Walk Up Montmartre

We were all dressed in warm clothes but the walk up to Montmartre was hot, as it was such a sunny day. We did some shopping along the streets as we walked up. There were a lot of people sitting on the grass listening to the street musicians and just chit chatting and relaxing. We sat down by the street and had a some drinks. As we were drinking a lot of street artists approached us wanting to sketch us. We declined but they kept coming. So you couldn’t really enjoy your drink and view. But it was still a nice experience for the family to enjoy a cup of drink on Paris streets.

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Out and About In Paris

Some other photos of our last few days in Paris that I wanted to show. Went to the different tourist attractions in Paris. Also did some shopping at Galeries Lafayette. No shopping in Paris just sounds weird, so we made a quick stop by the department store. I got myself a bag which was half the price in Taiwan. So it was a well worth purchase.

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This isn’t some random photo that I am posting. So the data looks to be on some skateboard with a baby seat attached to it. I haven’t something like this before, so I thought I would share this pic. Kind of cool, right?!

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Crazy Horse

I watched Moulin Rouge last time I was in Paris. I was planning to take the family to Moulin Rouge. But my friend insisted that I should watch Crazy Horse. If I had to compare Crazy Horse and Moulin Rouge, I would say Moulin Rouge was better.

Personally I like to see show stage outfits with feathers. Like the kind of shows you would watch in a casino. Show stage outfits and all the bling. With Crazy Horse the dancers were naked with towards the end of the dance so they didn’t wear much. So if you like to see the body up close then I would recommend Crazy Horse. But if you want to see a show with lots of costume and bling then Moulin Rouge.

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Palace of Versailles

Took the metro from our hotel and transferred to the RER train to get to Palace of Versaille. It took around 1 hour to get to the palace. The palace was huge and the gardens were gigantic. Marie Antoinette’s apartment was also a distance away. You basically need a whole day at Versailles if you plan to see the castle, garden and where Marie Antoinette stays.

The whole place was beautiful and the gardens were well maintained. It was interesting to see the how the bedrooms look like in the old days along with the furniture and decorations. Everything was just to shiny in gold colors. A lot of bling. But I guess thats how kings like it back then.

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Here are the large gardens that we walked. I felt like I was having a workout just walking the gardens.

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The walk to Marie Antoinette’s apartment. My brother and sister in law walked with me. The other’s were too tired or maybe lazy to walk. So they paid 4 euros to sit on a train car to Marie Antoinette.

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Back to Posting

I have been wanting to post something but somehow I never make it to posting. I guess I have to many excuses and never ending up posting. So today the excuses will stop! Recently, I took the family on a trip to Paris and Barcelona. I the planned the whole trip and looked for places to stay. It was like doing homework. Had to make sure every part of the trip suited everyone. The planning was tiring and leading/guiding the family was also tiring. Would I do another trip again…probably…but maybe with less people, so there will be less opinions. Haha.

So here are some photos of Paris. We stayed at Hôtel Elysées Opéra. The receptionist was super friendly. She showed us our way around the map and pointed out direction. So immediately I felt welcomed. The location was actually great. Around 5-10 minutes walk to restaurants and the metro. A 3 minute walk to the supermarket. Also it is near the Moulin Rouge. Before your arrival, the hotel will send you a survey to ask some basic questions if you need anything. Also, after your stay you will get a customer satisfaction survey. Overall, I would recommend this hotel for people who are traveling without a tour guide as the metro is close and transportation is easy.

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Aladdin on Broadway

I bought the cheapest ticket for Broadway. I am a tourist on a budget! I saw Derek Hough from Dancing with the Stars while I was walking to the theater. I was actually quite surprised as I was not expecting to see a celebrity during my trip. There was lots of kids surrounding him, so I couldn’t get a good photo.

My seat was at the very back of the theater. I thought I wouldn’t be able to see anything but I was wrong. The seats were not as bad as I thought it would be. The theater itself was not as huge like a concert. The show was fantastic and the Genie actor was really funny. The outfit and the setting of stage was excellent. I enjoyed my Broadway experience.

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Derek Hough

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The stage

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Wall Street Bull

We lunch at Harry’s in downtown New York. We went for the unlimited champagne brunch. I have never been to a brunch place that serves unlimited champagne! Early in the afternoon we started drinking.  It’s been 9 years since I last saw my friend. So champagne was a good way to catch up on the 9 years!

After brunch we took a walk down to the Wall Street Bull and around down town area. It lovely day to walk around and see the city.

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New York Big Bus

I bought a 2 day Big Bus tour. It was the easiest way to get around New York without getting lost. Hop on and hop off spots were exactly the areas I wanted to go to. After the tour ended at 5pm, I went to walk around at Fifth Avenue. It was snowing and it was so hard to walk, so I gave up shopping for an early dinner.

On the Big Bus

On the Big Bus

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MTV on the second floor above Oakley

MTV on the second floor above Oakley

IAC Building

IAC Building

New York public Library

New York public Library

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Rockefeller Center

Rockefeller Center

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Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon

Bryant park

Bryant park

Frozen fountain at Bryant Park

Frozen fountain at Bryant Park

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St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Walking on the snow

Walking on the snow

Downtown Manhattan

Walking through downtown. The streets were less crowded during the weekend compared to midtown. There was so many financial buildings and made me wonder what it would feel like to work in a financial area. I guess it would be a lot of stress but then what work has no stress, right?!

I love the architecture of the building. The style is so New York and that’s what I love about it. As I was walking I saw a building with a fire escape outside of the building. This reminds me of all the movies I see filmed in New York. This is definitely something you won’t see in other countries.

Later the afternoon we went battery park. We bought some coffee and sat at the park. We could see Statue of Liberty from afar. While sitting at the park drinking coffee and chatting felt so peaceful.

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Fire escape

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New York Stock Exchange

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Battery Park

Battery Park

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Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty

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Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island

I made a short trip to New York to visit my high school friend. The Statue of Liberty was a must go place on my New York list.

I bought tickets and the tickets included a trip to Ellis Island. It took pretty much one whole afternoon to do Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.

I sat at the top of the statue cruise as I wanted to take some photos. But the top of the cruise was so so so cold! My fingers were like ice cold and it hurt to even press the button my phone. I didn’t expect the top of the cruise to be this cold! I still enjoyed the experience.

Ellis Island back in the days was a stop for immigrants to be inspected. Now the island is a museum with lots and lots of tourists.

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New York City

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Leaving Statue of Liberty to Ellis Island

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View from inside of the building

View from inside of the building

Inside the Ellis Island building

Inside the Ellis Island building

What the inside looked like back in the days

What the inside looked like back in the days

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New Years in Melbourne

Happy belated New Years! I was busy traveling during New Years so I’m only managing to post this now. I guess New Years is pretty much the same everywhere. Fire works and more fire works. I did not make any new year resolutions. Hope I don’t regret. Well… I do have a goal which is to get fit and start going to the gym. So far I have not made it to the gym yet. I feel like I am still on holiday!

It was really dark and I had a difficult time to taking a selfie on my phone as you just couldn’t see my face. So my friend and I stood on the same spots taking lots and lots of selfie trying to get the right angle with the right lights. Then suddenly this old guys says to us ” girls how many selfies do you want to take.” At that I realized I must have taken too many selfies! Here is my so called selfies!

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Everyone waiting for fire works!

Everyone waiting for fire works!

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Everyone leaving after fire works are over

Everyone leaving after fire works are over

 

Christmas in Australia

I went to visit a friend in Melbourne for Christmas and New Years. We took a train to Altona to have a BBQ with my friend’s co-worker and friends. The train ride was pretty empty. Probably everyone was already at home with family so the train pretty much was empty.

We had lamb, baked potatoes and some veggie for lunch. I’m not much of a cook, but I manage to help out peeling the potatoes. So I felt quite good contributing to something involving cooking. After lunch we took a walk at Altona beech. The beech was just beautiful, but it was extremely cold. I did not expect it to me so cold in summer. I guess the beach water and wind made it very cold. Even though it was cold, I still loved standing on the beech looking at the beautiful pier!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas or holiday!

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Lego Figure

Brunch with an old friend on a rainy day may sound boring to some people. But it’s the way I like to spend my days. Calm and relaxing. No better way for me to spend my weekends on a rainy day!

After brunch we had coffee and decided to assemble a small lego. I thought it would be easy but the lego instruction was not that easy to read. The final product looked cool when it was completely done.

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Tourist Day

The weekend consisted of being a tourist walking around the city with friends visiting from the states. It was hot weekend, so photos turned out so well. At this kinda moment is where I wish I had a camera. My feet and legs died out towards the end of the day. I wore the wrong shoes, as I didn’t expect to walk so much. Lesson learned, wear comfortable shoes when you have friends visiting.

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Saying goodbye

Saying goodbye

Sydney Trip

This years vacation with my mum was in Sydney. Sydney has been a place my mum has been wanting to go for a while. So I’m really glad that we were able to make a trip together this year. We stayed at the hotel Sydney Rydges World Square, which was next to China town and really close to all the shopping areas.

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Three Sisters

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Mum getting up close and personal with the kangaroo

Mum getting up close and personal with the kangaroo

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City tour bus

City tour bus

City tour bus

Discovery of the Temple

My mum is back in the country for the month. She goes to the temple every time she is back. This time she took me along with her. We pray in the temple with 3 incense sticks and bow down 3 times. There are these special light holders on the wall with red name tags inserted inside. Apparently the lights holders are where people pay the temple to write their names to be placed inside. The reason for this is they believe the current year is not a smooth or will go well for them, hence they write their names in there so god can make the year better for them.

After we finished praying with the incense sticks, we went outside to burn some paper. The gold/yellow paper resembles money. Burning the paper means you are giving the money to your ancestors or family members that have passed away. The paper burns away and eventually disappears when all burnt up. So this is suppose to look like the money has gone to the after world. I guess you may ask – why do the dead need money? Well the dead do live in another world like heaven. In that world they also need money to spend. That’s the story I was told. It may sound strange, but every religion has it’s own ways.

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paper to be burn that represents money

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mum throwing the paper to burn

 

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GoPro Camera

We are at the public smart phone charging booth charging our iPhones. It takes forever to charge our phones as we only have one USB cable with us. We are so bored that my friend started to play around with his ProGo camera. The camera was quite fascinating that I ended up playing with it more and taking silly videos of myself!

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Here we are taking videos while our phones are charging! 🙂

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