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Friday, 11 December 2009

Bienvenue à Paris !! (Welcome to Paris!!)

I have been to several places in Europe, and Paris so far is the best place I have ever been. Most tourist attractions are easily accessible with Metro (underground tube). Forget the car and board the train! There are lots of interesting places to explore, and halal food are easy to find. My advice to you my friend, buy the Paris Visit Travelcard. Available in 1,2,3 or 5 days. We bought the 5-day pass for zone 1-6. You can go literally anywhere in Paris and its suburbs with this pass. We went to Disneyland and Versailles as well! Not part of the plan but it was well worth it! We had unlimited access and this pass also valid for bus and cable car!

People often relates the Parisians (the people in Pa
ris, as oppose to French) as sombong bongkak. Well, they proved us wrong as they were actually quite helpful. They just don't understand English very well but they were always willing to help. Learn a word or two of French language like bonjour, merci, pardon and excuse-moi will be handy.

The famous Eiffel Tower

Leaving for Paris on Eurostar, at St Pancrass International

The ice sculpture at the station - they changed colours!

As soon as we arrived at Paris Gare du Nord Eurostar station, we were picked up by my French friend, Henri (de Parseval). He was my labmate a year ago and now is back in his hometown. After checking in at the hotel, he took us to Eiffel Tower and his house was only 15 minutes walk from the tower! As we sit for dinner at his house, we can see the sparkly and glittering lights of the tower. Amazing.

enri's mom cooked us a nice meals - tagliatelle with roasted chicken (gerenti halal punyer) and ratatouille! Remember the tiny little mouse animation called Ratatouille? That's the one! That's what we had for our dinner. Don't get me wrong, it was not the mouse we swallowed down but Ratatouille is actually a combination of aubergines, courgettes, yellow and green peppers, tomatoes and onions - a classic French vegetarian dish. It was yummy!

Image taken from http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2903/ratatouille
The delicious ratatouille

The really lovely family, thank you ever so much

We had 3-course meal that night.
A French tradition - to have a snack before dinner. We were having a small talk while munching the pistachios and peanuts, washed down with a selection of tomato juice, orange and apple juice. Dinner started with main meal followed by cheese course. We were introduced to different types of cheese, produced from different regions of France. It's all so typical...French and cheese....they are just part of each other. Dessert was a traditional tart tartin, the upside down apple tart, made from freshly picked apple from de Parseval's own apple farm.

Image taken from www.bellemaisoninc.com
Tart tartin

One for the album...............

After dinner, Henri's dad took us for a small tour around Paris. The view was breathtaking! So lively even at the midnight hour, with tourists overflowed the Champs-Elysees and along the Seine river. Beautiful.

Paris - City of Light

With Henri and his father

On Day 2, we went to see the ever so famous Eiffel Tower. I can't believe my eyes....it was really tall with massive structure. Tourists flocked the area and ramai penjual kaki jalan selling all sorts of souvenirs. We also menyibukkan diri at the Champs-Elysees, menjamu mata with the designer's fashion house. Nak beli tak mampu, tengok pun jadi le.

The National Opera Gallery? Lupa la nama tempat ni

The famous Champs-Elysees, with lots of designer premises

Di kaki Eiffel Tower

Alia with her giant cotton candy

Paris, along the river

Here's Paris for you. Wait for the next travelogue in Paris very soon. The journey continues 'til Day 5. Tunggu.......

So for now, au revoir!!

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