Photodiary: A Winter Stroll through Paris

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One early early morning Yusra & I took the Eurostar to Paris for a few days on a mini break. It is always great to get away from the monotony of the week long routine. Even better with great company!

This year I have resolved to do more travelling, as last year I did not travel much. I always tend to overlook travelling to places nearby, as parts of Europe can feel a bit familiar to the UK. I usually love experiencing more of a distant culture, time travelling in my imagination through historical events, in grand ruins. The colours, fragrance, lingo, cuisine, the people. It all lends an otherwoldlyness I suppose! A surreal existence, that piqeus the mind, and inspires my soul. I am getting a bit carried away here, do excuse me 🙂

Anyway, what I am trying to say is that Paris with it’s beautiful architecture woke up my love of history. If you have been to Paris, you will know what I mean 🙂

So at 10am the Eurostar, pulled into Paris.  We arrived at Gare Norde Station, and took the Metro to our Hotel. Yusra can read maps (unlike myself), and she speaks French, so that was very handy. I could barely manage a few words French is a bit better now! We hadn’t pre planned much as we wanted to take it easy and focus on exploring the city on foot. Given the timing of the trip we didn’t do as much as we wanted to, as it was just after the Je Suis Charlie Hebdo Incident. There were a lot of armed policemen patrolling the stations, and other landmarks.

Nontheless, it was a lot of fun exploring the elegant Parisian streets, away from the hectic crowds of tourists. There were quite a few art galleries, and trendy boutique shops in our area. We chanced upon a cute little vintage store called Juliette. Need to go back and explore this place more! 🙂

I really loved the french pastries, and the coffee. I was never one for Crepes, but Yusra managed to change my opinion of them in Paris!  And, we went to Laduree too. Lot’s of choice in there. In terms of how the macaroons taste, I can’t say I am impressed. Because I am not. They look very pretty, & make a great gift. But, the taste isn’t any better than the one’s I got from Paul. I missing something here?

Anyway, the pastries were so good, we got some to take back with us home. And we took some Laduree Macaroons too 🙂 Oh, and I went to Sephora….so much amazingness in there! Wish we had a Sephora in London..

I shall be posting a couple more posts from Paris, so watch this space 🙂

Did you like the pics? What places should I check out next time?

Zahra xx


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  • Reply Betty Okpo January 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm

    Love your pics ,paris looks beautiful

    • Reply Zahra January 17, 2015 at 11:33 am

      Thanks lovely! glad you liked them 🙂

  • Reply Sana Akhtar January 17, 2015 at 3:35 pm

    Beautiful and yummy pics! There was a sephora in Kingston mall a while back 🙂

    • Reply Zahra January 29, 2015 at 10:23 pm

      Thanks hun, wish they would re-open! x

  • Reply Oly Shamrik January 18, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    Gorgeous images, made me miss Paris! Oh, that pink sunset…<3

    Oly | TLV Birdie Blog

    • Reply Zahra January 18, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      Merci Oly! Missing Paris too <3 x

  • Reply girlfirly January 18, 2015 at 7:59 pm


    • Reply Zahra January 29, 2015 at 10:24 pm

      Thanks 🙂

  • Reply Lubka Christova January 23, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Who is the photographer in this post? The pictures are stunning!
    And you need to meet me with your sister :))

    • Reply Zahra January 29, 2015 at 10:25 pm

      Thanks lovely! I took the photos, the one’s of me were taken by Madame Yusra. And yes, I’ll bring her to our next hot chocolate session :)))

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  • Reply L z July 19, 2016 at 7:26 am

    Forever love those black shoes look so cool the last photo of you in the.

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