Friday, April 03, 2015

Paris ’15, Day 4 – Arc de Triomphe and Ladurée

On Monday morning my mom and I woke up and bought some breakfast at the bakery a little further down. Today would be our last day in Paris, but since our train would leave around 3:30 pm, we still had loads of time to do fun things! But first, we had breakfast in bed. :3

Breakfast in Bed
Breakfast in bed. ^^

We finished our breakfast and packed our things. I had so much to pack! Not only all the things I had brought with me, but also my new things!
Even though it had been a short stay, I was going to miss our hotel room, haha. x)

Everything packed! Excuse my morning face.

We checked out of our hotel and left our baggage with the staff. Then we went on our way to the Champs-Elysées. We wanted to find the FNAC shop located there to buy my dad a present and I had offered to treat my mom to tea at Ladurée. ^^
We arrived at the Arc de Triomphe and the weather was absolutely lovely, so we stopped for some pictures. Endangering our lives by standing on the side of the road, we managed to take some nice ones. XD

Arc de Triomphe in the Sun
The Arc de Triomphe looks so gorgeous in the sun!

We went on our way to find the FNAC. We passed a beautiful shopping mall my mom wanted to show me and after some more walking, we found the shop. My dad had asked us if we could look out for this specific vinyl album, so we went to the right department and asked an employee to help us find it. He went to look for it and never returned! Oh my God, he stayed away for so long! Apparently it was hidden in the dungeons of the shop or something, but the employee managed to find it! Yay~!

Mission accomplished! My mom in front of the FNAC store entrance.

Then we went on our way to Ladurée. I was quite excited to have tea with my mom there. We had planned to go there multiple times before, but somehow it never happened. The one time we did go, we ordered ice cream (which was heaven by the way!) instead of tea and pastries, so this time I was determined to do so. ^^

The beautiful, Valentine-themed Ladurée shop window.

We were led to a table at the front of the restaurant and opened up our menus. I’ve had tea at Ladurée once before and I thought I remembered the ‘one person tea pots’ were actually quite big, but I wasn’t really sure. So my mom and I ended up choosing separate teas. ^^

Ladurée Menus
Ladurée fanciness!

I am not quite sure which teas we chose, but for pastries my mom chose a Saint-Honoré Rhum-Banane and I chose an Ispahan. Finally, after so long, I could eat my heavenly Ispahan again! *o*
Our teas arrived and of course we had to take some pictures! We both received a beautiful silver (and big, as I thought, haha) tea pot with pretty tea cups and a small Ladurée chocolate. But just a tip: if you’re not planning on drinking loads of tea, share a pot. XD One pot poured about 3½ cups! *o*

Ledurée Tea
Isn’t this tea set cute!?

Finally, our pastries arrived too and I could hear angels singing~! My Ispahan looked just as gorgeous as I remembered and my mom’s pastry looked so pretty as well!

Saint-Honoré Rhum-Banane and Ispahan
My mom’s Saint-Honoré Rhum-Banane and my Ispahan. ♥

I know Ladurée is very expensive, but I just wanted to have a bit of a fancy experience with my mom after my weekend of Lolita fulfilling. Plus, the pastries are just so damn good! I mean, just look at the picture! They are like pieces of art! *o*

Ladurée Time
Our faces say: ‘I am so ready for this!’ XD

Our teas were delicious and my Ispahan… it was just as good as I remembered. ;_; I ate it as slowly as I could, it was so amazing. ♥
Coincidentally, a couple of Dutch Lolitas who had attended La Vie en Rose as well, were having tea at the same time at the same Ladurée, but upstairs. What a coincidence! It was nice seeing them again for a brief moment. ^^
After I went to the toilet (which was quite an adventure because finding them was nearly impossible, but they were so fancy!), I paid and we left Ladurée. Since we had some time left, I suggested to go to the Eiffeltower, since I hadn’t seen it at all during our trip! So we went on our way.
When we arrived there, there were (again) lots of fences everywhere. I was very happy to see the Eiffeltower though. ^^ I really love it! We also bumped into two very pink German Lolitas, which was nice.
Suddenly, it started to rain reeaaally bad!

Eiffeltower Rain
You have no idea what I had to do to this picture to get something decent out of it!
It was so dark.

Everyone fled away and I had to walk in the most awkward way to protect my dad’s album from the water. I was very happy when we reached the metro!
We returned to our hotel to pick up our stuff when the stress began: I had miscalculated the time and we had to hurry like hell for our train! I won’t go into details but man… we had to sprint so hard!
Thankfully, we made it on time after all and were able to breathe again! Since we didn’t have time to buy some food for the road back, we bought some stuff at the Thalys Bar. Ugh, never do that if you can prevent it. -_- Expensive and not worth it. But well, we were hungry.
While my mom was getting something to eat, I finally solved a mystery that had been keeping my busy for years: during our first trip to Paris (back in 2010, oh my!) I told my mom I saw the Eiffeltower from our train window, but technically that wouldn’t have been possible from the train. While I was staring out the window, I suddenly spotted the Eiffeltower again and I was 100% sure! Well, it turns out the Thalys tracks run in a curve, which makes sense. Mystery solved~! (Useless information, I know. XD But this was an important moment for me).

Food on the Way Back
Food for the way back.

Unfortunately, I managed to spill hot chocolate all over my arm and dress. It hurt so much! I was sure I would have a burn mark for a long time, but I ended up totally fine! Pfew…
After a couple of hours, we safely arrived back in my country and took the train back home. My Parisian adventure had been awesome, a total dream! ♥ I hope you enjoyed my posts. ^^
I can’t wait for the next Street Fashion Europe event… :3

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