Having crossed out the museum to visits, the monuments to see, the towers to climb and all the touristy must do is an accomplishment in itself but most often the greatest source of joy and sometimes of frustration are the moments of “in-between”- moments of trying to find a specific museum but ending up on […]Read more "By Day, Paris, France"
“Yes, death. Death must be so beautiful. To lie in the soft brown earth, with the grasses waving above one’s head, and listen to silence.” “To have no yesterday, and no tomorrow. To forget time, to forget life, to be at peace.” “You can help me. You can open for me the portals of death’s […]Read more "Cimetière du Père-Lachaise (Père Lachaise Cemetery), Paris, France"
The urge to walk at night and see Paris under the moonlight is something that is hard to resist particularly if you enjoy movies like Midnight in Paris, with wishful thinking that you might meet Ernest Hemingway along the way. I was searching for Ernest Hemingway indeed, though there was no 1920s Peugeot Type 176 […]Read more "At Night, Paris, France"
Beneath the romantic ambiance of the City of Lights lies a labyrinth of interconnecting caverns and tunnels, filled with carefully stacked bones and skulls, an ossuaries holding the remains of about six million people. It is hard to resist the urge to explore what lies beneath, the curiosity to glimpse death, a source of different […]Read more "Catacombes de Paris (The Catacombs), Paris, France"
An hour train ride away from the city of Paris via the RER-C train bound for Versailles-Rive Gauche station, visiting Château de Versailles or Palace of Versailles is more than just a mere side trip, it is grand in all aspects that it commands a full day worth. I have read enough to know that […]Read more "Château de Versailles, Île-de-France, France"
Standing in the middle of the busy Place Charles de Gaulle (or formerly known as Place de l’Étoile), dividing Paris geometrically into 12 grand avenues, the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is another famous monument in the city worth visiting. Historically significant Arc de Triomphe symbolizes honor and pride, as it was elaborately design and […]Read more "Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile, Paris, France"
“Amélie has a strange feeling of absolute harmony. It’s a perfect moment. A soft light, a scent in the air, the quiet murmur of the city. A surge of love, an urge to help mankind overcomes her.” – from the movie The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain (Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain ). Maybe it […]Read more "Montmartre, Paris, France"
Located at the lovely neighborhood of Latin Quarter, the Panthéon is one of the many Paris impressive monuments. Exhibiting a Neoclassicism style with large granite Corinthian columns in the facade similar to Rome’s Panthéon and a dominating dome in the middle, though originally design as a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, the Panthéon of Paris […]Read more "The Panthéon (Le Panthéon National), Paris, France"
The birthplace of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 classic novel “Le Fantôme de l’Opéra” (The Phantom of the Opera), Palais Garnier or the Paris Opera House provided more than the story location but set an ambiance of elegance and mystery, of which from time to time begs to consider if the story of the “The Panthom” Erik […]Read more "Palais Garnier (Opéra national de Paris), Paris, France"
By the time I visited Cathedrale de Notre Dame de Paris, I was already exhausted yet contented walking alone around the city of Paris. The number of people waiting in line to see the inside of the church and to climb the cathedral two towers was overwhelming despite the occasional light rain and cold weather. […]Read more "Gargoyles of Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris, Paris, France"