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VISIT PARIS IN SPRING

visit Paris in spring

How likely is it to see this scenery in Paris? Only if you visit Paris in spring I guess. On the other side, I am not sure for how long those trees blossom in front of Tour Eiffel but they were there when I visited Paris last week and I wasn’t the only one who was taking pictures of them. It was like a competition: who is going to take the best picture? 🙂

When I was standing in front of that scenery, I felt sorry that I didn’t have a full frame camera to snap a picture that would take all of Tour Eiffel in its frame. But anyways, it’s not bad even that way.

Is spring the best season to visit Paris? I think spring is the best season to travel to almost every destination. But to be honest, during my last visit in Paris last week, I felt rather more like it was summer than spring. Such a nice welcome I got. So, thank you Paris.♥

Macarons from Cafe Pouchkine

Macarons from Cafe Pouchkine

When I stepped into my Parisian hotel, the receptionist said that the room was not ready yet and he suggested to me to leave my luggage and go for a walk. “Why not some Macarons from Cafe Pouchkine” I thought to myself.

My hotel was situated close to the Opera in the 8th district of Paris (I simply loved that area) and a 10 minute walk away from Printemps Department Store in the Boulevard Haussmann. Inside the Printemps Department Store there is a Russian cafe called Cafe Pouchkine. The weather was just amazing. It was so warm and sunny that I found it hard to believe. All this is to say that I left my luggage and went to the Printemps.

First, I went to see the view from the top floor of the Printemps Department Store and after that I headed to the ground floor because I was craving for some macarons from Cafe Pouchkine that I brought afterwards to my little tiny cute Parisian hotel room.

The photos above are spontaneous photos that I took at the hotel while the receptionist was preparing the documents for my check in. I just love product photography. It is a challenge to take a picture of something, of anything, and make it look way much better than it really looks.

Paris Diary

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The Paris travel didn’t start well. An email that landed in my inbox was telling me that there are strikes in France that will affect the flights and that I should check my flight status before I get to the airport! On 9th April, there were 6 flights scheduled from Vienna to Paris by the airline that I had booked the ticket and the only flight that was cancelled that day with that company was mine! What happens in that case? I didn’t know because it was the first time that my flight got cancelled. You just have to call the airline immediately and ask them to give you a seat in another flight if possible. So, I called them and they booked me for the flight at 7.00 am. which was a nightmare because if I had to be at the airport at least 2 hours before the departure, that means that I had to leave home at 4am. Bad luck didn’t stop there. As soon as I arrived at the airport of Vienna, the airport ground staff told me that my flight to Paris was through Frankfurt although I had booked a direct flight. But the guy in the counter fixed that for me and I finally checked in. When I arrived in the French capital I was literally about to faint because the night before I didn’t sleep not even a minute. But the sun was shining above me and I was so happy to be in the city of lights for the third time in my life.

Those are the first pictures that I took in Paris and represent a sneak preview of what will come up on the The Viennese Girl blog in the following days. Follow my Paris adventures…

Ladurée

I knew about Ladurée after visiting Paris, but to my surprise I found them in London as well. They have many stores around the world but unfortunately not in Vienna. I am referring to the French luxury bakery and sweets maker house that was founded by Louis-Ernest Ladurée back in 1862. La maison is famous for its double-decker macaron but they do sell many other delicious pastries. How would you describe with words the world of this renowned Maison? Elegant and sweet, appealing and charming. It’s totally worth a visit if there is one in your hometown. Go for the atmosphere and that charming Parisian experience.

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27 things to do in Paris

When the airplane brings me to Paris, these are the 27 things that I like to do:

1. Going to L’Éclair de Génie for delicious éclairs.

2. Going to Ladurée for the macarons. It is like taking a part in fairy tale. I am the princess and you are the frog. And what if i kiss you?

3. Going to Angelina cafe for l’Africain chocolate and the Mont Blanc. A ritual habit. Don’t think, don’t speak. Just taste and enjoy.

4. Sitting at the steps in front of the Sacre Coeur with many other tourists gazing at the Parisian Rooftops. And when the night falls, you start to fall for everything. J’adore!!!

5. Eating chocolate crepes in Montmartre. How many could you eat?

6. Going for a coffee/drink to the Cafè des Deux Moulins in the rue Lepic because you promised it to Amelie and she is waiting for you.

7. Shopping in the boutiques of Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré. The credit card is going to suffer!

8. Thinking of my favorite French film “La Boum” with the hope that I will suddenly meet Sophie Marceau and she will take me to some crazy parties where people dance “Dreams are my reality…The only kind of real fantasy….”

9. Visiting the famous Louvre and the MusĂ©e d’Orsay and spending hours inside there.

10. Meeting friends in Rue Oberkampf for some cocktails.

11. Losing my way in Marrais and Saint Germain thinking of Edith Piaf! Non, je ne regrette rien!

12. When it is time for a flea market, all the roads bring me to Les Puces de Saint-Ouen.

13. Walking along the river Seine gazing at the stands of the second-hand dealers.

14. Flicking through books in the bookstore Shakespeare and Company.

15. Enjoying coffee at the famous Café de Flore and Café les deux Magots.

16. Wearing a beret and holding a Baguette under my arm trying to look like a real Parisian girl.

17. Pampering myself with a luxurious breakfast at the Hotel de Crillon.

18. Picnicking in the Jardin du Luxembourg with a candle. SUPER ROMANTIC!!!

19. The Trilogy of Happiness: French wine, French cheese, French baguette! My favorite cheese is Cancoillotte. I love to share it with Ratatouille because he always has something interesting to say about the french haute cuisine!

20. Having a sophisticated French dinner at La Ferrandaise restaurant!

21. Taking pictures of the Eiffel Tour from the Trocadéro, day and night!

22. Visiting the two islands Ile de la Cite and Ile St. Louis reaching to the Notre-Dame Cathedral with an ice cream Berthillon in your hand.

23. Stopping for a break in the Fontaine Stravinsky in front of the Centre George Pompidou.

24. Visiting my favourites Place des Vosges, Place VendĂ´me, Place de la Concorde, Place Charles de Gaulle, place Madeleine, Place de l’OpĂ©ra.

25. Sitting in one of the green chairs in the fontaines du Jardin des Tuileries.

26. The wall of “I love you” in Place des Abbesses. Don’t even dare to miss it! Oui Paris, je t’aime beaucoup aussi er pour toujours!!!

27. Having Picnic (or just bring one bottle of wine and two glasses, it’s enough) on “Pont des Arts” at the sunset. Bring a padlock, write something on it, and lock it forever on the bridge.

Is there anything to add? Have I forgot something? Mon Dieu! The list is endless…

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