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Food, Shopping, Travel

A Parisian Birthday

July 21, 2017
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Ah, Paris. The city of romance and unending shopping sprees. Most already know I am a devoted francophile and lover of anything Parisian – Simply because it is a city which fills me with inspiration each time I pay it a visit – and to any artist or creative mind, Paris is an ideal city to roam the streets of. The architecture is something I could gaze at for hours on end, & being an avid wine & cheese lover does not help to lessen my admiration for this city.
All of this and more is why I decided to move to Paris to pursue my career (which is in the process as of the moment, fingers crossed!) and this has mainly been the reason behind the delayed blog post. If you have any tips on moving to Paris, let me know!

I left to Paris for a long weekend to celebrate my 18th birthday at a coldplay concert (which was fantastic, but I unfortunately was unable to photograph with my DSLR) and introduce my companion to the city. This particular short visit was spent exploring areas of Paris which I had not yet been accustomed to, and in between long walks on cobblestone pavements and enjoying copious glasses of red wine, I decided to photograph some bits of the vacation and put together a guide of things I’d recommend based on this trip. (Scroll past images)IMG_6399-2

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FoodLobster Bar is hands-down the most exciting culinary experience I’ve had in a long while. I’d recommend the Lobster Roll, but I hear the Gambas Burger is also a must-have. If you’re looking for something a little fancier (or just the ideal dinner spot), L’Alsace is the place to be. Björn and I spontaneously came across this restaurant as we searched for a place to dine at the Champs-Elysées, and were spoiled with an abundance of scrumptious food. Kok Ping was another place we’d spontaneously come across – Just a street away from the Champs-Elysées, this is a cute place for asian cuisine. I enjoyed some great pad thai and dim sum here. Le Saint-Germain, which conveniently happened to be two steps away from our hotel, has probably become my go-to place for a serving of snails and a glass of red and I’d recommend this to anyone in the area. And finally, Café Varenne is a typically Parisian spot for a good baguette or poached egg at breakfast.

Shopping – Summer clothing in Paris is feminine and simple, and a short walk around the city is enough to make you envy the abundance of mini denim dresses, loose-white jeans and basket bags being pulled off so well and worn at ease. This time, I decided to hunt through Lafayette and Le Bon Marché for clothing (which, admittedly, was beyond my budget). Most of the clothing here is pricey, but if nothing else, the experience alone is worth enjoying. As for book shopping, head down to the 4th arrondissement for French Literature book stands, and Shakespeare & Company for some English reads.

To Do – Enjoy a glass of Champagne on the terrace at Galaries Lafayette to soak up some sun and enjoy the view
– Purchase some pastries, a baguette and a bottle of red and head down by the river for a picnic
– Roam the quieter streets of Montmartre – Although a popular site, most visitors tend to head to the common landmarks and stop at that. A walk around the narrower streets will lead you to cute cafes, bargained clothing and old book stores to explore.

Feel free to check out my last Paris post + guide!

Natalya Vukovic