Wednesday, February 22, 2012

White-chan in Paris - that atas palace called Versailles

You really need to pay a visit to the Versailles to understand why the French Revolution happened and why Louis XVI kena his head chopped off. That palace is really super duper grand lor! Can imagine his grandfather Louis XIV telling his officers: "Yah I know the people can't pay more tax because they don't even have enough to put food on their tables, but then I need to renovate this one more room wor, so no choice lah!"!

Anyway, now that these Louis kings have all ashes to ashes, the French of course will make use of this atas palace to make money out of the tourists lah! EUR15 per head lor!

The Hall of Mirrors is supposed to be one of the most famous rooms in the Versailles, but too bad those lazy French did not bother to keep the mirrors and windows clean, so... oh well...

The rooms in the Versailles are named after the Roman gods like Apollo and Venus, all with super glam chandelier, dark colored wall carpet (yes, not a typo, these wallpaper actually looks more like carpets) and gold plated doors... after awhile, it got kinda boring actually...

Instead, we find the Hall of the Battles more interesting, where it houses paintings relating all important battles in the history of France. Not bad for a quick history lesson!

After we had enough of all the gold plated walls, doors and decos, White-chan suggested we take a break at the garden. The garden is actually pretty neat and very well maintained, but a pity a lot of the vases and stuff were covered up in the winter, and the fountain was not switched on...

Friday, February 10, 2012

White-chan in Paris - Euro Disneyland only so-so leh

The Euro Disneyland in Paris is very very expensive and it is very very far away from the city. So you have to take a train to get there and then pay through your nose. And no, the train to Euro Disneyland is just one of their normal train, not that kawaii Mickey Mouse train in Hong Kong...

White-chan still prefers the Hong Kong Mickey Mouse train and Mickey Mouse train station!

This Disneyland in Paris is not very large, only slightly larger than the one in Hong Kong, and really not a problem to finish all rides within one day. Oh, but we didn't do the one that is supposed to be most scenic because the ride suddently got technical issue... maybe track issue? Maybe they need cable-ties...

Since we planned to stay at the park till it closed, it meant we had to eat there... yes, those horrible theme park food! The food in Euro Disneyland is really expensive, even the cheapest taste-worse-than-Mac so-called Mexican food we had was more than SGD10 for a pathetic set of meal with drink. And it was the smallest serving of food we had in Paris. Maybe the food at those expensive restaurants are better lah, this we didn't know. But compared to the other gourmet food country Hong Kong, the Chinese food at Maxim was not too much more expensive than the usual restaurant food and the food were actually delicious!

When night falls, there is a night parade in the park. As usual, all Disney characters will come out to dance and greet the people. But I'm sorry that we have to complain again... the dancers did not look as happy as the dancers in Tokyo and while Hong Kong has no night parade, they have... fireworks!

You think Paris Disney is too poor to afford fireworks like Hong Kong?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

White-chan in Paris - Galeries Lafayette shopping

Notre Dame Cathedral might not be the most famous cathedral in France, but definitely is a MUST-GO in Paris. The Gothic architecture design is beautifully detailed and reminded White-chan of the Hunchback! And the best part? It's FREE admission! Muahahahah!

White-chan at Notre Dame Cathedral

Notre Dame Cathedral

White-chan don't know why but the Paris Opera in French is Palais Garnier. You know? The Opera in The Phantom of the Opera is this Opera leh! Power sia! But seems like they're more popular with ballets than operas here.

White-chan at Opera House

Galeries Lafayette is THE place to shop in Paris. Actually last time they were in Orchard too, but I think no business so chup lup already. Maybe too atas? Anyway, they are really huge here in Paris, like the Isetan in Tokyo, different separate buildings selling different things, one building selling ONLY women clothing...

Anyway, we went to the Longchamp, where the bags there are supposed to be so much cheaper than Asia, and we had a long shopping list. And so, as expected, there was also a long Asian queue outside the shop. DOTZ...

There is one place in Galeries Lafayette that is really cool, which is the roof top. You can actually get a very good view of the city, including the Opera House and Eiffel Tower from there lor! And it's also... FREE!

White-chan at Longchamp

Paris view from Galeries Lafayette