September 22, 2014

Ladurée on Champs Elysées

Yes, Ladurée is a bit pricey but the macarons are just as good as everyone says. Plus I wanted to be able to say that I went there at least once. I just love the pastel green fixtures outside of the shop!

Other stories from the past couple of days:

+ So I know that I'm staying in a city that's famous for its amazing cuisine, but sometimes a girl just needs some good ol' fast food. I discovered that there's actually a Chipotle (!) in Paris, and today I specifically went out to find it. A burrito costs almost twice as much here as it does in the US, but oh man was it worth it. I wonder how long it'll be before I head over to McDonald's?

+ There's a flea market in my neighborhood every Sunday and I had no idea!!! I walked outside yesterday to find the entire street blocked off and filled with crowds. I've never been so excited! And it was such a coincidence because the night before, I had been researching flea markets in Paris. Who knew that there would be one right outside of my front door? I scored these adorable mint tins for 2€!

+ My major accomplishment this weekend was figuring out how to use the French washing machine in my apartment. After trying various combinations of buttons, I finally had to resort to watching YouTube videos. My fresh laundry is all thanks to some German kid who decided to film a washing machine tutorial haha!

September 21, 2014

Le Petit Palais

So to be completely honest, I discovered the Petit Palace by accident. I was just wandering across the Pont Alexander III towards the Grand Palace, when I happened to notice another art museum right across the street (it's hard not to notice - the building is enormous!). On top of that, all of the signs said that admission was FREE! I seriously stood there in amazement once I got inside. The architecture is simply breathtaking! It's definitely a  museum that I would recommend visiting while in Paris, especially if you're on a budget.

September 20, 2014

The 18th Arrondissement

I've only been here for five days, but I already love my neighborhood! On one hand, I totally feel like a local since I live away from the center of the city where most of the main tourist sites are located. On the other hand, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica is just a five-minute walk away, so if I ever want to join in with the tourists, all I have to do is head up the street!

A few other thoughts:

+ My windows face three other buildings that form a sort of enclosed courtyard. Somebody in one of the other buildings plays classical piano! Whenever he or she practices, I like to just sit back at my desk and enjoy the music. At one point earlier today, this mysterious pianist started playing theme music from Harry Potter haha!

+ A couple of days agoI discovered that there's an Asian restaurant just a few doors down from my apartment. It's currently my only source of rice (grocery shopping has been rather difficult for me). I think that the owner is starting to recognize me whenever I come in. He can't speak any English but he always bears with me when I attempt to make an order in French (ordering usually involves a lot of hand gestures haha).

+ As I'm writing this it is POURING rain outside. I'm so glad that I decided to take a day off from exploring the city! It's just movies and pajamas for me today! :)

September 19, 2014

Musée Rodin

I spent my third day in Paris exploring a couple of museums in the 7th and 8th arrondissements. My first stop was the Rodin Museum. The artwork is housed inside of a beautiful mansion! And just outside of the mansion are gardens filled with tree-lined walkways and even more sculptures. There's also a cafe located on the property, so the museum is definitely a good place to spend a couple of hours and grab lunch.

A few other stories:

+ The woman standing in front of me in the ticket line turned out to be from Seattle. At first she thought I was a Parisian and said that my English sounded really good! Ha! After talking to her for a few minutes, I found out that her daughter lives in Los Angeles, so she knew what I was talking about when I mentioned the heat wave. PS I hope all of you guys aren't melting over there!

+ I'm the pickiest eater in the world and since I still have trouble reading French labels, my go-to key word is "poulet" (chicken). As long as the food label has that word in it, I'll eat it. This came in handy at the cafe when I couldn't tell what was in any of the sandwiches.

+ I officially love riding the metro! It's so convenient to get around the city and no matter where you are, there's ALWAYS a metro stop nearby. I'm saving all of my tickets as souvenirs :)

September 18, 2014

The Eiffel Tower

Yesterday I found myself eating lunch on a park bench overlooking the Eiffel Tower. Crazy, right? I never knew how enormous the Eiffel Tower was until I was standing right underneath the structure. It's HUGE! Here are a few other thoughts from yesterday:

+ The bridge between the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadéro Gardens is filled with guys trying to sell stuff to tourists. I saw several of them selling those old school dog toys that bark and flip! I mean, Eiffel Tower keychains make sense, but stuffed dogs??

+ According to Wikipedia, the metro stop by my apartment was used in the movie Amélie. You can briefly see it at the end of this scene.

+ I finally tried my very first Parisian chocolate croissant (pain au chocolat) yesterday! It was delicious (duh!) and I plan on picking up another one today (and tomorrow and everyday in the foreseeable future until I start running out of money lol).

September 17, 2014

Paris Adventures: Day One

I was exhausted when I finally arrived in Paris yesterday morning but I couldn't just sit and relax in my apartment on my first day! After doing some grocery shopping (which was a whole other adventure - more on that later), I decided to wander around the 18th arrondissement and check out the neighborhood. I love the fact that the Sacre-Coeur Basilica is just a 5-minute walk away! Plus, the surrounding areas are filled with cobblestone streets and Parisian architecture!

Here's a few other random stories from yesterday:

+ I'm extremely proud of myself for figuring out how to take the RER B train from the airport to Gare du Nord (the North Station). I don't know any French except for what I learned through Google Translate (haha), so navigating the transportation system is a major accomplishment in my mind.

+ I took a taxi from Gare du Nord to a nearby cafe, where I needed to pick up my apartment keys. The cafe was literally one block away from my apartment and yet I still got lost. Lucky for me, a very kind woman named Sylvie helped me out after I asked for directions (in French!). So thank goodness for kind strangers!

+ Grocery shopping is an adventure when all of the labels are in a language that you can't read and all of the prices are in Euros haha. And I haven't visited the local bakery yet, but I saw several people carrying baguettes on the street yesterday. Guess what I'll be buying soon!

I'm heading over to the Trocadero Gardens across from the Eiffel Tower later today, so I should have more photos soon!

September 5, 2014

August 31, 2014

Anaheim Packing House

Anaheim Packing House
440 S. Anaheim Blvd
Anaheim, CA 92805