Europe, Vacation

Paris 2017 (Part One)

Both my sisters and I concluded that Paris is our favourite European city (so far).  It’s a cliché to say Paris is romantic, but honestly, it is!  My sisters love it for the food, but I love it for the shopping.  The last time I went to Paris, I focused more on food and neglected to shop.  I know, hard to believe eh?  A shopaholic like me, LOL!  But this time, I managed to go to stores I haven’t been last time and bought some items I have been eyeing for a long time.

We stayed at Hotel L’Antoine.  The interior is designed by the famous fashion designer,  Christain Lacroix.

Look how cool the door is.  Do you like it?

Interesting design, isn’t it?
I love taking pics of random strangers.  When I saw this girl, she just screams Parisian to me.  Don’t you think?

Here’s a secret:  I love French food.  I don’t eat it often in Vancouver, so I’m extremely excited when I’m in Paris.  Our first French meal, sooooo good but so rich.

Escargots – so much tastier in France!

Such a pretty ice cream cone from Amorino Gelato

We were on the hunt for the best croissants in Paris.  Sadly, we wanted to try Blé Sucré, but they ran out of croissants.  We stumbled upon this small patisserie (Tholoniat) and surprisingly, the croissants were amazing!  They were buttery and flakey (just the way we like it).

How cute are these stools?

Louvre – My third time visiting this museum and I’m still not sick of it.

I’m so lucky to sneak a pic of the Mona Lisa.  Of course, there were a million people surrounding her.  But having said that, we noticed that there were way more tourists the last time I went to Paris.  Read my post here if you’re curious.

After the Louvre, we went to Angelina to have their famous hot chocolate.

There were a limited amount of love locks.  Many locks have been removed due to the weight which will damage the bridge.  If you want to see how it was a few years ago, you can refresh it on my post here.

If you remember my last post on Paris, I mentioned how much we love this place.

Don’t look at my sis, check out the server :)

Holybelly is a very popular place for brunch.  There’s always a lineup and lucky we only waited for 25 minutes.

I’m a brunch person and these dishes were scrumptious!

Can’t get enough of the Eiffel Tower!

Both of us bought some small accessories from Hermès.  This is the famous flagship boutique, service was excellent, but in terms of interior, I prefer the one on Rue de Sèvres.

Julia Child said, “With enough butter, anything is good.”  See the butter on the left, it’s the BEST BUTTER on the planet.  I love it so much!  It smelled so good and it was so smooth.  Oh man, it’s that moment where it’s so hard to describe with words.

OMG this French onion soup is everything!

Paris was so fun.  My only complaint was the hours of operation at some restaurants.  There were a few places we were dying to try, but many Parisians take their vacation in the summer including Chez Alain Miam Miam (pic above).  So, we have to take note not to travel to Paris during the summer next time.  LOL!

And if you’re wondering if I know French, the answer is no.  I don’t have any talent in learning a new language.  Both my sisters understand a bit of French, so they are my lifesavers.  Also, many places we went, most locals speak English.  Hope you enjoy the post and as usual, I always have a part two.

The New Year is coming up, I wish you a joyous and peaceful New Year and if you have any NY resolutions you would like to share, please comment.  I’d love to read it.  Cheers to 2018!

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    December 29, 2017 at 11:41 am

    Lovely post Jo!! Brings me back so many memories of my Paris trip. :) Have a Happy New Year!


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    December 29, 2017 at 11:44 am

    Awwww I miss Paris sooo much!!!! Maybe I will be able to go with you guys 2019…hhahaha. Wonderful post! Can’t wait for Part II dont forget to mention the hilarious man at front desk lol

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    January 1, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I hope to go one day. Jo, do you or your sisters speak French? I wanted to know how hard it is to tour the city with a limited knowledge of French. I’ve heard Angelina’s has the best hot chocolate. LOVE your sneak pic of the Mona Lisa! It’s a great shot. Thanks for sharing your adventures Jo! Cheers to many more! Happy 2018 to you! I super love your new blog layout and your profile pic looks spectacular. You’re so beautiful. I’m back from my blog break and catching up on blogs. It was good hearing from you over the holidays.

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    January 3, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Looking at your pics makes me want to go to Paris even more! I can’t wait till we go so I can eat pastries everyday. Lol

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    January 4, 2018 at 8:25 am

    Hey Jo,

    Hope you have a great year ahead and many more wonderful travel for you for 2018. Ahhh I reminisce of the time I got to go Paris back 5 years ago and I certainly would love to revisit Paris again. I’m so glad you had a great time there. It certainly the city of Love.


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    January 4, 2018 at 9:53 am

    LOL I had no idea you took pics of strangers! I love that pic you took of that girl – she is so chic!

    This post brings back so many memories! AHHHH I can’t wait to go back!

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