Travel with Ysabel: Paris (II)

Love is sweeter the second time around! I returned to the city of love, just in time to welcome the month of love but this time with three of the Lille Missies.

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Of all the hostels I stayed in so far, this was the hostel where I very much enjoyed. I would highly recommend Arty Paris for its friendly accommodation, free breakfast, comfortable rooms and travel-friendly vibe. Although it’s quite far from the main cities (about 10 stops via metro), it’s still worth my stay! My friends and I were lucky to meet a Filipino worker who did his best to cater our needs.

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The infamous long, fluffy skirts and the sychronized high kicks dance or  the can-can is made known here at the Moulin Rouge. Predominantly one of the first cabarats in Europe, the Moulin Rouge remains to be the most well-known entertainment in the world.

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Situated uphill are windmills Radet and Blute-fin of the Moulin de la Galette.  Built in 1717, the windmills were acquired and used only in the 1800’s to produce flour, pressurize the harvest or grind materials used for manufacturing. These became monuments in 1939. This windmill above was also the inspiration of the famous painting of Vincent Van Gogh.

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The Montmartre street art market would surely inspire budding artists. It’s like an outdoor, art museum for free! The limited painting materials would not prevent the artists/vendors from accomplishing such fine artwork.

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What makes the hike going up worthwhile? This view, and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. Dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Paris, this Roman Catholic church is nested at the highest point of the city.  The church inside is very beautiful, having a large image of Jesus at the center ceiling.

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Happy that i was able to see the Notre Dame Cathedral again but this time during the day! We were no longer able to go inside because the lines were so long.

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The Lille Missies and I locked our friendship at the Love Lock bridge. I tried to look for the previous locks of my mom, dad and I from the previous trip at the exact spot but I could not find them anymore.

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My friends and I decided to rest for a while so we relaxed for a bit at the Square Jean XXIII.

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We visited the ever so beautiful Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe again at night.

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The following day, we took a morning stroll to the Jardin des Tuileries where we can see a panoramic view of both the La Grande Roue ferris wheel and the Eiffel Tower. The area only became a public park after the French revolution where Parisians would meet, celebrate and relax with their loved ones. We also got to enter the nearby Musée de l’Orangerie where impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces of notable artists such as Paul Cézanne, Pablo Picasso, and Henri Rousseau are displayedIt was our lucky day – because it was the first Sunday of the month, we got to enter art gallery for free!

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We got to try the macaroons of Pierre Herme and the hot chocolate of Angelina. The sweet treats kept us warm throughout our walks. A little sugar wouldn’t hurt, especially with those delectable colors, who can resist them?

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The line was way too long outside the Louvre because of the first Sunday of the month free admission promo. The night inside the pyramids were still switched on however could not be seen well on broad daylight.

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Our last stop was the Académie Royale de Musique or better known was the Paris Opéra. Paris’ premiere place of holding shows of entertainment such as dance, theatre and musical performances. Outside there was a man named Youri Menna serenading passer-by’s with his own song renditions and he was amazing. I’d love to go inside the Opera someday to watch a show.

Visiting Paris the second time around was a wonderful experience because I fell in love with it.. again! My friends and I enjoyed the trip as much as I did no matter how brief it was. Here’s a video of special moments of our trip, excuse the awkward dancing. Hehe. 😛

You may also want to check out the previous trip to Paris HERE.