places to visit in paris

Paris is one of the top places to visit in the world. The City of Lights is not only a major European capital but it’s the global center for arts, fashion, culture and food. It’s also rich in history and architecture. With its size and the thousands of things to see and do, it can be difficult to decide for the first-time traveler. I’ve visited Paris once, and being a culture and history guy with a bent on architecture, I chose five top places to…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 Dôme 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’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”

I was standing at a small pedestrian bridge between the Institut of France with its regal facade and built in the 17th century and the Palais du Louvre when, in amazement, saw the thousands of locks put on the metal fence. And I just remembered, it was the famous love lock bridge Paris Pont des Arts! It has been featured in countless movies, reality tv shows and films and it is one of several bridges in the City of Lights and some other European capitals…Continue Reading “Lovesick, love locks and a bridge in Paris”

I sunk my teeth into it. Tearing the almost velvety but not so perfect dark skin. Soft. Penetrating its pith and my tongue was greeted with a sweetish taste. A bit rough with dust like coarseness. But I didn’t mind. For me, it was one of the memorable fruits I’ve eaten while in Paris (France) and then in Spain. Sweet and delicious figs. One thing that I look into when I’m in a new place, much more a new country in Europe is to check…Continue Reading “In France, I fell in love with… figs”