On our third day in Paris, which was New Year's Eve, we went shopping around Boulevard Haussmann.
I was on a little mission; I had seen the Coach Willis bag on Atlantic-Pacific and since we don't have this brand in Luxembourg, I was going to look for it in Paris.
I hadn't realised that the sales were already on and it was quite a challenge to get through the crowds. I didn't find the Willis bag but a similar one which I will show you later this week.
At Galeries Lafayette we got to admire the giant Christmas tree they set up every year.
It's my favourite department store in Paris.
Trying to escape the shoppers at GL and to get some fresh air, we walked from Boulevard Haussmann towards the Champs-Elysées. We passed through the Village Royal, a small luxury shopping street.
Hermès had the most beautiful window decorations.
Is it real or is it a fairytale?
Our stomachs were rumbling and it was time for dinner. After two consecutive days of burgers, it was time to eat something different.
We headed to Ladurée on the Champs.
The waiting queue for the restaurant was long and we were told that no salty foods were being served any longer, desserts only. New Year's dinner was going to be served from 7.30 pm and only with prior reservation.
So our only option was to have dessert for dinner. Or call it a very late afternoon tea.
I had this delicious mocha eclair and jasmine tea.
CB had a chocolate mille-feuille. We also had a macaron each (not pictured).
The dining room was ready for the lucky guests that had managed to get a table.
After this calming tea break, we had to figure out where we were going to have dinner. After one hour of searching we agreed to eat at Santoor, an Indian restaurant off the Champs-Elysées.
The place was moderately crowded and it was nice to be in this relaxing setting. We had the fixed price New Year's dinner which let you choose any starter, naan bread, main course and dessert.
CB had grilled prawns.
I had palak paneer and cheese naan...
... and prawns in coconut sauce.
Since I already had a dessert a couple of hours before, I went for something light, a sorbet.
CB was brave enough to try Kulfi, which I am not a fan of.
After dinner CB suggested we find a place with live music. When we left Santoor it was raining and so we went to Sunset, a jazz club near Châtelet.
We managed to still get tickets for the room on the lower ground floor. That's where we celebrated the countdown into 2013. After midnight we moved on to Le China, where we had been during our last trip in May.
We had some drinks and stayed around until about 3 am.
We got home at 5 am. Needless to say we spent the entire New Year's Day sleeping in order to recover.FACEBOOK | TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN'