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Ooooh do you like that little pa-hip artwork I made?! That’s from the little Christmas lights by our AirBnb bed. So pretty. Paris in Flames is a reference to an old song by one of my favorite emo bands in high school, Thursday.

Our second day in Paris was dedicated to an 8-hour tour I booked thru Localers once again. We took a shower, dressed up, and set off to find our meeting point.

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But first... ?

But first… ?

I know that when most people hear “PARIS,” the Eiffel Tower comes to mind. I’m the same, yes, but when it pops in my head it’s always far away. Just in the background. I’ve never had a longing to touch it or climb it like I wanted so badly to enter the Louvre and Versailles. That’s why I’m glad I booked a tour with Localers because we only went to the spot where we could best appreciate it — far from all the other tourists that would have just kept pushing us aside.

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In 1889 there was a World Fair to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille which played a huge role in the French Revolution. The Eiffel Tower, named after the engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel, was built to serve as the fair’s entrance. It took 2 years to finish it and just like the Louvre pyramids, its construction was protested by many at first. Today it’s the most visited paid monument in the world. It was originally supposed to be torn down after 20 years but it proved helpful to scientific experiments and communications during war that the government didn’t continue its plans of demolishing it.

Trying to take a photo with the Eiffel Tower. FLOPEY

Trying to take a photo with the Eiffel Tower. FLOPEY

AYAN BONGGELS

AYAN BONGGELS

When you see it... I swear I didn't write that!!

When you see it… I swear I didn’t write that!!

Then we went to the Arc de Triomphe which was built to honor the people who died for France during the wars.

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Something very interesting that I had no idea about is the Axe Historique (which the Arc de Triomphe is a part of) — I learned about this when we were at The Louvre standing by the smaller Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel. If you stand at a certain spot, you will see all the amazing monuments exactly lined up. You can click here to see a photo of it. How amazing is that?

Tomb of the unknown soldier

Tomb of the unknown soldier

The tomb of the unknown soldier sits under the Arc. It has a flame that is re-lit every morning by a war veteran. The tomb is for all the soldiers who died and were left unidentified.

The slab on top bears the inscription ICI REPOSE UN SOLDAT FRANÇAIS MORT POUR LA PATRIE 1914–1918. Translation: “Here lies a French soldier who died for the fatherland 1914–1918” (via Wikipedia)

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Then we visited the Tuileries Garden where we took lots and lots of photos because DUH

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The famous Luxor Obelisk is 3,000 and was a gift from Egyptian officials. It's also part of the Axe Historique.

The famous Luxor Obelisk is 3,000 and was a gift from Egyptian officials. It’s also part of the Axe Historique.

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So many chicks, brah!

So many chicks, brah!

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A Crow Left of The Murder

A Crow Left of The Murder

Outside The Louvre! Happy tourist

Outside The Louvre! Happy tourist

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Next stop was another controversial art installation: Les Deux Plateaux, created in 1985.

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Coins from people making wishes

Coins from people making wishes

This guy was trying to fish out coins with a magnet

This guy was trying to fish out coins with a magnet

People play this game of trying to get their coins to the center of the column for their wish to come true.

I did it on the first try ❤️

I did it on the first try ❤️?

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Love that Jim's core strength is not up to par with those two little girls HAHA

Love that Jim’s core strength is not up to par with those two little girls HAHA

He made it!!xx

He made it!!xx

I'm a statueee

I’m a statueee

We just kept walking around while getting to know each other. We were a group of 8 tourists, 2 Hawaiians, 4 Americans, 2 Filipinos.

Love locks

Love locks

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The amazing Velib bike system where people are encouraged to bike wherever they're going

The amazing Velib bike system where people are encouraged to bike wherever they’re going

Our bubbly tour guide Marie (who’s gorgeous just like our guide from the previous day) told us that their Mayor has been trying out different fun stuff for the city like just last September she banned the use of cars for one whole Sunday and it greatly lowered pollution. I know she also mentioned that the museums and malls had to stay open all night for one night, I don’t know if it already happened or if it’s just about to happen. I can’t seem to find anything on it online so maybe I heard wrong haha. But I’m pretty sure I saw posters for it too – just can’t seem to remember the name of the event.

We stopped for lunch at this tiny, cozy restaurant where we had the best onion soup of our lives.

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Camembert with a little bit of honey on top. UGH SOBRANG NAGUGUTOM AKO WHILE TYPING THIS

Camembert with a little bit of honey on top. UGH SOBRANG NAGUGUTOM AKO WHILE TYPING THIS

A very blurry shot of the amazing onion soup. Sorry, gusto na namin kumain nun. Haha!

A very blurry shot of the amazing onion soup. Sorry, gusto na namin kumain nun. Haha!

Duck confit was on point!!

Duck confit was on point!!

We walked off the busog hehe

Contrast

Contrast

#kickspotting lelz

#kickspotting lelz

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Part of our group was this older couple Sheila and Jeffrey from Michigan - they were so sweet

Part of our group was this older couple Sheila and Jeffrey from Michigan – they were so sweet

Police department

Police Department

Those are bullet holes from the war. They don't repair it on purpose

Those are bullet holes from the war. They don’t repair it on purpose

Next stop: NOTRE DAME!!!

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There's no fee to enter the church

There’s no fee to enter the church

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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

Jesus Christ's actual Crown of Thorns (supposedly)

Jesus Christ’s actual Crown of Thorns (supposedly)

I had no idea that Christ’s Crown of Thorns is believed to be kept in Notre Dame. I only found out through our tour guide and she explained that it’s brought out every first Friday of the month for people to touch. The rest of the time it’s kept in this container and displayed in a corner of the church.

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Angels and Demons

Angels and Demons

There’s an angel and demon in the middle and you will have to pass between them on judgment day. Look at the detail of the dark side. That’s haunting AF.

BEAUTIFUL

BEAUTIFUL

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Hehehe

Hehehe

Stop and smell the flowers

Stop and smell the flowers

We had a snack at Odette, a quaint pastry shop along Saint-Michel.

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These are called choux (plural)

These are called choux (plural)

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A chou is usually a small round cake with filling

A chou is usually a small round cake with filling. Basically cream puffs.

Parisians call their lovers "mon chou" or "my sweetie"

Parisians call their lovers “mon chou” or “my sweetie”

Or "mon chou chou" which means "my darling"

Or “mon chou chou” which means “my darling”

Love at first bite

Love at first bite

SOBRANG SARAP GUYS

SOBRANG SARAP GUYS

Right across Odette is a famous pub called La Guillotine. Underground the pub is a small jazz cave called Le Caveau des Oubliettes (the cave of the forgotten).

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I was so happy to see a couple of Invader creations!

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Cheese and Wine

Cheese and Wine

Notre Dame from afar

Notre Dame from afar

Kiss nanaman!!

Kiss nanaman!!

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So many artists

So many artists

Our last stop was Marie’s friend’s wine shop where we did a bit of wine tasting. Good ending after an 8-hour tour!

More wine!

More wine!

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The owner's name is Herve

The owner’s name is Herve

He had so much cool stuff and I said this one inspired by The Beatles' Yellow Submarine was my favorite.

He had so much cool stuff and I said this one inspired by The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine was my favorite.

He then showed me a photo of him meeting Sir Paul!

He then showed me a photo of him meeting Sir Paul!

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He's got a lot of artist friends who hold exhibits in his wine shop

He’s got a lot of artist friends who hold exhibits in his wine shop

Cheers!

Cheers!

I loved Marie, our tour guide!!!

I loved Marie, our tour guide!!!

The whole group!

The whole group!

I highly recommend this tour especially for your earlier days in Paris. Well worth it. You can click here to check it out on Localers.com.

♥,
Saab

Saab

31 Comments

  1. Reply

    Cha

    November 7, 2015

    Feeling ko tuloy I need to tick Paris off my bucket list kasi with your posts, parang I’ve been there too! I love how you took your photos and I’m learning a lot from you! Merci beaucoup and bonne huit, Saab! :)

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      Saab

      November 7, 2015

      Aww thank you Cha!!:)

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    Mercy

    November 7, 2015

    Thank you Saab for the very interesting travelogue. Love your style of writing, it’s engrossing, i don’t want to skip ’til I reach the end hehe. I want to go to Paris now.

    http://www.busyandfab.com

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      Saab

      November 8, 2015

      <3

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    IrnaVill

    November 7, 2015

    Thanks for featuring PARIS Saab! Oh how I love Paris… MUST.GO.TO. <3

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      Saab

      November 8, 2015

      Go now!!:)

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    Kitkat

    November 7, 2015

    Are all your photos unedited? :) And was that a wide lens you used?? AMAZING PICS. IM OBSESSED !!!!

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      Saab

      November 8, 2015

      Just used VSCO filters, no not a wide lens just 16-50mm :) THANKS <3

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    Grace

    November 7, 2015

    i love your photos! . it’s my dream place and You bought me to Paris already hihi :) ♥ iloveyou Saabae :* :D xx

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      Saab

      November 8, 2015

      Thank you!!

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    Kathie

    November 7, 2015

    Did you edit the pictures here using VSCO? I so love them!!!! Ugh! Bookmarked Localers for a future trip in Paris! I just so love reading in your blog. This is the blog I kept going back kasi your posts are so natural and hindi pilit not like others na maraming deep words para mukhang intelligent yung blogger… Anyway, keep posting pa!!!! :) Godbless Saab!

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      Saab

      November 8, 2015

      Yay! Thank you very much! And yes, I used VSCO filters via Lightroom :)

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    Grems

    November 8, 2015

    UGHHHHHHH ANG GANDA MO AND YOUR PICTURES. Sige na nga, maganda din yung Paris. Choosss!! But seriously, sobrang nakakaganda ng architectures! I am definitely thinking of getting a Sony A6000 parang tama lang kasi yung dating niya (nuksss hahaha)!! Sobrang interest nang Arc de Triomphe ma-research nga. Hihihi.

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      Saab

      November 10, 2015

      Thank you!!!! YES ANG GANDA RIN LANG TALAGA NG PARIS!!! Hahahahaha

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    Coolen

    November 8, 2015

    Hi Saab! I really enjoy reading your Paris travel posts. <3 Lots of interesting information and your photos are amazing!

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      Saab

      November 10, 2015

      <3 Thank you!!

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    Jecca

    November 8, 2015

    Ang ganda ng cam mooo! And your skills ang galing moooo <3 I trust my Sony Nex to be on that level din haha! Love yew forevs, Saabae :D

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      Saab

      November 10, 2015

      I love Sony NEX too!!! Lasted me so many years!:) Thank you!

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    Jarvis

    November 9, 2015

    Ugh. I love it. I love everything. The cheesy pics, the foods, places, it’s so…arsty and romantic. I like how you and Jim can give me that *kilig* feeling without even trying. #relationshipgoals Lels

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      Saab

      November 10, 2015

      Awwww thank you!!!

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    Celine

    November 9, 2015

    Justin Beiber is the best! <3

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      Saab

      November 10, 2015

      Bieber!!:))

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    Jamie

    November 10, 2015

    I love how the photos are edited! Super cute niyo ni Jim!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

    I realized just now that I actually like looking at the Eiffel Tower from a far too. Also, this photo of my friend's Dad of it was what made me fall in love with it that I ended up using it for our school project. LOL. https://chronologicalrandomness.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/via/

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      Saab

      November 10, 2015

      Yay!! Oh wow nice blog :)

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    Chesterlyn Alfar

    November 10, 2015

    I know you didn’t write “JUSTIN BIEBER is THE BEST” on the wall..lol!!But seriously, you’re photos are very lovely and sweet. Thank you Saab for sharing the photos. I feel like I went to Paris nah through your post. God bless you even more ;)

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      Saab

      November 10, 2015

      Hahaha thank you very much!!:)

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    AEivryn

    November 12, 2015

    Love it! Thank you for bringing us to Paris!!!

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      Saab

      November 12, 2015

      You’re welcome <3

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    KC Villera

    November 16, 2015

    I think this was really the best part of your Paris trip! I felt like I’ve been there too, just looking at all your photos :) pero mas nainlove ako sainyo ni Jim!!!!!!! kainis hahaha super cute & romantic couple hay the real relationship goal. SO INLOVE <3 anyway, Merci beaucoup for sharing your Paris Trip, Saab!!! xx

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      Saab

      November 18, 2015

      xxx <3

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    lethielleux

    November 30, 2015

    Thanx for the article.Nice pix of the shop!!!!

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