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June 2014 – Ally Maki

Month: June 2014

The Top 20 Things About My Trip to Paris

There’s no real way to describe my time in Paris other than truly magical. As corny as it sounds, experiencing Paris really does fulfill every part of a girl’s wishes and dreams in some crazy otherworldly fantastical way. Although there are so many memories, here are my Top 20.

  1. The train ride from London to Paris interestingly enough proved to be one of the MOST memorable parts of the whole trip. We were so delirious we were cracking up the WHOLE WAY THERE for no apparent reason, much to the annoyance of our cabin partners.

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2.  Train selfies

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3. This hilarious plate of train food. The most random plate of of food I’ve ever eaten. Coleslaw with shredded beef. Fruit compote and beets not one….but TWO ways! In block form and shredded. Because beets one way is never enough.

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4. You can drink espresso and eat madeleines at literally anytime of the day without feeling judged.

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5. The fact that there’s Chanel stores on nearly every other block like they’re Starbucks or something. NBD.

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6.When this epic moment happened and I tried on my first pair of Louboutins. I’m pretty sure I was sweating and couldn’t really breathe. #BGM

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7. Steak & Frites. The ultimate combination.

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8. Scary messages like this:

 

Scary message

 

9. Small restaurants tucked away on cobblestone streets.

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10. Midnight in Paris

Midnight in Paris

 

 

11. Madeleines.

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12. Crazy Horse. This EPIC burlesque show originated in Paris in 1951. The girls were so insanely talented and their bodies were bangin’. I left with such a changed view on the beauty of women’s bodies and sexuality as a whole. Such a revelation. P.S. Beyonce’s “Partition” video was taken move for move from one of their routines.

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12 1/2: Our forced upon glamour shots taken at the Crazy Horse and framed in 8X10 paper souvenir frames. SCORE!

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13. This spontaneously hilarious moment when a Chinese couple was taking wedding photos in the middle of the street next to us. We’re probably going to pop up in their wedding album somewhere in Asia, and I’m honestly ok with that. Chinese wedding in Paris

14. Room service galore at the Ambassador Hotel. The fresh squeezed orange juice was a highlight.

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15. Receiving room service like this.

 

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Colton as my waiter. Yes dreams do come true.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

16. The gardens surrounding the outside of the Louvre.

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17. Our pseudo picnic lunch we set up in the gardens. A must! There’s all kinds of carts that sell wine bottles and different sandwiches which you can just purchase and set up shop on blankets in the grass.

PIcnic selfie

Picnic selfie!

Nutella crepe

There’s nothing more satisfying then a Nutella crepe.

PIcnic food!

A meal fit for kings and queens!

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18. The Pyramid at the Louvre

The Pyramid

19. When this happened.

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20. And last but not least these sweet most amazing girls and anyone else we met there! Thanks for all the treats and recommendations!! xx.ally

Sweet girls!

You truly made the trip such a fun experience!

 

 

 

 

Victoria + albert museum

There’s just something about a day at the museum in a new country that really makes you feel like you’ve soaked up some of its true history and glory. You leave feeling more connected to the people, with a better understanding of who they are and how we can relate on one universally beautiful thing: art. Art comes in all cultures and is such a window into the soul of the people. Here’s some pics from our few hours at the Victoria and Albert Museum (or called the V&A for short) .

xx.ally

Natural History Museum

Took this pic as we walked by the Natural History Museum. Must go inside next time!

Mr. Dinosaur

Mr. Dinosaur in the grand foyer

sweet buns

Always down for some sweet buns.

Museum lunch

The best kind of lunch. Take and go! Mozzarella, basil, and salami baguette with fresh pressed apple juice from the museum cafe.

Haphazard tourist

A good tip for haphazard tourists like me.

Ed and Colt

We had the best tour guide and new friend, Mr. Ed H! Thanks Ed for the lovely day.

Candlestick

The Gloucester Candlestick

Stained glass

The stained glass is an absolute must see in person. The coloring is impeccable.

Christ Riding on the Ass

Work titled: “Christ Riding on the Ass”…no literally.

Photobomber

Love the photobomber dude is rockin’ the same pose as C. Made me laugh.

Gothic architecture.

Love the ornate gothic look.

Rodin

Rodin’s first large sculpture – 1876

Gym motivation

What I now look at every day before I head begrudgingly to the gym. Sigh.

Royal beanie

The original beanie for royal hipsters.

Not sure..

I’m just gonna be honest here. I have no idea what this is.

Royal flower crowns

Where Coachella kids got their style.

Modern art

Laptops are considered relics now? Shit, I feel old.

Ring circle

One of each, please.

More tea

More tea, because….well, it’s LONDON, DUH!

SNAPSHOTS: LONDON TRAVELS ♥

I may not have been many places in my certified “good girl” life, but I’m callin’ it that London may be one of my favorite places ever for a very long time for 3 reasons.

  1. Every single person is so insanely friendly it actually makes me want to strive to be a better person.
  2. You get to drink out of a treasure chest. (explanation below)
  3. One of the few places where you can experience the feeling of being somewhere completely new and exciting without having complete culture shock due to language barrier. Colt and I collected all sorts of new terminology we love to annoy our friends back home with: flat vs. apartment, gettin’ punchy (a sort of aggressive partying), and mate!
Here’s a few pics from my days in Londontown.
xx. ally
London Scenery

Just arrived! Taken on the drive from the airport to the Grosvenor House hotel.

Wine and Fruit

A beautiful welcome of aged white wine and fresh fruit to kickstart the trip.

Savile Row

It was so awesome to see Savile Row where some of the biggest designers and tailors got their start.

Architecture

More amazing architecture.

Oxford Circus

Incredible shopping at Oxford Circus.

mannequin posin'

Just posin’ with the rather tall Belinda the mannequin <3

Meh.

Meh.

Girls and tongues

They made me do it! #BGM

Gieves and Hawkes

So proud of Colt! His first fitting at Gieves and Hawkes – who make all the royal uniforms for the Royal Family, British Army, and Royal Navy.

Treasure chest

Definitely a highlight of the trip – dancing our FACES OFF at Mahiki. Clubbing in London is a whole new experience: it’s actually FUN! Here we are drinking champagne infused with tropical fruits out of a treasure chest. A TREASURE CHEST.

Old Friends

Old Friends.

New Friends

New Friends.

Diva moment.

Made him carry my bag. Having a diva moment. He loves it.