Paris, the city of love! <3

Bonjour from the city of love, Paris! This week, I present to you a quick ready reckoner on how you can spend a weekend in Paris. Of course, a weekend is not enough but if you’re on a busy Euro trip or live in Europe and want a weekend getaway, then this one’s for you!

When you think Paris, what do you visualize? For most of you it’s the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, and Arc Dr Triomphe, right? Damn right! Paris is a city that is steeped in history and has the unique distinction in being a city that is both a bustling metropolis, and a city that makes you feel like you’re going back in history, and all in the centre of the city!

Before we drove to Paris, I had prepared a list of a few must-dos in Paris and my list read as follows:

  1. A hotel room with an Eiffel tower view
  2. The Eiffel tower and getting to the top of it
  3. Louvre
  4. Champs Elysees! (And visit the world’s first ever Sephora store, woot woot!)
  5. Arc De Triomphe

I wanted our weekend to be relaxed yet fun so I did not want to do beyond the must-do things. We stayed at the Hyatt Regency in Etoile and I highly recommend this hotel because it has the most fabulous rooms of the Eiffel tower.

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I mean, just see the above picture. I took it on my iphone 7 camera without a filter and needless to say, I was mind blown!

On day 1, we had an embassy appointment in the morning so we got free by lunch time, post which we walked to the Arc De Triomphe. Another plus point of this hotel is that most of the landmarks are within walking distance and I have always enjoyed exploring cities on foot so I always live at the city centre as more often than not, the landmarks and other ‘must see’ places are near the centre centre.

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Us, at the Arc De Triomphe

Post that, we walked to the mighty ‘La Tour Eiffel’ (Yes, it is around 20 minutes from the Arc De Triomphe but you won’t realize it)

I think words cannot do justice to how beautiful the Eiffel tower is. My husband loved it but it was his second visit to Paris and he was not overwhelmed by it (and as excited as I was). Once you’re at the Eiffel tower, I strongly urge you to go to the top of it. There are 4 gates (North, South, East and West) and the lines outside each gate move quickly and before you know it, you have your ticket to the summit.

So the Eiffel tower as you can see is slanted to a particular level and then straight so you take 2 elevators. The first one moves at an angle, and check this video out from the same! It was so much fun.

Once you’ve finished the first elevator ride then you have stunning views of Paris from level 1, however we are not done yet! We spent around 15 minutes there and then took an elevator to the Eiffel summit and OMG! it is the most beautiful view that I have ever seen! In addition to the gorgeous view of Paris, there is champagne created by none of than Celebrity Chef Alain Ducasse served there in the cutest champagne flutes that I have ever seen!

Check us clinking our glasses on the Summit in the below video! πŸ˜€

 

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Another gorgeous view of the Eiffel #NoFilter
Post the Eiffel visit, we walked around Champs Elysees with some yummy ‘Glace’ (Ice cream in French) and visited the world’s first ever Sephora store and boy! With its red carpet entry and numerous brands, I was mind blown!

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That’s me being super excited outside the Sephora store and seems like the man behind me cannot for the love of God figure out what’s going on. Haha!

And now we come to the gorgeous Louvre. The streets leading to Louvre are beyond stunning and it was again just a 20 minute walk, and what’s interesting about this walk is that the road is filled with several gorgeous boutiques of both big and small designers. For the style and fashion aficionado, it is a dream come true! Also special mention to the gardens outside the Louvre, it makes for such a gorgeous pathway before you see the majestic piece of art, that is the Louvre.

PS: There is an ice cream kiosk, in that garden and they sell the most delicious ice cream ever, so don’t forget to try it. Also Paris is so hot in the summers that I bet most of you anyway will πŸ˜‰

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So have a stellar weekend guys, do let me know if land up going to Paris and for any travel tips, and tricks you can always reach out to me via my blog or Instagram!

Au revoir and A bientot! xoxo

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One thing that baffles most people about me is my inability to get jet lagged. Yes, I have flown a variety of routes and numerous times too and a few examples are Mumbai- New York, Seattle- Mumbai, Manchester- Mumbai, Mumbai- Cancun and Seattle- Luxembourg (Which I took day before yesterday) and as you know all of the above flights are 10 hours or longer with the Mumbai-Cancun flight clocking up to almost 30 hours with layovers.

So many flights and not once did you get jet lagged, you ask? I say NO and now I’ll tell you my tricks which can be incredibly helpful for you to be able to start work or start exploring the moment you reach your destination without avoid any jet lag whatsoever!

PS: As I said above, I flew in from Seattle to Frankfurt to Luxembourg just day before yesterday and here I am fresh with no trace of jet lag so you can take my word on these tips πŸ˜‰

  1. Always (as much as possible) pick a flight that lands into the incoming country at night, so that way you are tired when you land and can go to sleep immediately. Once you do that you are adjusted to that country’s time zone (Yup, even if you’re flying first class and have amazing beds at your disposal to sleep, resist the urge and watch a movie or two instead)
  2. Now yes, I know that you can’t always get a flight that lands at night because of numerous reasons so hack number 2 is to adjust your sleep pattern to the incoming country’s sleep pattern the moment you get in to the aircraft. So yes, if you’re flying a Mumbai – Seattle route and your flight takes off at 10 pm (It is 9:30 am in Seattle then so work accordingly), get some apple juice (Again a great alternative to coffee as it keeps you hydrated, yet awake) and stay up for around 12 hours till the time you land. Now I know that it can extremely tough to be up for so long, so what I do is I sleep but I keep an alarm. I sleep for 3-4 hours so that I get my sleep but still need more when I land in Seattle.
  3. Avoid alcohol and coffee on the flight: I say this because alcohol will make you fall asleep (I once was really tempted to get a glass and it made me sleep for 6 hours on a Paris-Mumbai flight) and thus when you land, there are high chances that your sleep schedule goes for a toss. But yes, I know that it can be really tempting to relax and have a glass of wine on the flight so I suggest have the glass of wine at the start of the flight when you’re not too tired because from personal experience the more tired I am, the quicker the wine makes me go to sleep and yes, the more tired I am, the longer the wine makes me sleep.
  4. In case you have no option but to book a flight that lands in the destination country in the morning (See, the staying awake plan works perfectly albeit leaving you a bit tired if you land in the afternoon or evening) then I suggest you sleep really well on the flight, and don’t worry I got tips for that too πŸ˜€
    – Carry an eye patch no matter what. I need it to be pitch dark to sleep, and the eye patch makes it darker so as to make your drift to sleep immediately.
    – Carry a travel pillow so that your neck feels comfortable (Though sometimes when I am sleepy, I can sleep just about anywhere)
    – If your flight involves a layover or 2 (Yes I have done that and it feels like death), and you’re flying coach, make sure you have a lounge membership via Priority pass or Lounge key so that you can rest and spend a few peaceful moments on your layover. Also, a lot of these lounges have sleeping pods and areas so as to make you feel refreshed. (Here’s looking at you Abu Dhabi) So if your flight lands in the morning, then definitely make use of these.
  5. The moment you reach your destination (And if you have landed in the morning or afternoon) head out and get some sunlight (Yes I know that if you have to go in for a meeting you can’t do that, but get some sunshine at every chance you get) because staying indoor worsens jet lag. Sunlight is a powerful stimulant that makes you adjust to the destination’s time zone easily. I did exactly that when I landed in Luxembourg and have adjusted to my 10:30- 7 am sleeping routine from day 2. (The first day I slept at 9 pm and woke up by 7 am).

Keeping up with the spirit of the article, I am sharing some of my favorite airport (and non airport) pictures! πŸ™‚

So write in to me with your favorite travel and beating jet lag tips, and I would love to hear from you! Happy weekend! πŸ™‚ xoxo

 

#OOTDFashFriday

Hello lovely people,

Let’s have some fun with my ##OOTDFashFriday section this friday. More than my look, I am focusing on my gorgeous smoky eye today created by Nage after an amazing skin prep session by Tatcha!

Typically I go in for a shaded brown or metallic eyeshadow which is perfect for the day, but today I am going in for a night look and hence Nage created a literal ‘smoky’ eye. Haha!

This look can be very tricky for the day and it is a tough look to create because the eyelid is a very small part and the eye shadow should be applied so as to not make your eyes look messy.Β Nage started prepping my skin with Tatcha post which she applied a very light foundation (The Laura Mercier candle glow foundation which I love!).

The elaborate smoky eye was done before the foundation though, and this is a tip that I recommend to everyone out there. You know why? Because when doing an elaborate look on the eye, very small chunks of eye make up can fall on your cheeks and if your foundation is already done, then it will have to anyway be redone, so it is best to do your foundation at the very end, just before applying your lip color.

Post the smoky eye, Nage gave me a very neutral pink color with a hue of pink with the Huda beauty Venus lip color + some MAC relentlessly red on that (For the pinkish hue) post which I applied some clear gloss from my crystal lipstick.

And ladies and gentlemen, that’s all there is to such a glam look! You can be done in under 30 minutes πŸ˜€

So do try out this look and let me know what you think! Till then, happy weekend and much love! xoxo

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