Europe Travelogue – Paris Day 3 and 4

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Itinerary for Day 3 in Paris

Itinerary for Day 4
  • Paris CDG to Zürich
The last of my Paris travelogue entries.
Gosh, writing travelogue entries make me so nostalgic and just gives me the opportunity to really reminisce about my times spent in that place.
Paris is really a dear place for me because of my love for Chanel and where I bought my first Chanel items HAHAHA!
Maybe I should ask Carol to teach me some French, should come in handy for my next trip to France :)
So anyhow, if you haven’t read my previous entries on Paris, go read Day 1 and Day 2 before proceeding with this ok?
We woke up like at close to 12pm the next day actually.
I remember telling Carol what if we woke up and it was like 4pm or something given that we were really very tired plus her bed is really big and comfy hahaha!
She was like ‘No la, won’t’. Wah lau, I didn’t want to wake up actually at 11 plus but I dragged myself out of the bed because why would I spend more time in bed when I’m in freaking Paris hello!?
So we managed to get out of the house at close to about 1pm to head towards the Arc de Triomphe (nearest metro station is Charles de Gaulle Etoile) where Champs-Élysées is at as well because as usual, nowhere is open on Sundays except at Champs-Élysées.
But first, did a mini photoshoot of our Chanel items lol.
The house she stays in has this very vintage/woody feel to it and really awesome to take pictures in.
Here’s the stuff I bought from Chanel by the way. Will wear them only for special occasions I suppose :P
Arc de Triomphe
Champs-Élysées
We went in to Louis Vuitton to just look around because it’s freaking 4 storeys high!
Our main purpose at Champs-Élysées is actually to eat at the Ladureé cafe because I told her I had to go and at least try the real Paris version of Ladureé macarons because the ones sold in Singapore just really falls below my expectations of what bloody expensive macarons should taste like.
She agreed and we went to eat in the cafe which she has visited a couple of times too actually so that was good because she knew what was nice to eat and all.
Ladureé

75 Avenue des Champs-Élysées

75008 Paris
France

Actually I was starving by then. We didn’t have any breakfast that morning because we ran out of bread but the food in the cafe was really expensive.
But I was like ‘Aiyah nevermind la, how often do you come here much less for me because I don’t even live in Paris’ so that’s how I convinced Carol to just order some food there lol.
My omelette which cost approximate 18€ heart quite pain but I was hungry so stomach >> money
Carol’s truffle omelette
My GZB level was quite high that day because we ordered desserts too hahahaha!
And I left with a box of macarons too omg.
I thought the food wasn’t fantastic so I was wondering why the whole place was full.
We only managed to jump the huge queue for the restaurant because they had a table for 2 (others were in larger groups) plus there was a humongous queue for the take-away macarons.
Would I go again? Probably not given that we spent about 80€ for just 2 omelettes, 2 dessert items and a box of 8 macarons.
I didn’t eat the macarons on the spot that day, I brought it back to Switzerland with me to share with Eva my host though.
Afterwards, still had more time to kill so we went to the humongous Sephora store!
Oh and just an update on bloody Lebara Fr, MY CARD COULD NOT CONNECT TO ANYMORE DATA BY THEN!?
How issit that I used up 150MB worth of data with not much connectivity all day? Omg.
Separated with Carol afterwards where she went back home while I went to Opéra again for the concert.
Concert was amazing simply because it is Infinite! :)
It was difficult for me to be all alone there without anyone accompanying me.
The queue to get in the venue was really crappy and I’m glad when I attend Kpop concerts in Singapore it doesn’t get to such crappy state.
They didn’t allow anyone to enter before 7pm and the queue was not separated into standing and seated so it was just a major mess!
And the whole concert hall was so stuffy because there was no ventilation and I practically got baked under the layers of clothing I was in lol.
Oh and the sound system broke down quite a few times I was like all ‘WTF’ by then.
Yup, we really have it wayyyyyy better here in Singapore.
Went back home afterwards to pack and get ready for my flight back to Switzerland.
Woke up at an ungodly hour and left at 7.15am in the morning to head to the airport.
Along the way, conductors appeared on the train to CDG and started checking for tickets which I find odd because you needed to use a ticket/card to enter the train station.
But maybe it could be because some stations allow people to exit without tapping their ticket and I’ve seen some people just enter via the exit area to avoid paying for the tickets.
Nevertheless, some guy got caught without his ticket and I felt quite bad for him because they dragged him away for questioning (It’s quite a massive fine throughout Europe if you’re caught without a ticket or with a wrong ticket so don’t do it ah!).
Flight was delayed by an hour actually so I spent alot of time just stoning at the airport lol.
By the way, the queue to claim VAT is mothereffing long and the people stamping the forms are just plain grumpy they make Grumpy the dwarf look like Happy actually.
So go there earlier to prepare to queue and fill in your forms beforehand ok!
 
Au revoir Paris, grüetzi Zürich!
Reached home at about 3pm and was really just damn hungry then because I only had 2 pieces of croissant for the entire day and no dinner the night before.
Eva prepared spaghetti bolognese with salad and wine for me because she said I should unpack and rest (T.T she’s just damn nice la!) which was what I did.
And my Ladureé macarons which still loses to Pierre Hermé.
I take the macarons from Antionette over Ladureé (SG/Paris version) anytime please!
Of course, Pierre Hermé macarons wins hands down so… please open a store in Singapore soon ok?
Nearest one to me is in Hong Kong (which I’m intending to visit soon) :(
Alright, that ends my final entry for my trip to Paris!
I’m heading to China this weekend for a 3 week work trip and sad to say, Blogger is one of those websites banned there.
I’ll see if I can schedule some posts before I leave (I doubt cos mad busy these days!) if not, see you when I return from China and expect more posts from me then!
:D

Europe Travelogue – Paris Day 2

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Itinerary for Day 2

  • Chanel store at 31 Rue Cambon
  • Lunch near Opéra
  • Galeries Lafayette for Pierre Hermé macarons
  • Dinner in a bar for escargot and foie gras

Hello! I’m back with my Day 2 travelogue in Paris :D
Super hardworking blogger *pats self on back* HAHAHAHAH
Go read Day 1’s entry here if you haven’t done so.
So we headed to 31 Rue Cambon by hopping onto the metro to Madeleine station.

Arrived there in minutes and ta-dahhhhhhhhhh….. the first ever Chanel store! :)

My love affair with Chanel started with makeup of course.
And gradually, as I added more Chanel beauty products to my collection, I toyed with the idea of owning a bag from Chanel because I loved the brand that much.
I struggled internally whether I really wanted to borrow money from my mother just to buy a Chanel Boy on this trip because I wasn’t sure when my next trip to Paris would be.
But clearly a Chanel Boy at this point of time in my life was out of the question because of financial reasons – I didn’t need it, I simply wanted it.
Hence, I settled for buying jewellery from the store because… you just had to buy something from 31 Rue Cambon!
One simply does not go to 31 Rue Cambon and walk out empty handed.” –  Paula
LOL! So I really went there with the intention of walking out with something in my hand (that precious white bag with the white flower adorning it).
Carol’s task was to act as translator for me even though the staff could speak very good English.
However, she got tempted by the Chanel espadrilles and she caved in with me too! /hammers more nails into our bond/.
Both of us walked out like 2 crazy and dazed girls, toting the precious white bag lol.
I ended up splurging on a necklace and a pair of earrings.
I had to like…. milk the opportunity to take as many pictures as I could with that bloody bag please.
Was even happier than striking TOTO (I kid, striking TOTO > buying Chanel jewellery pls bo bi me TOTO gods).
We decided to walk to Opéra which was nearby Rue Cambon for lunch.
Along the way, more luxury brands.
I swear Paris is really the capital of luxury please. Every corner you turn, you’d find like a Dior, Louis Vuitton, YSL store etc.
We headed for lunch while passing by a Pierre Hermé near Opéra (39 avenue de l’Opéra 75002 Paris) where we saw a bunch of girls crowding outside the entrance of what seemed like a hotel.

I was just taking pictures of the Pierre Hermé store when I heard… ‘Sungkyu’ from one of the girls’ mouth.
/Squeals/ OMG WE WERE OUTSIDE THE HOTEL THAT INFINITE WAS STAYING!!!
I was hungry and hunger > Myungsoo (sorry myungie!) hence we headed off for lunch lol, half saying that if the girls were still there on our way back maybe we would be able to see Infinite.
But first, lunch.
Ordered a set meal for 17€ each. Quite worth it in my opinion given the sheer amount of food.

Juk, salad and tea.
Japchae and mandu (there are other stuff available but I picked mandu)
I ordered a dolsot bibimbap while Carol had the beef stew I think.
 
We really went to wait for Infinite outside the hotel afterwards, freezing for a good 1 hour before L came out and disappeared. All I got was a 20 sec video of him in black (LMAO!) running off.
Gave up waiting for the remaining 6 and just went to Galeries Lafayette which was just bursting with crowds everywhere.
Bought our Pierre Hermé macarons and Bottega Veneta wallet for my ex-colleague and we left for dinner.
Oh and by the way, please allocate time to claim your VAT at the store itself when you buy anything from Galeries Lafayette.
The bugger at Bottega Veneta didn’t remind us at all and I thought we could go to the airport to claim the VAT so I happily went off with Carol and… couldn’t claim shit when I was at the airport T.T
Dinner was somewhere which I honestly don’t remember but it’s near Carol’s boss’ home? Heh xD
We had escargot and foie gras because I wanted French cuisine.
Not sure if this counts for real French cuisine but what the heck man – I had escargots and foie gras in Paris yo!
Went back after that to the apartment because Carol’s phone had died plus we were both mad exhausted.
Then we watched another episode of Heirs lol even though my eyes were closing halfway.
Oh, and I met her landlord too :x weird ah pek as she calls him haha.
Had the macarons for breakfast the next day because Carol ran out of bread lol so she had a cup of milo while I had like…. 5 macarons all by myself! :D
I love the design of the box from Pierre Hermé! Kinda regretting throwing my box from the London outlet in Germany because each country has different kind of designs on the box (you can see the London one from my London post here).
Oh wells, more reason to head back to London! :P
Anyway, that’s all for my entry. Will update again with the final entry of my Paris trip!
Hope everyone is having a good New Year so far :)

Europe Travelogue – Paris Day 1

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Itinerary for Day 1

Hey all, before 2013 ends, I better churn out all my travelogue entries before I forget them lol!
Here’s the entry for Day 1 of my trip to Paris at the end of November this year :D
Actually my main aim for going to Paris was for Infinite’s concert ‘One Great Step’ on 1 December at Olympia Hall.
I was really feeling damn upset that I couldn’t attend any One Great Step concerts because they came to Singapore in October when I was in Germany.
So I tried to search for their Europe stops – I mean I’m in freaking Europe so…. just go even though I’ll be going alone.
And Paris was the only stop on a weekend (I mean… wow, Wednesday night in London for a concert is just so shit. I have to take so many days leave just to go for it please! Chao Woollim! *waves fist*).
So yeah I took Friday off and left on an early flight from Zürich to Paris CDG airport.

 

Selca in the morning hehe
My lovely host Eva sent me to the nearest train station at 6am so that I didn’t have to walk in the dark and cold. She even made me breakfast, mad love her.
Airline of the day was Swiss Air! It was quite cheap for my ticket to and fro Paris – 88CHF to Paris and 85CHF back to Zürich.
Quite cheap in my opinion, didn’t expect it to be so cheap given that it included 20kg of baggage already and taxes.

 

Breakfast served on the flight
Flight was pleasant and comfortable! :)
We reached Paris in about 45 minutes so it was an extremely short flight – kinda like from Singapore to KL by plane.
It’s my 2nd time in Paris so far, the last being 13 years ago when I was 11 years old.
That time we took a bus from Switzerland to Paris so I hadn’t been to any of their airports before.
CDG’s Terminal 1 is very simple, not as fantastic as Changi Airport but I can’t really complain.
As long as my baggage comes out on time and intact can already haha.

Went to Relay (a convenience store) when I exited to get a prepaid simcard.
I’d read online previously about people buying Lebara simcards there in Relay for use in France and since I was also using Lebara in Switzerland I thought they’d be quite good in terms of their network in France too.
Same company shouldn’t be that bad right?
Wah lau I was so damn wrong please!
I paid 9,90€ for the simcard with 7,50€ credit inside and 100MB free data.
Used my nano sim cutter to cut into the nano sim because it’s only available in the normal sim or micro sim card.
Activated the number via the internet (CDG only offers 15 mins free wifi!! take note!!).
Then I waited… and waited… and waited…
After 20 minutes still not activated so I gave up and left to catch the train into Paris city area because I had to find my friend Carol during her lunch time.
So on the train (45 mins to Paris’ Gare du Nord map here) I kept waiting for it to activate. My Swiss Lebara sim card activated on the spot the moment it was registered when I bought it so I was very frustrated when it wasn’t activated at all because I couldn’t contact Carol at all.
And despite being stuck on the train for an extra 30 mins on top of the 45 min journey because the train just stalled there wtf, it still hadn’t activated then.
So I had no choice but to use my SG sim card to contact Carol and because of that I had incurred quite alot of extra phone costs.
/FLIP TABLE AT LEBARA FR/
Finally met Carol at République station and she brought me for lunch.
We had duck steak in a tiny bar but the fries were… so yummy!
Plus the lunch set came with a glass of wine and the rucola salad was just to die for to be honest!
I loved the fries in Paris – it was always flavoured with spices – yummy like hell! :D
She went back to work while I left my luggage in her office and I went off to explore on my own.
Bloody YOLO I tell you – I’ve never travelled on my own much and this trip to Europe has just made me step out of my own comfort zone to take on challenges that I never thought I would ever do.
Heck,  prior to this trip I’ve never met Carol in person before – she’s Xuanzhi’s secondary school friend and we just chatted on LINE because I needed to find a friend in Paris once I’d decided I was going to OGS Paris. But thankfully we got on like friends who’ve known each other for years and I’m just really glad to make another precious friend :)
Ok, too much digression.
First stop – Eiffel Tower or Tour Eiffel as the French would say!
Inside the metro – see the handle there? The doors are opened manually! Only the newer trains had automatic doors but just in case you’re on an older train, remember that the doors do not open automatically wait the French laugh at you lol.
I alighted at Trocadéro station because when you exited from Exit 1, you’ll get an awesome view of the tower even though technically the nearest metro station is Bir-Hakeim station.
Sortie means ‘exit’ in French
It was sooooo gloomy the weather booooo D:
Bonjour Tour Eiffel! I’m here :)
Walked down towards the tower to get a closer look while the rain drizzled on me. My luck with shitty weather OTL
The River Seine where you can take a boat ride and see all of Paris’ icons
Didn’t ride it because the weather was crap plus it was a round trip so if I boarded near the Eiffel Tower, it would end at the Eiffel Tower. Plan was to go from Eiffel Tower to Notre Dame to the Lourve so no go for the cruise haha.
Hopped onto the metro again to go to the Notre Dame Cathedral. Alighted at St-Michel Notre Dame station. By then it was getting dark already.
Went in (free entrance) and it was so filled with the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Wonderful place to go for Christians!
After that was to get to my final stop of the day – Lourve museum.
I attempted to walk there with a map in hand from Notre Dame but despite walking for damn long, I hadn’t reached there.
Maybe I was just mad tired given that I had woke up at 4am that morning and all.
FYI, chao Lebara sim card was still not activated by then – I kept trying on and off, switching from SG sim card to the Lebara sim card.
It was about 5 hours after I had bought the card by then.
 
Anyway finally reached the Lourve via metro (I cheated hahah and took 1 stop) Musee du Louvre station.
Didn’t enter because… I wasn’t really one for museums haha. I just went for the sake of going because… HOW CAN YOU NOT SEE THE LOURVE WHEN IN PARIS?!
I did walk around the garden area outside where you can see a tiny Eiffel Tower all lit up.
Got quite exhausted by then plus probably digested all my lunch by then haha so I went to McDonalds to have an ice cream.
Tried the Kit Kat McFlurry – not very nice :( sadded!
But nevermind, good to try all the exotic McFlurry flavours that aren’t available in Asian McDonalds!
Switzerland’s has Toblerone, M&Ms and Ovomaltine flavours while Germany’s one was something similar too.
Oh yeah, at McDonalds which was like 7pm by then, my sim card was finally activated -.-“
Thanks loads Lebara Fr, you officially suck!!
I went back to Carol’s office to meet her and to join her with her co-workers for some wine (the French really love their wine!) and we cabbed back.
And halfway through the journey, my Lebara Fr sim card could not be read, further cementing my hatred for this bloody telecom company!
Anyway afterwards we went back to cook some gyozas for dinner before watching Heirs!
HAHAHAHA we bonded over our love of Young Do and Kim Tan along the months to be honest :P
Next day was an exciting one too, wait for my post okay! :) It involves some jewellery from a brand starting with ‘C’.
Till then, as the French would say, Au revoir!