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Travel – Fall Vacation: Paris Part II

On the third day, we started the day with a heavy breakfast and we had planned on taking the Palais Garnier’s (Paris Opera House) guided tour in the morning. Sadly, the tour was already fully booked so we switched our schedule and headed to Musée du Louvre instead (we had planned on visiting after the guided tour). (WARNING: Picture heavy post!)

Palais Garnier Paris Opera House View of the Palais Garnier from the Les Cars Rouges

It was raining when we headed to Musee du Louvre thus all pics were taken indoors, no outdoor pics of the pyramid infrastructure. 🙁 (that just means I’ve to go back!)

Musee du Louvre Paris

Musee du Louvre

Musee du LouvreMusee du Louvre

La Duree in Musee du LouvreLadurée in Musee du Louvre

Ladurée was definitely a place that I wanted to visit and buy macarons from but I didn’t get a chance to do that during this trip. While I did enter the establishment pictured above, we were looking for hot chocolate but didn’t find any so we left. We were also in a bit of a time crunch, having to rush back to the Palais Garnier for our afternoon guided tour.

As mentioned here, the guided tour was covered by our Paris Pass and since I enjoyed the guided tour for the Oslo Operahuset, (as posted here) I figured we should seize the opportunity to do the guided tour of the Palais Garnier, too. The building is a living history monument as described by our guide and I couldn’t agree more. It is rich in history and ornately decorated, a stark contrast from the Oslo Operahuset which emphasized utility and functionality (Scandinavians!). I highly recommend the guided tour as it gives one access to the opera hall and certain areas that are closed off to the public on a self-guided tour.

Platée Paris Palais GarnierCharacters from the Opera Platée (ingenius story!)

Palais GarnierInterior of the Palais Garnier

Palais Garnier ComposersThe hallway with composers near the gift shop

Marc Chagall ceiling painting Palais Garnier featuring composers for OperaMarc Chagall’s painting featuring 14 opera composers

The original ceiling painting inside the OperaModel size of the original ceiling painting

Palais Garnier Paris Opera House interiorOpulent and beautiful ceiling of the Grand Foyer

Opulent and ornate details of the Grand Foyer Palais Garnier Paris Opera HouseHallway of the Grand Foyer

Academie Nationale de MusiqueExterior on one of the wings of the Palais Garnier

By the time we were done with the tour, we were starving so we went to a nearby restaurant, Opéra Mandarin to fill our tummies. Yes, we had Chinese food in Paris. My dad can’t go too long without Chinese food! 😉 (I’m sure G would’ve preferred pizza instead though! And should you be wondering, yes, he came to join us for 2 days in Paris!)

We ordered 6 main course and a two bowls of dumpling soup to share, which we finished. Food was authentic and delicious, although from reviews as I was researching the name of the restaurant to write this post indicates that food was a hit-or-miss. Well, I’m of Chinese ethnicity and I vouch for it!

Late lunch spread at Paris' Opera MandarinOur late lunch spread at Opéra Mandarin

Once we were gastronomically satiated, we hop-on the Les Cars Rouges at the Palais Garnier and headed towards the Eiffel Tower. Here are some shots from the bus ride…

Arc de Triomphe Paris Champs Elysee

Champs Elyssee

Arc de Triomphe Paris

Arc de Triomphe

It was almost dusk when we finally arrived near the Eiffel Tower. My dad and my sis only went up to the first level while my mum, G and I went up to the second level as well.

Eiffel Tower at dusk ParisEiffel Tower at dusk

Gustave Eiffel 1832 - 1923Gustave Eiffel, the architect behind the famous landmark

Eiffel TowerEiffel Tower at night

View from Eiffel Tower

View from Eiffel Tower Paris at nightNight view from Eiffel Tower

Paris Eiffel TowerView of the Eiffel Tower from Bateaux Parisiens

When we were done, we took the Bateaux Parisiens boat cruise which was also included as part of our Paris Pass. It was only a skip away from the Eiffel Tower. I didn’t take much pics aside from the Eiffel Tower as at that point, I was already starting to feel under the weather. 🙁 It was just much colder than I had anticipated! We adjourned home shortly after that, which concluded our third day in Paris.

Stay tuned for one the last part and thank you for reading! 🙂

Travel Nostalgia – Oslo Part I

Six months ago, I tagged along on G’s biz trip to Oslo, Norway. He was sent to Oslo for orientation/training as a new employee and I decided to play tag along. Well, I thought to myself, I’ve a passport, some time off and the cash for the air ticket (after pricing tickets on Orbitz), so why not?

I spent 3 days in Oslo before departing to Stockholm for the weekend, and here’s some pictures I’d like to share. (WARNING: Picture heavy post!)

Oslo Gardermoen Airport

Oslo Gardermoen Airport

I took a tour of the Oslo Opera House shortly upon arrival (not without a nap first!) and returned the next evening with G to snap more pictures and to go up to the rooftop. Besides, it was snowing the day I arrived and I wasn’t quite willing to endure the cold to take pictures of the exterior!

Oslo Operahuset Opera House at night

Oslo Operahuset that’s supposed to resemble a giant iceberg

Oslo Operahuset Opera House Box Office

The Box Office area

Oslo Operahuset Opera House

Stairs to the foyer & bar area upstairs

Oslo Operahuset Opera House restaurantThe restaurant in the Operahuset

Oslo Operahuset Opera House Stalagtite Stalagmite Wall

The wall that is representative of stalactites & stalagmites

Oslo Operahuset Opera House Window Panel

The window panels & interior beams

Oslo Operahuset Opera House at the rooftop roof level

View of the Operahuset on the rooftop

View from rooftop of Oslo Operahuset Opera House

One of the views of Oslo from the rooftop of the Operahuset

For our first dinner, we went to Albertine Cafe & Bar and had beef stew and whale steak. The whale steak was interesting as it had a tangy kick to it!

Beef stew at Albertine Cafe & Bar Oslo

Beef stew

Whale Steak at Albertine Cafe & Bar Oslo

Whale steak

Whale Steak at Albertine Cafe & Bar Oslo
The whale steak was wrapped in bacon!

And that concludes my first day in Oslo.. More to come in the next post tomorrow!