Finally, the blue sky appeared on the third day of our holiday. We switched from museum crawling to monument crawling. If I am to pick one place in Paris I love to hang out the most, that has to be the two islands – Ile de la Cité and Ile St-Louis – in the center of the city. These two islands are so tiny but yet, to me, they are the focal point of the numerous momuments in Paris. That is why when you climb the 387 steps and stand on the top of the south tower of Notre-Dame, you can see Sainte-Chapelle, Hôtel-Dieu, Palais de Justic, Arc de Triomphe, echoed by Grande Arche de La Défense to the west. Saint-Jacques Tower and Sacré-Cœur rise up over Montmartre to the north. To the east, the Bibliothèque Nationale and to the south, the Latin district and turning westwards, Les Invalides.
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Time flies. If I don’t get started documenting our travel journal, year 2011 may hit me before I know it. June this year, we have visited France. Like our trip to Spain last year, I am going to publish an article every weekend, until I run out of materials.
I am familiar with Paris. When I was studying in UK, I spent my summer holidays staying with my relatives in Paris, helping them with their work and in my free time, I wandered the streets of Paris. I have worked in Paris too. And I have always wanted to bring Cynthia to Paris and show her the city inside out. 10 years we have been married, it seems like a destination long overdued.
Late June, we would have thought the weather was going to be sunny and warm. We landed in Paris on a cold, cold morning of 9 degree Celsius. Time to jiggle our plan a little bit and improvise. Below are the options to read more about our first two days of the trip.
Here is a quick peep at a highlight of our photos.
End of May. End of the project. End of my stay in Paris. In this two days, I have realised something.
“Almost nothing lasts forever. But the end of something always marks the beginning of something else. For better or for worst? Who can tell? That is when optimism and pessimism come into the picture. How about neutralism? ” – Cycles, Me.
Today, My AC mates in BNP held a farewell party for me. Dining in a very nice restaurant. And we have 11 of us. Janice was there as well. Karin thinks that I am a gentleman but I told her that I am just trying to be.
Farewell party. I have invited 25 people and it was pretty crowded. Sophie and they all have bought me some presents. A pair of “waist cuff”, one brace and Mylene Farmer LD. And of course, one card full of writings from the 7th floor. I shall miss them all. Very much so. I hate “Goodbye”.
And then, we went to a Brazilian Restaurant and had a great time.
My emotion is so intense and I really don’t know what to write anymore.
I will miss Paris.
Server was down most of the day and really, I got really bored. Had a haircut. And watched the film “Absolute Power”. What else can I do in Paris?