Spell Saab

Just two days before our flight to Paris, I realized I had nothing planned out for our 4 days and 3 nights there. I did as much research as I possibly could at the last minute. Fortunately, I found all these amazing tours that turned out to be well worth it. They definitely made our trip a fun learning experience! I’ll tell you all about these different tours as I blog about each day we spent in Europe. I don’t want to overwhelm you by giving you all the details in one go! Bear in mind that I did all this at the last minute I’m surprised everything went so swimmingly. I’m still on a high about the last 2 weeks!!

Some photos in this post are "behind-the-scenes" shots Jim took with his phone! What a cuteheart.

Some photos in this post are “behind-the-scenes” shots Jim took with his phone! What a cuteheart.

OMG WE'RE FINALLY HERE

OMG WE’RE FINALLY HERE

Let me start by showing you where we stayed for 3 nights.

I booked an AirBnb apartment months prior to our trip, here are official photos from the website and I’m so happy it looked exactly like this (see previous post):

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The apartment’s location along Rue de Lille was just perfect. It’s just a literal 5 minute walk to The Louvre, Paris’ most famous museum! There were a lot of cafés along the street so it was convenient for grabbing coffee and croissants every morning. It cost us a total of around Php6,900/night. It turned out to be higher than what the listing showed (Php5,120/night) – I guess there were some hidden fees. I’m not quite sure because it’s the first time I tried using AirBnb. The price would have been okay had there been a toilet inside the apartment. IThe shower is nice and clean and there’s a well lit sink and mirror beside it but we had to go out of the apartment to use the communal toilet. It’s only about 3 doors down the hall from our room but still, it would have been nice to get a heads up! Other than that, the host was easy to talk to and he responded quickly to my questions! Here’s a link to the apartment if you’re interested.

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As we unpacked and quickly changed, we also prepared for our first tour which I booked through Vayable.com. Vayable allows locals to share their culture with tourists to help them have a richer, more authentic travel experience. Choosing a Photography Walking Tour as our first activity was strategic. I’d never taken any formal photography lessons and I thought, “what better way to maximize using my wonderful Sony A6000 than to take it around Paris with a professional photographer?” I wanted all my Europe photos to be beautiful.?

We met with our tour guide Clara at around 11:30AM. We stopped by a café to have a quick lunch and so she could teach me the different basic functions of my camera. I’d been wanting to use manual mode instead of automatic for the longest time. I knew it would give me more control and I’m so happy I finally understand it

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My croque madame

My croque madame

Our tour guide Clara

Our tour guide Clara

"That's what happens when you don't follow what I say!"

“That’s what happens when you don’t follow what I say!” ?

Understanding how the aperture affects the depth of field (naks, photography jargon)

Understanding how the aperture affects the depth of field (naks, photography jargon)

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My cute model

My cute model

Of course I had to make sure Jim was learning about this too because he needs to take my photos, too ?

Of course I had to make sure Jim was learning all this too because he needs to take my photos, DUH ?

Here are some of the photos we took during our walking tour. Warning: some of them are very ~*artsy*~ lol

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Salvador Dali mural by Jef Aérosol on Place Igor Stravinsky near the Centre Georges Pompidou

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He was offering me a yogurt sample and I said, "I'll take it if you smile for my camera!"

He was offering me a yogurt sample and I said, “I’ll take it if you smile for my camera!”

I wanted to take a photo of this rainbow flag since we shot around the prominent LGBT district, realizing only later on that it was actually a shop for S&M sex toys hahaha

I wanted to take a photo of this rainbow flag since we shot around the prominent LGBT district, realizing only later on that it was actually a shop for S&M sex toys hahaha

So many pretty buildings

So many pretty buildings

And cool pretty ladies - doesn't the one on the right look like ScarJo? Clara told me I shouldn't be shy to ask people if I can take photos of them. The worst thing they can do is say no.

And cool pretty ladies – doesn’t the one on the right look like ScarJo? Clara told me I shouldn’t be shy to ask people if I can take photos of them. Besides, the worst thing they can do is say no.

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Our 3 hour tour came to an end and I just had 4% left on my camera!! I took a couple of videos that morning kasi.? I got a bit stressed out because we were about to go straight to our next stop: a private tour of the Louvre!!

But that’s for another post. Now I’ve got to pack for my Singapore trip tomorrow!!

♥,
Je m’appelle Saab

P.S. Here’s a link to the Paris Photography Tour!

October 17, 2015

Saab

13 Comments

  1. Reply

    Monica

    October 29, 2015

    Welcome back, Mrs!! Keep it coming!! Lakas maka-hipster ng tour niyo. :)

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    Glady

    October 29, 2015

    Beautiful! :)

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    secretwalangclue

    October 29, 2015

    FINALLY!

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    Gelo

    October 30, 2015

    Love the photos! I’ve been wanting to get a Sony camera myself. Tara photowalk tayo around Manila. The safe but artsy parts lol

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      Saab

      November 3, 2015

      Let’s do itttt!! I just saw this, sakto magka-text na tayo hihihi

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    Dona

    October 30, 2015

    Yayyy! Can’t wait to see more of your Euro trip blog posts!!! :D

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    Jamie

    November 1, 2015

    Remember when the farthest place you’ve been to was Baguio? I don’t anymore! Hahaha! Jetsetter ka na Saabeeyyy! Hihi.

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    Grems

    November 3, 2015

    Paris looks so beautiful!! You are so lucky! I hope you and Jim get to travel the world!! :D

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      Saab

      November 4, 2015

      Thank you very much!! I hope so too <3

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    Vianney

    November 4, 2015

    Super blooming!!! And the apartment’s so artsy haha
    /I find it artsy :)))
    Btw, did Jim just use his phone in taking those photos of you and the guide? If so, what phone? The photos were so nice!
    Can’t wait for more of your posts :)

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      Saab

      November 4, 2015

      iPhone 6+ :)

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    Kai

    November 6, 2015

    Hi Saab!~ What luggage brand are you using? I loooooove how red (?) it is! :)))

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      Saab

      November 7, 2015

      The red one is Samsonite :D

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