All posts tagged: france

Joy

When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy. Rumi. Is there anything more magical in life than exploring new places? Photo of the Seine River, Paris. Taken during an cold, early morning on November 2016, when I decided to walk from the 6th arrondissement to the Louvre, then to Grand Palais, and then down to L’Arc de Triomphe, by myself. What a joy to be alive! Hoping for more opportunities to travel and praying for the courage to venture and risk more in life, by myself, with less commodities and luxuries.  That’s where my soul is at.

La Ville De Lumiere – Paris, Part 2

MUSÉE DU LOUVRE The Louvre Palace was built around 1190 as a fortress by King Philippe Auguste’s engineers to protect Paris from invaders. The Louvre remained a fortress until the reign of François I, when the King wanted to regain control of the capital and decided to make the Louvre his main residence. The Louvre underwent extensive renovations during the reigns of Louis XIII and Louis XI; however, the later moved to Versailles and the Louvre was abandoned for nearly a century. By the late 1800s, the Louvre had become a site dedicated to arts and sciences, and during the French Revolution, officially opened as a museum to the public. World-famously known for its glass pyramid, this was the latest addition designed by Chinese-American architect I.M. Pei in 1989. My day began early – I would be visiting the Louvre by myself (as many people recommended). I bought tickets online the night before, which made my waiting time a quarter of everyone else’s. Map and camera in hand, I was ready for my adventure through …

La Ville De Lumiere – Paris, Part 1

I had dreamed of visiting Paris since I was a little girl. Movies, TV shows, novels, and even non-fiction textbooks read in high school had filled my mind with images of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Paris is a long (and expensive) way from Panama City; it took me exactly twenty-two years to find myself strolling through the romantic streets of the city of lights, and I felt completely enamored with the culture, architecture, and gastronomy of this place. One of my best friends studies in Paris, and I stayed six fantastic-yet-short days with her. Helena lives in the most charming apartment in the 6th arrondisement. Down her street, Rue Mazarine, is the world famous École des Beaux-Arts de Paris (National School of Fine Arts). A quick twelve-minute walk across the Seine, and you’re at the Louvre. From her living room window, you can see the tip of the Eiffel. I WAS IN HEAVEN. There is truly just something about Paris. From Helena’s window, the chimney pots that adorn the …

Biarritz on a Gloomy Day

Last week, I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in one of the most charming gems in the Basque: Biarritz. Having relatives in San Sebastian, Spain, allows for occasional visits to this region known for wine, pintxos, and Game of Thrones-esque sceneries. The best part is the drive from San Sebastian to Biarritz is short, sweet, and full of hidden, magical coastal towns. It was a chilly and sunless Fall day. Still, there’s something about Biarritz… No wonder Victor Hugo is quoted to have said, “I have not met in the world any place more pleasant and perfect than Biarritz”. Located in the Bay of Biscay, the city has been extremely popular amongst European royalty since the 19th century – its Hôtel du Palais being a favorite of Empress Eugene, Napoleon III, Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, and Alfonso VIII. Today Biarritz is one of the top surf spots in Europe. I have only visited in the Fall and Winter, but hear repeatedly  from friends and family that Biarritz in the summer is a must. Hopefully I can …