My mum and I had saved our last day of our Parisian adventure for our favourite activity; shopping. Our plan was to head to the Champs Elysees to peruse the shops which frame the famous road and make the quick half hour walk to the Arc de Triumph.
Three hours later, we made our destination a little behind schedule. Blame it on the shops.
The Champs Elysees has everything from highstreet wonders (H&M, Massimo Dutti and Gap) to vast designer retailers (Louis Vuitton, Kenzo and Cartier) and everything inbetween (Sephora, Disney Store and a Nespresso Boutique). Although we only left with a couple of bags between us, I did leave with one of these little beauties…
Dress – Topshop / Necklace – Topshop / Sunglasses – Ray Ban
Our next stop of the day was Galaries Lafayette, the legendary Parisian department store which stocks every brand you’ve ever heard of and then more. If you’re heading to Paris to splash the cash then this is definitely the place to be. With everything under one roof you can go from shopping Chanel to Acne in a number of minutes and with the news that a Topshop concession is going to open in the hallowed hall, it’s just got even better. Take some time to explore the area around Lafayette and make sure you head to Chanel’s Rue Cambon store for some cheesey photos (I’m keeping those ones under wraps!)
Tired on our feet after spending the last three days marching around the city, we headed back to the hotel and got changed for dinner. We ate at a smart restaurant around the corner from our hotel and after avoiding some classic French dishes I decided to brave eating some snails!
Before saying goodbye to Paris, I wanted to see the Louvre just one more time. At night, the Louvre is all lit up and the juxtaposition between old and new becomes even more apparent as the pyramid tinkles against the night sky.
Of course, my mum and I didn’t lower ourselves to taking any cliche photos of ourselves pushing the pyramids, of course not…
Oh okay, yes we did. How could we resist?!
I absolutely loved my trip to Paris with my mum, I will definitely be visiting the city ASAP to explore it’s other offerings! As I reluctantly made my way back to the hotel, the Eiffel Tower began it’s nightly display, bidding us the most perfect adieu!
Jusqu’à la prochaine fois!