Archive for 'FRANCE'

 
December 06
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One of the things to do as a tourist is to go eat moules et frites. Mussels and fries. On the Champs Elysees and in Saint Michel, there are a million places to find moules et frites…but nothing is better than Read more …

 
November 30
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Pere Lachaise, where many of the masters are buried. Some of them include Moliere, Chopin, Jim Morrison, and Oscar Wilde. We did not find Moliere, but I will go back to look for him again as well as the Holocaust tombs. There were so many amazing Read more …

 
November 30
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I went to the Office de Tourisme off Pyramids yesterday morning, and then walked home from there. I took the metro to Pyramids, and then walked back along Rue Saint Honore. I stopped by the Palais Royale because it was pretty empty and so peaceful. I read for a bit here until I got too cold, so I grabbed a crepe, and walked on to the H&M and Zara on Rue de Rivoli. 

 
November 30
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We went to Montmartre for the day. Walked around but it was INSANELY cold. So cold it started to snow…and made a significant layer on the benches and cars we walked by. My toes and fingers felt like falling off, so I stopped to buy a crepe [of course], on the street while Kat shopped. She found this image in the tourist shop by the carousel at the bottom of Sacre Coeurit. It was 15 euros!!! I took this picture so that she could see what she could have gotten.. then she talked herself out of buying it…and then she bought it. *_*

nice layer of snow in montmartre!

We took Kat’s grandma Marie here SEVEN years ago!! She came to visit us in Paris, and we showed her around the city. Montmartre has a special place in our hearts because it was a gorgeous day, the flowers were blooming for spring, and the carousel was all lit up. We went back to take winter pictures this time, and it was quite different…because it was extremely COLD! However, the carousel was still lit, and it even turned on for a little girl to get a ride! We took a video when it was still, but when it turned on, and the music played, we had to redo the video to send Grandma Marie…but here it is as well!

and the redo…

 

I am constantly surprised with the amount of love this city contains. Everywhere I turn, a couple is deeply staring into each others’ eyes, wrapped in each others’ arms, or walking in sync, not caring what the world around them thinks. During my travels, I have seen affection in all different cultures, each having their own way of showing their affection. In Asia, it is much more reserved, but youngsters in recent years begun to show it more in public. They walk hand in hand, or cuddle close, but never kiss in public. In Eastern Europe, it is more public, and I was quite surprised with the amount of affection in Russia particularly. In a country that is so cold [literally], and known for their stone faces, a show of affection is much appreciated when seen. Here in Paris, it is not the same. Everywhere I go, saying a simple “Bonjour!” is more than enough to get a friendly bonjour back, most of the time with a polite smile. Yet, the amount of openess given to strangers is only a fraction of the amount of affection reserved for the people they love. They hug and kiss when they walk. They talk to each other and look into their eyes. They touch, but don’t grope. It’s a way of life, and it is so beautiful.

I, by nurture, am not affectionate. I just don’t show that much affection in public because we are taught to always maintain a quiet dignity. It can seem  be quite harsh at times and comes in handy when I need to be stronger as an elder sister or daughter. By nature, however, especially for the ones i deeply care for, love and affection are devotedly given. I absolutely believe there is an amount that is just right…and the Parisians seem to have it. All of them. I envy it and love it. Ahhhh l’amour de paris…

h&m heart jumper, rei tights, gap black shirt, h&m purple neck scarf
h&m hearts jumper, rei tights, h&m shoes, h&m white studded bag, h&m purple scarf

 
November 27
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This picture sums up exactly how I feel about Paris. Crepe, chocolat chaud, and La Tour Eiffel …. all of the things I love, not in that order. Well, maybe. *_* We walked from the Marais to La Tour Eiffel today, and it was blistering cold. My feet have never felt so numb before, I thought some toes were going to fall off. While we were taking pictures, I stopped and ran to the crepe stand to buy a crepe nutella and a chocolat chaud. After that, the pictures are just amazing although my fingers were still numb. A crepe cures all i tell you….

This is not a postcard. This is straight out of my G10. Amazing, isn’t it? Love Paris in winter…

 
November 27
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It’s snowing in Paris! Well, it’s been snowing very lightly, and for only a minute or two since we’ve been here. Today, it snowed more than usual, and we captured it on video in our apartment first, through the kitchen window…and then again when we were on the Champs Elysee tonight! 

We spent the day walking around as usual. Today, we picked the Champs Elysee to be our destination. We took the metro to George V, and walked up and down the street. Of course, H&M had to be hit, and I needed to get a head scarf with all the snow coming down on my head! New outfit posts soon I hope!

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I got this studded white bag at H&M. It’s lighter than my brown bag, good for walking around the city. We walked to Saint Michel, and then took the metro to the Champs Elysees. This is our favorite bridge on this trip: Pont Saint Michel.  Notre Dame is behind us, Chatelet is on one side of the bridge, Saint Michel is on the other.

H&M head to toe, scarf from Istanbul