Thursday, December 31, 2009

Food in Paris

Croissants seem to be very popular in Paris. I had so many croissants in Paris that I do not wish to see any more croissants for the next three months.



Along with croissants, chocolate drink is also popular. Well, so are coffee and tea for that matter, presumably to warm you up in the cold weather.



Near the area we stayed in, there are quite a number of chinese cafes. They sell all sorts of chinese dishes. It was such a familiar sight and reminded me of food back home.









Nice pastries.



Fresh fruits.



Fresh seafood.



And best of all, soup noodle with wanton.



Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sightseeing in Paris

Sightseeing around Paris was severely hindered by the weather. The first two days when we were there, it snowed. For the rest of our holiday, it rained on and off. Temperature was at freezing level and it did not helped that chubby kid refused to put on her gloves when we were outdoors.  Despite that, we tried our best to visit as many places as we could.

We went to the Notre Dame Cathedral in the snowy weather.



The surrounding was all white and it was a sight to behold.



The inside of the Notre Dame Cathedral is beautiful. One of these days, I must attend a mass in one of the cathedrals in European cities other than in England.







Another not-to-be-missed tourist destination is the Avenue des Champs Elysees, a shopping avenue in Paris.



The avenue is a long stretch of street lined with stores on both sides.



Lots of luxurious brands open their stores on this avenue. Of course, one of the most talked about store is the LV store, though I do not understand why people would spend thousands on a bag.



At the end of the avenue is the Arc de Triomphe monument.





We also went to the Galleries LaFayette. It looked like a palace inside.



Nearer to our hotel is the Basilique du Sacre-Coeur, located in Montmartre, the highest point in the city.







We could see the Paris skyline from up there.



We could also see the Eiffel Tower a distance away.



It was terribly cold up there, with the cold icy wind blowing at us. Even the snow had not melted there.



Nearby, in the area of Pigalle, is the Paris red light district.





The renown Moulin Rouge is located here. It is quite a sight when lit up at night.



Around the city, we saw the River Seine.



We saw the Hard Rock Cafe.



We saw people skating.



We saw lots of shops.





We saw the Louvre Museum again from the outside.



And after all that, we headed home with satisfaction.

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Louvre Museum

The Louvre Museum is a magnificent piece of architecture. Not only is it famous for being featured in the Da Vinci Code, it also houses thousands of famous art pieces; one of them being the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and is one of the biggest museum in the world.

Here are some photos of its architecture.









It is even more beautiful when it lights up.





The inside of Louvre is also as amazing. I am particularly in awe with the paintings on the ceiling, though I wonder why a lot of them portray naked women and men.










There are so many artworks and paintings in huge halls.







Of course, one of the most widely known painting is of Mona Lisa. I grew up with a replica of this painting in my house until my mum decided to replace it with some other painting in my teenage years. So looking at this painting actually reminded me that I once had a replica of it. I have sort of forgotten that. I wonder what my mum did to that replica.



In my opinion, this painting must be one of the most precious piece of work in Louvre. Not only is it put behind a glass wall, there is also a barrier to keep people far away from it; about eight metres away I would say.  Mind you, the painting is already very small. Being behind a glass wall and far away, I could hardly see the details of it.



See what I mean. I was standing right behind the barrier when taking this photo. 

Anyway, the view of the outside of Louvre from the inside is also very nice. The snow added a nice touch to the scenery surrounding Louvre.





Last but not least, for those who read the Da Vinci Code, here is the inverted pyramid :-)