Posts Tagged With: Swarovski

Exploring Charles de Gaulle Airport

8/6/11

I see my suitcase get unloaded. At least I know it made it to Paris. I take the shuttle to my correct terminal. I use the restroom and have to go through security. Their security is worse than New York’s. They wind up breaking the wheel on my carry on. That bag had lasted through a 12 day trip to Israel and a 9 day trip to Egypt (not to mention all my little side trips) only to break due to a careless security agent. Not cool. Time for my broken suitcase and I to explore the airport.

I look for my mom’s makeup first. They don’t have it. I then look for postcards. I buy some individual ones and a book of them. I also get a magnet, chocolate, and a mini Eiffel Tower. I want to buy a book on Versailles and another one on Paris, but I decide not to get them. I buy two pretty prints of Paris. I go to the food court, which sucks. I buy water and pita bread. I try to go to the lounge and get rudely denied despite having all the right cards to get in. Thus, I sit and wait in a chair for five hours. I eventually buy macaroons at La Maison Du Chocolat. They are expensive, but I hope they are worth it. I still feel sick and I am beyond exhausted at this point. I stop by Swarovski to take a look and to tell my mom I saw it.

They eventually begin to board us. However, we don’t get far when we find out that our plane has issues and we need a new one. No idea how long that will be. We switch to a different gate. I’ve been up for 15 hours after a week of no sleep and 14 of those hours have been spent traveling. I am tired and bored out of my mind. I decide to buy the Paris book to keep me awake. Two hours later we get a plane and board. Thank goodness because otherwise they were going to make us stay overnight at the airport and take a plane in the morning.

Macaroons

 

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Once Upon a Time in Steveston

6/9/13

We headed out to Steveston so I could see the town where they film Once Upon a Time. We took a 30 min train ride and then transferred to a bus. The bus ride was another 20 mins or so. Our first stop in Steveston was a chocolate place. They gave my mom a chocolate cup. I wanted to buy the #1 teacher chocolate bar, but there was no price. We then went to the Candy Dish where I bought two Once Upon a Time maps. My mom bought some salt water taffy which wound up being very good. We went into some thrift and consignment shops. We also went into a couple souvenir shops. Everything was overpriced. Tax was crazy, 12%. We went to their popular places to eat such as Outpost Doughnuts, Bell’s Bakeshop, and Sara’s Old Fashioned Ice Cream. Nothing really looked good and everything was expensive so we didn’t get anything.

Then we did the Once Upon a Time sites. We saw the library, pet shelter, clock store, pub, pharmacy, shoe store, post office, Mr. Gold’s Pawn Shop, Archie’s office, Mary Margaret’s front porch, and Granny’s diner. I enjoyed seeing it all but wished they left some more of the decoration up. I also wish they sold souvenirs. You could only buy a $30 t-shirt, a $25 tote, a $6 postcard, and an overpriced pin. I bought the pin. I wanted the shirt and postcard but it was too much money. We used the bathroom at Starbucks and boarded the bus.

Once in Richmond we stopped to go to a mall. We want to an overpriced pharmacy and we visited Swarovski. We used the restroom and boarded the train.

We went to Vancouver Lookout. We were informed that despite them closing 4 hrs early we would still have to pay full price. I had a $2 off coupon for my mom and I got in as a youth. It was $27, which we thought was a lot. We look the glass elevator up, which was very cool. The view was amazing, but not worth the money. We liked looking at the mountains. I got two press a pennies. I used their free wifi to check in with some people and so did my mom.

We got back to our hotel in time for appetizers at the Regency Club. I had mozzarella balls, garlic bread, and bruschetta.

We went back to our room to unwind and could barely keep our eyes open. We were waiting for 8pm which was dessert. We watched Storage Wars and the Bachelorette while we waited.

Dessert was cookies, lemon bars, and chocolate mini cakes. I had everything but the lemon bars. At 9pm we heard a loud noise that sounded like fireworks, but wasn’t. We couldn’t figure out what it was. We climbed into bed and watched the Tony’s until 10pm.

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Strolling down the Champs-Élysées

July 28 2012

We started walking down Rue di Ravoli. Everyone told us this was the street with great food and shops. Originally we had planned on taking this block all the way back to our hotel. However, that would have been an hour walk. We were tired and still had a lot to see. So we decided to take it until we got super tired.

We passed a lot of bakeries and picked up some water and sweets at Paul. Everything looked so good! I just wish things were cheaper. We went into some clothing stores and eventually decided it was time to take the metro. We hopped on the metro at Saint Paul and got out at the Arc de Triomphe. We took some pictures and observed the crazy traffic circle it was on. I knew from reading posts online that you can’t cross the traffic circle and instead you need to use the underground tunnel. Once inside the tunnel there was a long line. I was so glad we didn’t have to wait on it because we had the museum pass. The tunnel was hot and smelled. Once out of the tunnel we were rushed into the staircase to climb to the top.

There were several levels within the Arc. They contained a gift shop and a bathroom. We visited both. The bathroom was very small. The stairs weren’t as bad as Notre Dame. We got to the top and were greeted with the wonderful view. There were a lot of people so you had to be patient for a perfect picture. It had a great view of the Eiffel Tower.

We climbed back down and took some pictures at the base of the Arc. Then we intended to take the Ave des Champs-Élysées all the way back to the neighborhood of our hotel. We window shopped until we got to Swarovski. My mom had me take pictures of her on the very cool crystal stairs. We people watched and I was starting to get really hungry. We passed some teen clothing store that had two hunky guys outside to draw the girls in. There was a big group of girls standing outside flirting with them. We stopped to see the Grand Palais and Petit Palais, which we were supposed to see after Les Invalides, but were too tired to. At this point my feet were killing me so we decided to hop on the metro and take it to where we were going to eat dinner.

I read about a place called Pastapapa. It sounded and looked delicious plus it was reasonably priced. There was a deal for a drink, pasta, and dessert. I ordered a big bottle of water and got penne alfredo. The penne alfredo was huge!!!!!!!! My mom helped me out with it and we still had some leftovers. It was the best pasta I have ever had! My mom agreed. There was a couple next to us eating penne with salmon which looked incredible. They ordered a chocolate caramel ice cream cake. It looked good so we ordered it as well. It was so yummy! GREAT DINNER! We went back to the hotel and soaked our feet. Then went straight to bed.

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