Chandelier heaven at the Wallace Collection, London

The Large Drawing Room

I spent a few days on a solo-trip to London last week and couldn’t help but feel a little homesick for Paris. While sipping tea (as one does in the UK), I began searching on Instagram for pretty places in London (#chandeliers, #fancy, duh). The Wallace Collection came up, and wow was it amazing.

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The Phantom of the Opera 

I spent my Saturday afternoon at the extravagant Palais Garnier. Louis XIV founded the Opera in 1669 and this theatre opened in 1875.

The Phantom of the Opera is my all-time favorite musical (I’ve seen it at least 6 times), so it was really interesting to be in the presence of the theatre that inspired it. The grand chandelier actually did come crashing down, just like in the play.

The Auditorium

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Château de Versailles

Spent a brisk Saturday morning in Versailles last weekend with our friends Robyn and Elena. It was just a 45-minute train ride on the RER C, so I’ll have to return when the gardens are in bloom again. The castle was gorgeous and relatively empty compared to when I visited a few summers ago. We also got there bright and early at 10am (this is very early for the French.)

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