Sky High in Paris

The day started as all of our Parisian days start; with a stroll.

We ambled to a brasserie where we sat happily on rickety chairs that lined the pavement. We ate crumbly croissants & gulped frothy cappuccinos, quietly watching the world go by.

Then we did a little more walking.

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We took our time and hand in hand chattered away, meandering through the streets.

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ASOS Playsuit // French Sole Slippers

Victoria Beckham Sunnies // Tiger Cuff // Silver May Necklace // Chanel Boy Bag

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Before we knew it, it was lunch time.

We headed to a restaurant he’s been wanting to try called “Ciel de Parisâ€, a fine dining spot with supposedly the best views Paris has to offer.

After a bag search and a rather brisk pat-down, we stepped into a lift and flew up 40 floors.

The views are gobsmackingly brilliant!

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Sadly the food and the service don’t quite match the surroundings.

Wildly over priced and literally inedible in some cases.

Without going into too much detail (I wont mention the starters), this was The Special;

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Dried up scraps of chicken with rubbery mushrooms, stuffed into a soggy pancake. Served with a sticky sweet sauce.

I really do hate to be negative about restaurants, perhaps we went on a bad day…

However, this is a personal blog. As such I try to write as though I were chatting to a relative or friend, and I would be disappointed if you had the experience I did. Especially at dinner time, when you have to pay around £120 a head if you want to sit near the window.

Disappointed, we headed upstairs to the top of the tower.

Now THIS is worth a visit! (You don’t have to go to the restaurant if you want to check it out.)

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Paris is completely transformed into a toy town. You can see for miles!

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And the best bit?

They serve champagne.

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There’s a squidgy circle right in the middle where you can kick back, relax and enjoy watching people take selfies.

With a glass of bubbles, naturally.

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Having taken our fill of the view, we set off to see one of the landmarks we’d spotted up close.

The Eglise du Dome Church, where Napoleon is buried.

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The sun blazed down and baked the gravel beneath our feet.

Bees buzzed busily through the gardens as we wafted around the statues, trying to stick to the shade.

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We arrived along with buses of hot and sticky visitors. They barrelled out of coaches, spraying crisps and dropping half crunched cans of coke as they went. Sprawling across the grass, security guards ran at them blowing their fiercely prized whistles in fury.

The crowd heaved towards the door and we decided to give Napoleon’s tomb a miss. Sorry old boy, we’ll try and visit next time.

Instead we popped around the corner to Musee Rodin.

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A delicious house with beautiful gardens.

You’re free to wander as you please and enjoy the sculptures almost alone.

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I so wanted to sit on this, but was given a very stern growl from the Mr who insisted I didn’t.

Another of my great ideas down the pan…

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We visited The Thinker.

Which had a crowd waiting to take their own pensive photo.

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So moved on to lesser known, but no less beautiful, pieces.

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In a corner of the garden we found a gelato shop.

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Rocher, raspberry and chocolate for me.

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Mind alteringly delicious!

Proof, if ever it was needed, that the simple pleasures in life can far exceed the fancy ones!

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  • Thanks for the Rodin photos, a little sneak peek for me. It is part of the food/ gallery/ photo taking trip I’m planning to Paris!

  • Adore your outfit Rosie, such a cute playsuit & love the velvet slippers. That meal looked like it had just been thrown on the plate, such a shame, but it looks as if the views made up for the poor food.

    Hugs xoxo

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  • Love how you end the post with that little phrase: so true! x

  • Sam

    Man do I wish I were in Paris right now drinking champagne! Lucky!

    Sam
    http://thatcuriouscat.blogspot.com/

  • Such a disappointment about the restaurant, but champagne on the roof sounds like a much better idea!

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  • Debbie Theodosiou

    Beautiful pictures and THE view!!! wow~!

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  • The slow pace

    I hate when I waste a perfect occasion for eating a delicious meal in a lovely city when travelling. It makes me so angry! It’s not the money… it’s the moment that is thrown away. Lots of my dearest memories are perfect lunches or dinners abroad! What can I say… I love food.
    🙂
    xx,
    E.
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  • Definitely going to visit the top of the tower,when I finally persuade my boyfriend to take me to Paris. Luckily all your posts over the years have given me some good date plans!

    Would you suggest going in November or December if we want Christmas sparkle?

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

  • Fabulous photos, looks like you had a great day!

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  • Amy

    Wonderful views! I will definitely be heading up the Ciel tower during my trip next month. Thank you for the (half) recommendation!
    Amy
    http://www.upanddowninsurreyandlondon.com

  • So beautiful 🙂 I just came back from Paris, and I miss that city every day.

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  • That playsuit is such a lovely cut and looks amazing on you! Im heading to Paris next month so im really loving these posts 🙂 will definitely head up there for that view – looks incredible!
    Hope youre having a lovely time!

    Mollie x
    molliebylett.com

  • Laura

    Another beautiful post!

    Such a shame about the food in Ciel but I’m glad the views partly made up for it!

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  • Yeah I thought it looked like that too. Such a shame!
    Rosie you look so pretty. Paris really suits you.

    Beth x
    http://www.TheBritishGirl.co.uk

  • Lovely views. I love the last phrase too xx

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle

  • Leanne

    Love the ending of this post, good gelato definitely beats posh dinners sometimes! And walking a city is my favourite way to get to know it 🙂 xx

    http://www.Michelle-Leanne,blogspot.com

  • Maybe more beautiful than the view from the tower, the top of Arc de Triomphe is worth a visit. Next time, maybe? You don’t have a lift but nearly 300 steps: you’ll have your daily work out done by the time you reach the top..!
    Sometimes the best places are those which don’t seem worthy from the outside… or, as you said, “the simple pleasures of life can far exceed the fancy ones”. A stroll in the park, holding hands, a café noisette during a rainy day…
    Thank you.

    Carolina

  • Beautiful photos, as always! 🙂

  • Gorgeous pics as usual. I love all the Rodin sculptures.

    Your velvet slippers are divine as well. Love the little bumblebee detail! xx

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  • KLG_Hair

    Gorgeous pics! That KJL bracelet is gorgeous, I have a really old one that I love, his jewellery is just beautiful.
    x

  • Definitely a must-see museum with delightful sweet treats! The lilac gelato is out of this world xx

  • Stephanie Peers

    I’ve been to Paris so many times but never in Summer and I never visited the Musee Rodin. Has to be on my list next time! x

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  • I can’t believe how terrible the food was, I thought that was illegal in France ;). Awesome view though!

    Lots of love,

    Angie

    SilverSpoon London

  • Aww looks amazing- I love Parisian artwork 🙂

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  • I love your outfit! I might be going to Paris next year, how exciting! It looks so beautiful! X

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  • Emily Kalbun

    Paris is so lovely. It’s a shame about the restaurant, but hey it looked like a pretty nice day anyway! The view looked amazing and so did your sunglasses 😀 I love the big round design. I also thought the toilet in the park was pretty funny, it would be really embaressing if you turned the corner and saw someone sitting on it haha. Very nice post and I can’t wait to see what’s next!
    Em

  • LouiseWroteIt

    Love this so much! Paris is amazing! Lovely blog post x

  • A shame about the restaurant. Love your honesty though!
    Looking beautiful as always x

  • Beth Pickard

    Where are the slippers from? Gorgeous!

  • Harriet

    He growled at you – HOW MEAN AND STUFFY!!! Keep being your usual self and do as you please, you probably weren’t the first person to sit on that thing.

  • Cute outfit and great day out. Looks amazing, I want a piece of Paris too! Little London Girl x http://www.littlelondongirl.co.uk

  • I love this playsuit Rosie and as always drooling over your Chanel boy!

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  • Emma and Emily

    I love your posts. It makes me feel like I am experiencing everything with you. I just wish I could taste that gelato!

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  • Totally love your posts on Paris.. it’s such a beautiful city! The food can be a bit touch and go though aha. Great playsuit as well! xo
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  • Katie

    The viewing point above the restaurant is pretty famous for being the best place to go for a view over paris, the tower is called Montparnasse.

  • that view looks incredible – especially accompanied with some bubbles. such a shame about the food but that’s definitely good to know, appreciate your honesty!

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  • Shame about the meal – looks pretty awful but the rest of the day looks lovely. I lived in Paris for a year as a student (many many moons ago!) but I had a little studio flat near Musée Rodin and would visit at least twice a week for a stroll and unwind, stunning place. Enjoy the rest of the trip, Jade x

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  • Queenie Lee

    Wow, the views look incredible! Such a shame about the food 🙁 That gelato looks amazing – Ferrero gelato is the bee’s knees! xx

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  • I’m loving all the glorious green in these photos – Paris is blooming! 🙂 We have handful of Rodin sculptures at my university… always fun to look at!
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  • It’s important to be honest about restaurants – I would never consider featuring a restaurant on my blog if it’s not something I would recommend to my fussy friends!

    – Nina
    Have You Heard Of It? | London bar & restaurant blog | HYHOI.com

  • Alexandra

    Love the playsuit and slippers

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  • Samantha Marriott

    Gorgeous photos!

    Sam xo sjmcdf

  • I need all of this adventure in my life! Lovely photos as always, you’re so lucky your MR. knows how to capture the best of you! He’s most certainly a keeper! That gelato looks perfect!! I can only imagine that Paris is warm in the summer so I’m sure it was much needed!

    Cynthia
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  • You got to see The Thinker! So lucky…I want to stroll in paris like this one day!

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  • Kelsey Wilburn

    i adore all of these gorgeous photos and the playsuit is killer!

    Ladies in Navy

  • Looks like an idyllic day (apart from the food at lunch time) 😉

  • Love your post on Rodin, Rosie, it’s my favorite in Paris and I posted about it a week ago too, actually!
    x
    sophie
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  • Your bracelet is gorgeous! I have a ring just like it. Looks like you’re having a wonderful time in Paris, it’s such a romantic city!

  • Oh my goodness, this makes me want to go back to Paris so badly! And thank you for being honest about the restaurant! Many times bloggers are only positive, so much so that I think it can not be true!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Kate

    Sorry about the food in that restaurant – you can see how unappetising it was in the photo! But it looks like you had a great day anyway… and filled up on ice cream, which is what I would have done too! x
    Kate Louise Blogs

  • Museé Rodin is one of my favorite spots in Paris! It’s such a gem of a find, it’s hard to believe that it’s not a more popular spot!

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  • Katie Albury

    Wow- amazing photos and you’re outfit is gorgeous! x
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  • Kayla Sommer

    Great post Rosie! My boyfriend and I are planning a trip to Paris next spring/summer and I would love to venture to that restaurant, not to eat, but to see the beautiful view. Do you have to pay to go up, or is that only if you plan to eat in the restaurant? I especially like that they offer champagne!

  • LilylovesLola

    Gorgeous playsuit! If only I had lovely long legs instead of short dumpy ones. Oh well! 😉

  • Now I really, really want to go to Paris! Looks as though you’re having a wonderful time. Enjoy!

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  • Kat

    I’m currently sat at my desk at work so very jealous of a) your Parisien adventures and b) champagne!! Can just about summon the goodwill to hope you’re having an amazing time!

    Kat x
    http://thelondonplaybook.wordpress.com/

  • ah Rose, you look like you are having a blast in Paris. I am going to have to stalk all of your Paris posts for our trip next year. I love that you were honest about the restaurant, really really love it. The views are gorgeous, and I am in love with your playsuit, so different.
    I was wondering, do you have a recommendation for somewhere in Paris to get your hair done? I know you have been to blow dry bars in London and I remember you popped into a salon on an old NYC trip, so I thought I’d ask.
    I would have totally sat on that toilet thing, no shame.
    Keep up the awesomeness lovely.

  • My goodness this is making me miss Paris so much! I haven’t been there in 8 years and that’s totally unacceptable. You look fabulous!

  • Peppermint Dolly

    Love the romper and that tiger cuff – both just gorgeous!!

    Rxx

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  • Lovely playsuit Rosie, and the views are just outstanding – I’ve never seen Paris like this before it’s a lot more widespread than what you see at the Tower

    Lauren x

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  • Beautiful, I studied in Paris for 6 months, and the Rodin gallery was my favorite. http://www.annabehrmann.com

  • Beautiful photographs! I love the outfit, your Chanel bag is gorgeous.

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  • Love these great shots of Paris and your cute playsuit! So true about the simple pleasures in life!

    xx from LA,
    Kristi
    http://www.currentlycrushing.com

  • Paris looks amazing! I would love to visit one day. Can’t wait for that day to come 😀

    Yazmin xx
    http://www.yazzyscorner.co.uk

  • Nadda

    looove these photos! looks like you had an unforgettable time! x

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  • Eguono Ogueh

    Looks so pretty! I really want to go back to Paris x

    Gegsy Lifestyle & Fashion Blog

  • JoJo

    I used to live around the corner from Ciel de Paris and i’ve been to the cocktail bar at least five times. Paris looks better all lit up and they give a decent measure in the drinks! The carpet is a bit grubby and the service isn’t always brilliant but I always enjoy the atmosphere in there. I went once at lunchtime and it just wasn’t the same. So maybe try again but at night!

  • I love your blog! It was the first blog I ever read actually! Proof of how behind the times I am, anyway immediately I fell in love with it, your writing and pictures are so good, that now I must save it! I wait all day til I finally sit down to nurse my little one to bed, and I savor the quiet and catch up on your adventures. This looks lovely by the way. I so hope to venture to Paris someday!

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  • In those shots from up above Paris you look like a young DVF with your fabulous sunnies and outfit (in a fabulous print!)!

    Meghan xo
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  • Thanks for at least being honest about your experience. It’s helpful to know of real experiences instead of painting every story as perfect 😉

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  • Wow such lovely pictures!! I’m hit with wanderlust after scrolling through your post.

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  • Musee Rodin is now on my to-travel list! I hope your ice cream made up for your unappetizing lunch!
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  • Shaleen G

    Loved this post! Especially your last photo, I’m crazy for gelato too. I get you, girl!

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  • Looove Paris! Gorgeous Rosie 🙂

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    xA

  • Rosie, next time you go to Paris, you should write me for some restaurant recommendations.. I live part time in Paris, and I adore food, so I know some really delicious places. Hope you enjoyed your visit!

    Heather

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  • Hilde

    Beautiful! Visited the Musee Rodin this spring, those marbles are the most dreamy milky white, I couldn’t stop staring 😉 Very much like your outfit; must keep that one as a reminder to myself that one doesn’t need to look like a tourist while being touristy…

  • You must be a big Paris lover! Absolutely love the way you write about this beautiful city!

    Anna
    peonycrush.blogspot.com

  • You’re making me *need* to visit Paris. It’s all your fault, damn!

    I love all of the clothes you wore in Paris btw! I’ve noticed that you’re starting to transition into more Autumny styles, which is both lovely and sad (the Summer is ending! 🙁 ) I’d love it if you did a post about some of your fave men’s fashion, I’d *love* to see some of your picks for the Autumn!

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  • chantelle

    That playsuit is so cute on you! And ya for your site visits – I think those were all the landmarks I hit on my first day in Paris – of course, in the rain.

  • I think I love you, hahaha. And that last sentence is the absolute truth! Another lovely post.

  • Musee Rodin looks so gorgeous! And 5 stars for the yummy gelato! Awesome pictures! 🙂

  • MTravelsLondon .

    Lovely post! I love your last photo the most, but all were great photos 🙂
    Plus, it was awesome you gave truthful and descriptive restaurant reviews.

    Margaret
    http://mtravelslondon.blogspot.com/