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Paris: Jour 2

Bonjour πŸ™‚

 

All ready for Day 2!

All ready for Day 2!

 

My first grocery shopping experience!

My first grocery shopping experience!

Arianna told me that there is a big food store around the corner from our apartment so off I tottered to experience my first food shop in France! I was a little nervous but I had the time of my life when I walked in. I felt like such a local getting to do grocery shopping. I walked around the whole store, reading everything and trying to translate it all.

The most nerve wracking part was going through the check outs! The lady said bonjour and asked me if I wanted a plastic bag to carry my food and I said oui. I pretty much skipped out of the store quite happy because I had managed to get in and out of the store without speaking English haha!

 

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what i bought

what i bought

For those of you who know me you will probably laugh when you see what I’ve bought. Even in France I still can’t stay away from my chocolate mousse and chocolate πŸ˜› ….I hadn’t eaten chocolate for a while so when I saw it all at the store my eyes lit up…I ate a whole block while I was skyping my mum oops! :/Β All this cost me 16 Euro…any french people reading this; is that expensive?

Entering le metro

Entering le metro

 

If you follow this link it will take you to a video on my facebook. A busker hopped on the train when I was on my way to the Eiffel Tower and started playing this really pretty music so I filmed the scenery while he played. I wasn’t sure if he would like to be filmed so that’s why I didn’t film him.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=703115359705782&l=2850012861959219334

I keep getting stopped by people thinking I’m french and asking for directions. Yesterday I gave a chinese man directions on the metro…I am quite enjoying pretending I’m french when tourists ask me for directions πŸ˜›

 

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The walkway beside the Eiffel Tower. I love how many trees there are in Paris!

 

 

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Mandatory Eiffel Tower selfie

Mandatory Eiffel Tower selfie

 

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It was pretty hot so I bought un glace, tirumisu flavour. It actually had the cake bit in the ice cream and my gosh I could taste the Tirimisu! It was delicious. I sat on the lawn eating it and staring at the tower for a while and then moved on to see more of Paris.

 

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The lines were INSANE! I didn’t even bother to try line up. I can’t book a ticket online as they are all sold out but I am hoping that there won’t be so many people if I go a bit earlier in the morning and I’ll just line up. If I can’t then I’m not that fussed. I mostly want to see the lights anyway. I don’t understand why people would waste hours and hours lining up to climb some stairs! I spent those hours exploring a million streets and taking photos.

 

 

River Seine

River Seine

Crossing the bridge from the tower across the Seine. The cool air from the river offered a nice cool change. I didn’t know that places got so hot in Europe haha. I’m hoping I have a good tan by the end of the trip ha.

 

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Just another pretty street in Paris haha

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The most glamourous looking saddlery store I have ever seen! I wanted to go in but didn’t look rich enough ha

 

Arc Du Triomphe

Arc Du Triomphe

Ok this was INSANE! This Arc is on a round about so you literally just have to run for your life across like 3 or 4 lanes of traffic just to get there! I stood on the side of the road for a good 5 minutes watching people run like lunatics dodging cars to get there. I had a feeling I would end up running straight into a car so I decided to not risk it this time haha. I wonder if anyone has been run over trying to get to and from this place?

 

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Champs Elysees…this place was CROWDED! I hate shopping crowds and I had worn tights because the weather was cool in the morning but by this time had really heated up. I spent a good hour trying to find toilettes to get changed in. It was a mission I can tell you. So roasting in my stupid tights and being jostled by crowds did not mix well and I was starting to get really annoyed. Finally I found a metro and went down three levels and found a scary dingy toilette to take my tights off. I had actually almost come to the point where I was just going to take my tights off in the middle of the street hehe. Once my tights were gone I felt so much better and started to enjoy myself more πŸ™‚

 

I found the MAC store and the Sephora stores…I only bought one thing from each store. I’m the worst shopper! I hate it haha. Plus everything is the same price as in Australia and I refuse to buy makeup in Australia…I love America and London for my makeup shopping πŸ™‚

Urband Decay Eye Primer and MAC lipstick in Cyber

Urband Decay Eye Primer and MAC lipstick in Cyber

 

Biggest grapes I have ever seen

Biggest grapes I have ever seen

I was feeling really dehydrated so wandered into a MonoPrix and bought small bunch of the biggest grapes I’ve ever seen and blueberry smoothie then I kept walking down Champs Elysees until I found a park and sat down on the bench to recuperate.

While sitting there a French man came up to me and asked if he could sit on the bench also (all in French). I said that’s fine. I was trying to find a place on the map, I glanced at the guy and he looked nice so I asked him if he knew where to find this address. And then we got talking. When he found out I was Australian he was surprised, he said that I look completely French (yay :P) and he was very excited because it is his dream to visit Australia one day. He helped me practice my French which was awesome…so we talked for probably an hour in French and English. His name was Serge and he is a painter! We talked about everything! Gypsies, Australia, England, beer and wine, Paris…it was really nice and relaxing. That’s probably one of my favourite things about Paris. No one is in a rush, all day there is people sitting on park benches reading books or sleeping in the sun. It has such a relaxed air about it. I love it.

 

Champs Elysees

Champs Elysees

 

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Back at the Eiffel Tower for a brief rest before getting back on the metro and heading home.

 

To save money I have just been catching the Metro to the first place I want to see and then walking from there. This means hours of walking but that’s ok. I love exploring all the streets. It’s amazing how big this city is!! It’s so big and yet I feel so safe! I don’t even feel this safe walking around Perth!

 

Now this is a room with a view...right opposite the tour eiffel

Now this is a room with a view…right opposite the tour eiffel

 

8.30pm and it looks like the afternoon

8.30pm and it looks like the afternoon

How light is it for 8.30pm! It doesn’t get dark til 10pm here, it’s great! I can’t wait to see the Eiffel Tower all lit up tonight πŸ˜€

That’s it for Day 2!!

I am now off to see what Day 3 has in store for me πŸ™‚

Au revoir! xx

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11 Comments

  • Reply
    Belinda
    August 10, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Glad to hear your second day was better. And how good is it that everyone thinks you’re French. Yay!! Sounds like your French will be much better by the time you return home. You’ll be able to keep it up if you talk to Julie on a regular basis πŸ™‚ Enjoy Day 3. Loving all these photos. Keep them coming! B xxx

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    Julie
    August 10, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Quick comment because Ella won t let me read the whole page…will come back tonight but just to let you know, to access the Arc de Triomphe you have stairs and a tunnel πŸ™‚ I ve never tried or seen people trying to cross the round about !! lol
    It s just on the Champs Elysee street accross the Arc de Triomphe, can t miss it. Let me know next time.

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      chloe
      August 10, 2013 at 9:06 am

      Ohhhhh! hahaha i thought it was crazy that people have to get to the arc by running across the road! I didn’t see the tunnel but will look out for it! Thank you πŸ™‚ xx

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    Julie
    August 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I m back, I love reading your adventures, I am so glad you are enjoying it. So many memories for me, Carrefour is a very popular shopping centre, so weird to see all the French food, love the confiture bonne maman.
    You do look French, so true πŸ™‚
    Didn t I tell you that all the French love Australia πŸ™‚ they all want to go there.
    Have you seen all the cafes around ? take a look at their actually coffee, it s tiny, small cup. Very different. Shane always had to order 2 or ask for a big one πŸ™‚
    Small but strong.
    I do miss European summer when it s still daylight at 10 pm !! How fantastic πŸ™‚
    Walking everywhere in the city is the best thing to do, this is how you really see the place.
    Are you planning to go to the Louvre ? if you don t have time for the museum, you can still go there and see the pyramid and do some shopping πŸ™‚
    Anyway, enjoy and looking forward to read day 3.
    Bonne journee

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    Vanessa
    August 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Hilarious, I’m going to paris just to run across 6 lanes of traffic to see a ruin.
    Adrenaline rush :))))

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    Vanessa
    August 10, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Serge the painter , classic :)), how french
    oh and dad wants to know if he kept his distance? :))

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    Vanessa
    August 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    And I want to know if ‘serge the painter’ is for real, or did you just make that up as a good story for your blog??? πŸ™‚

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    Jessica Brooklyn
    August 10, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Wow Chloe!! Loving these post’s, it makes me wish I was there right now instead of being stuck in Perth!! Hope you are having an amazing time!!! Can’t wait to read tomorrows πŸ™‚ πŸ˜€

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      chloe
      August 10, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      haha thank you πŸ˜€ I’m glad that you are enjoying the posts! It is a lovely place πŸ™‚ xx

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    Aunty Violet
    August 11, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Hiya Neice chloe…..great to follow you to Paris both uncle charly & I often reminisce over our trip there…great photos of Paris to be had by tourists from the hotel rooftop that allows you up as it overlooks the tower. Can’t remember the name of the hotel but it is very popular maybe your host Arianna could direct you there. Take care and have fun we love following you around

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    Aunty Violet
    August 11, 2013 at 1:02 am

    forgot to mention Chloe…you asked how much in AUS Dollar did your grocery shopping trip cost you
    $23.20 AUS πŸ™‚

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