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...
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.
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!!!
OH...and of course I had to have wine with lunch...just like the locals do...
And for dessert the biggest ...best... Creme Brulee I have ever experienced!!! To die for...
I then left Printemps to head for Galleries Lafayette...all the same kind of labels and another spectacular building and decor...
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!
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!
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.
The views from outside on the terraces were spectacular and they had some quirky sculptures outside too...
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!!!