When Childhood Dreams Come True (Paris, France)

You gotta admit. Visiting Paris was, or still is, on your bucket list.

’cause it was definitely on ours.

So part 2 of our honeymoon (Click here for part 1 in Iceland), we decided to tick it off our list.

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After being surrounded by nature, we had to adjust to being back in the city.

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But I had to do it quick. Paris was on my bucket list ’cause of a lot of reasons.

What’s on top of my list?

The Little Prince Store

If you’ve read about my Japan trip, you probably know how much I love The Little Prince. If you still haven’t, check it out here.

I can’t even begin to explain how passionate I am about this book.

Just to give you an idea, I got my first copy when I was 10. Reading it as a kid was fun. It was an easy read given all the illustrations and the relatively large font. I didn’t really see and understand what it meant until I read it again. And again. And again.

I always have a different understanding of the book each time I read it. And it’s always better than the last one.

So since then, I started my collection of The Little Prince. Others buy magnets as personal souvenirs when they travel, I find myself a copy of The Little Prince in the local language.  (If you happen to find one in your local language and you’re kind enough to send me one, I would forever be grateful! 😀 )

It’s odd, I know.

Exhaustion from a long day of travel didn’t stop me from going there on the very same day we arrived.

Still new to the city, I made my way there by myself.

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I took a few wrong turns and it got frustrating at some but, but when I got there, omg.

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I was immediately pumped up.

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I kid you not. I stood by the door for a good minute just staring.

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I was in awe.

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Speechless.

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Overwhelmed.

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It felt so surreal!

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I didn’t know where to start so I told the man looking after the store at that time a heads up that I might take a while. Haha.

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So many things I wanted to get!

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WANTED being the operative word ’cause I didn’t need most of them. I plainly wanted them.

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But aaaaahhhhhh!!! I still ended up shopping my heart out!

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After about an hour there, the damage has been done.

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And I absolutely have no regrets.

I was the happiest. I felt like I was in Disneyland!

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And the next day, we went to the real one! Haha.

Disneyland Paris

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I was at the happiest place on earth

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during Christmas season!

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It makes it even more special that it already is!

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As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote on the Little Prince:

All grownups were once children but only few of them remember it.

So we made sure we won’t forget.

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Besides, no one is too old for Disneyland.

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Around 6:30pm, everyone started to gather in front of the castle. We didn’t know what was happening and why the crowd was getting thicker by the minute.

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Being the curious, nosey tourists that we were, we decided to hang around and see that the fuss was all about.

Turns out there was and end-of-day show called the Disney Illuminations!

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I only had the patience to film the first half and after that I decided to just enjoy the show live.

IT. WAS. MAGICAL.

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I’m no princess, but I felt like one being there with my man.  ♥  ♥  ♥

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The next day, we decided to see more of Paris.

We booked a bike tour with Fat Tire Tours.

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It was roughly a 3.5 tour around the city which allowed us to do some sightseeing and we got to know more about Paris’ history.

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And of course, we had to have the mandatory tourist shots by

The Eiffel Tower

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It was a cloudy and foggy day so we weren’t able to see it to the tip.

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But it was still beautiful as it is.

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Next up on the list:

Musée du Louvre

The world’s largest museum. Now this is definitely a must-see for the both of us.

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But first, more of the mandatory tourist shots.

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Might as well hahaha.

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The Louvre, being home to over 35,000 works of art, there was no way we could see all of them.

So we just chose which ones we wanted to see.

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And you guessed it right. We went to see what they claim to be the ultimate must see in the Louvre.

The Mona Lisa.

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I have to be honest though. There were other works of art that I was more looking forward to seeing.

Like The Wedding at Cana: 

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But the one I was the most excited to see, the one we spent almost an hour looking for:

Anne of Cleves

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The ACTUAL painting of Anne of Cleves.

The one that made King Henry VIII so furious.

The reason why he divorced her almost immediately.

I’ve read the books, watched documentaries, and looked into different accounts of the Tudor Dynasty and I still can’t believe I was face-to-face with this painting.

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This, I have to say, was the highlight of my Louvre experience.

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It made our trip worthwhile.

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We were so exhausted at the end of the day, but there was still one more on our list.

The Notre Dame

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Even after 12 hours of walking and biking and though we were freezing from the piercing cold weather, it was worth the visit.

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It was was a magnificent sight to see.

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We experienced so much more than what I featured here, and most of them were not quite pleasant.

But I choose to share with you in this light: that this part of our honeymoon was all about making childhood dreams come true.

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Click here to watch highlights of the trip.

 

 

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