Monday Musings…

Our view from our hotel balcony in Paris...

Our view from our hotel balcony in Paris…

Monday Musings are back in full swing after my little break from the blogging world, and it feels lovely to be writing again. Once I came back from Paris and Versailles, I needed a short break to recharge my batteries as everything was quite hectic before I left. To start the post off I thought I’d post a little about my trip to Paris and in particular, Versailles.   I promise to do a proper post on this as I have a billion photos to share, but I’ll just summerise it briefly here.

The Eiffel Tower all lit up...

The Eiffel Tower all lit up…

Paris was beautiful as usual. I went with my best friend, who had never been there before, and so I was delighted to have a chance to show him all the wonderful sights. We stayed at a gorgeous boutique hotel, very close to The Opera district, so the location was very central and perfect for getting to all the sights. We were there for six full days and after seeing all the usual sights: The Eiffel Tower, Arch de Triumph, The Louvre Museum (which of course contains the world famous Mona Lisa), Notre Dame, Place de la Concorde and Grand Palais among others, we took a stroll down the amazing Champs-Elysées and made sure to visit the stunning Tuileries Gardens (one of my favourite places in Paris) . We packed so much into our few days and we still found ourselves with things on our list that we didn’t get to do, but that’s the beauty of Paris; it’s so rich in sights and culture that each time you return,  you’ll find something different to enchant you about the city. For my second visit, the thing that took my breath away was our visit to Versailles.

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Versailles is obviously rich in history. Among other things, it’s famous for the Peace Treaty and of course the residence of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. The grand palace was astoundingly beautiful (in particular I loved the Hall of Mirrors), but it was the Queen’s Petit Trianon, her beautiful Gardens, and Hamlet that stole the show. I’ve always been fascinated by the queen’s life for as long as I could remember, so I was thrilled to learn more about her history, and her home away from her royal life.  The Petit Trianon and its park are imperatively linked to the memory of Marie Antoinette. She is the only queen to have imposed her personal taste on Versailles. Sweeping away the old court and its traditions, in her Trianon domain, which Louis XVI gave her in 1774, she found the heaven of privacy that enabled her to escape from the rigours of court etiquette. The grounds are truly breathtaking and I adored the Petit Trianon. I’ve posted some pictures above from various spots around her scenic quarters (and I’ll post a lot more in another post), but even they don’t do the place justice, so if you’re planning a trip to France, Versailles is a must, so you can see its beauty for yourself.

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Remember, when I posted about Marc Jacobs designing for diet coke? I finally managed to find one of the fabulous bottles, exclusively in the famous Gallery Lafayette in Paris. Isn’t it gorgeous? I haven’t opened it, and I don’t plan to, as I want to keep it as a collectors item. I love it!

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Today I’m going to see Sofia Coppola’s latest film, The Bling Ring, which I’m very excited aboutThe film opened at the Cannes Film Festival this year, and having always been a huge fan of Coppola’s work (quite appropriately, she directed Marie Antoinette and also the film adaptation of The Virgin Suicides), I’m expecting great things from her latest effort, which is based on a series of real life events when a group of fame-obsessed teenagers break into the homes of celebrities and steal from them. It’s been getting favourable reviews so I’m eager to see it for myself. I’ll be reviewing it later in the week, so keep an eye out!

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Finally, after doing a number of posts on finding the perfect pale foundation (and searching high and low), I managed to get my hands on the Mac Face and Body Foundation in White. I’ve read a lot about this one and think it will be great for a foundation mixer or use by itself, so I’ll also be reviewing this over the next few days. Has anyone tried it before?

That’s another one wrapped for this week gang!  Anyone any thoughts on the above? Don’t be shy, do tell all in the comments section!

Comments

  1. Sofia Coppola’s aesthetics are a joy to behold! You forgot to mention the likes of lost in translation and somewhere. Im looking forward to see it as well. The bottle is a must keep forever indeed and about Paris… well its Paris. I booked a place in Le Marais so im anxiously waiting for Septmeber.

    • Jennifer says:

      You’ll have a wonderful time I’m sure! How long are you going for? I’d love to be going again, but I know I won’t get back until next year… What have you got planned for your trip? I should have mentioned Lost in Translation and Somewhere as well, they are also fantastic films from Coppola. I’ll let you know how her latest effort is for sure 😉 I don’t think I could bare to open the bottle, it looks too nice as it is!

  2. Dont really have anything planned but see the rooftops of Paris, go to Shakespeare and Co, Versailles, Jim Morrison’s grave and a walk through Champs Elysees. I would say “sit in some random cafe by the seine with my moleskine open, cigar in my hand and plain rum in the table -hiding the can of coke for after the picture- just to feel whatever Hemingway felt right there. (always emulate your idols haha). This being said: 74 rue Cardinale and 24 Rue des Fleurus are a must. Sadly im only going for 5 days. Not enough to experience Paris the way it should be… but “we’ll always have Paris” so there will be other oportunities to attend to that moveable feast.

    • Jennifer says:

      All that sounds great! I never get everything done in Paris, but it means I always have an excuse to return… 😉 I hope you’ll have better weather than we had in June, it was quite cold and we didn’t get much sunshine at all!

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