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Cathèdrale de Notre-Dame

Notre-Dame de Paris, “Our Lady of Paris” in French, is geographically located in the center of Paris (Île de la Cité), on one of the two islands on Seine, where the medieval city was founded upon. Spiritually, it’s also the heart of Paris and France. Right in front of the cathedral, there is a bronze plaque on the ground – Point Zero, symbolized the distance to all other parts of the country are calculated from this spot.

This Gophic styled Catholic cathedral was founded in 12th century by the bishop of Paris at that time, completed almost 200 years later, became an inseparable part in the histories of Paris. Many soldiers gave their prayers here before going into the fights for the Crusades. In 1431, Henry VI of England was crowned King of France. In 1804, Napoleon crowned himself here as the Emperor of France. In early 20th century, Joan of Arc was beautified (blessed) and canonized (declared to be saint) in the cathedral. In 1970, it held the Requiem Mass of General Charles de Gaulle.

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Posted by on June 26, 2011 in Travel

 

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Eiffel Tower

Built in 1889, the Eiffel Tower has become both a global icon of France and one of the most recognizable structures in the world. The tower is the tallest building in Paris and the most paid visited monument in the world. It’s 324 meters tall and named after it’s designer Gustave Eiffel.

It happened to be the only day that had sunny and blue sky during our 8-day trip in Paris. However, because of the snow fall on the previous day, level two and three were closed due to slippery ice. We could only get to level one and we did have lunch in the restaurant on that level. We got to the Tower at about 9:30 in the morning. There was already a long line waiting. We got in the elevator more than a hour later. The entrance by elevator and stairs are separated, one at each leg of the Tower. Yep, you can climb stairs to reach level one and lever two. But we decided not to as we weren’t that adventurous.

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Posted by on June 19, 2011 in Travel

 

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Arc de Triomphe

The Triumphal Arch is one of the most famous monuments in Paris. But not to confuse with the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel which stands west of the Louvre. It stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, at the western end of the Champs-Élysées. The Arc de Triomphe honors those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. Beneath its vault lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I. Its design was inspired by the Arch of Titus in Rome and was commissioned in 1806 by Napoleon I. But he was exiled before the arch was completed. Following its construction, the Arc de Triomphe became the rallying point of French troops parading after successful military campaigns.

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Posted by on June 18, 2011 in Travel

 

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Museums in Paris

There are so many museums and art galleries. It’s no wonder why there so many people going to Paris to learn and study art history. Just to visit the major, famous ones will take a whole week. Even if not into arts, people will be awed by the massive collection, the lively sculptures, the refined detail of the paintings.

In the week long stay in the city, we have been to Orsay Museum, Napoleon’s Tomb, Rodin Museum, Orangerie Museum, the Panthéon, plus Arc de Triomphe, Eiffel, Notre-Dame, Louvre (which will in separate posts).

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Posted by on June 11, 2011 in Travel

 

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Paris – City View

The city of Paris is famous for many things: the fashion shopping, foods (foie gras, any one?), Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Louvre, museums, artists. No wonder the French are proud of themselves. Even just spending some time walking down the streets, either busy ones or small ones, or along the Seine, you can discover many interesting architectures, status, building signs. You may also find yourself in the scene of many movies. Place de la Concorde in The Devil Wears Prada, Hotel Regina at Place des Pyramides in The Bourne Identity, look familiar? The list can go on and on.

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Posted by on June 7, 2011 in Travel

 

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Paris – Shopping

We visited Paris in December, probably not the most busy time for fashion shopping. But it could be because of Christmas time, the shopping malls and vicinity were very crowded, particularly in the evenings and on the weekends. I think 90%, if not 100%, of female human species believe shopping in Paris is like visiting heaven, metaphorically speaking. We stayed in Paris for 8 days. My dear beloved dragged me to the Galeries Lafayette 3-4 times. Now multiply that to half million visitors every week.

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Posted by on June 4, 2011 in Travel

 

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A Dolly Parton Movie

“Presenting a short film produced by Dancap Productions Inc., Oscar nominated by … me, we are putting Broadway shows on your big screen ……”

Preparing for the Tourism Week launch, we need some marketing material so we went out to take some pictures with our beloved Dolly Parton and two additional cast members. We had lots of fun during the photo shoot so I decided to make it a “silent movie”.

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Posted by on June 1, 2011 in Funny Things

 
 
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