May 28, 2009

After the school is over, my friends and me went to Café de la Paix, located at Place de L'Opéra , InterContinental Paris Le Grand Hotel . Le Cafe de la Paix is undoubtedly one of the most popular in Paris. With its exquisite Second Empire style, it has forever been a favored hangout for celebrities and tourists alike. You can drop in here for an early breakfast or a delayed supper as the cafe remains open till late in the night. During winter, you can dine alfresco at the winter terrace that overlooks the Boulevard des Capucines, while summer months see crowds filling in at the open air terrace that gives a great view of the Place de l'Opera. While in Paris, this is one destination you shouldn't miss.

I was mad to eat chocolate. I didn’t care to my weight. Paris always has the best chocolates. Can you imagine how delicious chocolate, cookies in Fauchon? I directly went to Fauchon is located on Place de la Madeleine, which has been home to this well-known deluxe delicatessen since 1886. Choose from an amazing array of the tastiest, most unusual and most expensive chocolates, cookies, biscuits and confectionery. I love all the fauchon’s products.

May 22, 2009

Still in 9 th arrondissement, there is Opéra Garnier, designed by Charles Garnier in the Neo-Baroque style. Its inauguration in 1875, its officially named the Académie Nationale de Musique - Théâtre de l'Opéra.

It has a total area of 11,000 square metres (118,404 square feet) and a vast stage with room for up to 450 artists. The auditorium itself comprises roughly half of the total space, most of the rest being used to house necessary logistical support so that the stage demands of any opera can be met and even surpassed. This can include live horses running on a rotating stage. The Opéra seats only 2,200.

I really fell in love when I entered this Opéra, when I saw the very magnificent ceiling, was painted in 1964 by Marc Chagall and the auditorium's central chandelier weighs over six tons. The ambiance of the building is magnificent. You will really enjoy this as I did.

Station on Paris metro: Opéra

May 21, 2009

I woke up in the morning. It was raining, but the sun ‘s still shining. I pour my café that I bought in Galeries Lafayette and I turn on the computer. I stopped for a while to read my e-mail from my friends.

The weather was good in the afternoon. I directly put my coat on and ready to go to Printemps. I needed to look for the dresses that inspired me. I already had a theme in my head to design an avant garde collection.

From the station metro Havrecaumartin which still in 9 th arrondissement. I entered the Printemps. I finally founded The Yohji Yamamoto collection, Hussein Chalayan, and other famous designers in the second floor.

Printemps (the meaning in English: spring) is also the famous department store in Paris. Founded in 1865 by Jules Jaluzot, located at 64, boulevard Haussmann. A remarkable feature of the Haussmann store is an elaborate stained glass cupola above the main restaurant in the store, installed for the 1923 rebuilding. In 1939, to avoid the risk that it would be destroyed in bombing attacks, the cupola was dismantled and stored at Clichy.

May 18, 2009

My mom called me. She wanted me to buy Karl Lagerfeld shoes. I tried to find that shoes. I founded them in Galeries Lafayette. It located at 40, boulevard Hausmann, 9 th arrondissement. If you want to buy several luxury brands in a short time, you can get them in Galeries Lafayette. Founded in 1893, Galeries Lafayette is not only well known for shopping, but also has a reputation for being one of the best sightseeing spots in Paris. The splendid glass dome of Neo-Byzantine style has been classified as a historical monument. It is an architectural landmark which attracts people from all over the world. The terrasse of the building offers a splendid panoramic view of the city.

Galeries Lafayette provide many customer services from around the world. For example, there is a Japanese girl want to buy something, but she can’t speak French neither English… so she can find the Japanese customer service to help her, and of course in Japanese language.

‘Lafayette Homme & Gourmet’ and ‘Lafayette Maison’, the main store, offer a vast array of ladies, men’s and children’s apparel, VO for young people, skincare products and cosmetics, food products, kitchenware, cooking utensils, table linen, crystalware, chinaware, and interior decoration items.

Station on Paris metro: Chaussee d’Antin La Fayette

May 16, 2009

Not surprisingly the line number 1 is the first line being from Porte de Vincennes to Porte Maillot. The metro opened on 19 july 1900. The system has 15 lines and 199 km (124 miles) of track. There are 368 stations (not including RER stations), 87 of these being interchanges between lines. Every building is within 500 metres of a metro station. There are 3500 cars which transport approximately 6 million people per day.

That’s why I like the line number 1. The cars pass from Grand Arche the La Defense to Château de Vincennes. The cars pass to some beautifull station, for example there is Louvre ambiance(museum ambiance) in Louvre-Rivoli,

The Châtelet station is my favourite too. When summer comes, many qualified musicians sing and play in this station. Châtelet has the longest interconnecting passageway between lines, with a 600-foot long moving sidewalk.