One Day in Paris

I had a couple of days more in this astounding “city of light and love”, as an Oliviers&Co. German partner had put it in one of our meetings. But as this trip was for work, I would like to focus on the touring day my boss and I got to enjoy!

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Musee de Louvre

We lined up to get inside the Louvre for over an hour under the blazing afternoon sun, but I would have to say it was worth it! After having been, now I understand how people can spend a whole day or more inside this grand museum. I thoroughly enjoyed viewing the ancient Greek sculptures in person. Specifically, and as shown in the photos below, Venus de Milo (Aphrodite), the Winged Victory of Somathrace (Nike) who I didn’t recognise at first, and the Diana of Versailles (Artemis). IMG_8296IMG_8341IMG_8375IMG_8327The attention to every detail in the interior of this place such as paintings on ceilings and gold trimmings on window sills, were all nothing short of breath taking. I can imagine myself looking up for hours just to marvel at the intricacy of all of it!IMG_8388IMG_8671IMG_8416Eventually of course, our feet gave way after viewing most of the paintings (rockstar Mona Lisa included), and headed to our next stop which was something I super looked forward to!

Shakespeare and Company

Maybe a month before the trip, my boss told me she wanted to take me to this bookstore in Paris. At the time, I hadn’t thought much about the trip since it was for work. Actually, I hadn’t the time to think about it until literally two days before we flew out! But the idea of this bookstore was what got me really excited to go since that day my boss mentioned it. IMG_8616IMG_8483Not only was it the venue for the opening scene in one of my most favorite movies of all time (Look up: Before Sunset), but it also turned out to be a place where to find first editions and covers that are difficult to find elsewhere. You can go up the “attic” and spend hours pouring over first edition books which aren’t for sale. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to take a photo of that room as it was packed with readers and I didn’t want to be the tourist to disturb them. Ha ha!IMG_8469Everything smelled of old wood, and I absolutely loved every second of it! IMG_8464IMG_8610Two books: Alberto’s Lost Birthday by Diana Rosie and Darling I’m Going to Charlie by Maryse Wolinski. I had just finished reading Maryse Wolinski’s heart breaking memoir on how her beloved cartoonist husband Georges Wolinski was suddenly taken away from her as he was one of the ten who died in the 2015 Charlie Hebdo terrorist attack in Paris. +

Notre-Dame de Paris

I only had one goal before visiting Notre-Dame: to at least see one of the church’s old rose windows! Which we did and it was a beautiful sight! Of course I completely forgot about the flying buttresses, as I would later find out when my parents asked about my visit to the church. Ha ha! Thank goodness, we took photos of that side of the church!

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Dinner in Chez Ribe along Avenue de Suffren

I cannot stress how thankful I am that our hotel was located in Tour Eiffel. As we ended our touring day, we were able to go back to the hotel to freshen up and walk one corner out to Chez Ribe.

IMG_8987I thoroughly enjoyed the carpaccio, which my boss and I shared altogether with her order of Salmon. IMG_8739With my boss, Nana. Of course, we had to do the al fresco!

Would I go back? Yes definitely. Preferably for vacation and with a camera, not just the one from my personal phone!

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24 Hours in Baguio!

I am not the type to plan out any type of vacation/s. I guess I tend to be too focused on the daily “hum-drum”–as people would label it–of life, that I forget to look elsewhere. Brian, however, is always looking for adventure, despite the fact that he is more busy than I am when it comes to work.

So, recently, we concluded a 24-hour trip to and from Baguio (No kidding!) and I have to admit it has taken place as one of my best spent weekends I have ever had since 2017 started.

Below would be a quick list of what we got to do in the 24 hours we were in the Summer Capital of the Philippines!

1) BEN CAB Museum

First stop was BEN CAB museum. Please don’t judge, but what I loved most about this place was the view, which was a wonderful bonus next to the preserved artefacts!

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2) Chocolate de Batirol

Quaint place for hot chocolate on a breezy and cold night in Baguio. After Ben Cab, we headed straight to a pre-dinner snack (lol).

IMG_5463Looooooove the live blues/jazz performance by the artists while we enjoyed sipping our nutty hot chocolate drinks!IMG_5474IMG_5477Brian ordered suman while I got my tokwa’t baboy. 🙂

3) Chef’s Home

After Chocolate de Batirol, we went to have dinner with friends at Chef’s Home, which offers Southeast Asian cuisine. Everything we ordered were so good!

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4) La Trinidad Strawberry Fields

This experience was awesome! Mainly because it was my first time!! Ha ha! There is no entrance fee to the fields. But if you want to go strawberry picking, one basket (or one kilo worth of hand-picked strawberries) is at Php 400. Brian and I shared a basket and got to pick out 1 kilo of perfect strawberries!IMG_5663IMG_5604IMG_5585IMG_5554IMG_5508We even got to try strawberry taho! Yum!

IMG_561210 peso entrance fee to a flower garden to take this picture! These sunflower are two times my height!

5) Panagbenga Street Market

We visited the street market for the last leg of the Panagbenga Festival along Session Road (at least we got to walk around Session Road). I got to purchase extra cheap wooden chopping boards (P150 each!), which are perfect to be used for cheese/meat platters!

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My favorite part about the Panagbenga market is the booth that sells these paintings by local artists. 🙂

After the market, we headed back to Manila, just in time to rest and prepare for another Monday. Glad we were able to make the time to make this short and fun trip!

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