The main mission was to see the Mona Lisa. We purposely went to find it first so that we could take nice personal photos with the painting without too many people flocking around. It proved to be a wise decision. When we passed by the painting about half an hour later there were so many people surrounding it, it was hard to get a good view let alone a good photo.
Auntie Mona, you’re here!
Louvre is such a huge museum with an amazing collection it’s impossible to finish admiring everything in a day. So we had to pick and choose what we wanted to see and wrapped up our visit by the afternoon.
The inverted pyramid, the final scene of “The Da Vinci Code” movie.
What is Paris without fashion? With that in mind we went to a fashion show at Galeries Lafayette, the biggest shopping mall in Paris. It occupies 3 buildings on the same street. The main building is dedicated to women's fashion, another building for men's fashion and another one for home deco.
There was a group of Japanese school kids (like a busload of them) watching the fashion show.
The show is free (reservation required), held every Friday. Pretty fun to watch.
And this top! The pink layering on the top of the black cardigan looks something like “tudung bawal” from the back. Simply awesome.
What to buy.. what to buy..
After the show we went to Louis Vuitton outlet downstairs. There was already a queue of mostly Asian customers i.e. Chinese, Japanese. I guess LV products are a lot cheaper here not only when compared to Malaysia, but also to other Asian countries.
We then headed to a lovely halal restaurant that serves wonderful French cuisine. I'll write more about it in my halal feature later.
After a good dinner, we went to Champs-Élysées to see the Christmas market that filled the entire stretch on both sides of the road. It was awesome! The concept is something like our Bazar Ramadan in KL when Eid approaches, but with lots more glitz and glamour.
We walked all the way from Place de la Concorde to Arc de Triomphe, covering the entire stretch of Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Tiring!