of times before I am in no way familiar with everything Paris has to offer. A visit to Free’p'star and Vintage Bar is obligatory, but yeah: vintage shopping tips anyone?
paris #1: lowl
I am located in Paris at the moment, chilling out in the hotel room after having roamed the streets of Paris eating crêpe (that’s pancakes) and enjoying the 24 degrees and t-shirt weather at 10pm. LOVE it. The reason I am in Paris is to attend the launch of LG’s new 3D tv, which will happen tomorrow at Grand Palais. Right now we’re listening to Kakkmaddafakka, while facebooking and drinking red wine. C’est la vie for sure.
My partner in crime; Maja.
Norwegian had free internet access during the flight (!) so we had to check faksimile (and facebook).
Yes. T-shirt weather !
Notre Dame + the tourist.
We live right by The Eiffel Tower. Which meant that we had to take the obligatory trip over to watch Le Tour Eiffel by night.
Happy camper #1
Happy camper #2
paris – paris – paris
Today started with a petit déjeuner (croissant + espresso + orange juice) nearby le centre pompidou, before taking a short trip by American Apparel. Ran into Maja in Marais, which was very random, but a very pleasant surprise. The day also involved going on the obligatory trip to Louvre to see Mona Lisa (even though I’ve seen her before), as well as visiting the vintage heaven called Come On Eline (which should be obligatory). Will show you all my purchases when I am safely at home, which I am in about 24 hours (give or take fifteen minutes).
Paris is treating me wonderfully, and even though the weather channels told us it would be raining all day, the sun was shining most of the time, with the occasional rain shower to bring some action into the mix. Me and my Burberry trench became frienemies after I sweat-ed him to death, but a trip to the dry cleaner will fix that friendship in no time. Luckily.
On a last note I would like to congratulate Oslo Nights with their brand new site.
I hate that I missed the big party, but then again, you can’t always do everything.
And while I’m congratulating people: congratulations so much Christoffer with your bday. Hopefully the party today will be off the chains and completely out of this world. Wish I could be there with you to see it all go down. Ilu.
Today was supposed to be all about Versailles (at least for Ida and Silje), but unfortunately Paris is pretty intense on the International Worker’s Day (or may day) celebrations/demonstrations, so just about every museum and tourist attraction was closed, as well as most of the stores. Which meant a lot of walking to see everything we hadn’t visited yet, from the outside, and some adventures into the deepest corners of Marais and around la Place de la Bastille. Got myself a pair of vintage Levi Strauss denim shorts and some macarons, but soon realized that the shopping would have to be postponed until tomorrow and Monday.
Did find the most gorgeous Chanel 2.55 at Vintage Bar in Rue de la Verrerie, but I haven’t got 800 euros left to spend (feel free to transfer some money if you want to make me the happiest girl in the world).
I am also beginning to speak some more french (especially after a glass of wine), so I imagine that my French could get really good if I just stayed her for a month or two. Preferably alone so I was forced to speak it. Do you speak French?
paris by night
Last night we rented bikes in order to experience Paris by night. Such a lovely city, although I am starting to get tired of all the couples making out EVERYWHERE. Was pulled over by the police at one point, because I didn’t stop at a red light. You know me.. the rebel. Heh- How do you like my new dress from COS btw?
My bed is calling, but I know Ingeborg and Marita is waiting for an update on how I’m doing, so here goes. Got home at about 5:30 am this morning, so I slept through a large chunk of the day, but I got up and out of the hotel room by 12:30, and met up with Ida and Silje to shop in Le Marais. Free’P'Star was crazy good, but I need to go back there tomorrow to search for more. Small boutique filled with clothes, so you need to go treasure hunting in order to find the really good stuff. We rented bikes through the Velib network this evening (recommended) and cruised over to the Eiffel Tour to take pictures of the fully lit monument. Experienced a little bit of Norway through loads of drunk – and not so drunk – Parisians everywhere on the lawn by the tower, it feels good (I think) to know that it’s not only Norwegians who get massively drunk on weekends. Ate a crêpe by the Seine before taking the metro home to the oh-so-very-tempting bed.
Mariann invited us to join her Kong yesterday, were we enjoyed a delicious meal.
Chinese mushrooms was a new one for me, and went lovely together with sashimi. Recommend it in other words.
While in Marais we visited Centre Pompidou, who were showcasing this cool exhibition outside. Love it.
Bonne nuit mes ami<3
a tourist in paris
The day started with a stop by Notre Dame (which is in our neighbourhood) to study the tourists, and lay down the field work in order to be the perfect tourists for the rest of the day. We spent approximately an hour on the ticket machine, trying to figure out how to buy a ticket for the metro (embarrassing, I know). Took the metro to Mr. Tour Eiffel, and ate an overpriced breakfast at a bistro just around the corner, before we we started on the real tourist-in-action work.
Took classic tourist photos (notice the fake smile, not to mention my favourite peace sign)..
.. and not so classic tourist photos…
.. before took a much needed pit stop in the park nearby. The heat made me hate the fact that I’d been stupid enough to wear my acne boots (no comments please.)
We also took some quite random weird pictures that needs to be censored or laughed at.
We took pictures of delicious food, hoping to keep the memories of good flavours alive.
And pictures of people eating, loads of pictures of people eating. Got home with about 200 photos, which is actually quite a little miracle. I usually get home with about 30 photos after a week. So, in other words we thought we did an excellent job of being tourists today, so tomorrow we’ll try to be perfect shopaholics. Stay tuned.
Actually, we’re starting tonight by eating dinner at Kong, following in the footsteps of Carrie Bradshaw.
paris day 1
Left grey, chilly and rain-full Oslo this morning, and arrived to 25 degrees and sun in Paris. Not bad at all. Spent the evening at a restaurant across the street of our hotel, catching up with Ida and Silje, my two travel companions. Haven’t seen them for quite some time, so there was a lot to talk about. Gossip you know ;)
Yr.no has promised me 28 degrees and sun tomorrow, so the current plan is breakfast on the grass by the Eiffel Tower, before taking the obligatory tour to Champs Elysees, and Notre Dame possibly.
The “spectacular” view from our window.
Got the bad news that I didn’t get in to the university I wanted in the US, which means at least another semester in Oslo. Spent yesterday feeling slightly depressed, but today I got my act together and decided to think positive. It’s not the end of the world you know. And to cheer me up even more, two of my friends and I booked the tickets and hotel for Paris today. I will be spending the last days of April enjoying warm weather and the spirit of one of my favorite cities in the whole world.
Our hotel is in the middle of the Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin) and is called Home Latin. The cheapest we could find in the city centre. Does anyone know if it’s any good?
Time to wipe the dust of my French, it’s been awhile since I’ve even tried to understand French, let alone speak it. But I can’t wait. :D