From Paris with love…

I hadn’t been to Paris for almost four years before my last trip. In 2014 I took my granny to Paris and before that I think it was in 2009 when I spent two weeks in pretty Paris plus every other weekend for a few months. That was when I had a boyfriend who moved from London to Paris. And before that… it must have been as part of a student trip when the Economics & Econometrics student association that I was part of (yes, I had a fair share of nerdy times) went to Paris to visit the OECD and, I believe, the IMF. This is so long ago I can’t even remember. Well and before that… it was with my parents who took me there a couple of times when I was a teenager :)

Long story short, this time it was a girls trip.

Parc Monceau

I took the Eurostar from London to Paris and arrived a few hours before the rest of the girls. So I decided to spend the day in Parc Monceau, drinking coffee, eating croissants and reading my book.

Let the Girls’ Weekend Begin..

We all stayed at my friend’s place who recently moved to Paris. Once everyone had arrived at night, we went for dinner in a tapas place (don’t remember the name) and then had cocktails at a hidden bar (you had to pass by a cooling room for meat to get to the bar). I have also forgotten that name. Sorry guys. It was probably one of the speakeasy bars.

We started quite early the next day mostly due to the fact that my friend’s cute little daughter decided to ask for entertainment around 9 am. So after playing with little Julia we got ready and left the house by noon. The first stop was shopping.

If you ever wanted to wait on the other side of the shopping street and read your emails while leaning against a building that could potentially be an embassy, don’t.. 

.. because you will be greeted by a lovely guy that carries around a super huge machine gun!

I first didn’t see the guy’s face but only saw the machine gun. So you can imagine what my initial thoughts were…  but then, when he realised that I was just a tourist girl waiting for her friends to finish shopping, he was very nice and explained in broken English that this side of the street is not open to the public. Then I remembered that I did cross a little barrier to get there. Oops.

Shopping can be so exhausting! Duh. So headed over to Place de la Concorde and had cocktails at Hotel de Crillon. I instantly fell in love with the interior of the hotel. Even the bathroom was stunning.

Later that night we had cocktails at Hotel Plaza Athenee before heading over to the club at Matignon.

The Day After

I love to sleep in after a night out. This of course doesn’t work when you are woken up by little angel Julia around 8am. To be fair it the cutest way to wake up. She starts humming and singing and after a while adds a few ‘Maman?’ to the mix. So adorable.

Once we had given up on sleep we headed over to Monmartre and Sacre Coeur. Later that night it was time to go back to London again. Bye, bye pretty Paris.

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

We had an early start on Sunday to make most of the last day of skiing. Half of our group already finished around noon after which Michael, Paul and I headed over again to ski down the black piste. This one was even more fun than the day before as it had snowed more over night and there was lots of new snow on the slope. I didn’t know that powder-skiing is so much fun! The bumpy,  steep part of the black piste was like a playground where almost everyone who decided to ski down, slipped as least once. Yet falling down was like landing on a soft pillow so it wasn’t too bad after all.

Pretty Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Black Piste

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Time for Lunch And Then One More Black Piste Run

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Back down to the gondola station

Doesn’t this village look gorgeous? I’m not used to have a lot of snow at home (especially not in London!) so I couldn’t get enough of this view and had to stop on the side of the slope to take loads (!) of photos :)

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

Les Carroz Grand Massif Skiing Photos Winter Wonderland

To see the photos of the first and super sunny day of skiing, click here, and for the second day, click here.

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

The second day of skiing was super cloudy with not much sun at all. But it had snowed over night and the snow conditions on the slopes were even better than the day before. It was a bit colder so I decided to wear 4 layers instead of two. After a couple of hours of skiing we headed to L’Anfionne and all had hot chocolate – so good, especially the ones that came with a shot :) Later during the day, Paul, Michael and I decided to take the black piste that looked so pretty from the lift.. it was very pretty but much more exhausting than I thought.

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

The morning view in Les Carroz :)

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Welcome to Winter Wonderland!

Doesn’t it look so cute and idyllic? It must be so nice to spend Christmas here. Especially if you are usually used to rainy instead of white Christmas..

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Hot Chocolate on the Slopes..

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Black Piste – The First Run

So it turns out that the black pistes are not as well prepared as the other slopes. For this black piste this resulted in a bumpy, powdery slope with black steepness. Fun. Though it would have been much more fun if my knees were just a little bit stronger (like at least 10x stronger..). Then I would be able to ski down in one go rather than having little breaks after 4 to 5 turns. Paul (our friend who was born on skis) did not really need any of these breaks but he was patiently adjusting to our speed. Also I think it must have looked incredibly funny to see everyone fall down at least once. And yes, also Paul slipped (ha!) and there was another guy on skis who started to ski down so beautifully and then fell down head first into snow haha. He was fine, but lost both of his skis and had a hard time getting them back on his feet.. :)

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France

Skiing in Les Carroz Grand Massif Photos France