Anyways, I did start off my previous blog aiming to describe everything in detail about my honeymoon experiences but after what seemed like an endless typing session (plus uploading photos to my blog), I stopped and only managed to share about Amsterdam. Doubt that I can finish writing about my five week European bliss in one blog post but I'll try my best. Every time I tell someone that I write a blog, they go, "Oh is it about food? Does it have your recipes? Please put up all your recipes onto that blog!" I reckon I should start giving out my recipes on this blog pretty soon. Just wait for it! :)
PARIS 1st - 5th December 2012
|LOVE LOVE LOVE this shot Sid took with his camera!!|
|Just see how this tower stands out amidst its beautiful surroundings|
|Gorgeous! Isn't it? There's something about night photography that blows me away. The beautiful Louvre all lit up in the silence of the night was amazing.|
To cover all the famous sights in Paris, we wasted no time and started early the next day. We started with the Louvre which was HUGE! They say that it's so huge that it would take us more than a year to actually go around the whole museum. Don't know how far it's true though! When we got there, there was a long line in front of this uniquely shaped building. Of course, one would not miss out the opportunity of taking interesting shots of the Louvre, like say, touching the tip of the triangle.
|Goodness me, this jacket definitely does not compliment my figure but boy oh boy it sure kept me very warm!!|
|The Louvre premises and the looooooooongggg lineeeeee|
|Stunning by night and beautiful by day|
|This was taken after we exited the Louvre|
After about hmmmm 20 minutes, we made our way into the museum, got a map for the place, didn't know where to start honestly. I guess we allowed ourselves to get lost in the museum, because the only form of art work that I know of which I had wanted to see was the world's famous Mona Lisa. The rest of the art works were undoubtedly magnificent, from the huge sculptures, the remarkable frescos to the gazillion amounts of paintings. Here are some of my favourites. I know neither the name of the art nor the name of the artist. Let's just say, I gave them the benefit of the doubt hahaha. In other words, I'm just showing you the art preference of a layman (or a laywoman I should say).
There were so many other artwork we loved but I would not upload everything here. The last artwork I'd like to talk about is Mona Lisa of course. One of Leonardo Da Vinci's most famous creation made us very curious. A couple of hours went by roaming in the corridors of the museum before we got to see Mona Lisa. First of all, I don't understand art so for me the painting was a bit of a disappointment. Maybe it was not the painting but the way it was presented. It was small. I thought it was going to be way bigger. Alright, that's still fine. I am sure the painting looks exquisite when we take a closer look at it. Unfortunately, due to security reasons I assume, the painting was enclosed in a glass cabinet and was barricaded. These were two of the few photos we managed to take of Mona.
Ah well, at least we got to see it. We enjoyed our experience in Musee Du Louvre. It was something different. Although we are not art lovers, we love admiring beautiful work especially the architectural aspects. I also have the utmost respect for the artists that lived a long long time ago. How talented they were in creating magnificent forms of art work in those days truly amazes me.
How time flew and before we knew it, half of our day was gone. We came, we roamed, we admired. When we exited, we saw a pedicab and thanked the Lord for our previous night's little adventure chariot.
|Hot dogs, Churros, hot chocolate, toys, wine..............needed them for the weather|
|How much happier can a girl get when she is in Sephora|
|The winding staircase up the Arc De Triomphe|
|The Tower standing tall amidst the city|
Cold cold day, a super long walk with many stops, from our hotel to Arc De Triomphe concluded our adventure that day. Worry not, we did not walk back to the hotel. We took the Metro which was also quite tiring. Paris metro stations DO NOT have escalators or elevators, only stairs, LOTS of stairs. Second night in Paris and we were very tired. It was well worth it though.
Every time we walked back to our hotel, we couldn't help noticing a golden domed building around the area. We found out that it was called Dome des Invalides. It was the tomb of Napoleon which has been made into a church. Having set our minds that night to visit this place before we leave Paris, we ended the evening falling asleep in each other's arms in our little cozy room. The bed was amazingly comfortable and refreshed us as we set out for our next adventure.
DAY 3 - 3rd December 2012 - EIFFEL TOWER VIATOR SKIP THE LINE TOUR
How gloomy it was that morning when we left our hotel. It was drizzling, foggy and colder than the previous two days. Our appointment for the tout was 8:30 AM. We had croissants for breakfast in the area and headed straight to the tower. I cannot remember the name of our tour guide but she was very informative and witty, a wonderful combinations of traits that would never bore you. Thank God for a good tour guide otherwise the dull and cold weather would have saddened us dearly. She explained the history of the tower, how Gustav Eiffel had it built and even gave us an idea of French history which is exciting for me since I love learning about different histories. Despite the cold air, the thick clouds and fog, the rainfall, and minimal sunlight, Sid still managed to take a few decent shots.
|The view of the bottom part of the tower from up close|
|Eskimo Monica on the top of the Tower|
|Still looks beautiful even though it was raining|
|Notre Dame Cathedral on the outside|
|Notre Dame Cathedral on the inside|
|Sacred Heart Basilica|
|Good ol' poser me planning our next French vacation|