Catacombs, Eiffle Tower, Palace De Versatile, Monmartre – Paris, France | June 2014



The view from our apartment in Paris!
(If you want to know about the price click here.)

I booked most of my stay from Airbnb! If you’re new to Airbnb, use my link here to get a S$28 off your first booking! Enjoy~! =)


Black Truffle Mac and Cheese!! Ohh this really gooOOod~~! I had this at a random cafe inside Printemps.


First stop in Paris, Montmartre.
(P.S. This is also where the Moulin Rouge is.)

* Nearest Metro station : Abbesses station, Line 12.

Sacré-Cœur Basilica – Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris.
This is at the top of  Montmartre Hill which overlooks the magnificent view of Paris! You may also visit the dome for a 360° panoramic view at €6 (another 2 more euros to visit the crypt) but you will have to climb a 300 steps of stairs and yeap… there is no lift!

Prices :
€6 – Admission to the Dome
(Additional €2 to the crypt)

Operation Hours :
Everyday : from 6am to 10.30pm.
Dome  & Crypt :  from 8.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (May to September)
and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (October to April).

For more information here.


Château de Versailles.

* Nearest Metro station : Versailles Chateau Rive Gauche (RER C Line) **Make sure to buy a “Paris – Versailles Rive Gauche” Tickets.

Prices :
€18  – 1 Day Passport
€25  – 2 Day Passport
€15   – Palace Ticket
€10   – Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate ticket
€7     – Guided tours (with entrance tickets)

Operation Hours :
Palace
1st November to 31st March: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 5.30pm. (Last admission 5pm, ticket closes at 4.50pm)
1st April to 31th October: Tuesday to Sunday from 9am to 6.30pm. (Last admission 6pm, ticket closes at 5.50pm)

Trianon Palaces and Marie-Antoinette’s Estate
1st November to 31st March: Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 5.30pm. (Last admission 5pm, ticket closes at 4.50pm)
1st April to 31th October: Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 6.30pm. (Last admission 6pm, ticket closes at 5.50pm)

Garden and Park
1st November to 31st March: Everyday from 8am to 6pm.
1st April to 31th October: Everyday from 8am to 8.30pm (Garden). 7am to 8.30pm (Park).

For more information here.


ADVISE : Buy your entrance tickets online in advance to avoid long queues during the high season period.


The Eiffel Tower! Finally I see you again~!

* Nearest Metro station : Champ de Mars Tour Eiffel (RER C Line)

Prices :
To the top / To 2nd floor
€17 / €11  – Adult
€14.50 / €8.50  – Youth (12-24)
€8 / €4   – Child (4-11)
€0 / €0   – Baby
€8 / €4   – Handicapped
€8 / €4   – Person assisting a handicapped visitor

Operation Hours :
Lift
Mid June to Early September: 9am to 12.45am. (Last lift 12am, 11pm for the top)
The rest of the year : 9.30am to 11.45am. (Last lift 11pm, 10.30pm for the top)

Stairs
Mid June to Early September: 9am to 12.45am. (Last admission 12am)
The rest of the year : 9.30am to 6.30pm. (Last admission 6pm)

For more information here.



Were having some Salmon and Fish & Chips along the Seine river right in front of the Eiffel Tower. Blessed.


-At the top of the world-
Didn’t get to visit the top of the Eiffel Tower during my first trip and I’m so glad I did it this time. Just in time to see the sun set! 


Just as beautiful in every angle. Shining so bright~ 


Very nice quiche breakfast during one of the morning in Paris.


The Catacombs of Paris.

* Nearest Metro station : Denfret – Rochereau (L6 Blue Line / LB Light green line)

Prices :
€10  – Full rate
€8  – Concessions

Operation Hours :
Everyday: 10am to 8pm. (Except Monday and 1st May)

For more information here.


We were craving for rice…… and so we found a mexican restaurant! 


Arc De Triomphe.

* Nearest Metro station : Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile (RER Line A / Line 1, 2 and 6)

Prices :
€8  – Adult
€5  – Students (18-25)
€0  – Child (0-17)

Operation Hours :
April – September : 10am to 11pm.
October – March : 10am to 10.30pm.
** Closed on January 1, May 1, May 8 (morning), July 14 (morning), November 11 (morning) and December 25.

For more information here.

TIPS : Many shops closes on Sundays in Paris, so if your visit to Paris happened to meet a Sunday and you really wish to shop, visit Champs Elysees. Most of the shops are open on Sundays in Champs Elysees.

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Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Caterina Market, Montjuic Castle – Barcelona, Spain | June 2014

Barcelona Cathedral.

Free Entry.

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Yellow Line (L4) Jaume I.

For more information here.


Santa Caterina Market.
This is just beside the Barcelona Cathedral! How convenient!

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Yellow Line (L4) Jaume I.

Operation Hours :
Monday – 7.30am to 2pm.
Tuesday, Wenesday & Saturday – 7.30am to 3.30pm.
Thursday & Friday – 7.30am to 8.30pm.

Funicular –> Cable Car –> Montjuic Castle

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Green Line (L4), Parallel. Then take the Funicular up to the cable car station, you can either walk uphill from the cable car station (about 10-15mins walk) or take the cable car up to Montjuic Castle for €11.50 (two way).

Prices :
€5  – General Admission 

Operation Hours :
1st October to 31st March: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm.
1st April to 30th September: Monday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm.

For more information here.


OH I LOVE TAPAS~!!! ♥ Tapas is one of the MUST TRY local food in Spain!! It was my first time having this and I fell in love! Especially having it with a jug of Sangria, PERRRFECT~!!


It all comes in small portions and so it allows you to try MORE of their varieties! Awwesome~~!


I had Sangria every single day when I was in Barcelona! I miss it so much now~!


Appetizers…


Cod Fish…..


….And PAELLA~!! Love this too! ♥

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Park Guell, Familia Sagrada, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila – Barcelona, Spain| June 2014

How can you not visit the creations of Gaudi when you’re in Barcelona?! The beautiful tiles in Park Guell, the never ending project of the Familia Sagrada Church and the edgeless building have always been in my bucket list and in my dream. It used to only appears in tv programs but now not anymore…. it became part of my memories! 

First stop, Park Guell.
During in the summer is the high season and so I highly recommend to buy the tickets online in advance to prevent wasting your time from joining the long queues at the ticket office(this applies to any other famous attractions in Europe.). And some of the attraction tickets are cheaper online too!  =)

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Green line (L3), Vallcarca or Lesseps stations

Prices :
(Online/Ticket offices)
€ 7 / € 8  –  General ticket
€ 0 / € 0  –  Children from 0 to 6 years
€ 4.90 / € 5.60  –  Children from 7 to 12 years
€ 4.90 / € 5.60  –  Over 65 years
€ 4.90 / € 5.60  –  Disabled person + accompanying person

Operation hours : 
Low season
from January 1st to March 28:
08.30 to 18.15 (last entry time at 17.30)
from October 25 to December 31:
08.30 to 18.15 (last entry time at 17.30)

High season
from May 4 to September 6:
08.00 to 21.30 (last entry time at 21.00)

Mid season
from March 29 to May 3rd:
08.00 to 20.00 (last entry time at 19.30)
from September 7 to October 24:
08.00 to 20.00 (last entry time at 19.30)

For more information here.


The Gaudi House Museum.

Prices :
(Online/Ticket offices)
€ 5.50  –  General ticket
€ 0 –  Children from 0 to 10 years
€ 4.50  –  Children from 11 to 17 years
€ 4.50  –  Retired
€0  –  Disabled person

Operation hours :
October-March: from 10 am to 6 pm
April-September: from 9 am to 8 pm
December 25 & 26 and January 1 & 6: from 10 am to 2 pm

For more information here.

Sagrada Familia! What a dream come true~ 
Just shut up and enjoy this piece of art.

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Purple line L2 and Blue line L5, Sagrada Familia.

Prices :
€19.50  –  Admission with a guide/audio
€15  –  Admission only
€4.50  –  Admission to the towers

Opening hours :
November to February,
9 am to 6 pm

March,
9 am to 7 pm

April to September,
9 am to 8 pm

October,
9 am to 7 pm

December 25, 26, January 1 and 6,
9 am to 2 pm

For more information here.


View from one of the towers.

Casa Batllo.
So beauuuuuuuuutiful~~

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Purple line L2, Green line L3 and Yellow line L4, Passeig de Gràcia.

Prices (online) :
€21.50  –  Adults
€18.50  –  Students/juniors(7-18)
Free  –  Children(-7)
€15  –  Residents
€18.50  –  Seniors(+65)

Opening hours :
Monday to Sunday
from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm. (Last entrance 8.00 pm)

For more information here.



Casa Mila, La Pedrara.
The building was under maintenance during my visit, I couldn’t take a good picture of the whole building so here’s a miniature model version of the building!

* Nearest Metro station : Metro Green line L3 and L.Blue line L5, Estació Diagonal.

Prices (day) :
€20.50  –  Adults
€16.50  –  Students
€10.25  –  Children(7-12)
Free  –  Children(-6)
€16.50  –  Disabled
(AUDIO GUIDE INCLUDED)
*Discount of 1,00 € per general admission (valid only for online tickets).

Prices (day &  night) :
€37.50  –  Adults
€18.75  –  Children(7-12)
(AUDIO GUIDE INCLUDED)

Opening hours :
27 February to 2 November:
Monday to Sunday, from 9am to 8.30pm (last admission: 8pm)

3 November to 24 December:
Monday to Sunday, from 9 to 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm)

26 December to 3 January: 
Monday to Sunday, from 9 to 8.30pm (last admission: 8pm)

4 January to 26 February:
Monday to Sunday, from 9 to 6.30pm (last admission: 6pm)

*Estimate duration of the visit: 1h/1h 30min.

Closed: December 25th, and from 11 to 17 January 2016.
Special: 1 January 2016, from 11am to 8.30pm (last access 8pm)

For more information here.

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Next up : Barcelona Cathedral, Santa Caterina and Montjuïc Castle in Barcelona.