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4 days in Paris

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After a hectic week with 3 deadlines, I finished my tasks and hopped on a flight to Paris for a press trip organized by the official tourism board of France. I chose to spend 4 days in Paris, before I begin with the program of the press trip.

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I spent a lot of time walking from one arrondissement to another because walking makes me feel good. It would have been a pity to spend time underground in the metro since the weather was so nice. And as I write this, I am asking myself: Do Parisians actually enjoy all this beauty around them, or do they take it all for granted?

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One thing that also helped me very much, which you might want to consider getting for your trips as well, is a SIM card that I bought from Orange. I had a French number and internet everywhere, which helps a lot especially if you have one meeting after another. I downloaded the app citymapper and used it mainly for directions on how to get from one point to another by metro. That made the whole experience of getting around a big city as easy as it can be.

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The photos above were taken at Ralph Lauren restaurant, in the streets of Paris while I was doing window shopping, at Angelina tea house and at Ritz Hotel.

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Although Paris must be the most beautiful capital city I have ever been, it was yet again the people that I met and the discussions we had that made my visit so special. And the last day of my visit, the day I had to take the train for Loire Valley, I realized that 4 days in Paris weren’t enough. I am afraid that even 14 wouldn’t be…

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To Paris with Air France

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When the email from the official tourism board of France landed in my inbox, I was as happy as a clam! It felt like my wish to get back To Paris with Air France and discover more from France has been heard. I was very excited that this wish was one step closer to reality.

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So, this is how I found myself in Paris for the fifth time. I spent the first days of July in the city of lights walking around the boulevards, taking pictures of things that I like, meeting interesting people, and catching up with good friends that are living in Paris.

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Being so familiar with the city was one of the best feelings during my visit this time around. Getting around Paris without using a map gave me the sense of being home. Yet, there is still the constant mystery of a possible little surprise around any corner.

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Let’s get into the details and highlight some of the beautiful happenings and encounters during my trip to Paris.

Many thanks to François and his assistant, Margaux, for the warm welcome to Chatelles’s showroom during the first day of my arrival in Paris. Once I stepped into the showroom, I had an immediate crush on their vast collection of slippers that you can see here. It’s worth spreading the words for brands that I like, and that are in line with my style. Chatelles’s showroom is situated in a beautiful neighborhood, just opposite to Musée Rodin. Apart from the slipper collection, I also loved the stairs to the showroom, the decorations, the view from the showroom overlooking Musée Rodin, and the neighborhood…pretty much everything. C’était très romantique.

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Having afternoon tea at Le Meurice was like traveling to another world. I have never experienced afternoon tea in Paris before, so it was quite a unique experience. It is something that has been on my list of the things to do while visiting Paris. I made myself comfortable at the restaurant Le Dalí, and I savored delicious treats made by the pastry chef, Cédric Grolet, while admiring the gigantic Ara Starck designed canvas hanging above me. It was an exhilarating culinary experience that I would definitely recommend. If only I could have one small treat right now…

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One of the highlights of my trip in Paris was my visit to the Maison Boucheron. I got the chance to photograph and try some of their exquisite pieces, like Nara the Deer ring, which you can see here. It was quite an exciting experience visiting the Maison Boucheron, the first jeweler in Place Vendôme.

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All in all, I had the time of my life yet again. Don’t be surprised if you find me flying To Paris with Air France anytime soon again.. pour une balade romantique.

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Special thanks to Atout France for organizing this press trip, Air France, Loire Valley Tourism and SNCF for making it happen. Stay tuned for the next blog posts from my press trip to France.

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Paris in March

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Paris in March

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Paris in March would be described: fascinating and surreal.

In comparison to my last year’s visit in Paris, this time I didn’t take many photos of the city. I didn’t visit my favourite Place des Vosges, I didn’t go to Palais Royal, not even to Café Angelina for that famous hot chocolate, called ‘African’. But I met so many lovely Parisian people who brought me to other places, like Boot Cafe and Marlon restaurant. Besides, the main reason of my visit was the Chanel fashion show, so I was more focused on that and on my stay at my Paris perfect Apartment.

So now you know why I didn’t take so many photos of the city, but those few that I took, it would be a pity not to share them on The Viennese Girl blog as they turned out to be so pretty (I hope you find them pretty as well)♥

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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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