Paris 106 - Pont des Arts Bridge

The Pont des Arts Bridge or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the R...

The Pont des Arts Bridge or Passerelle des Arts is a pedestrian bridge in Paris which crosses the River Seine. Since late 2008, tourists have taken to attaching padlocks (a.k.a. love locks) with their names written or engraved on them to the railing on the side of the bridge, then throwing the key into the Seine river below, as a romantic gesture. The locals being Parisian had been complaining about this and from 1 June 2015, city council workmen from Paris started to cut down all the locks.
We were lucky to see the bridge in 2014 when all the love locks were still there. It was part of the history that might ever resurface on this bridge ever again. So I was glad I had some good pictures on the bridge to bring home as memories... 

p.s. I didn't put a love lock there.... Love doesn't need a lock to strengthen it if it's the "one true love"!








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Paris 105 - Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower is so iconic and symbolic to the extent that most people equates it to Paris. Construc...

Eiffel Tower is so iconic and symbolic to the extent that most people equates it to Paris. Constructed in 1889 as the entrance to the 1889 World's Fair, it is named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower. 
Like any other first timer to Paris, I was stoked to see the Eiffel Tower with my own eyes for the first time! Although we didn't go up to the Eiffel Tower, my sister and I still had a lot of fun posing with the Eiffel Tower in the background... Or even just capturing this beautiful architecture from every angle possible...











Who wouldn't wanna post with the Eiffel Tower???
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Paris 104 - Walking Around Paris Day 1

Since we arrive late in the evening in Paris and only wandered a little around our hotel looking fo...

Since we arrive late in the evening in Paris and only wandered a little around our hotel looking for places for dinner. We saw the Moulin Rouge and some statues around Montmartre. The next day we started our journey to Arc de Triomphe, then to Eiffel Tower, and along the River Seine towards  Lourve and Pont des Arts Bridge (when the love locks were still allowed on the bridge). Here are some of the random pictures from our 1st 24 hours in Paris... 

The one and only Moulin Rouge
Statue near our hotel

Montmartre Cemetery
Bakery near hotel

Parisian Croissant
Parisian sandwich
 
Underground Metro
Some kind of street protest
Eiffel Tower from afar


Seine river cruise







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Paris 103 - Arc de Triomphe

Arc de Triomphe was the first sightseeing spot we went in our 1st full day in Paris. We took the me...

Arc de Triomphe was the first sightseeing spot we went in our 1st full day in Paris. We took the metro near to our hotel straight to Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile station which closest to Arc de Triomphe. Paris Metro is notoriously famous for pick pockets and theft hence we were extra careful on the metro ride. Anyway we made it to our destination without any incident and was greeted by the magnificent view of the majestic Arc de Triomphe right in front of us when we stepped out from the metro station.
The Arc de Triomphe was built to honour those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces. It also has a vault, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I lying beneath the arc. Completed in 1836 and older than the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe is definitely top landmarks in Paris. You can actually go up to the top of it by paying €8 (adult price) and climb the 40 steps after the lift up to the attic, where you could enjoy the panoramic view of Paris. My sister and I didn't go up there as there were too much crowd and we were happy just admiring this arc from afar....













Address: Place Charles de Gaulle, 75008 Paris, France

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Paris 102 - Wepler Brasserie @ Montmartre

We wandered around hotel and stumbled upon Wepler Brasserie at Montmartre/Place de Clichy. We could...

We wandered around hotel and stumbled upon Wepler Brasserie at Montmartre/Place de Clichy. We couldn't decide on a place and this restaurant seemed nice and proper so we just went in for our 1st dinner in Paris. The waiters in there were mostly older gentlemen and they took a while to discuss on who to should serve us since we were the very few English speakers in the restaurant. Then, a younger waiter came along and gave us an English menu. 
We decided to take the 2-courses set dinner menu for €25.50 each with a starter and a main. We picked the pretty standard items on the menu with French Onion Soup and Fresh Oyster to start, followed by grilled salmon and beef fillet for our mains. The food was good and we enjoyed it, especially it was our first time having the original french fries in France. The French love their french fries so much that we had it almost every meals in Paris. The french fries here are so good I totally understand why they have it with almost everything here! I only wish we could get good quality potatoes here in Malaysia...  
Overall, it was a good casual dining place near Montmartre/Place de Clichy for some standard traditional house dishes.
Fresh Oysters to start

French Onions Soup

Complimentary Breads

Grilled Salmon with vegetables

Beef Fillet with my very first taste of original French Fries in France!

Wepler Brasserie @ Montmartre

Official Website: http://www.wepler.com/en/
Address: 14 Place de Clichy, 75018 Paris, France 
Tel: +33 1 45 22 53 24

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