From Paris with Love part Trios
Travel | May 22nd 2018
As promised, we are taking you all back to Paris, as we go through our last day in the most enchanting city in the world.
As they say, the early bird gets the worm and these little birdies were ready and pumped to get many beautiful, well-priced worms. As sunshine broke through our partly closed curtain and dappled our faces we awoke absolutely refreshed and ready for what lay ahead. We barely had time for breakfast so we grabbed some croissants and apples to go before piling into our waiting car. The sky was bright blue and the air was crisp; it was a perfect day for some designer bargain shopping.
Thirty minutes later we arrived at the famous that spread out before us like a fairy-tale set. We were first escorted to the VIP lounge where we registered for a hands-free shopping experience (more hands to browse) and grabbed a map detailing the locations of their 110 boutiques. They also provide Personal Shopper services but we like to think of ourselves as experts in the field so we skipped it.
Like professionals, we charted out our path and marched forth towards Valentino first where we found the most divine Rock Stud shoes for nearly half the price. La Vallée Village boasts prestigious fashion, food, beauty and home brands like Armani, Baccarat, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Coach, Giuseppe Zanotti, Jimmy Choo, Ladurée, Lalique, Michael Kors, Pierre Hermé, Cavalli, Ted Baker, Tods, Villeroy&Boch etc., all going for 30-50% off.
But the truly incredible thing about La Vallée Village is that even if you don’t particularly want to shop, you can plonk yourself on one of their gorgeous benches with an Amorino Gelato or just wander the cobble stoned streets and take in the magic. FYI Disneyland Paris is a hop, skip and jump away!
After a light lunch at Pret A Manger, we along with our many shopping bags piled into the car to embark on our next adventure back in the city.
Le Grand Musée du Parfum is conveniently located on Rue Du Faubourg and happens to be a fairly recent addition to Paris’s experiential repertoire. We entered a typical French building and we were absolutely blown away by the sensory experience. The museum still had a lot of its old stone work which in juxtaposition with the state of the art gadgets and gizmos, gave an other worldly feeling to the entire session. We had a chance to smell scents from 1000’s of years ago; salvaged from excavation sites to be recreated for us. We learnt about how scents went from being medicinal and religious to functional and frivolous. We inhaled individual ingredients and learnt how they intertwine to create unforgettable and historic fragrances.
It was incredible how they made the intangible heritage of perfume come to life in an explosion of emotion and pleasure.
We would highly recommend you pay the Musee du Parfum a visit the next time you are in Paris and I promise you will never select your own perfume the same way again.
We ended our night basking in the glow of the magnificent Opera Garnier which looks even more magical after the sun sets.
This wraps up our unforgettable Paris trip and I must say, we have barely scratched the surface of the wonders this city has to offer. It’s not just about fashion and romance, but about finding exquisite pleasure in the most unexpected ways and giving yourself in to the Parisian experience.
For more information on things to do in Paris , visit http://in.france.fr/