One Day in the City of Love

Call me mainstream, but i loveeee the idea of travelling to Paris so much! I guess all the Media are very expert in portraying this city as the city of Love. #awww.. hahaha. i could imagine myself strolling around Eiffel tower and bumped myself to the love of my life. ahahha.. #soverydrama

When our tour bus was passing by Champs Elysees and making our way towards Arc De Triomphe, it feels like La Vie En Rose music is playing softly in the background. haha.. even though many people said that Paris is not as great as the other Europe countries, still i felt enchanted by the beauty of this city.

Arc De Triomphe

The most iconic of all French Monuments beside the Eiffel Tower. This Monument sculpted so delicately, and we can see the delicacy of the design even from a far. Napoleon wanted to built this monument to pay a tribute for all the French soldiers who died on French Revolutions, but Napoleon died before he can see it.

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Montparnasse Tower 

This tower is the only skyscraper in Paris, we can see the beautiful view of the city from the 56th floor. The lift will only bring you to the 55th Floor if i remember it correctly, a floor whereby you can buy souvenirs, drink some tea at their cafe, and go for toilet break. to reach the 56th floor, you need to climb up the stairs. Please bring cardigan if you want to visit this top-deck, because the wind never stop blowing that makes the whole place chilly. Too bad, when i went there, the whether was a bit gloomy. =(

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Eiffel Tower

My most favorite monument of all! haha. Somehow this tallest man-made monument enchants me with its magic. haha.. blame Eiffel I’m in love the movie i guess? haha.. well, apparently watching romantic movie when you are 12/13 years old, does make a huge impact. haha. But besides that, i dont think i need to intro much, since everyone should already know about this wonder of the world’s. Bravo to Mr. Alexandre Gustave Eiffel. it is indeed a lovely tower, at least for me. So sad i did not get to go up there.. it’s okay.. ill be back, Eiffel!

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Cruising through Seine River

All the sceneries are pretty when i took this boat cruise. We can see a glimpse of all the great monuments all along Paris. It is about an hour of boat ride. and to be honest, it is quite boring for me. i rather walk to see the city. haha.. But if you love to take cruise, i guess it will be a great experience to enjoy the breeze of Paris while you are floating.

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Shopping Time! 

We went to Galeries Lafayette and Champs Elysees to shop!

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Galeries Lafayette is a French department store, it is such a shopping haven for those people who love to shop branded stuff. Guess this is the most favorite place for all the tourist to shop.. the tax refund Q was crazy when i was there. Luckily out tour guide knows someone inside, so they can prioritize us to do the tax refund.

From shopping at Galeries Lafayette and going to Champ Elysees, most of the shoppers are from China. it was like 60% of them maybe? it was crazyy.. it’s like they are everywhereee.. even some big shops like LV provides Chinese speaking sales girl just to serve the China customers. omg.. guess my decision to study chinese language is a right move? hahaha.

Champ Elysees is more like Rodeo drive, LA i may say. Boutiques and nice cafe are there.. a nice place to just sit down and enjoy your tea or to just stroll around if you dont want to shop..

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Lido Cabaret Show (Lido De Paris)

This cabaret place just been revamped. This place has been around since 1946. Famous people like Edith Piaf  *the only french singer i know* and Elton John performed there before. In fact, this place is an entertainment place to see exotic dancing *literally half naked girls dancing*, singing and perform other things like magic, pantomime, some gymnastics and those dangerous act like putting a sword to the mouth, etc.

overall it was a nice show *my first time see-ing half naked girls singing and dancing. haha*. They have a great stage, a great costumes sets and great lighting to set a right ambiance.

Many men carrying binoculars on their hands to see the delicate body of the dancers as well. *Huh, nasty old men! haha..* Well, this place should be a high end entertainment i guess, cause most of the guest area wearing nice dresses and tux. the interior of the building also very classic and glamorous. They actually dont allow camera to go in, but i sneakily took some pictures with my phone. haha.

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Had a goodtime in Paris. Will definitely go back here to visit Lourve, the catacomb, and just to sit again and enjoy Paris. ❤

Boone Nuit people!

**All pictures are unedited, taken by Sony Nex C-3 & Iphone 6**

Dream Dinner Destination

So many list of beautiful countries waiting to be ticked off from my bucket list, and it is very hard to find a good period to travel since i started working. But the passion to travel is always there; so by the end of the day, i always find myself reading at some travel journals, visit some travel websites, and looking for airline promotions. haha.

it is really hard to decide where to go next, since all places have their own pulling factor, from their culture, their sceneries, their architecture, their shopping haven, their natures, and probably their food.

and talking about food, ‘Where is your Dream Dinner Destination?’

Indeed, it is one tough question. Each and everyone of us surely have our own ‘must place to go’.

If i may share with you, below is my 3 top choices for my ‘Dream Dinner Destination’

3. Ristorante Gambero Rosso, Vernazza, Cinque Terre, Italy.

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Ohh, come on. who does not love this lovely colourful place. Vernazza is one of the fifth town in Cinque Terre region. For me, to have dinner in this place is a blessings. To enjoy the view, to feel the sea breeze, and to enjoy the local food! People said this restaurant is famous for their originality, fresh seafood and great pasta. i think ill be in love with the pasta that they are serving. Since i am a great noodle/pasta lover as well, i think it is a perfect dinner destination.

2. Grottino 1313, Luzern, Switzerland. 

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Switzerland, one of the safest country in the world. I always wanted to visit this country and even think to spend my retirement in Switzerland. Well, blame all the pretty pictures that is very pretty and calming sceneries. while i browse through Switzerland, i found this super cozy and romantic restaurant. a place that you can have your lovely candle light dinner, literally. i can imagine the cold breeze outside, and the warmth that they offer inside. The perks of going to this restaurant is, they dont have a specific menu, they will surprise you with 2 courses menu for Lunch, and 4 courses menu for Dinner. I think it is somehow good for me who often do not know what to eat. haha, so they can just surprise me with their lovely sets.

1. Le Jules Verne, Eiffel Tower, Paris. 

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ahh, Paris.. A city of Love. maybe some of you find it mainstream, but not for me. Paris have a special place in my heart. Went here when i was very very young, and fell in love with this Eiffel tower since then. I just found the tower, magical. When i grew up and find out that there’s a restaurant in it, by all odds, it become my ultimate Dream Dinner Destination! It has been a dream of mine to enjoy a great dinner and sipping some great wines and looking out to the beauty of Paris.

 Talking about travelling and eating, of course language take a huge part in it. You would not want to to get lost to your Dream Dinner Destination. well, i know sometimes getting lost when you travel could be fun. But, if you already made a booking somewhere, i think it’s good to find your way directly to your place of destination. And same goes with choosing the menu, and communicating with the waiter/waitress. Language is just so important, since you do not want to order something that you cant eat; let’s say you have food allergy or restrictions to some meat for example, and a restaurant already had this information available in English. i think there’s where Translation software could be useful for our travel.

Talking about Language, i took basic French before, since i’m a huge fan of french thingy, i thought i would be awesome if i can speak french one day. which i still think so. But learning a new language is really not an easy task to do. I gave up my french course since i dont have the time to attend the classes anymore and i dont have someone to practice with. So if there’s anyone out there who would want to teach and practice with me, i will be terribly happy! haha.

So that is my Dream Dinner Destination. Share yours if you have one! =)