Just a few days ago I returned from my trip in Paris and I can say I already miss that amazing city! Paris is undoubtedly the most beautiful city I have ever seen with its gorgeous architecture rich not only in history but with a modern outlook as well. At whatever direction I looked at everything was perfect; from the numerous petit bistros around every corner to the huge stores of my favourite French brands. The cuisine is superb, and the shopping is sublime. And Paris in the spring? Oh, Paris is beautiful in every season but in the spring it is just breathtaking. With the flowers blooming, and everything going green, Paris is the place to be!
While I was in Paris, the weather was beautiful and sunny but not as warm as I wanted it to be. Some of the clothes which I choose for my trip I couldn’t wear because of the still transitional weather. But the cold wind blowing couldn’t stop me from exploring all the places I wanted to visit – the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Versailles Palace, and of course Champs-Elysées.
From my last trip to Paris when I was around 10 years old I remember mainly Disney Store, but today I associate Champs-Elysées with far more than that. Champs-Elysées has some of the biggest stores of famous designers and make up brands. It has one of the biggest Guerlain only shop I have ever seen filled with exclusive collections and a wide variety of fragrances and beauty products.
From Cartier, Tiffany and Co, and many other iconic brands – it’s a dream come true. As one of my favourite french songs by Joe Dassin says “in the sunshine, in the rain, in the dark or in the day, all you need’s on the Champs-Elysées.”
But Paris’s famous boulevard is not the only place one can shop. Other beautiful streets for shopping include Rue Royale and Rue Saint-Honoré. Here, you can find stores from the finest French cafes and restaurants, and Ladurée, my favourite pastry shop. Of course I couldn’t resist the temptation and bought some of my favourite macaroons even though there was a line of people outside the boutique. However, it was definitely worth it, to eat some of the finest deserts reading Vogue in the city of lights.
On the streets of Paris you can often find celebrities shopping at designers stores such as Chanel Yves Saint Laurent, Gucci, and La Perla. But if you are planning to make a purchase at Chanel, you better do it at 31 Rue Cambon. Why is this store so special? It is an architectural symbol for the brand; Coco Chanel established her first Chanel shop at this address.
On the outside it might look just like any other Chanel store but on the inside it is a lot different than the rest. The interior is dominated by the famous mirrored staircase that leads from the ground floor entrance to the haute couture salon on the first floor, and even up was Chanel’s private apartment and design studio. The high standards are left unchanged from Coco Chanel’s time, as the dressing rooms are scent sprayed and the symbol of the House of Chanel – camellia bloom was put on the purchased Chanel bags.
Apart from the House of Chanel, you can see the studios of designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, or central offices of make up brands like L’Oreal.
Being a fashion capital is only on of the faces of Paris; it is a city rich in culture, history, exquisite cuisine and architecture. But as a fashion & beauty blogger I wanted to start with one of my biggest passions.
Expect other posts related to my Paris trip experience soon!
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