Spell Saab

Four Days in Paris: Day 1

November 11, 2016 18 Comments

The Global team of Dove invited women from all over the world to experience their first ever Dove Pop-Up Store in Paris. “Why Paris?” some of us asked. “Because it’s the capital of beauty,” they answered. There’s no denying that. Here’s a photo journal of my first day in Paris. It was a free day for us. I checked into my room at Hotel Providence. It was a beautiful boutique hotel and no two rooms looked the same. It was in theme with Dove’s key message that everybody’s beauty is unique.

dsc07734

This mini-bar was made especially for the hotel.

This mini-bar was made especially for the hotel.

dsc07736

dsc07737

PEG!!

PEG!!

dsc07739

On the first day, I met Isha Andaya-Valles – editor-in-chief of Preview Magazine. She was the only other Filipina in the group so naturally, we bonded. We freshened up and headed out to lunch with some of our friends who lived in Paris.

dsc07740

I wonder where you can get nice things?

I wonder where you can get nice things?

Hey, moe!

Hey, moe!

dsc07744

dsc07745

dsc07746

dsc07748

dsc07749

Isha

Isha

dsc07752

dsc07753

CHEESE

CHEESE

dsc07755

We got lost looking for the restaurant. Apparently, we passed it thrice and hadn’t noticed it at all.

The sign was so tiny and semi-camouflaged!

The sign was so tiny and semi-camouflaged!

Semilla was recommended by our friend Erica Paredes. She’s been taking cooking classes in Paris for over a year now.

dsc07761

Hehehe!

Hehehe!

I shared my mushroom pasta with Isha

I shared my mushroom pasta with Isha

And she shared her scallops with me

And she shared her scallops with me

Lemon tart looking like Meringue Lights

Lemon tart looking like Meringue Lights

Mich Dulce also joined us for lunch!

Mich Dulce also joined us for lunch!

After a delicious meal and tons of chikahan, we said goodbye to Erica. Mich walked us to Monnaie de Paris, a museum that she highly recommended. The line was crazy long so we walked to The Louvre instead because Isha hadn’t been.

dsc07772

Di kami ready haha

Di kami ready haha

dsc07774

I don’t know what we were thinking because, of course, the line was even longer for The Louvre. It was alright because at least we got to take photos hehe

img_6005

img_6179

dsc07786

We went around the Tuilerie gardens instead. It was so cold so we were about to get some coffee when we saw a sign for hot wine. It tasted delicious, like hot spiced sangria.

dsc07787

Walked around some more with Isha towards the Centre Pompidou which we both had never experienced.

dsc07791

Giant meringue omg

Giant meringue omg

Cutie pie doggy

Cutie pie doggy

Heyyy that's not how you spell Saab haha

Heyyy that’s not how you spell Saab haha

But before entering the museum, Mich told us to meet her at Miznon – a very hip gourmet restaurant that serves pita sandwiches and more.

dsc07797

dsc07799

Sweet kamote! Not very photogenic haha but this was deeeeelish!

Sweet kamote! Not very photogenic haha but this was deeeeelish!

img_6033

img_6036

This was the best ratatouille I'd ever tasted in my whole life. Not kidding. Grabe siya.

This was the best ratatouille I’d ever tasted in my whole life. Not kidding. Grabe siya.

Who knew cauliflower could be this good??? It's boiled, grilled then drizzled in olive oil.

Who knew cauliflower could be this good??? It’s boiled, grilled then drizzled in olive oil.

img_6037

Make sure to check it out when you’re there, it’s right beside the famous L’As du Fallafel. We said goodnight to Mich before heading to Centre Pompidou where we were not allowed to take photos (sadly) but we got in for free! I guess because it was a Sunday?

dsc07794

dsc07806

Being in the midst of works by Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, et al was very humbling, to say the least. It was mind-blowing, to say the least.

I snuck a picture with my phone because I am truly Pinoy lelz

I snuck a picture with my phone because I am truly Pinoy lelz

By the time the museum closed at 9PM, both Isha and I were dead-tired. We took an Uber back to our hotel and passed out. We were very tired but also very excited for the days to come! Check back tomorrow for Day 2 of my four days in Paris:)

P.S. The not-so-great photos were just taken with our phones in case you were wondering!!

♥,
Saab

November 2, 2016

Saab

18 Comments

  1. Reply

    Camille

    November 11, 2016

    Where are the not-so-great photos po? OMG!! I think you have great photos here and lovely story of your Paris trip! I’m excited to read more of your stories on your trip. 😊

    • Reply

      Saab

      November 13, 2016

      Thank you!!!

  2. Reply

    Grems

    November 13, 2016

    That hotel room’s très chic especially the bathroom!!

    • Reply

      Saab

      November 14, 2016

      Super!! I want those tiles!

  3. Reply

    Kitty

    November 13, 2016

    do you use auto or manual mode in taking pictures? and where do you edit them? IM IN LOVE WITH YOUR PICTURES :( <3

    • Reply

      Saab

      November 14, 2016

      Manual!! I shoot in RAW and edit with Adobe Lightroom :)

  4. Reply

    Yshy

    November 13, 2016

    Ang konti naman ng pasta huhu. Pero ganda mo forevs <3

    • Reply

      Saab

      November 14, 2016

      Hahahahah truuuue!! Pero dami ko namang kinain na bread huhuhu

  5. Reply

    Mayee

    November 13, 2016

    I saw your Miznon snaps and naramdaman ko gaano kasarap yung ratatouille based sa reaction mo! Lelz

    Looking forward to reading more about your Paris trip! I’m especially looking forward to when you made the body scrub! Hehehe.

    • Reply

      Saab

      November 14, 2016

      Hahahahahaha diba????

  6. Reply

    Jie Fuentes

    November 15, 2016

    Hi Saab!

    Super love the photos! You look amazingly pretty as always! Is that a sort of a workshop from Dove? Ang Interesting naman😀 Share more photos, blog more! :)) and btw can you recommend a nice cafe in Paris? Or maybe a resto? Hihi😀 Currently living now in Belgium and would love to visit Paris maybe next year. Thank you Saab! -Jie

    • Reply

      Saab

      December 24, 2016

      Season cafeé was really nice!:)

      For restaurants, I would recommend Chez Simone, Tannat, and Miznon!

  7. Reply

    Wannie

    November 28, 2016

    I’m planning to buy the same camera (actually, my hubby will buy it for me as a Christmas gift. Hehe). What lens do you use? The 16-50mm? I dunno much about photography jargons, too (yet).

    • Reply

      Saab

      December 24, 2016

      Yes 16-50mm :)

  8. Reply

    Pat

    December 15, 2016

    Hi, Saab! I was just wondering what camera you used for your photos? They’re so beautiful!! <3

    • Reply

      Saab

      December 21, 2016

      Sony A6000 :) Tank you!!

LEAVE A COMMENT

RELATED POSTS