“If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.”
– Ernest Hemingway –
So, let’s be real, I don’t get that. I’m an broke asian student that still struggling finding my way to fit in a society that is so different from where I grew up in. I can never feel the way Hemingway felt. Is that a disappointment? Somehow, a tiny little bit, yes. But then thinking about it, actually, not at all. I enjoyed Paris in my own fullest way without regret. Paris is truly a feast that you can never get enough since the very first bite.
Not just in Paris but everywhere you travel to, would looks very different at night and you might want to give it a try. I don’t even consider going up Eiffel tower as I have height phobia, but if you are interested, you should book the ticket online. It’s cheaper and could save you a lot of time. There is also a restaurant on the tower, I really don’t want to know how expensive it is.
Busy hour on Champs-Elysees. Tourists walking across the street, counted to 3, and went as fast as they can to the middle of the stress, when the red light turned on, trying to capture this luxurious world-famous avenue, with blinky Ferris wheel in the distance. Well, that’s me. I’m not regretting that.
Height phobia made me not even brave enough to get a good angle. This, is Champs-Elysees!
View from Arc de Triomphe. I was not actually the one who took this. It was my friend. I was too busy freaking out of the height. The sunset was breathtaking though, suddenly everything was covered by this cinematic dreamy pastel filter. The touristy crowd ruined it a little bit but hey, you can’t escape that in this area so better except it!
How the Louvre looks from the inside.
This place is unbelievably huge! I’m glad I get in here and I totally recommend you to have the experience. For once. Just once.
My favorite exhibition, the ceiling is a masterpiece with 12 horoscopes paintings.
The Louvre has everything you can think that could exist in a museum here, from paintings to sculpture, Egyptian to European coffins, daily essentials from multiple of ancient cultures, magnificent interior setting…. you name it. But, seriously, if you are not interested in art or you haven’t read any thing about the Louvre, you should skip it. I will state this again, it’s HUGE. It might takes days to visit the whole place so forget about it. Do a little research online, mark what you want to see and go straight to them. You can thank me later.
This was the first time I have seen a swan, I was soooo happy, like magic happens! After a while it started to look nothing much more than a big duck though……
You read it right, it’s a post office! Of course, not all post offices in France look like this (it would be madness!!!). However, every medium – big size cities has post office this beautiful at the central. I haven’t walked into one yet, I will, find it in my next Paris post as I’m coming back there in June!
I know it might be illegal to post pictures of others online like this but this is a really nice one. I will take this down if requested. Anyway, the wedding photoshoot is exhausting I believe everyone can imagine. Even so, both the bride and the groom looks sooo happy together. His sweet and gentle gesture really touched me. This is what should be happening everyday in Paris, don’t you think so? Taken near the Louvre.
Arc de Triomphe turned out to be one of the best attraction I have visited in Paris. The history of it is far more interesting than I thought: “The Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Solider from World War I” (Wikipedia). I was also lucky enough to be here at 6 pm to witness a daily ceremony.
Underground passage to Arc de Triomphe.
There are many ravens in Paris, they do not seems to eat bread, or maybe I just haven’t seen them do so. Sometimes they made creepy sounds but normally it won’t bother you much. They make good pairs with the sculptures!
Maybe you haven’t known this yet but there are 2 gates at both ends of Champs-Elysees. The Arc de Triomphe you might already know about, this is the another one called Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, next to the Louvre. Smaller, with horses on top.
I really appreciated this little thing in the city. Behind this is a construction and I think it’s a brilliant way to make the street look a little bit nicer and show the city’s characteristic.
It was a really long way from our place to Foundation Louis Vuitton. I didn’t go inside as the line was long and I was not really in the mood. My friends told me afterwards that there was nothing relating to Louis Vuitton inside, just contemporary arts, paintings..
This should not be a part of a feast but it’s there so I think I might want to capture it. So apparently you can rent a Ferrari for 90 euro, 20 minutes is not much but could be a lifetime deal for some people. Not for me though. I’m a little annoyed that this kind of business is ran in “the city of light” and people really paying for it. Like, in the end, Paris is super touristy.
An old Vietnamese note, taken in Paris’s flea market: Marche aux Puces de St-Ouen.
As you can see, they sell all kind of old junky stuffs. The flea market is quite out of the city. You might get confused when you reach the place as there are many shops and even another markets around (seems to belongs to the immigrant). Stick to your map and you will find it. It is open in the weekend and on Monday. But when we arrived at around 10 AM on Monday the market seemed to not wake up yet. So I guess you should come in the afternoon during the weekend?
These look like some dark evil baby dolls from horror movies, you can also find in the market tons of weird stuffs like….wooden dildos.
Pictures taken in Lindt chocolate store. Yeees it’s the whole store full of chocolate in all form! This is how hot chocolate should be, thick and shiny straight from the tap!
You might be surprised be how many flavors they actually produce: citrus, orange, whisky, sesame, macaroon, sea salt, creme brulee, coconut,… and they are so freaking CHEAP!
These little bites of different flavors are perfect for me as a broke student. You can take as much as you want in a bag and pay per kilogram. The down side is they only come in common flavor.
Sacre Coeur – The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris. I am not religious so it’s hard to understand the meaning of what I have seen here. But it surely is one of the most peaceful place I have ever been to. I spend a quite long time just sitting there and looking at the ceiling. Being afraid of height, it’s a little bit scary but I just can’t help doing it.
So many birds, some are with missing fingers, I really curious why. It’s totally ok to feed the birds in Paris, as well as any where in Europe (I think). They can be pretty annoying surrounding you asking for more bread. I’m quite enjoy it though.
Seine river, looking from Place de la Bastille.
View from The Panthéon – where you can find Marie Curie, Victor Hugo tombs. The building on the right of the picture is Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. We were here at noon so there are many groups of students gathering around the square, having (super healthy) lunch. 12 at noon sun light had never been that pleasant. At that moment, I know this is something I really want to pick up from the French.
Chilling in the park. Another piece of French lifestyle I want to make it my own.
Traveling on budget and has been walking for the whole day? Common, sit down, you deserve a hot chocolate and some sweets!
Oh this is actually very funny. This one is street gambling. The guy had 3 cups and 1 balls, doing manipulating tricks and people can place bet. It seems really simple but some people keep guessing wrong the whole time. I was standing there for a while and realized some patterns of some individuals. For instance, some always lose or win. I believe they are all in 1 group, those player and the guy doing the trick. 2 of my friends lost money to this scam and I didn’t know why they even joined?! Stay away from this scam people, money doesn’t come from the tree.
A random church at a corner of the street. Next to The Patheon.
Carousels seem to be a typical French thing. It appears everywhere I go in different themes. I don’t remember when was the last time I was on one, or maybe I haven’t at all?
The famous french Tartare. This is so far my bravest experience but also the most rewarding in France. I just wanted to try it but didn’t really expect much. It turned out to be amazing, the meat, despite being raw, didn’t taste that much “raw”. It was full of flavors and didn’t hurt my stomach at all. If you are about to try Tartare, I suggest you to find a nice restaurant and don’t hesitate to spend more as you will want the best quality meat.