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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

" Pont des Arts "

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this has got to be one of the nicest bridge in Paris, next to Pont AlexandreIII
in my opinion that is. ^0^

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In fact, I couldn't say that one peaceful walk would suffice my
contentment.
Just on the very last day of our trip,
we decided to head there again, but this time earlier,
making it all the way to the Louvre museum and it was worth it.

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another name for Pont des Arts is Paserelle des Arts.
The promise of love, hundreds of chain locks, some were quite rusty,
others were really one of a kind.
(good,if you can count all of them!)
It must have been here for sometime,
and then, would 'magically' disappear for awhile,
and then would return again. ^-^
I was tempted to left one as a remembrance, but they say, it has to be shared with a special someone. hmmm... perhaps, another time. ^0^

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the sky was brimming in blue and the cold wind was cheerful,
not too many tourists around, plus, you get to see morning joggers
and locals walking their pets
despite the cold.

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This wooden footbridge that is across the Institut,
where you can catch the beauty of La Seine from the River Gauche (left bank)
and River Droite (right bank), was the first bridge to be made of Iron.

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* where was this *
Pont Des Arts
6th arrondissement
Paris


Friday, October 26, 2012

" M.Chat et son graffiti "

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I couldn't remember if this building was part of
Ecole Nationale Supèrieure des beaux arts.
( yes, it's a very long name). ^0^
It goes along Quai Malaquais and Rue Bonaparte along the sixth arrondissement.
What drew my interest, apart from the two sculptured busts,
was this cute graffiti artwork made by
Monsieur Chat


Here's a closer look to it.
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* where was this *
Rue Bonaparte
6th arrondissement
Paris

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

" Velo "

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an ad seen inside Charles de Gaulle T2, while waiting for our tickets.

" my one piece of advice.
no matter how stressed you are,
be nice to people. "

I hope that's something I'd keep in mind everyday. ^0^

* where was this *
CDG T2- Paris

Sunday, October 21, 2012

" Le secret de Ladurée "

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If you're a sweet buff like me, then this name isn't new to you.
It is undoubtedly one of the celebrated,
most favorite macaron stores in Paris, next to the fame Angelina's.



La Durée

was founded in 1862 and is still the best known makers of macarons in the world.
(imagine that) ^-^

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We were one of the many eager tourists who
patiently waited in line amidst the long queue,
and were able to try a few mini-macs,

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we bought the all the time favorite pistachio and the aromatic rose flavored,
the choices are abounding but the price though is a bit expensive,
well, you're in Paris where everything doesn't come cheap. ^0^

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If you want to take a sip whilst enjoying the Rococo interiors,
then relax inside their Salon de Thé ( tea rooms ) for some tad of pastries
and a house of tea selections.

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the window display is just as tempting.

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a selection of confitures (marmalades/jam) as well.
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a box of Buche Marron gateau (cake).

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* where was this *
1st arrondissement
Rue Saint-Honoré,
Paris



Wednesday, October 17, 2012

" Llenas "

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one of the many vintage stores along the streets of Barri Gothic.

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the two facades of this store- Papereria and Imprenta
that shows impressive artworks on its doors.

* where was this *
Barri Gothic
Barcelona

Monday, October 15, 2012

" Paseando en Parc Güell "

There's so much to see inside Parc Güell,
not only can you catch sunrise and sundown, the stunning views of Barcelona and the quirky designs of Gaudi.

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the shadow play! that's us.

As hundreds of tourists flocked day in and out.
People watching is yet an interesting spectacle.
Here are some memorable images I've brought back from our trip.

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an outdoor cafe inside the park.

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random tourists young and old.

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the stripe guy, long hair and his über cute dog.

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stop staring! two guys and their shades.

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just tired... desperately needed a power nap.

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there's always a group of young kids who would persuade me to take a picture of them!
the last time was in Berlin.
i mean how could I say no?! ^0^
they seemed harmless and so eager to say cheese!
i wish i knew at least one of them so that I could send back their smiles!


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well, even the smallest ones needs some chirping too.

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lost in the crowd...think she was munching an apple..

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err, think he's sleeping...


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again, can't resist this creature.
i;m sorry, not good with dogs, so wouldn't know what breed this is.


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and the last one,
would've thought that this bird was on top of this guy's head,
but look closely,
it's actually standing on one of those tiles.


i wish everyone a good week ahead!

* where was this *
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take the metro- Lesseps
bus No. 24 from Plaça Catalunya
Barcelona

Monday, October 8, 2012

" Parc Güell "

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the colonnaded pathway inside the park is one of its signature design,
that transcends Gaudi's creativity.
But for that right timing,
where someone's head or hand wouldn't popped out of nowhere
seems almost impossible.



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the view of the terrace walls.
they are actually inspired by bird's nests.
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I've already shown the horizontal side of this but thought I'd share the vertical
shots as well.
^0^

the doric columns and the circular tiled ceilings on the wall.

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yet another shot of the Pavillion.

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and my favorite were these tiled Trencadis.
they came out so washed out blue on my camera,
thankfully,
Pepperoni had better shots. ^-^

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We were hoping to see more but the sun was about to set and
catching a great angle means you have to click fast.
It was a nice and peaceful walk though,
contrary to what I've read where lots of pickpocket thieves await.

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There were a few hawkers and a couple of street artists,
there was actually one, who was selling his souvenir items on the colorful
tiled seats,
If you're like me, who gets easily drawn at the view and the vast space,
you'd forget he's standing there.
I almost crashed his merchandise had it not been Pepperoni who warned me that he was there, phew! that was close.

* where was this *
take the metro- Lesseps
bus No. 24 from Plaça Catalunya
Barcelona


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