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Shopping...Parisienne Style...with a touch of Modern Art

Time to go shopping!!!

The sun even came out and the rain rolled away in preparation for a big day out.
I headed out on the bus to the two big stores here in Paris...one is called Printemps and the other is Galleries Lafayette. They each have a multi-level store dedicated to Women and another for Men and another for Home and Printemps even has another for Beauty...OMG!!! Shopping heaven!

I couldn't believe seeing all the big name brands we mostly only hear about all in one department store...Dior, Gucci, Jimmy Choo, Yves Saint Laurent, Louis Vuitton...just to name a few!! I wandered around admiring all the things on offer...most of which were out of my price range, but a girl can look! A whole floor dedicated to shoes and another for handbags and jewellry...real jewellry, Bvlgari, Tiffany etc...

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I was excited to get to the 6th floor of the Printemps main building as my cousin Tori has suggested I should treat myself to lunch in the restaurant with the beautiful dome glass roof...absolutely stunning...both the food and the decor.

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I have tried so hard to do everything in French...each time I have sat down for food I have only got the menu in French...today the waiter offered it to me in English and I folded...it was so nice to know exactly what I was ordering!!
I had the most delicious appetiser I have ever had...Tomato Tartare and creamy Buffalo Mozarella...OH yum!!!

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OH...and of course I had to have wine with lunch...just like the locals do...

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And for dessert the biggest ...best... Creme Brulee I have ever experienced!!! To die for...

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I loved every mouthful!!!

I then left Printemps to head for Galleries Lafayette...all the same kind of labels and another spectacular building and decor...

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I could get used to this!

After all that shopping I decided I needed a little sit somewhere and realised I still had my ticket for the hop-on-hop-off tourist bus...so into the open topped bus I got and headed up the Champs Elysees and to the Arc du Triomphe...the shops long the Champs Elysees are spectacular with price tags to match!

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I then hopped off because I wanted to go and see Monet's paintings, especially the water lily series at the Musee Orangerie...my book said it was open till 7pm...but to my dismay when I arrived at 5.30pm they were not letting anyone else in as it closed at 6pm!

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SO...THAT'S IT...IT IS DECIDED...I SHALL NOW HAVE TO COME BACK BECAUSE I COULDN'T GET IN THIS TIME AROUND!!!
(hahaha...knew I could find a good reason for another visit next year...)

Next...Georges Pompidou, Musee of Modern Art is open till 9pm...or so the book says...AND I have a large Creme Brulee to walk off...so off I go...just time to fit it in before closing.

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I loved the Objects d'art and the furniture...

The views from outside on the terraces were spectacular and they had some quirky sculptures outside too...

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It was then time to find my way home...so I headed underground for the Metro...I wandered in the depths of Paris for a good 15 minutes going through tunnels, up and down stairs, escalators and along travelators to find the Number 7 line to take me home...

I have to say by the time I got there at 10pm I was totally exhausted!!!

Posted by thewoodsies 13:07

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Caryn, Just caught up with your blog...read it all at once! I have been keeping up to date with your FB comments but it is great to read the extended version! I think a trip back to Paris and France is a MUST. I have been to the Orangarie to see Monet's paintings and it is DEF worth the return visit!
Will have to catch up for a French Feast when you return!

by tshowell

Theresa, it has been such fun...even better than I imagined...I'm already planning a return trip for next year to do all the things I missed plus revisit a few favourites. Having the apartment was great...will definitely do that again...a French Feast sounds great...I can bring the Beef Burguignon!!! Call you when I get back.

by thewoodsies

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