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Shakespeare Café, Paris, France

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Life continues

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It was on the flight from Copenhagen to Paris when I uncontrolably cried for him. Again, I gazed over the horizon and thought that probably life would be so much better if this plane flew up to the highest sky and never landed.

In an hour, I sat in Charles de Gaulle lounge having chicken bagguette for my delayed lunch. My heart mind and soul are still with him. Life continues. 

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September 8, 2015 at 6:51 PM

All around Paris, France

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I will close my Paris, France series with this one, surroundings. I just feel like I have to address this. Especially for all my Indonesian, or Asian, friends out there. There are so many things that we heard. Well, from the point of view of a traveller i just ant to clarify certain things.

IMG_52371. Water is expensive in Paris

I want to tell you something. Drinking water is free in Paris. In most european countries, France is one of them, we can drink tap water. They are all good for drinking. Yes, the tap water in your bathroom. Don’t be surprised if your budget hotel did not provide you with complimentary bottled water. They are not stingy, they are basically normal. But if you prefer, mineral water, bottled and cold, then yes, you will need to pay 1.50 to 2.00 EUR a bottle, equals to 25.000 – 32.000 IDR or 10 times more expensive than a bottled water in Jakarta. So, bring a good water bottle and hop you go strolling Paris without having dehidration.

2. Toilet is expensive in Paris

Paid toilets are expensive in Paris, yes. But why do you have to go to the paid ones when you could find some free ones. We are adults, we know how much liquid and what kind of liquid we are taking and how they effect our bladder system. There are free toilets in Paris. Please… don’t be such a liar by telling people worldwide about this. But if you do urgently need to go to the toilet, then get your EUR ready. it’s 50 cents in parks and 1 EUR in malls or tourist attraction places.

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Disneyland, Paris, France

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The Louvre, Paris, France

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photo 2Ever since I watched and read The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, there’s this lingering feeling to visit The Louvre museum one day. Well, the day has come. And I have never felt like this for ages. I have never  imagine that I would be standing in front of the pyramid of The Louvre in Paris, France. What a dream came true! ❤

It’s not hard to get to this museum. There are signs to get there. Well, to make this settle once and for all, Paris is a very tourist-friendly place. But, even though there are so many tourist attractions in Paris. A place like The Louvre might push you to the limit because of its long (very long) queu. And sometime we just dont get it. We could buy the ticket else where, but where? Is it legal tickets? is it more expensive than the ticket from The Louvre counter?

Well, i’m glad to say. We really could get the tickets elsewehere to avoid the super long queu. The price is still the same and it’s legit! This is one of the “tourist-friendly” thing that I mentioned you ealier. In fact you might even get a discount if you booked the tickets in advance. Now, that’s a good deal, dont you think?

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Arc The Triomphe, Paris, France

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A true tourist should, I mean, SHOULD, go to Champs-Élyseés don’t you think? 😉 ❤ Well, not really. But for my sister it’s a must. Emphasis: A MUST. LOL

ARC THE TRIOMPHE

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The Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. (wiki)

So, we went there. I must have lost my mind because I did not bring my jacket with me. It was almost dinner time. We were welcomed with a strong chilly wind since it was actually a big space where there were no trees.

It was not a (poor) tourist friendly place I would say. Everything is expensive. I stared at Louis Vuitton boutique, which was closed. The size of the boutique and the displays. gulp. I wish I am a person of money. Then the boutique next to it, Rolex. Shoot. What’s with this people. Where do they get their money from? *rolling eyes*

I dragged my sister to the building. And of course, she said that we need to wait till they turned on the light. And so we waited. You can see from the picture that I was trying to stay alive bearing the coldness of the wind without jacket. hahaha.. stupido, says an italian.

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September 15, 2014 at 2:31 AM

Cathrédale Notre Dame de Paris, France

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La Vallée Village, France

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One thing that tourist should do when they are in Paris, France is to shop! 🙂

So, me and my sister googled up designer outlet in Paris where we could buy designer clothes and accesories as cheap as possible. We stumbled upon this name, La Vallée Villgae, 3 Cours de la Garonne, 77700 Serris, France. There were actually two places that caught our attention. But this one was easier to find, we assumed.

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So how to get there? It’s very easy.

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Rue de Lyon, Paris, France

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Azur Hotel, Paris, France

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It was my first time stepping my feet on the ground of the Blue Continent. Where else but the famous O’ la France! My sister and I decided to stay at this affordable yet in a good location of the city Paris, Azur Hotel.

Bienvenue en France!

Azur Hotel, 5 Rue de Lyon, 75012 Paris, France, was just in 5 minute walk from the majesticly busy train station Gare du Lyon. Oh, well, maybe 10 minutes walk if you were like us dragging along two gigantic suitcases. 😉

We arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport (CDG). At the airport we bought 3-day metro ticket (metro = Paris train lines). We went to the metro lines which was adjointed to the airport and took the metro to Gare du Nord then transffered to Gare du Lyon. It was a quick travel but a bit troublesome with our suitcases. Tips: Do travel light.

Go to the main exit of Gare du Lyon and walk straight. You will find this big road called Bd Diderot. Try to spot L’Européen restaurant, which is in the corner of the street, then you can walk across it for 20 meters and on your left side, Azur hotel.

Note: If you got lost anyhow, don’t be spooked of the sex toys store nearby. LOL. (here’s a map to help you)

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