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!
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!
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.
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!
Then we continued with the adventure after some swim training…
Of course I had to do some runs too, at the Jardin Tuileries in a very cold morning!
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!
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.