2nd visit to Paris

My second visit to Paris was in 2011 (See my 1st visit here), when my father had a business trip to Europe and we came there to catch up with him. It was the first time I came to Paris in winter though. It was so cold and and view of the city was a little bit sad, but no less romantic. I felt more in love with the look of Paris in winter than in summer with a lot more people, hot weather and crazy traffic.

Paris, December, 2011.

It was a raining so hard when I came to the Eiffel tour. But thanks to that, I got a photo with the reflection of the tour!

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The city in the winter is no less amazing and romantic.

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Have you heard of the Pont des Arts where lovers/couples come to lock their love to the bridge and throw the key into the Seine so that their love will last forever? When I came here in 2011, there were not many locks on the bridge, but now, the bridge is facing the risk of being collapsed due to the heaviness of the love locks. Authority is now calling people to save the bridge by just taking their selfie in front of those locks rather than locking one to the bridge.

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Though it was December, the sky is bright and blue.

The Louvre museum

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The Tuileries Garden

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It was in December so they had a huge Christmas tree in front of the Notre Dame cathedral.

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The Montmartre and the Sacré Coeur

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My Daddy and I on the Montmartre

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Ile de Ré – a lovely island

It took me such a long time to actually visit the Ré island – L’Ile de Ré, which is just about 20 minutes drive from La Rochelle (where I’m living). Before, what we did was get on a bus to the bus station, get on another bus which takes us directly to the Sablanceaux beach and back. Then one day I told my husband that we would regret when one day we leave this city and never spend time to discover the island!!! So we got on the car, crossed the bridge (which connects La Rochelle and the island) and to the Ré !

It is a small island off the west coast of La Rochelle. The island is 30 km long and 5 km wide. It has ten communes: Rivedoux-Plage, La Flotte, Sainte-Marie-de-Ré, Saint-Martin-de-Ré, Le Bois-Plage-en-Ré, La Couarde-sur-Mer, Loix, Ars-en-Ré, Saint-Clément-des-Baleines, Les Portes-en-Ré. Be well-prepared if you visit it in the summer, especially you do it on bike. It is very sunny along the coast! We went there with the kids on a very sunny day, and we couldn’t manage to go to the end of the island to see the big light house. Anyway, it is a good reason to come back 😉

 Salbanceaux beach – My little Khanh really enjoys the sea

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My little one

La Flotte

In the summer, you can see hollyhock flowers everywhere in La Rochelle and also in this island. In my mind, this flower is definitely the symbol or one of the special features of the region.

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Black hollyhocks, which are rarer than other types.

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My little one takes her own route, always. She never cares where we are going.

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So I take my own route also, haha.

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In La Flotte, you can find some lovely local stores like this.

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Then we drove to Saint-Martin de Ré.

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and found these lovely things

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and lovely places

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After that, we headed to Loix and were amazed at this.

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Be enjoyed! If you plan to visit the island one day, don’t hesitate to drop me a line 😉

Puy du Fou – Between the Shows

While waiting for the next show, there are many interesting things to see in the Puy du Fou park. One of them is the 18th century village, where I can probably spend the whole day to take photos. Unfortunately, we had only one day so we were always in a rush. I’d suggest that you should spend 2 days in the park to enjoy every corner of it.

 The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

The 18th century village

Puy du Fou – The Shows

Puy du Fou is one of the best historical theme part in France. The park offers us extraordinary shows which vividly bring us back to Medieval times. I’ve been to the DisneyLand, I’ve been to Futuroscope, but this time, Puy du Fou has left great impression in me. The feelings was fantastic, it brought me from this surprise to another. Even my little 18 moth girl kept saying wow all the time!

There are 5 main shows at Puy du Fou. If you have only one day only, you shouldn’t miss any of them

1. Richelieu’s musketeer

This is an indoor show and photos are not allowed. The show features Musketeer performing swash-buckling sword fighting and Gypsy girls Flamenco dancing in water.

2. The Secret of the Lance: the performance tells us a story of a young shepherdess who defends her dojon from English knights.

The shepherdess is singing and dancing.

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Fighting with the English knights
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The wall is going down
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The fight
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The wall is going up again after the victory
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3. Triumph’s Sign: is set in a replica of an amphitheater, which reminded me of Colosseum, thought I was there actually. The actors have excellent warm-up activities before the performance starts and we will quickly travel back to the atmosphere of Roman times. The performance features a traditional parade of people and animals, gladiators combats, chariot racing and executions.

The Triumph's Sign

The Triumph's Sign

The Triumph's Sign

3. The Vikings: tells us a story about a fight between people living in an old fortress and the Vikings. This is my favourite show of all. It includes great effects, wonderful music and a real-life performance.

The story starts with a marriage, people happily dance and sing.

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The Vikings

Then the Vikings come in a longboat, all of a sudden.

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And another bigger and longer boat emerge from the river
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The Vikings

And the fight

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5. The Phantom Birds Dance is a performance of many birds with great music and songs. Sometimes the birds even fly over our head.

The Phantom Birds Dance

The Phantom Birds Dance

A Throwback to Paris

It was 5 years ago that I had my first trip to abroad, and the destination was Europe (how great!!!). This trip completely changed my life. It was the very first time that I realized how beautiful this world was and it urged me to travel more. When I came back, I immediately applied for scholarship program that helped me to pursue a master  in Belgium. Since then, I have still been here and there in Europe, and my adventure, with my beloved companions, hasn’t finished yet.

These photos were taken when I first visited Paris. I have come back to this city several times, and each time, the perspective changed a lot!

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When we were young(er)

We had just one kid to take care of. We even took her with us on a cycling trip for a photography day. She must have been tired. She slept on the way.

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Still she had a good time with us, as always.

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She was our only care. Now she has to share its with her sister. She must be jealous sometimes.

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It was a wonderful cycling trip with our (young) friends, well, a trip which I have never had a chance to do again ever since. We cycled about 20 km along the coast just to view the beauty of early spring and to take photographs.

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We made it a potluck picnic. We stopped when we were hungry. It was so much fun.

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In spring, everything is just stunningly beautiful along the coast.
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When we were young(er), we looked great(er), didn’t we?

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A gift from a friend, who is now in the UK to continue his study.

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And this is a gift for friends, who already moved to different cities in France.

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Let’s go fly a kite

Kite and Wind Festival in Chatelaillon Plage

We spent our Easter Sunday in the Chatelaillon Plage (about 20km away from we are living) to attend  the Kite and Wind Festival.  It was such a beautiful day. The plage was covered with stunning sunshine while the wind was strong enough to blow the kites. The seaside was brilliantly colored with all kinds of kites. I was taken back to the sweetest memories of my childhood time. So joyful a Sunday Easter!

The view was brilliant!
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Some professional players were controlling 4 kites at the same time. They (the kites) were flying so fast, and the lens I am having is not a wide one. That’s why I couldn’t capture all of them, what a pity!

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They also demonstrated huge kites.

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The kids really enjoyed watching those colorful things flying.

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We also had our own kite. My first daughter chose this one and her Papa was helping her to fly the kite. This was her very first time playing with kite. She was so excited (in a while)!

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Peaceful time

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A lot of people were enjoying family quality time on Chatelaillon Plage that day.

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Chatelaillon Plage – A Minimalism Photo

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Low tide time

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I did not forget to take a selfie.

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