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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Next up : Amsterdam!

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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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Next up : Paris!

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.

Petite France | Seoul Feb’13

So after we left Nami Island, we hopped onto the Gapyeong Tour Bus to head to Petite France! Probably the most convenient way to travel from Nami Island to Petite France! It was just a 20-25 mins bus ride. At the same time, you can also visit other places like The Garden of Morning Calm and The Cheongpyeong Lake. Unfortunately, we are only able to visit 2 places (Nami island & Petite France) due to time constraint, as you know the sun goes down very early during winter.

These are the dramas and shows that were filmed here!

Admission – Adult : ₩8,000, Children : ₩5,000.

Sleepy cat! I wonder if there’s any warmer inside that box, it was so freezing outside!

Having fun with the snow and we had a snow ball fight again! Lol

That’s the end for our trip here. Even the sunset look ultra beautiful here that made me wanna cry, knowing that we have to leave this wonderland the next day. =(     This place doesn’t disappoint me and now it planted some kind of poison in my heart. I was so addicted to this place ever since my first visit here, I don’t mind coming back again and again. Couldn’t stop thinking of Seoul everyday! You made my life complete~ ♥ I will definitely come back again but the next time I come back, I will stay for months! Promise-

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Nami Island | Seoul Feb’13

Itinerary for our last day in Seoul : Nami Island & Petite France.

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Nami Island and Petite France are both in the Gapyeong area. For convenience we took the Gapyeong Tour bus for just 5,000 which brings us around to a few attractions (including the Nami island & Petite France) and we can hop on and off limitless times as long as we’re able to catch the bus timings.

More information about the Gapyeong Tour Bus timing and route can be found here.

Directions :

(By Subway) Take the Subway to Sangbong Station and transfer to the Gyeongchun Line heading to Cheongpyeong Station and then take the Gapyeong Tour Bus at the bus stop located in front of Cheongpyeong Station. Alight at the Namiseom Dock and take the ferry to Namiseom Island.

Seoul Metropolitan Subway Map (here)

(By Shuttle Bus) There is 2 bus stop to board from Seoul to Namiseom Island
1) Insa-dong (Jonggak Station, Subway Line 1, Exit 3): Next to Tapgol Park
2) Jamsil Station (Subway Line 2, Exit 4): In front of Lotte Mart

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Wanna try bungee jump?

There is another way to get to Nami Island if you wanna try something more thrilling and special….. you can try the Zip-Wire! ₩38,000 includes the admission to Nami Island and ferry back.

Ok, in the end we chose the old fashion way to get to Nami Island. Haha.

Ice river…… Brrrrr~

           

Someone just took the ride on the Zip Wire!!! YahhoOoo~

           

I believe most people knew that Nami Island is famous because of the drama ‘Winter Sonata’ and its beautiful tree lined roads! 

This small little island is in the shape of a half moon.

 

You can get free post cards and post to any country you like at this information centre. But of cause you’ll have to buy the stamps!

Nice stamps for my own souvenir!

Lunch time~! Had our lunch at a country restaurant and they serves really nice local food!

Bibim Naemyun 비빔 냉면 (with Buckwheat Noodles) & Bibimbap 비빔밥 (with Barley Rice).

Gamja Jeon 감자전 (Potato Pancake) and Kimchi Jeon 김치전 (Kimchi Pancake).

           

 

Snow carving in progress.

 

 

 

 

More pictures with the beautiful tree lanes!

           

My crazy friend planking here.

We had so much fun here taking nice pictures and the snow here seems to be very different from the city. It’s more powdery, fine and dry.

Sucha romantic and beautiful place. I never regret traveling all the way here! Oh well, have to leave Nami Island and move on to Petite France!! =)

           

Bye Namiseom~

Snow Sledding Fun at Ttukseom Hangang Park! | Seoul Feb’13

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It was the eve of the Lunar New Year. Most of the shops were closed in Korea (except those tourist attractions). So we headed to the Han River for some snow sledding fun! =)

Ttukseom Hangang Park have a year-round theme park that operates a swimming pool in summer, an amusement park in spring and autumn and a snow sledding hill in the winter. 

More information can be found here.

Directions:

Ttukseom Resort Station (Seoul Subway Line 7), Exit 2 or 3.

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Here we go…! Wheeeeee~!!! ^^

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Happily sliding down the hill until we were reaching the end I was like……… “AHHHHHHH~ OMG STOP STOP STOP!!!” Although the hill is not very high but it’s so slippery and we were going down REALLY fast!! It won’t just stop by itself and it will go straight to the wall BAMMM!!!! And it was PAINFUL if you hit on someone else while towards the end (luckily we wore thick enough so at least we have some cushion LOL) !! 

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Jjajiangmyun for lunch!!!

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Bbopki (뽑기), Traditional Korean Sugar Candy!

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Most vendors will stamp a shape in the centre of the candy and if you manage to eat everything around the shape without breaking it, you can get another Bbokki for free!

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Came in here to hide away from the freezing wind-chill!

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Had a fun filled day spent at the Han River~! Watched the sun goes down before we head off to our dinner!

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Beautiful Sunset~

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Have been taking their subway for so many times and this was my first time taking this train with all the seats facing the window. Looks like a scenic train.

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Korean BBQ for our Reunion Dinner in Seoul~!!! =) 

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Super shiok to have this during the winter and it taste even better with Soju! Mmmm~  I miss this so much now…. =(

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Never enough.