Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Musée du Louvre in Paris, France

When I was pregnant with my daughter, I had cravings for Filipino Tinolang Manok and Bam-I, an aversion to chocolate, and a major craving for the television show, CSI. After weeks of being glued to the show, MR begged that I stopped watching and to find something else to preoccupy me. I turned to the movie, Da Vinci Code and I would watch it at least once a day until the end of my pregnancy. I don't know what it meant then, but I do know it meant that we had to make a visit to the Musée du Louvre in Paris this trip. Seeing my 6 year old daughter, SO, pose in front of the museum brought me back images of when I was 7 months pregnant with her and I couldn't help but feel a little nostalgic. 

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Moulin Rouge in Paris, France

As I suggested in the previous blog post (click here for the post), the little train of Montmartre (le Petit Train de Montmartre) is a nice activity to do when visiting the Basilique du Sacré Coeur. The train lets you go around the area and it is commented to make sure you don't miss out anything important. I was running out of battery so I took just a few photos, but I could definitely not miss out this one.

Basilique du Sacré Coeur in Paris, France

After all the eating for lunch, MR and I were ready again to check off something else on our to-do list in Paris. We were a little behind in our schedule, but considering that it was still summer we had until 8PM to enjoy walking around under the sun. One landmark MR insisted we visit was the Basilique du Sacré Coeur in Paris and I totally agreed with him.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Le Manoir in Paris, France

After the visit of the Cimetiere Pere Lachaise (click here for the post), next up was eating lunch. Prior to arriving in Paris, I started looking up online for nice places to eat at. The first questions I asked myself were, what do I miss eating and what can I eat in Paris that I can't back in Metz? My first thought - Xiao Long Bao!!!! And after spending several hours researching online, I finally found the perfect place. But Paris is quiet in August for a reason - Parisians leave the city for the summer, including restaurant owners and employees. So I should have expected that the restaurant, Autour de Yangtse (popularly known for their delicious Xiao Long Bao in Paris) would be closed. But I didn't feel bad. In fact, on the way there we were able to drop by the Opera National de Paris, see its beauty from the outside, and even listened to a singer perform for a couple of minutes. Anyways, since the restaurant was closed, we decided the next best thing was to try something typically Parisian - have lunch on the terrace of a bistro.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas 2014!!!!

I'm just taking a break between baking Christmas cookies and helping SO with the gifts Santa Claus brought her to wish you all a very ...


He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. - Roy L. Smith 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Cimetiere Pere Lachaise in Paris, France

MR finally joined us in Paris last night. Unfortunately that meant that we had to say goodbye to KR, who had to go back to her family. As always it was hard to say goodbye and let go, but this time was definitely easier than the last (click here for the post). I guess this time around I knew that we would be seeing each other again soon (hopefully next year) and that no matter what our friendship would stand the distance. Anyways, as soon as we picked up MR from the train station, we immediately immersed into the tourist spirit visiting several landmarks before deciding to go home close to midnight. Tomorrow was going to be a busy and fun day.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Parc des Buttes-Chaumont in Paris, France

Today was what we called a "chill" day. KR and I stayed up way too late last night chatting and laughing and so we took our time waking up this morning. Today's plans were picking up some food for a picnic and spending the day at the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, which isn't far from the apartment we rented (less than 10 minutes of walking).

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Le Marais in Paris, France

So the first Parisian spot we decided to visit was the area of "Le Marais". KR loved the area during a previous visit and I was excited to refresh my memories of it. Since we had already decided to eat at L'As du Fallafel (click here for the post) for dinner, which is right in Le Marais, we thought it would be cool to walk around the neighborhood first.

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