The most hectic summer 2 – road to Cairns – via Paris


On January of this year, Bea turned 18. Instead of the usual debut party, she opted for a trip. Initially she wanted to go to Brazil then Machu Picchu. But later, she changed her mind and chose a trip to Paris.

So for the next part of my hectic summer, I had to accompany her to Paris. Work had been very hectic too so I had to jumble my 24 hours compressing time for family, work and training, missing much of the latter.

Here goes 12 days of mom – daughter bonding! First stop Paris!

Sharing here some of the amateur photos I took during our second summer escapade!

 First part of the trip was to the Hop On Hop Off Tour.  Unfortunately it rained so hard :(


First part of the trip was to the Hop On Hop Off Tour. Unfortunately it rained so hard 🙁

 

 But later on I realised Paris is so romatic when it rains!


But later on I realised Paris is so romatic when it rains

 

 

 We had some oysters too!


So, we decided to have French Cuisine for the day while waiting for the rain to stop. We had some oysters for appetizer!

 

 

 Paris cuisine isn't complete of course if there are no escargot and some shrimp cocktails too!


Paris cuisine isn’t complete of course if there are no escargot and some shrimp cocktails too!

 

 

So we tried some French cuisine - Steak Tartare - made of chopped raw beef, seasoned and served cold - which amazingly tasted so good... but different!

So we tried some French cuisine – Steak Tartare – made of chopped raw beef, seasoned and served cold – which amazingly tasted so good… but different!

 

 We were luckily a few steps away from dessert - Laduree in Champs Elysee


We were luckily a few steps away from dessert – Laduree in Champs Elysee

 

Louvre was closed the previous day, May 1, a holiday.  Thus, every tourist must have made May 2 as museum visit day! I’ve never seen the Louvre with so many tourists!

 The long que to get the ticket to Louvre.


The long que to get the ticket to Louvre.

 

 So while the wait was long, I took a shot of this elderly woman.


So while the wait was long, I took a shot of this elderly woman.

 

 While Bea took shots and laughed at the people making the finger pose


While Bea took shots and laughed at the people making the finger pose

 

 

 And a souvenir shot for us too!


And a souvenir shot for us too!

 

Before the trip, I researched on places to swim bike and run while in Paris.  I came to this very detailed website – DC Rainmaker where every tip on triathlon training in Paris including triathlon stores to visit were given wide information. It was of very big help to a tourist on tri training. Here are photos of Piscine Josephine Baker, a suggested pool to do laps which was nearest to our hotel’s location.

 Facade of Piscine Josephine Baker


Facade of Piscine Josephine Baker

 

Piscine is the French word for swimming pool.  I paid an entry fee of 3 Euros for an early morning swim.  Bea did a few laps too! I swam here twice during our five days stay and each time, I was never kicked nor hit even if there were as much as 10 swimmers in a lane! I admire the swim ethics of the French!

 The best 25 meter lap pool!


The best 25 meter lap pool!

 

Then we continued with the adventure after some swim training…

 Still a little girl at heart, Be a wanted a trip to Disney!


Still a little girl at heart, Bea wanted a trip to Disney!

 

Of course I had to do some runs too, at the Jardin Tuileries in a very cold morning!

This was one very cold 7am long run!

This was one very cold 7am long run!

 

When in Paris, never fail to dine at Angelina’s!  Recommended by most blogs for its very popular hot chocolate, a trip to one of its eight branches is a must! Bea lined up at Angelina’s in Rue de Rivoli quite early just in time to get a table after my run workout. It was the best prize after the one hour and forty five minutes in 3 degrees Celsius run!

 Truly the best hot chocolate I've ever tasted!


Truly the best hot chocolate I’ve ever tasted!

 

 Oh and the interior looked French stylish too!


Oh and the interior looked French stylish too!

 

We tried our best to see the most important tourist spots of Paris – Champs Elysee, Notre Dame Cathedral, Versailles, etc.  There were too many photos I took that I’d like to post but too much might bore you.

What did we love most about Paris? Well, just sitting on a cafe and watching Paris time pass by!  Every corner in Paris had a story to tell, a memory an eighteen year old will forever remember.

 

 Travel is the best form of educate, especially for someone who loves History!


Travel is the best form of education, especially for someone who loves History!

 

 But sometimes the best part of the trip is just to lie down in one of the many gardens of Paris, enjoy the cool breeze and watch the clouds pass by.


But sometimes the best part of the trip is just to lie down in one of the many gardens of Paris, enjoy the cool breeze and watch the clouds pass by.

 

 

 

 

 

About pinayironmom

Pinay Ironmom is a typical mom who wakes up before 6 am to prepare my 3 children for school. After this, I make my husband coffee, similar to the Nescafe commercial on TV of a couple's typical morning. Work is normally a tour of Northern or Southern Luzon to inspect projects we are building, checking quality of designs or preparation of presentations to prospective clients. My schedule is flexible luckily, I can squeeze in hearty lunches with my favorite lunchmate and training early in the afternoon or right after business hours. Weekends are bike days on Saturdays at MOA or Daang Reyna and Sunday is my me time - my long run day. Oh warm ups and stretchings are trips to the grocery, cool down is hearing mass and giving thanks to God for a wonderful week. This is ME :)
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