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My Paris perfect apartment

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Photos of me are taken by Justien Oltenfreiter, edited by me.

My Paris perfect apartment was located in the Avenue de La Bourdonnais. Uber left me in front of the door. I stopped for a while and looked up. Having an apartment with a view of the Eiffel Tower wasn’t anymore one more part of my unlimited imagination but it was about to become my daily reality. For a moment, all the apartments I have lived in in the past unfolded in front of my eyes and I caught myself reflecting on “how far I‘ve gone”. I snapped a picture to freeze the moment with a little hope that this moment will last forever. The lift, one of those old ones, brought me to the fifth floor. After I opened the door, it took me some time to realize what is happening. My Chambertin apartment blew me away, from the moment I stepped in till now as I write this post. I called a friend of mine and asked “what’s happening and where all this is going?

The days that followed were as dreamy as my Paris Perfect Aparment: every morning breakfast at the balcony, hot evening baths, encounters with endearing Parisian people, a dazzling Chanel fashion show and in the background a bling bling Eiffel Tower hypnotizing me every night on the Avenue de la Bourdonnais.♥

Back in Paris

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Back in Paris for five nights and six wonderful days. I was planning to visit Paris, because this is what I always do for my birthday every March but an invitation to attend the CHANEL fashion show had me booking flight tickets and looking for hotel a little bit earlier than I have planned.

It was my fourth visit to the city of lights, all the boulevards and cafes are now so familiar to me that I feel like I am not a tourist anymore (although I still need to look at the map now and then) but if things turn out the way I wish, I will be visiting the city that inspires me the most more often. It might even sound weird but it’s true that Paris started becoming my second home, where I always meet nice people and never feel alone. ♥

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Jardin du Luxembourg

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Luxembourg Garden in Paris

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Have you ever been to Jardin du Luxembourg? It’s one of the most beautiful parks of Paris, among Jardin des Tuileries and Jardin des Plantes. If you have already been to Paris, I guess you have also been to Jardin du Luxembourg, but if you haven’t yet, then add it to your list among “Must to do and see while in Paris“. A visit at Jardin du Luxembourg was also on my list on a sunny Sunday last Easter.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t take the photos I was planning to make because the sunlight was very strong at the moment I visited Jardin du Luxembourg and the park was full of people, which is understandable if it’s Sunday and it’s sunny. However, I enjoyed my Sunday stroll ♥

Paris in April

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My travel to Paris in April has been undoubtedly the highlight of the month. I wish I could visit this incredibly beautiful city every month and this little wish of mine is not meant to stay as just a wish. Who knows? Life is unpredictable. May Dior call me tomorrow and want me to take pictures of their next summer collection. : ) (ok, here you can laugh out loud.)

The last days of April have been very strange. My body was in Vienna and my mind was still in Paris. My mind just didn’t want to get back to Vienna. Maybe because I really had unexpectedly a very nice time in Paris or because this travel has been all I really needed at that specific time of my life or it is just a combination of those two factors. But you cannot easily forget moments of happiness in life, right?

On this blog post I publish a collection of Paris photos. How many Paris photos can your heart handle? I just took so many of them and cannot keep them in my archive only for myself. They are meant to be shared with all of you who follow The Viennese Girl blog.

Rendezvous in Paris

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Looking at those pictures, wouldn’t you say that Paris is the perfect city for the perfect Rendezvous? A Tête-à-Tête, a face-to-face meeting of just you and someone you like very very much.

While in Paris, I had the following dilemma. I didn’t know whether I should buy a metro ticket for 3/4 days or not. I decided not to and do everything on foot. That’s how I took hundreds of pictures. As a result, I ended up having my memory cards full and many metro tickets in my pockets, in my bag, in my wallet, I had those small parisian metro tickets everywhere…

Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

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Hands down my favourite plaza in Paris. Every time I visit Paris, I pay a visit Place des Vosges as well and this time my favourite plaza in Paris was full of people lying on the grass and there was no free bench to sit down, so I just took some pictures and went to eat something at Carette restaurant which is next to Place des Vosges. Once, I visited Place des Vosges on February and I still remember how different it was, still beautiful but empty. In an ideal life, I would have an appartment next to this plaza (of course, with view to this plaza) and every morning would start with ice cream like this from Amorino which is right next in the corner.

Paris, je t’aime

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Paris, je t’aime is the ideal blog title for this blog post. I couldn’t imagine a better title that matches so perfectly with those pictures. On my last visit to Paris, I got to discover more hidden streets and neighborhoods around Trocadero, Le Marais and Saint Germain. I avoided the big noisy boulevards like The Avenue des Champs-Élysées for example. Those picture were shot next to Trocadero in a very quiet neighborhood, a place I visited twice. The first time with my friend Anastasia and the second time alone. The goal was actually to discover streets with view of the Eiffel Tower where tourists usually don’t go. And in the pictures above you can see what I found. It was a very quiet neighborhood and I have to admit that I got extremely jealous of the people who live there. I saw them entering the building and I was asking myself: how is life when you have Eiffel Tower in front of you sparkling for 5 minutes every hour, every night?

Paris, je t’aime, I Have Always Loved You.♥

Used Book Café Merci in Paris

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Oh, look where The Viennese Girl has been. To that super cute place in Paris, called Used Book Café Merci. For me cafes are divided into 2 categories. Those old ones with a lot of history, very famous ones like Cafe Central in Vienna, therefore packed with tourists, and the new ones, which are modern, super cute, no that historical but with no tourists as well. I think, Merci belongs to the second category.

So many cafes to visit during my last visit in Paris! I was more interested in finding cute coffee places than visiting museums and I was wondering if I could visit all of them that were on my list. Luckily I did. I have been told that I shouldn’t miss the scones in Used Book Café Merci in Paris but they were running out of scones the day I visited them. It really doesn’t matter because I plan to visit Used Book Café Merci in Paris again.

Ralph Lauren Restaurant in Paris

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Now tell me, isn’t this the most beautiful garden you have ever seen? Be honest. Wouldn’t you love to have a garden like this right in front of your house? I am sure I am not the only who is dreaming of it! During my Parisian wanderings, I found this hidden gem in Boulevard Saint Germain, thank to Grace for the tip. I remember it was Saturday and I had a little bit of free time before meeting some friends at 13.00. I didn’t have time to stay for a while and eat something in the Ralph Lauren Restaurant but I stepped in the garden and started taking those pictures for The Viennese Girl blog and for those who are looking for some decor inspiration. Dear Ralph, come to Vienna.

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