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Paris, Day 4

For our last day in Paris, we gave up on sight-seeing and cultural pursuits in favour of some serious shopping, which my sister and I both love to do but to which we both have different styles of approach. Monique is a bargain-hunter and goes for quantity, whereas I tend to go for quality and am less concerned with price tags. I do like a bargain as much as the next woman though, and will be forever grateful to my sister for dragging me into C&A, a chain I usually abhor, where I found a mock-military style (think Adam Ant) leather coat at an absurdly reasonable price. After several hours of traipsing through the isles of Zara and H&M and Bershka, where she bought tons of clothes for herself and for my niece, I finally persuaded her to allow me half an hour on the 5th floor of Au Printemps: heaven, or as it's more prosaically known, the shoe department.

Monique's frugality had by then rubbed off on me, and I bought only one pair, from the lower end of the price range. They're actually in that picture: the pink & grey wedges in the foreground.

We ended our day sunning ourselves and eating pancakes in the Jardins des Tuileries, and the next morning boarded our bus for the 7 hour drive home, with a 45 minute break in Brussels.

Romeo, enjoying a bowl of pasta on a bench in Brussels


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May. 6th, 2008 12:24 pm (UTC)
That sounds like a lovely trip. (And Romeo is quite the handsome little guy!)
May. 6th, 2008 07:41 pm (UTC)
Oh, he is! He's going to break some hearts later ;-)
May. 6th, 2008 03:14 pm (UTC)
Awesome stuff! Am off to Paris myself on Thursday for a long weekend but tell me, is really everything closed on Public Holidays? I only just realized that Monday is Whit Monday (Pinksteren) any tips on what we can do instead? Been to Paris before so have done all the major tourist attractions..
May. 6th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
France has thirteen national holidays (jours fériés) when most shops and businesses, though not necessarily museums or restaurants, are closed. May in particular is a big month for holidays, when Ascension Day normally falls, added to Labour Day and Victory Day. It makes for a peaceful time to visit, as people clear out of town over several weekends, but many businesses will have erratic opening hours. As we found out, just about everywhere, including museums, was closed on May 1st; and it looks like the same may hold true for Whitsun (both the Sunday and the Monday). It's best to ask at your hotel though, what they reckon will be going on in the city on those days.

If the weather holds, you could spend the day pick-nicking and people-watching in the Bois de Boulogne, or (but this may require some investigation as to whether or not it's open Whitsunday -- all I've been able to ascertain is that it's definitely closed on Monday) visit Monet's garden in Giverny, which would mean taking a train to Vernon from Paris-St. Lazare...EuroDisney? I'm sure that must be open for business.
May. 6th, 2008 10:04 pm (UTC)
I wasn't exactly heartbroken when C&A closed in the UK but I've turned into a C&A spotter when I'm on hols, very sad!

Paris is a beautiful city. I must add Pere Lachaise to my itinery if I go again.
May. 7th, 2008 06:47 pm (UTC)
Re: C&A: even though, having ventured into it this once and come out again with a purchase, I don't think I'll repeat the experience any time soon. It really is a most depressing place.

Père Lachaise, OTOH, is not.
May. 7th, 2008 07:30 am (UTC)
Man, I had totally forgotten about Whit Sunday! lol! Thanks for mentioning it! The only museum we plan on visiting is the Louvre which we are planning to do on Friday evening (as it's reduced entrance fee)but unless the shops are all closed on Monday too we may have to change our plans around as I do want to a bit of shopping. Euro Disney is a no no, I've been there before as well as Disney Land in LA so i've had enough Disney to last me a life time and Matthew's not too keen on it. haha!

At least the weather looks to be awesome this weekend so I'm sure we'll find something to do! :-) Thanks for all the tips though!
May. 7th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Actually, having delved into it a little bit more (one of the advantages of having French colleagues at work), I don't think you should have too much trouble finding worthwhile pursuits that weekend. Whatever you end up doing, I'm sure you'll have a great time!
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