Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Paris part I

A few weeks ago it was finally time for me to book a ticket to Paris; not only because I hadn't been there since 2011, but also because I still hadn't visited my best friend from high school who's been living in Paris for the last two years. Last Friday, it was time to pack my bag and head to Paris. In less than two hours, I set foot in Gare Du Nord where I was greeted with a massive hug and a lot of excitement. 
By the time we had dropped my suitcase at home, it was lunch time so we walked over to Café Ruc, which is one of my favourite places for lunch in Paris. This restaurant owned by the Costes brothers (they also own Hotel Costes and lots of other restaurants) is right next to the Louvre, on Rue St. Honoré. The service is really friendly which is always a plus in Paris. 

The interior is all red velvet and thick curtains. 

We were seated at a little table at the window next to the cat who's always there apparently; so cute! 

The best view for people watching. However we weren't all that inconspicuous with a cat lying next to us! 

I wish I could have picked everything on the menu; Caesar salade, tartare de saumon, tomates burratina, Ruc cheeseburger, blanc de poulet, la milanaise... everything sounded so good!

I ordered my standard order at Ruc: la tres verte (a very green salad) with a side of pommes frites and Montana had salmon with mashed potatoes. Everything tasted really delicious. I love the combination of the vegetables in la tres verte with the crunchy fries. 

These mashed potatoes are some of the best I've ever tried.

After saying goodbye to the kitten we headed straight to the second thing on my to-do list: the Alaïa exhibition. Azzedine Alaïa is my all time favourite designer because he knows exactly how to design clothes which are perfect for the female figure. His designs are typically cinched in at the bust and waist and flared out below; ultra feminine. I think all his designs are works of art and if there's one brand I could wear for the rest of my life this would be it. I'll let some pictures do the talking. (even though photos weren't allowed, so you must go see it!). The exhibition runs until January 26th at le Palais Galliera and another part at Musée d'Art moderne just opposite; don't miss it. 
Alaia exhibition Galliera; the gorgeous red dress was worn by Rihanna
After the exhibition I spotted the Eiffel tower for the first time since I arrived in Paris, so we walked over to the Trocadero to get a better view of it, which seemed to disappear into the fog. 

Next we walked down to the Christmas market where we spotted a super cute gingerbread man stand. 

.. and I got a little hungry

But instead I went for one of my favourite foods: roasted chestnuts. I always think I'm the only one who loves these things that much. They are so good I could eat this all year long.

We arrived at La Tour Eiffel just in time for the light show which looked really pretty with the fog. 

We then took the metro to the department stores for some shopping. I bought a very warm and cozy black scarf at Zara, which was perfect to protect myself from the drizzle. 

After quickly getting some sushi, we went home to have dinner and watch a movie.

The night wasn't over after that! We put on some make-up, a dress and high heels and went over to VIP Room for their winter-themed party. 

More Parisian-flavoured posts coming up this week!

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