Paris is one of the top places to visit in the world. The City of Lights is not only a major European capital but itâ€™s the global center for arts, fashion, culture and food. Itâ€™s also rich in history and architecture, perfect for luxury France vacations. With its size and the thousands of things to see and do, it can be difficult to decide for the first-time traveler. Iâ€™ve visited Paris once, and being a culture and history guy with a bent on architecture, I…Continue Reading “5 Top places to visit in Paris for first time travelers”
It was monumental. Grand. And I was awestruck at the spaciousness of the interior of the DÃ´me des Invalides. From the paintings of Charles de la Fosse at the underside of the dome, finished in 1705, to the ornate baldachin at the altar. So grand and spacious that visitors, including me were all dwarfed. But I wasn’t here to hear mass, the space, a former royal chapel built at the southern part of the Hospital des Invalides upon the orders of Louis XIV, was converted,…Continue Reading “Looking down on Napoleon Bonaparte at the Domes des Invalides”
I was unprepared with this Southeastern France trip. The original plan was from Paris after the opening of Photoquai 2013 will go directly to Barcelona and meet up with my friend, Eduard, who has been studying and describing new beetle species that I’ve sent to him over the years. But for reasons that I can no longer recall, I booked a high speed train from Paris to Carcassonne. But unfortunately, I mistakenly booked a hotel far from the city center and instead thought of going…Continue Reading “Exploring the old city center of Toulouse”
An unplanned and unstructured day tour around Perpignan brings the visitor to beautiful surprises in this historic city in the south of France.
I’ve been exploring cemeteries in the Philippines for quite a while now and discovering interesting architecture, be it from crumbling Spanish colonial era chapels to art deco mausoleums always gives me a great thrill. But when I was in Paris when I got invited to show photography work at Photoquai 2013, I did have an opportunity to explore two cemeteries as well. Although I wasn’t able to visit the largest, Cimetiere du Pere Lachaise, it was during two walks around Montmartre and Montparnasse that I…Continue Reading “Architecture and famous dead in 2 Parisian cemeteries”