Must Buy List & Review| Cosmetic in Paris [2016]UP to 15% Tax free

Download the discount voucher before the trip!   [Link]

[The Pharmacy|Pharmacie Monge]

Address:74, rue Monge 75005 PARIS [Subway: Place Monge ] Right next to the exit.

Business hour: Mon- Fri 08:00-20:00 Sat 08:30-20:00

Pros: 15% tax free and returned it on the spot.

 

The voucher gets extra EUR 10 off if purchase over EUR 175, but need to print out the voucher in advance. 

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Items

Amount

Price

Phytolium

1

30.99

Embryoliss

3

32.25

NUXE lipstick

2

5.49

Forticea 200ml (Shampoo)

1

8.49

Caudalite 75ml

1

3.99

Avene EAU 50ml

1

2.19

Lierac Bust Lift

1

29.9

VICHY AQUALIA

1

15.99

LRP Redermic R TEUX Eye

1

22.49

LRP Cicaplast

1

5.99

Avene Ystheal emulsionel

1

19.99

G De Pastel Obio Cream (Hand cream)

1

9.99

Uriage

1

3.99

♠ [About my skin] I have a really dry skin, especially in winter. I always have a problem with putting make up on because the foundation can not attach my skin at all, there are always lots of cracks on my face. Result in I only buy products that is rich in moistue.

  • Phytolium 4 /€30.99/♥♡♡♡♡ 

  • This is for James hair growing plan, hmmm, I don’t see it works on his head over a year. lol

  • Embryolisse /3 for €32.25/ ♥♥♥♥♡

  • It works really well and is very moist as I put it on before foundation. The consistency is a bit thick, but easy to  great to use in winter.  I wound definitely buy more.

  • NUXE lips balm/ 2 for €5.49/♥♥♥♡♡

  •  It’s not as good as it’s said online. I don’t feel how special it is, just like any other normal lips balm. I prefer the one from Clinique.
  • Forticea 200ml (Hair conditioner)/€8.49/♥♡♡♡♡

  •  I don’t feel how special it is, it smells just okay, but i feel my hair is still dry or even drier after using it.

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  • Caudalite 75ml /€3.99/ ♥♥♡♡♡

  • This mist cools down my temperature in summer, however except the cool feeling.

  • Avene EAU 50ml/€2.19/♥♥♡♡♡

  •  Hmm, I guess I just don’t prefer thermal spring water, I don’t find it special or works on me.

  • Lierac Bust Lift /€ 29.9/♥♥♥♥♡

  • After 6 months constantly daily use and massaging my chest, I do feel my boobs go up half cup. XD Smells nice too.

 

  • VICHY AQUALIA THERMAL DYNAMIC HYDRATION RICH CREAM/€ 15.99/♥♥♥♡♡

    /€ 15.99/♥♥♥♡♡

  • It works okay and the consistency is light and moist which is very suitable for summer. The fragrant is nice too.

  • LRP Redermic R TEUX Eye/€ 22.49/♥♥♡♡♡

  • It doesn’t help with the wrinkles around eyes.

 

  • LRP Cicaplast /€5.99/ ♥♥♡♡♡

  • hmm, it doesn’t work. maybe it takes time to let the scar fade away.

 

  • Avene Ystheal emulsionel/€19.99/♥♥♥♡♡

  • The cream has thick consistency, but it’s easy to spread out on the face. The anti-wrinkle magic didn’t come out on my face yet.

 

  • G De Pastel Obio Cream (Hand cream)/€9.99/♥♡♡♡♡

  •  I do not like its smell, so I didn’t use it at all. but its nice to be a small gift because of its elegant package.
  • Uriage/€3.99/ Haven’y use it yet.

  

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[Translation|翻譯]

保溼(Hydratant/moisturizer) 滋養(Nourrissant/nutritious care) 清潔(Nettorant, démaquillant/ cleansing, remover) 抗老(Anti-Age/英文同)

 

 

1) contour des yeux 眼部產品的法文

法文翻譯:contour 是周圍輪廓的意思;

des 就等於英文的”of” (單數的時候用 de)

yeux 是眼睛; 並在一起就是指眼睛及眼周輪廓,
soin 於英文的”care”,有保 養,保護的意思…
2) masque –面膜,是面膜產品的通稱.
3)day&night –
4) exfoliate –剝落,脫落.去角質的產品了
5) essence;精華,要素;指精華液,美容液,精華露. essential-精華的;soul-精髓;extract-萃取精華
6) lotion -化妝水,

最好是在 lotion 前面加上 milk(乳液,乳狀 物),或者 milky(乳狀的),也就是[milk/milky lotion]

化妝水的其他用語:toner;tonic;tonique

乳液的法文表示:emalsin(英文為:emulsion);乳狀物的法文表示:lait

日用的法文表示是:jour ;夜用的法文表示是:nuit

7)foam ;泡沫
8)soap;肥皁,塊狀的產品;肥皁類的法文表示:savon
9) make up remover

10) balm 香油,芳香性樹脂,大多指護唇油(罐裝的唇膏)

11) shake well before use ;:brandish-搖動;jiggle-輕輕晃動;joggle-輕搖

12) tissue-off ;用完以後要以面紙或者化妝棉,擦掉的產品:well-off;brush;
13) wash-off ;water-off;rinsing-off;washable;sweep
14) pat 輕拍,輕撫,輕壓;拍打的其他用語:dab-以手按壓;flap-拍打,撲打;
15) anti-wrinkle

eye cream 或者 eye care 或者 eye ge  眼霜或者眼部保養品或者眼膠

泡沫的法文名稱:mousse,一種泡沫狀的甜點,英法文通用

卸妝的其他用語:cleanser, cleansing, clean off, clean out 都有清潔,掃除的意思

卸妝的法文表示:d’emaquillant
護唇膏的其他用語:lipsalve-嘴唇用油膏;lip ointment-唇用軟膏
有些產品需要稍加畫圓,按摩:massage-onto

circular movement-畫圓 移動

Conclusion

Next time, I will buy bigger cosmetic brands from Galeries Lafayette Paris Haussmann thought it will be more expensive but bigger brands have its quality. You pay for what you get!
  

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Europe| We will come back to Prague again! Last Day

In the end of the trip, we built a lot of sweet memories together overseas.  Although we only left home for about a week, we had experienced a few things that out of plan and unexpected, such as snow, delayed flight, new food and different lifestyle which made our journey more unforgettable.

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Both of us had so much fight during the time, however it made us to know each other more and stick our heart tighter and more intimate.

On our last day, we still prayed for going home on time. We walked around in new town made some videos together and tried to remember everything in Prague.

We ordered random food and drink in a food court. ( I actually wanted to order a meat plate, but things just went wrong. lol )
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We safely caught our flight back to Taiwan and celebrate my dear’s birthday in the air with free updated business class and 2 glasses of wine.

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To my dear James, Happy birthday 😀

Europe| Roller coaster Prague Day 3

[Day 3 Roller coaster day in Prague]

 

We woke up with a white world with a bit sunshine at 9 a.m. for our biggest mission today.

 

Prague Castle!!!

We took tram to the castle. beginning of our journey, both of us were just too excited of snow, so we got distract ed by playing with snow on the way.

 

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Prague Castle is probably the most romantic and magical place where I have been to. You really don’t feel like we are in 21 century now. I just need to put on a proper dress then I will immediately become a princess  from Asia ( sad that I don’t have a western face )

 

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[About the Castle]

Prague Castle is the largest ancient castle in the world, the history of it stretches back to the year 870 with the construction of its first walled building, then slowly expended like the places that we see today.

[more history about the castle]

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we took Tram 22 to Prague castle stop- Pražský hrad.

Castle map

 

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The castle consists of several parts, the ticket price depends on how many architectures that you want to visit. We bought ‘Circuit B” tickets for cz 250 each person.

Prague Castle – Circuit B
St. Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilica, Golden Lane with Daliborka Tower

 

 

 

Golden Lane is one of the funnest place in the castle where has lots of little old fashion style shops selling medieval gadgets.

 

Franz Kafka (3 July 1883 – 3 June 1924) was a writer of novels and short stories who is widely regarded as one of the major figures of 20th-century literature.

“The castle” was one of his popular novel which talks about the story in Prague castle.

[Link]

 

James was copying his expression. LOL

Medieval, gorgeous and magic are the perfect words for Prague. We enjoyed the best view of old town with a cup of hot chocolate, the city was covered by snow.

Why did I describe today is like riding a roller coaster ? On the way to the castle, James had received an email from KLM as the weather effect on our flight back to Taiwan. man… it’s the worst news ever because I can not go back to work late!!! We dropped from the heaven to the hell. Luckily, in the end of the trip we went back home just on time.

 

However, the journey has be continued. Our next stop is top 10 beautiful library in the world.

 Strahov Monastery Library

Tram 22 (W)Malostranská- 750m (T22)Pohořelec (W) 750m

Ticket: CKZ 100 per person

 

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We left our worries behind, then continuously walking around in Prague.

We had look at old town again, and there were some weird museums and shops, such as… sex museum and hashish condom sort of things. Of course they have yummy chocolate shop too.

Europe| Prague Day 2

[Day 2 Surprise in Prague]

 

There was a big surprise for us today.

We had a smei-lazy day and started our day with Paul the morning. Okay, actually only I had a croissant. hmm, I would say I just had over expectation on them. It’s just a normal bread for me though.

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James of course wanted his meat breaky, Prague Sandwich from the street.

 

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Hmm, we didn’t know they charge it by weight, so it wasn’t as cheap as we thought, oh well, my dear need protein anyway. XD

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So remember I mentioned we got a big surprise today? Yep, we got snow!!!!

After the snow trip in 2013, we haven’t had snow for a while. We both were so excited and I just realised the snow is in star shape that is really amazing until I had my knees started getting hurt from the freezing coldness. 😦

 

 

Hehe, I walked like a model, didn’t I? The road was very very slippery.

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We are now at the Prague old town central where was very crowded with people although it was minus 10 degrees.  We took plenty photos and I suddenly realised James is a selfie king. He took selfie stick everywhere with him.( I am glad he had fun though)

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After spending most time out, we had a break afterwards. I felt so good to stay warm in our hotel. 😀

 

For dinner, we chose to have traditional Czech meal near our hotel in Wenceslas Square, we have fun time there. The main guy who cosplayed a knight from medieval times is very welcoming. He spoke good English and offer a deal to us by unlocking the magical chain. Hehe, I still don’t know how I solved it but we got free gifts as a reward.

 

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fb4e8-easter_icons-20-128[About the restaurant]

Café Svatého Václava

Address: Václavské nám. 821/39, 110 00, Czech Republic

Official website: http://www.svatyvaclav.cz/

 

It’s very sweet to have Chinese and English menu for us.  We ordered those three dishes which are enough for 2 stomachs.

Boleslav’s sword

Yummy pork, a bit salty, but perfect matches with plain rice on the side.

Potato soup served in a round loaf of bread according to grandmother’s recipe

I like the soup a lot, it’s a bit plain but it warms up the stomach and increases the appetite.

Apple strudel

You can never say ice cream tastes bad, can you? Nice vanilla ice cream, smooth, creamy and rich whereas the apple pie was a bit dry and too sweet for me.

Europe|The fairy tale town| Prague Day 1

[Day 1 The fairy tale town in Europe]

The coldest day in my life, that’s the first impression that I had when we landed Prague at 7 p.m..

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First step after landing was to withdraw cash for the expense on the rest of days, unfortunately it took us a while to get the cash out as there wasn’t ATM which was on service.

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We are rich again

 

Prague airport is relatively small compares to CDG, France. We soon found out our way and registered for a sim card in order to get wifi. This time we had less troubles luckily. 😀

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People in Prague speak English more which is more friendly for us.

We then bought the tickets for shuttle bus, one hour later we finally checked in our lovely hotel.

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James was very excited for food there as he was the one dominated for the rest of the trip. Prague old town is not too big but with all elements of romance and magic. The atmosphere was full with Christmas and medieval style.

 

Look at our first meal in Prague. ohh, I forgot to mention that it was -10ish degree. So we had nice warm mead and Prague sausages.

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Old Prague town is amazing, lots of little stores in the wooden cottage. You really don’t feel yourself in 2016. I feel like I am the princess in my dear’s eyes. XD

We walked around in the city then heading back to the hotel for an early night to get rid off the tiredness and jet-leg.

Good Night Prague, see you tomorrow 🙂

 

 

 

Europe| The lock of love: padlocks on bridges D5

❤ Love padlock, we had one in sea cliff bridge in Sydney before, unfortunately it was pulled off by the government sometimes last year. So I decided to be romantic again and lock our love in Paris.

 

Continue reading Europe| The lock of love: padlocks on bridges D5

Europe| Preparation tips for Prague [2016]

 

[Route]

Day 1

Prague airport→ check in in the hotel (hotel Prague Star) →Wenceslas Square→Christmas Market in Old Town Square

Day 2

New town area

Paul (breaky) →Shopping in Zara →Powder Tower →Tyn Church→ Exchange the currency →Old town square →Astronomical clock→ Charle Bridge→ Jewish Quarter→ Tesco →Cafe Svateho vaclava

Day 3

Prague Castle →Strahov Monastery Library

Day 4

Old town→get tax refund in the city→Dancing house→Airport

Steps…..

  1. Destination with Map
  2. Flight ( details in the airport)
  3. Currency Exchange
  4. Accommodations
  5. Transport
  6. Attractions
  7. Must Do
  8. Food
  9. Photograph
  10. Extra- Language
  11. Extra- Shopping lists
  12. Tax Refund
  13. Useful links

  • Destination – Prague, Czech Republic, time zone 


January

Sunrise: 08:00 a.m. Sunset:16:00 p.m.

  • Map

      [Map Link]

 

  • Flight ( Details in the airport)

The floor plan of Prague airport

http://map.prg.aero/

Route: When we arrive prague

1. Exchange the currency with ATM

2. Register a Sim card (Vodafone)

3. Buy the tickets for the bus and the luggage

The transportation

Arrival

Buy the tickets for the bus and the luggage ($[32+16]*2)

Bus→Train

(B119) Nádraží Veleslavín +(TA)Museum A

  • Currency Exchange

          The exchange rate:

          Via ATM in the airport: ATM in the airport

          Via the currency exchange:

 

火藥塔直走往舊城區廣場方向 街名:celetna ,走路約2分鐘,左手邊 有一家螢光黃色0%exchang招牌,這家是我到處看過最便宜的一家(店面像 書攤)100歐元2700克朗

  • Accommodations

         Hotel Prague Star Outstanding value for money on the dates you have chosen.  Value Deal
             Address: Ve Smeckach 12, Prague 01, Prague, 11000, Czech Republic – Show directions

          Phone: +420601532604

  • Attractions

         Sightseeing in Prague 

  • Transport
ublic transport tickets and passes
Ticket / pass type Adult Child x Junior Student + Senior x

Tickets

Basic 90 min. 32 CZK 16 CZK 32 CZK 32 CZK 16 CZK
Short-term 30 min. 24 CZK 12 CZK 24 CZK 24 CZK 12 CZK
1 day 24 hrs. 110 CZK 55 CZK 110 CZK 110 CZK 55 CZK
3 days 72 hrs. 310 CZK 310 CZK 310 CZK
Purchased from the driver 90 min. 40 CZK 20 CZK 40 CZK 40 CZK 20 CZK
• No reduced fares for this tariff group.
  • Must Do

Christmas Market

Prague events
Christmas Markets

Date: 01 January 2016 – 03 January 2016.

Time: Daily 10:00-22:00.

The Prague Christmas Markets feature wooden huts selling local handicrafts: glassware, wooden toys, candles, jewellery, puppets, embroidery and Christmas decorations. Christmas trees are at both squares and school children perform Czech Christmas carols. Among the food and drink to sample are grilled sausages, hams on spits, local pastries, Czech beer and hot mulled wine.

Where: Old Town Square & Wenceslas Square.

Ice skating

Prague events
Ice Rink in the Old Town

Date: 01 January 2016 – 31 January 2016.

Time: 10:00-21:30.

Price: Ice rink is free. Skates hire 50czk.

TO BE CONFIRMED – An open-air ice rink enhances the magic of winter in Prague at Ovocny trh, a square at the rear of the Estates Theatre in the Old Town. Take a break from sightseeing to enjoy outdoor skating in a historic setting.

Where: Ovocny trh (behind Estates Theatre), Old Town, Prague 1.

Astronomical Clock

Prague Castle

Strahov Monastery Library

Petrin Tower

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  • Food

Kyvadlo Adresa: V Jámě 5, Praha 1 Telefon: 2 24 16 24 15

email: kyvadlo@quick.cz

  • Photograph

Letenské sady公園

  • Extra- Language  

  • Tax Refund

Get cash tax refund in the city, and throw the receipt in the airport after the security check.

Terminal 2 in Prague airport

Level 2- Departure

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(Note: Purchase over $2000 value in the same shop)

 

Tax refund company

  1. Premier tax free(Orange)

2.Global blue(Blue)

 

Get tax refund before check-in. The front desk is on the left of the lobby.

Separate the items into another baggage in case the customs request to check.

-Need

The e-tickets which includes the flight number.

The refund form with the signature

Ask the refund with the local currency into the credit card.

  • Useful links

The best trip planner!!  [Visit a city]

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Europe| Paris Day 4

[Day 4 ] 

Palace of Versailles, Louis XIII’s château


Again, we just couldn’t avoid the crowds everywhere in Paris. This is another place on my must go list. We spent almost 2 hours in the queue which is worth it again. Of course I love every arts and decorations in the palace.

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Tip: I suggest you use Museum pass , so you don’t need to line up for the tickets again.

Bring headphones with you so you can listen the audioguide clearly.

Palace of Versailles is open everyday except Monday from 9am to 5:30pm (6:30pm in high season).

 

The Hall of Mirrors, the King’s Grand Apartments, the Museum of the History of France where the king put on his most ostentatious display of royal power in order to impress visitors.

 

Mars Drawing room

Behind the palace is a big garden.

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It was a windy day again and my lovely bf sometimes could be the most thoughtful bf even though we fought everyday during our trip now. LOL

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Not long after, it started raining in the end of the visit. we just couldn’t take more nice photos.

We headed back to city and looked for my Longchamp where had a damn queue in the department store again.

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Tips: Purchase something total amount of up to EUR 175, then you can get the tax refund immediately in Galeries Lafayette.

You will also need your passport with you for the tax refund!

 

 

In the end of the day, I could tell my dear wasn’t happy about his dinner, mccas. He soon blew up and talked to me seriously about hes not going to eat fast food in Prague. LOL

oh no, please wait for the part 2 Europe JJ

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To be continued…..

oh oh , almost forgot.

I’ve named our kids, Paris, Prague and Peipei which stands for Taipei. 🙂

PS: I really appreciate my dear gave me a chance to share this romantic and memorable experience with him. LOVE MY JAMES A LOT

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The view from the top floor of printemps

 

 

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Europe| Preparation for Paris pack![2016]

Europe| First Honeymoon in Europe| Paris Day1

Europe|Mont Saint Michel

Europe| Paris Day 3

Europe| Paris Day 3

[Day 3, everything is close on the new year day]

As expected, most of shops are closing on 1/1. We just went around the landmarks in Paris and had our first Michelle in our life.

hmm, first stop of the day was Sacré-Cœur . there were plenty of army guys with guns. Anyways we visited the most places with out lovely tripod and had French Kiss.

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James took me to a nice Michelin restaurant. I had the best mashed potato and Foie Gras in my life. Thanks to my sweet heart dear ❤
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hmm, I gave this restaurant 5 stars our of 5 as I can taste how much work they have done for each dish. We sort of overthought about going high class place, I rarely saw people who dress up formally except us in that restaurant. lol

After nice lunch, we then went around in the city with our big-bargain Navigo card. However,James wasn’t really happy at me again cause we walked too much in the winds and I requested for too many repeated photos. 😦

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We than head back to our hotel for a rest before our little adventure at night. Unfortunately, we finally got rain at night, so we could not go any further places. As it’s a public holiday, not many shops were open either. We then grab French style kebab which tasted the same.
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We slept early for our next exploration tomorrow.

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Europe|Mont Saint Michel

[Day 2, the New year eve]

 


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Although we slept late last night, we were still okay to get up at 5 a.m. today. Because its all for the most memorable and romantic Paris trip.
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our breaky

 

It’s our most favourite day in our trip in Paris and its really worth it to go there with a travel agency as it helps us to save more time and troubles to get Mont Saint Michelle. 

French Omelette is apparently the must eat food on my must do list, we enjoyed our meal and I had a really nice chat with my dear before our exploration in the Abbey. There were more more stairs on the top of the island before we reached the entrance, however its worth it. we saw the ocean almost isolated the island with the tides. Its such a clean an historical place.

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fb4e8-easter_icons-20-128[About the abbey] 

The first development of the abbey was back to 700 century it was a small church then it had converted into an abbey after some battles and politic changes. Nowadays, it is one of the most popular places for tourists in the world.

MSM was an isolated by tides covering its causeway, however we can not see the tidal island anymore due to the tides and geography change.

 

 

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Apparently this is highly recommended to buy in MSM. It tastes creamy but not greasy.

 

We stayed there only about 4 hours the we headed back to Paris city for our NYE.

After quick break, we then dressed up again and left to Champs-Elysées for nye.

We did expect some polices and army guys for the security, but not as many as of them were there on that day.


We had 4 or 5 times security check before we walked to Arc de triomphe.

 

Soon and later, the light show was on, ppl started greeting and screaming on the street after it finished. Of course, JJ needed a new year kiss on the first day of 2016 😉


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Finally, we slowly walked back to the metro and had a nice sleep for tmr.

Europe| First Honeymoon in Europe| Paris Day1

James wasn’t a big fan of Europe, but I am. So my dear had decided to give up yummy Japan instead of making me a princess.

 

[Before the trip]

We packed up our luggage about 4-5 days ago before trip, and I carried about 15kgs with me, on the other hand, James only has less than 10 kgs items. XD

Our plan was at around midnight, so we just picked up our luggage after work then going to the airport straight away.

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Hehe, you can see how excited we were for our first honeymoon.

Continue reading Europe| First Honeymoon in Europe| Paris Day1

Europe| Preparation Tips for Paris![2016]

This article includes how I planned for our first semi back pack trip in Paris!!!!!

 

Itinerary

 

Day 1   [30/12/16 Wed]:

CDG airport→ Lux Hotel →Shakespear & Company→ Musee du Louvre→ Place Vendome→ Phamacie Monge→ Hotel

Day 2 [30/12/16 Wed]

Mont Saint Micheln→ Champs-Elysees→ Firework show for New Year Eve.

Day 3 [01/01/16 Thur][Public holiday]

Montmartre→Place du Tertre→ Sacre Coeur Basilica→ Sacre- Coeu→ Arc de Triomophe→ Champs-Elysees →Michellen Lunch→ Chamo de Mars→ Eiffel Towel

Day 4 [02/01/16 Fri]

Palace of Versailies →Printemps→ Lafayette Hussmann→Hotel

Day 5 [03/01/16 Sat]

Pont Neuf Bridge→Notre Dame Cathedral→Lux hotel→CDG airport

Continue reading Europe| Preparation Tips for Paris![2016]