Friday, 28 May 2010

Stop 8 : Paris - with LOVE!

Before I came to Paris, I did ask around people opinion about it. I must say most of people either love it or hate it.

Luckily for us, we are those who absolutely LOVE Paris. It's one of the best holiday we had.

The weather was good, warm and sunny at 28 degree. The night was clear and not too windy. The food was awesome and cheap (well obviously you can search for expensive one). The Parisian was so helpful, friendly and open. A few time during our trip that I need to carry the push chair down the staircase (there is no lift). Our push chair wasn't even big nor heavy, and I have my husband with me, but there always be someone offering help. We almost need not to figure out where to go, the Parisian will offer help without us asking! how great is that?

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And surprise...surprise... everyday at 11pm, this magnificent tower sparkle like a christmas tree for a brief 10 minutes. However, it's very hard to capture because when fast shutter managed to capture the sparkle but made the surrounding look pitch black.

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During our 3 nights in Paris, every single night we will go out until 11.30pm to enjoy this lovely sight.

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Of course it's not just Eiffel tower that we've seen. We also see loads of other thing including the most well known cathedral "Notre-Dame", Louvre, Opera Garnier and Versailles. Not to mention countless number of old building that we had no clue what is that all about.

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But I have to see, Eiffel is my favorite!

On the first night we are there, we came in around 7pm by train from Brussels. So after dinner, we quickly run to catch a metro to "tour montparnasse" (montparnasse tower). Don't ask me how to read it though!

The tower is a 210-metre (689 ft) tall office skyscraper located in Paris, France, in the area of Montparnasse. Constructed from 1969 to 1972, it is the tallest skyscraper in France and the ninth tallest building in the European Union. In the future, it may be surpassed in height by the Tour AXA (231 metres / 758 feet), and later by Tour Phare, Tour Signal and Tour Generali (approximately 300 metres / 980 feet). Let me tell you that the tower itself looks pretty.... ugly (luckily I can't see much of it at night). But behold... the view from it!

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Again, 3nd time lucky, we get to see full moon for the 3rd time in our holiday (Previously in Greece in 2009, and in Colorado USA in 2008). Certainly out of my plan, but we get to see it at the right time!

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We decided not to climb Eiffel tower at all and climb tower Montparnasse instead. First : it was cheaper (only cost 11 EUR until the rooftop), second : it was hardly any big crowd except other photographers, thrid : something that impossible to take from Eiffel - to see the tower of Eiffel itself from head to toe.

I didn't regret my decision...

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Stay : 3 nights
Where : Hotel Residence Quintine Square (http://www.hotels-paris.fr/en/hotel/S-Fr-Residence-Quintinie-Square.htm)

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Stop 7 : Keukenhof - the ultimate tulip experience

I invite you to join us visiting one of the most visited, best garden, in the world.
Keukenhof ("Kitchen garden", Dutch pronunciation: [ˈkøːkənˌhɔf]), also known as the Garden of Europe, is situated near Lisse, Netherlands, and is the world's largest flower garden. According to the official website for the Keukenhof Park, approximately 7,000,000 (seven million) flower bulbs are planted annually in the park, which covers an area of 32 hectares.
Keukenhof is open annually from the last week in March to mid-May. The best time to view the tulips is around mid-April, depending on the weather.

For 14 EUR, you can see yourself in the midst of this beautiful garden. A helpful tip, arrive close to the opening time of the park to avoid hunderds of tour group that arrive later on the day.

*Warning:bandwidth sucking pictures ahead*

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