France, Uncategorized EUROTRIP: CRAZINESS IN AUGUST 23 August 2010

A bit more of our sights around Paris. taken after our Laduree brunch. We were lucky the weather was really lovely during our time in Paris, since we were outdoors so much! It was a bit novel to see clear blue skies and white clouds.. something we don’t quite get in Shanghai πŸ˜‰

August is tourist season in France, so we did end up having to face a ton of tourists. I wonder if the local French people get a bit resentful of so many loud-mouth tourists blabbing away and taking photos everywhere? Perhaps they do, because also in August, all the Parisiens leave in a mass exodus πŸ˜‰ Unfortunately for us, many of the recommendations for restaurants we received from our French friends (THANK YOU guys!!!) were closed all of August. Booooooo. Fortunately, there are TONS of cute little bistros and restaurants everywhere you look in Paris, and all are actually pretty good, so we didn’t end up in a situation where we couldn’t find a good place to eat.. *whew*..

The tourist attractions were, naturally, packed. It gave the whole place a bit of a “Disneyland” feel, since everyone was wandering around and not going to work, relaxing, snapping photos, etc. The downside was that crowds scare me, and people frequently bump into you because they’re so busy looking at stuff they don’t look where they’re going. At least it’s not like in China where they slam into you and don’t apologise!

I would recommend tourists to try and skip the August period and try going in June or July instead – where the weather is still lovely, but way less tourists, and the great local places are all open πŸ™‚


Arc de Triomph, at the start of Champs-Γ‰lysΓ©es

Crossing the bridge over the Seine River, near the Pont Neuf area

By the Seine River

Notre Dame cathedral

Inside the catheral. It was sooooo high!

All lit up with candles

Beautiful stained glass windows

A gorgeous candy store

Being strange whilst crossing back over the Siene River πŸ˜›


22 Comments

  • starbucksweetie posted on August 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Your photos make me miss Paris.

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    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 6:47 am

      I don’t want our holiday to end… having too much fun , lol!

      Reply
  • loverly posted on August 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I’m obsessed with Inception right now, these make me want to watch it again!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

      Oohhhh I haven’t watched it yet, I so want to!

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on August 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Your photos make me LOVE Paris!

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    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

      Hope you can go soon! It’s a lovely city πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • cosmic_cow posted on August 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    hi Beverly…
    Vanessa here. just dropping by to say ‘hi’. *waves*
    i’m a friend of your cousin, Amanda…and have been following your blog from time to time.
    i just wanted to say that your Paris hol looks absolutely lovely. and i’m actually checking back quite often on your Paris trip ‘cos i’m heading to the City of Lights with my husband next month.
    looks like you’re having loads of fun.
    can’t wait to see what other places you’re heading to next. πŸ˜‰

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    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:15 am

      HIya sweetie! What a small world, heh.

      You’ll love Paris. If you have the time, I’d recommend you spend a few days in Barcelona too – we went after Paris (will blog it soon) and both of us thought it was, by far, better πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • starbucksweetie posted on August 23, 2010 at 1:02 pm

    Your photos make me miss Paris.

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 6:47 am

      I don’t want our holiday to end… having too much fun , lol!

      Reply
  • loverly posted on August 23, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    I’m obsessed with Inception right now, these make me want to watch it again!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

      Oohhhh I haven’t watched it yet, I so want to!

      Reply
  • rainingumbrella posted on August 23, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    Your photos make me LOVE Paris!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

      Hope you can go soon! It’s a lovely city πŸ™‚

      Reply
  • cosmic_cow posted on August 23, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    hi Beverly…
    Vanessa here. just dropping by to say ‘hi’. *waves*
    i’m a friend of your cousin, Amanda…and have been following your blog from time to time.
    i just wanted to say that your Paris hol looks absolutely lovely. and i’m actually checking back quite often on your Paris trip ‘cos i’m heading to the City of Lights with my husband next month.
    looks like you’re having loads of fun.
    can’t wait to see what other places you’re heading to next. πŸ˜‰

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:15 am

      HIya sweetie! What a small world, heh.

      You’ll love Paris. If you have the time, I’d recommend you spend a few days in Barcelona too – we went after Paris (will blog it soon) and both of us thought it was, by far, better πŸ˜›

      Reply
  • valska posted on August 24, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Your bump is showing. It’s so cute!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:15 am

      Hehe yeah getting there, I’m looking forward to being very obviously pregnant (and not like I just ate a lot)!

      Reply
      • valska posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:17 am

        I know what you mean. All the way to the end of my pregnancy, people thought I was just super fat!

        Reply
  • valska posted on August 24, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Your bump is showing. It’s so cute!

    Reply
    • beverly posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:15 am

      Hehe yeah getting there, I’m looking forward to being very obviously pregnant (and not like I just ate a lot)!

      Reply
      • valska posted on August 25, 2010 at 7:17 am

        I know what you mean. All the way to the end of my pregnancy, people thought I was just super fat!

        Reply

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