Saturday, 17 May 2014

A Postcard from Paris with La Redoute - La Première Partie

Postcards from Paris with La Redoute
At last I can share with you my photos from my fabulous trip to Paris last week with La Redoute as their brand ambassador! I have so many images that I've decided to split the three days up as I don't want to publish just one photo-heavy post and slow down load time for you - look out for the second one next weekend, and the third the weekend after that. 

So after winning La Redoute's competition to find two brand ambassadors for 12 months (I still can't believe I won!), I had very little time to choose outfits, pack a bag and get myself up to London to catch the Eurostar straight through to Paris. I met the two wonderful girls Sarah and Annie (our chaperones for the three days) at St. Pancreas station early on the Thursday morning, and as the other winner Nicolette of Archie & the Rug is based in Paris a few days a month, we arranged to meet her at Gare du Nord at the other end. An itinerary had been drawn up for us, so we didn't have to worry about where to eat or how to get places... it had all been done for us, and with lots of free time as well.


I cannot thank La Redoute enough for such a wonderful trip - it was so well organised and the four of us had the most wonderful time. I couldn't have asked for three nicer girls to spend my time with... the thought of spending three days with people I'd never met before was a little worrying (who knows whether you'll get on?) - but I'm being totally honest when I say we got on brilliantly. Nicolette and I were provided with goody bags and spending money, so all we had to do was enjoy our three days - I hope the great time we had comes across in the photos... here we go!


Hotel Gabriel, Paris
We stayed in the Hotel Gabriel in Le Marais and we each had our own rooms which were tiny but absolutely beautiful - and just right for one. I love staying in boutique hotels if I get the chance, and this place was just lovely.

Pastels in Paris
This was the outfit I travelled up in - pastels overload in my La Redoute pink heart motif sweater and M&S mint trousers. Loafers were essential for comfort.

Scallops at Huitres et Saumons de Passy, Paris
After lunch and a bit of a rest in our rooms we went for dinner at Huitres et Saumons de Passy, a really small but wonderful seafood restaurant with the friendliest staff and the most delicious scallops ever. Of all the restaurants we ate in during our stay, there was only one place with staff that weren't friendly (not even a thank you at the end) - so I found it was something of a misconception that you get terrible service in Paris. They do of course love their food, so they go to great lengths to describe what everything is made of and want you to enjoy it... we found them all really accommodating and helpful.

So after dinner we headed to - of course - the Eiffel Tower for a trip up in the lift and timed so that we'd see the light show on the hour. It's covered in Christmas tree-style lights that twinkle on the hour every hour at night - see my Instagram video here of the light show. Just stunning.


The Eiffel Tower at night
The Eiffel Tower at night
If you've not been to Paris or visited the Eiffel Tower before, you'll be amazed at just how enormous it is. I often find that many famous landmarks in the world are much smaller "in the flesh" than they appear to be (Stonehenge, the Statue of Liberty, the Little Mermaid), but la Tour Eiffel is big. It may be because you can stand underneath and still see it - how many structures or buildings can you do that with? - so you get this amazing sense of its enormous size and beauty. I can thoroughly recommend going at night to see the light show, though if, like me, you don't have much of a head for heights, you may find the lift kind of terrifying, and the walk around the top level (with the strongest wind you may ever experience) petrifying... apart from that, you'll be fine!

The view of Paris at night was breathtaking. I have been to the city twice before but not yet for a romantic trip; the first time was with my parents when I was a teenager, and the second was when I was a teacher and we took the children (late teens) on a trip there. I must do it one day for romantic reasons. It is the city of love, after all.


Part two next weekend... our "boutiques of Paris" shopping extravaganza and the best macarons known to mankind. Have you been to Paris - and did you see the Eiffel Tower at night? Or do you have dreams of going there one day? Do share in the comments!


Catherine x
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Sweater: c/o La Redoute, Trousers: c/o Marks & Spencer, Loafers: c/o Lotus Shoes (on the day I also wore a scarf c/o La Redoute, Bag c/o La Redoute, Trench c/o Laura Ashley)





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I am a brand ambassador for La Redoute after winning a competition to find two bloggers to represent the brand for 2014-15. La Redoute paid for the trip and all expenses. All content is original, however, and opinions are my own and 100% honest.

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25 comments

  1. I really miss it! Can we do it again? ;) xxx

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    1. Awww Annie how nice would that be??!!! Thank you for making the trip so wonderful - it was a pleasure to meet you both and spend those three days with you...! xoxo

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  2. I've never had the pleasure of a visit to Paris and the Eiffel Tower, dear Catherine...but I've been to the observation deck of Toronto's CN Tower many times, and it always scared the pants off me!! I get very woozy with heights, too; but if I ever make it to the "City of Love," I wouldn't miss a trip to the top of La Tour for anything!! So beautiful (and waaay more romantic than the CN Tower...no matter whom you're travelling with!!) XO

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  3. Of course I'm not jealous!!! It sounds wonderful, can't wait for part 2 x

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  4. Your sweater is too cute!!!

    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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  5. Great photos Catherine. I hope you enjoyed your trip. I'm not one for heights either, I had to close my eyes when were going up in the Eiffel Tower lift :)

    Take care,
    Daniella xox

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    1. Hehe I had my head down for most of it, Daniella, but then I was desperate to look at the view... and then looked back at the floor again (this went on for a while)...! x

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  6. I absolutely love a good photograph - Love the header picture and the last photograph of the tower. It looks very imposing and atmospheric all lit up.
    Its going to be a long week waiting for part two...
    :0)
    Paul

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    1. Aww thanks Paul, so much! I don't often get to publish photos taken by myself, so that's a nice compliment x

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  7. Beautiful pictures, Catherine. Looks like the prettiest place in the world there! I too enjoy a boutique hotel, for the change of pace. xox

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  8. loveeee the photos and everything about Paris. sounds you have a great time, there. Thank for share. :)

    xo,Riris!
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  9. What a cosy room! Great pics! I miss Paris!
    XO
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.blogspot.fr

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    1. It was definitely cosy, Jeanne - but perfectly formed. And really beautiful!

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  10. I'm so happy for you! It must be such a refreshing experience! ^_^ Can't wait to see the boutiques!

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  11. LOVE that heart sweater! So cute! And I've never been to Paris so I'm definitely a little jealous... Happy travels!

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  12. This is so exciting! I absolutely love Paris and your photos are always stunning so I can't wait to see some more. As ever, - love your pastels and choice of sweater x

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  13. I went with my parents to Paris after living in Spain for a year! The Eiffel Tower at night is seriously breath taking! Pictures do not do it justice.
    Katelyn // Relatively Offbeat

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    1. Completely agree with you on that one, Katelyn!!

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  14. I have only been to Paris once and it is so long ago. Thank you for these impressions, the Eiffel tower photos +video are amazing! And I love that cute hotel room, so special.
    I really look forward to reading more about your time with La Redoute in Paris!

    xo
    Annette | Lady of Style

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  15. Looks like you had a wonderful time! I went to Paris with work last year but didn't get to do much sight seeing. We did go to a wonderful restaurant called La Casita and the service was lovely. I went up the Eiffel Tower a couple of years before that when I went with uni and we weren't allowed to the top as it was too windy!
    Mia
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    www.prettyeclectic.co.uk

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    1. The wind when we went up the top was INSANE, Mia - but I still went outside!!

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  16. How wonderful you got on so well. Indeed that is abit worrysome if you have never met. And Paris... Ah yes.. I have been there at least 15 times. The first time with my husband, when we had just fallen in love with eachother. Indeed, it was very romantic.
    Greetje

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  17. You look fab in those pastel assembles. Definitely taking Paris with style =)
    I love Paris! No matter how many times I've been there, I still love it just as much. My dream came true few years back when I was there for 10 days and I did all the touristy stuff. After that when I return to Paris, it feels like home and so at ease.

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