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Most of the people I know who’ve been to Paris say that it’s overrated. I guess because you’d expect nothing but glamour from the “City of Lights”. But for me, even if you take account all the “ugly” parts, it’s still beautiful overall. The numerous museums, the architecture, its rich history – it will always be breath-taking for me.

From Amsterdam, we took the train to Paris via Thalys. My sister was able to book us first class cabins for a great deal.

This is the only decent train photo I have. So sorry. Hehe

I think it’s a good thing we took the train since it just takes around 3 hours. Instead of taking the plane which takes less but if you add check-in time, boarding time, etc would take you longer. Plus, I heard that Paris’s airport is not that nice.

Train stops at Gare du Nord. This is the central train station in Paris (which connects the city to different countries).

Gare du Nord is actually still far from Eiffel and other tourist spots. It is not advisable to book hotels here because of the distance.

Betz and I

This is what you’ll see once you step outside the station

After getting off the train station, we looked for the booth which sells train/metro tickets that will get you around Paris. This is advisable since your main mode of transportation around the city would be the trains. We got the 3-day pass.

Once we got to the hotel, we just dropped off our bags and went to our first stop – EIFFEL TOWER!!! 😀

Don”t mind my face. Haha.

Me and my sister. This was taken on the other side (the one with the grass area). That’s the reason for the “chicken wires” on our background. Lol.

The next coming days, we walked (a lot) around the city for more museums and touristy stuff.

Vanity shot in our hotel room. Me – Ate Tina – Betz (my sister’s officemate).

Sacré-Coeur Basilica

One of the train stops/stations.

Mr. Eiffel

With my lion hair. Haha. This is how windy (and cold for a tropical girl like me) it was up there.

Moulin Rouge. Thank you European weather, I finally got the chance to wear a leather jacket.

Ginawang tourist spot si Manong crepe-maker on the street.

Louvre

Outside (at the back) of Notre Dame Cathedral

Arc de Triomphe

Three days are not enough to fully enjoy the city. I swear, every night during my stay, I feel like my legs would come off as they are too tired. Haha. I want to post more pictures but this post would seem like a photodump of my face (with the same expression) with different backgrounds. Haha.

Just some tips when you’re in the city.

1. Buy long-stay train tickets. It would save you the hassle of going to the counter each time you’re riding.

2. Take good care of your belongings. The trains are located underground (so they’re like subways) and it’s kinda scary in some stops. Also, after you’ve placed your ticket and go into the rotating thing (or door), there are some people who’d push you to accomodate them (without them having to pay for a ticket).

3. Get souvenirs from stores. You’d think they’re more expensive but they’re not. Plus, you can even get freebies in souvenir shops if you buy a lot.

4. Eat!!! Lots of choices in Paris. Try your best not to eat in fast food as they taste the same in any country (in my opinion). What’s not to love bout French food? There’s escargot, filet mignon, macarons, crepes, etc. (I did try the french fries while I was in France, they still taste like potato. Haha)

5. Walk around to explore more. And when you do, wear comfortable shoes! (I think this goes out to any of your travels). When I said we did a lot of walking, we really did. Here’s a proof of what my shoes looked like in the middle of the day.

Mine – my sister’s – Betz’s. Hahahaha my shoes are supposed to be sparkly black. But as you can see, it transformed to gray.

Next time I visit (if I get to be lucky enough to get a chance again), I plan it to be more chill. Maybe spend a whole day in Louvre, read a book in the park, and have enough energy to go out and socialize at night.

xx

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Of brains and music

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The other day, I went to the little city of Eindhoven for an “official” trip.

Image courtesy of Google

Eindhoven is a city in Netherlands where Philips (the light company) started. Ever since, it made Eidnhoven a technology and industry hub. It has also become one of the centers for biomedical technology and engineering. (see Wikipedia for more info about Eindhoven :D)

The place isn’t much different from the other cities here in Netherlands. I had the chance to explore another city since I went down the wrong station. Haha. (After a few minutes in the commercial plaza, I checked Maps on my phone for directions, then realized I was in the wrong city hahaha)

Sightings:

"Smartest Region in the World"

Cute installation by Coosje van Bruggen. Check her out for her other sculptures around the world!

The city also houses one of the top universities in the world – Eindhoven Univeristy of Technology. That is the reason why this trip is an “official” trip, I had to go see the university with my own eyes. Being inside the campus of a university in another country just feels so surreal.

But the real highlight of this little trip is watching The Boxer Rebellion. You might have heard of the band because of the movie “Going the Distance”. I’m not really familiar with all of their songs, but since they sound good, and I really want to catch a gig while I’m here, I grabbed the chance to watch their show.

The show was held in a music hall called Effenaar. It was my first time watching a show alone so I had to explore the place by myself. The venue was really small, well, compared to A-Venue Hall or Araneta. This is the perfect concert set-up coz you get to enjoy the concert more, you can even talk to the band since the stage also isn’t that high.

And no, I wasn’t able to make new friends during the gig. Haha. I was too out-of-place (I think people are giving me kinda strange looks for looking like a lost Asian girl) and nervous (because of the cups of cappuccino I drank). I also had to leave early to catch the last bus ride going home, or else, I need to take a cab which is not just expensive but also rare after 12mn. But overall, it was a great experience! What’s not to enjoy with a day (including the part where I got lost haha) ended by a great night of music? 😀