Thursday

Parisian Honeymoon (part two)

On Thursday morning, we had planned to go to the Louvre but decided to ditch it for the Paléontologie museum and exploring instead.
Our first stop was cité de la mode et du design, not for the modern art but purely for a photobooth session or two. We tried to find these last year but we ran out of time. But there it was at the top of the stairs, 2 Euros a time.
Once we were satisfied with our black and white strips we headed to the Muséum National d'Historie Naturelle to visit the Paléontologie et Anatomie Comparée.
This day was the hottest day of the whole trip. 38 degrees and we were melting from the moment we woke up... sadly this museum was not air conditioned. However we were prepared, in a dress and a pair of shorts Sebastian and I browsed the grand, sunlit room and stood in awe of all the bones.
The walls were adorned with spectacular skeletons hanging in glass cabinets, each skeleton or skull labelled in beautiful french handwriting. The middle of the room was reserved for the larger mammals. Whales, elephants, giraffes, mammoths. It was stunning. I don't know what it is about staring into cabinets of fragile bones and preserve jars of deformed species that really inspires me. I wished I had a notepad and pencil (& air conditioning) with me as I would have happily spent the whole day sketching. It fascinates me so.
In my element, we spent time ogling each cabinet and skull before heading toward our next destination.
We hopped on a metro to Rue du Bac to visit the famous garden shop-come-treasure trove of curiosities; Deyrolle. Deyrolle is a light sophisticated garden shop with botanical prints, fancy garden ware and pretty pots, but the back of the store has a spiral staircase that leads to a level of dimly-lit rooms filled with Taxidermy.
A gorgeous stuffed Zebra, with a grand price tag, greeted us at the stairwell and his friends too were dotted around the place. Another room led us to the ultimate cabinet of curiosities. Wooden drawers with glass tops showcased beautiful butterflies, pastel winged moths, shiny beetles, little flies and huge fuzzy spiders. I was genuinely in awe. I wished I could have taken photos (we weren't allowed!) because it was just amazing. I yearned to buy a selection of bugs for 20 Euros but the display boxes were too expensive. But one day, one day I'll be back to purchase some.
After a morning spent looking at bones and bugs, we headed toward the Eiffel Tower in search for photobooth number 2.
We got lost finding the Palais de Tokyo but we finally found it and had to stop for refreshments before doing anything else.
Once we felt less hot and sweaty and more normal and chilled, I ran to the photobooth and dragged Sebastian in with me. It was great fun. I had a lovely conversation with a French family too whilst we waited for the photos- the children were so excitable!
Once we had a couple of sessions in the booth, we hopped out and headed to the Trocadero to spy the gorgeous Eiffel Tower views. After sufficient amount of photos of the beauty, we headed towards the tower for a drink and a chocolate crepe by the Seine.
Feeling satisfied and relaxed, we had a little wander around the area and headed back to Bastille for some dinner.
We ended up sharing (the most delicious) mac and cheese and frites in the restaurant directly below our apartment and it was lovely. I really do admire Europe and their love for eating outside. Not one person is sat inside eating! It's so refreshing. We sipped our cola and beer and chatted happily about the following day's plans as well as future plans.

15 comments:

  1. Oh I must go to that museum!! And I recognise that angle in your last photo :P xx

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  2. This looks like such a perfect day!! xx

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  3. I've only been to Paris in the winter, it looks stunning in sunshine. The photo booths remind me of Amelie, such a cute thing to do.
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  4. I just love all your photographs Charlotte! Sounds like you had a wonderful day x

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  5. I definitely think you made a good call there - animals over art any day of the week for me! These photos are beautiful - i love the one with the Eiffel Tower and the Carousel. Sounds like the most wonderful trip, hope it was as nice as it looked :)
    Ps: I have to ask - where is the gorgeous dress in the first photo from? I love the pattern of it!

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  6. Gorgeous pictures! That museum looks really interesting. I've never visited Paris but I would love to someday as it looks so lovely. :)
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  7. Ooh I adore the Paléontologie et Anatomie Comparée! It's so fascinating, and eerily beautiful. Sounds like you had a really lovely second day. I think I said it on the last post too, but this makes me really want to go back to Paris!

    xx Mimmi, Muted Mornings

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  8. Looks sooo amazing! And I love your hat too!

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  9. Wow looks amazing =]

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  10. Thanks for sharing. Looks like you packed loads into your days.

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  11. Oh wow! love the photo booth :) I absolutely adore Paris, my parents used to own a place out there and I'd visit all the time, I really miss it now!

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  12. Omg, I love your travel photos so much. They're the second best thing to actually being in Paris! I'm glad you had such a wonderful trip. xo

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  13. I love your photos and wish I was in paris this summer too!

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  14. Looks so beautiful! Paris is amazing! I love the look of the skulls and bones so creepy but fascinating!

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