Thursday, 7 August 2008

Beautiful Paris


We visited the Paris Antique markets on our first day in Paris...they were amazing and I had to go back the next day as well as one day wasn't enough for me. I purchased some beautiful things here for both myself and the shop...


The ottoman and marble carving above were my most favourite pieces in the Palace of Versailles.


My favourite site in Paris was the Eiffel Tower {of course}...I loved seeing it peeping through the buildings all around Paris!!





We walked through the Luxembourg Gardens early one morning...so very pretty!








Visiting Laduree on the Champs Elysees where we had lunch was one of my favourite Paris experiences! I bought lots of beautiful things (2 bags full) and I have carted all the beautiful boxes home to keep forever. I plan to display them in a table scape at home. Of course just like many places we visited in Paris Laduree did not allow photographs however I managed to take a few before I was told and I couldn't resist taking some photos of the pretty bathroom!!


The Arc de Triomphe on the bustling Champs-Elysees...



How could we not go to the Moulin Rouge?


The Louvre was amazing! We went at 9.00pm at night which was fantastic as the crowds had left which made the experience so much more enjoyable!!


This was the inside of the most gorgeous old bookshop which we stumbled across in a street behind our hotel. I purchased a few very beautiful books here.

Hello again...I am back from my beautiful trip away and I am so happy to be home with my family and friends and as funny as it may sound I am so happy to be back at work! I thought I would share with you over the next few days some of my favourite photos from my trip. Today I give you Paris...beautiful, beautiful Paris & The Palace of Versailles which is just outside of Paris!! Enjoy!
All images - Anna Spiro - Paris 2008

37 comments:

pve design said...

You were missed.... terribly! I know you must have had a wonderful time. You must be very happy to be back home too! Your photos are beautiful.

Kylie said...

Anna, it all looks so gorgeous!! Looking forward to all you share. :) I'm very envious of all you've seen.

Christine said...

welcome back - you were missed but your photos are lovely.
Christine

Julia said...

Looks amazing! I would probably never leave these markets

For the Love of Cottage said...

I've never been to Paris but now I have seen it through someone else's eyes and it is truly beautiful. Thanks for sharing and can't wait for more.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Lisa D. said...

Your pictures look amazing - love Laduree! Did you have a chance to go to Fauchon? Have been to Paris myself a few times & the first time was a backpacker- so you could imagine! Welcome back!

Anne, anness said...

Oh so fun and pretty, i would love to visit Paris. Lovley blog u have.

anness

Modernzarn14 said...

those are really beautiful! Paris always has style i think...love all photo...and is that a box of scone? very colorful!!

girl meets glamour said...

This is a dream of mine to do some day, so inspiring. Thanks for sharing Anna!!

~Kate

la la Lovely said...

Anna- Beautiful pictures.. they are making my heart skip a beat and wishing I could back. I love your bathroom pic of Laduree., I took the exact same one!!!! Can't wait to see more pics. Enjoy being at home with your dear family!
Trina

di4art said...

I love your beautiful site! I have never been to Paris so I am seeing it through your eyes and really loving what I see! Can you tell me about the box of colorful goodies? .... Diana

MichelleandWinstontheWestie said...

I'm inspired to go to Paris! You've talked me into it- I've got to go next year!!! :)

corine @ Hidden In France said...

Lovely images. Saying I wish i was there is an understatement.

Mari said...

I love Paris!! Thank you for the great photos! I have just remembered how wonderful paris is and how much I want to go back!!!

Mango Gal said...

Welcome back!!! So glad you had a great time, your pictures are beautiful!

kiwiScrap said...

from your lips to my ears *LOL* I am off to Europe next week and I have all the details of all the markets I want to visit!!

Both in Paris and London... now if I could just find some in Rome and Venice I would be set!

Glad you posted about Laduree - I had not heard of that place -and did not see it when I was there last time - so will make sure to visit this time!

Cheers (a kiwi living in the US)

Freshly Found said...

How lovely. I was also in Paris, but for 2 short jam-packed days! It really is a wonderful city.

ZuKi said...

Hello! I'm so happy that I found your blog, actually it was an accident but I like your blog very much! So optimistic, so nice!And of course these fabulous photos of Paris ,which I'm mad about!
I shall visit your site more often to get positive emotions and find new ideas for my interior.
Thank you!

I *Heart* You said...

what gorgeous pictures! i could look at that one of the macaroons all day!

SimplyGrove said...

WOW, it all looks amazing!!! Welcome back! YOu were missed

FancyPants-design said...

Gorgeous!! Oh so jealous!! ;)

Keren @ The Cupcake Company said...

oh Paris is always so delightful.

That bookshop is divine! I want to curl up on the floor with a mocha and devour the pages.

Thanks so much for sharing.

Keren
xx

Villa Anna said...

Anna, those photo's are amazing! It so frustrating to think of all the things I didn't buy while I was there and it's not just an hour away by car to go back. I bought a little box of Laduree macaroons and kept the bag as well but I wish I had bought more in different colours and sizes. My other regret was a lovely vintage chocolates tin with the champs elysees featured from one of those little stalls along the seine. I even have it on camera as I held it in my hand but stupidly put it back. ARGH!!

I can't wait to see more of your purchases.

Anna :)

Camilla @ Designalogue said...

There is just to much gorgeousness for me to process and absorb in just one sitting! This is a return to post for sure!!!

Livet i träsket said...

Lovely photos, reminds me of when I lived in Paris in 94, 95 & 98. I love thar city and hope to go back soon with my family this time!! Love your blog!

Willytheprince said...

Although I've never lived there, I somehow feel homesick. I am French at heart. Beautiful!

Adla said...

Gorgeous, such a beautiful holiday, Loving the Laduree tea house.

AnastasiaC said...

Beautiful photos Anna!! i cant wait to visit Paris again...so much beauty all around!

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

welcome back! we missed you!

pinkstilettos said...

Wow! How I would love to take a vacation there. It looks so gorgeous. The Laduree treats look so delicious. What are they exactly? Is it cookies or some sort of cake? Have you ever taken a trip to the U.S.A? This is where I am from. Well, good to see you back blogging again. Daisy~

annechovie said...

Love your photos, Anna! So glad you visited Laduree! I can't wait to see your tablescape with the boxes - genius idea!

Marnie said...

love laduree too - check out the blog: paris breakfasts - she features a water color a day - often a painting of laduree boxes and/or macaroons

Christine said...

Can you please tell me which antique market this is in Paris? I am in Paris and would love to know. I've been to Les Puces de St. Ouen-- is this where you were?

Anna Spiro said...

Hi Christine, yes I went to Les Puces de St. Ouen!
Annaxx

Anna Spiro said...

Thanks everyone! Yes, Paris was great!!
xx
Anna

Jen said...

I love Paris so much! The Eiffel Tower twinkling at night is "my happy place". :)

Cote de Texas said...

Aw chat!

I just looked at all your vacation pictures - how wonderful they are! I could have looked for another hour more. I'm glad you had a great time, but then again I knew you would! The ones from Aix were my favorite - that cafe outside, the fountains, I want to go !!!