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Paris Street Art

June 22, 2015


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All over Paris was cool street art. Much of it was up high and if you didn’t look up, you missed it. After spotting the Kraken on the first day, I knew to look up. Most of what I found was in the Marais district near the apartment that I was staying in. Some of it may have been stencils, particularly the Storm Trooper as I saw him several times in different variations. Unfortunately, some street art had been spray painted over in some parts. The last photo was one long piece, but much of it had been spray painted on. I know not everyone appreciates street art, but some of these took time and some skill to get the in the high positions they were located in. Most of it also stood out in stark contrast to the beige and grey traditional buildings of Paris. The next time you are in Paris, look up, you never know what you might see.




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Europe, France, Museums, Travel

Paris With A View

June 15, 2015
Paris with a View

Paris with a View

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We all know the famous landmarks of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre and the list goes on. Other than the Eiffel Tower, most people don’t realize that there are amazing views from many places in Paris. I am deathly afraid of heights, so please appreciate the fact that I have gone up most of the ones I am going to mention! Above is a view from the Eiffel Tower. Not from the top-level, as that was never going to happen. My tour guide actually mentioned that the views are better from the second level. This is where this photo was taken from. I had to get pretty close to the edge to take a photo between the metal fence. Here is another from the Eiffel Tower.

Paris with a ViewThe next place is Montmartre, which if I had thought about it, would have told me it was a hill. We had gone up there to see the Sacre-Coeur Basilica. Montmartre is in the northern part of Paris so it is like you are looking down on Paris. It is also the highest hill in Paris, thus giving it great views! You can see Notre Dame and the Eiffel Tower from here.

Paris with a View

Paris with a View

Not only is the Arc de Triomphe an amazing landmark that leads to the Champs-Élysées, but it is also a place with a view. I had no idea that you could go up inside the monument or that you could walk around the terrace. Unfortunately, I did not do this. There are quite a number of steps to climb to the top and I also had my heart set on walking down the Champs-Élysées, my feet were not going to do both. I looked at some images online and I may have to head back and beg to take the elevator! The view is spectacular and gives you a 360-degree look of Paris.

Paris with a View

Even museums have a view! Yesterday, I visited the Musée d’Orsay and discovered that they also have a terrace! Not only that you can see the Louvre and the Seine River from the terrace. There are also some amazing statues carved into the building that you can get up close to by being out there. You can also get a cold drink or an ice cream out there!

Paris with a View

Sometimes to get a great view of Paris, all you need to do is to look out the window! Yesterday, I moved from a hotel to an apartment and the rooftop view is quite lovely and is probably a more authentic view of Paris. I could see into the neighbor’s apartments and hear their dinner conversations. (Not that I understand any of it!) Last night, I looked out and saw two cats sitting on the terrace next door. Day-to-day life in Paris with a view!

Paris with a View

Have you discovered unexpected views? Share with us in the comments!

Europe, Prep, Travel

2015 Travel Plans

January 6, 2015

IMG_0001Usually, I don’t plan travel to far in advance. Maybe about a month to six weeks out is the norm.  But this year is a bit different. My parents are going on a European trip with their church choir. I had half committed to meeting them somewhere, but I wasn’t sure where. (I half committed because I don’t like tour groups.) Then they said there was going to be an extension trip to Paris! I also learned they were going to bring my 10-year-old niece as well.  This would be her first time on a plane and overseas. I was sold! So in June, I will be joining my parents, my niece and who knows how many choir members in Paris. This must be the farthest out I have ever planned a trip on my own. However, there isn’t much for me to do as it is done with a tour company. I will be arriving a day before them because of the flight schedules and I also want to find places for us to eat.

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I also found out this Fall that there is an art exhibition in Venice I want to attend. It is the Biennale. This year it runs from May 9 – November 22. So I think Venice will be my July Eid holiday.  I will also try to go visit some friends that now live in Italy near Rome. I am trying to decide if I will take the train from Venice to their town or drive.

I haven’t made any decisions on dates or even destinations for the rest of the year, but I do know I want to try to hit more of the Gulf countries this year. Here is my list to choose from:

  • Oman
  • Dubai
  • Kuwait
  • Cambodia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Sri Lanka
  • Greece

Obviously, I can’t go to all of them, but I have plenty of choices.  I will also be traveling for work. Most likely that will Dublin and maybe Iceland! Stay tuned…