My siblings and I are back from our first europe trip together, I must say that we have enjoyed every bit of the 10 days getaway from work and sunny Singapore.
In this episode, I will give you an insight on our 12 hour transit in Paris, followed by our summer vacation in Barcelona *shakes butt* which we stayed for 6 days and then take a plane off to Roma for 2 nights and ending it off with a half day visit to Amsterdam, Netherlands. Sounds pretty amazing? Also, I will give you a rough idea on how I did the bookings for the tickets and the insights of how much we have spent and all there is to know about this amazing summer vacation.
15th June 2015
Boarding tickets received, we were all ready to board on AirFrance AF0259 to Paris. Finally not having any red nails instead I spiced things up with some pretty tiffany arcrylic nails!! Pretty ain’t it?
As promised, I will give you a rough finance insights on how much I have spent along the way…
We made bookings for the flight tickets from Singapore – Barcelona via AIRFRANCE early January this year and paid a total of $998 per person for the flight and spent about 250euros for just souveniors and food here in Paris.
My sister and I finally wore our charm bracelets out together for the first time, what a better way to start it on this trip. Proud owners of Thomas Sabo and Paris Bijoux charms *winks
itchy me decided to order child meal before check in, just to see what is like being a kid onboard. There it was, barely-any-meat-bolognese.
Finally survived our 12 hour flight of sitting our ass off on the plane, we got off at Paris and took their airport subway to the main city center. It cost us about 10euros per ticket to go over from Paris Charles de Gaulle to the main metro stations at Gare Du Nord.
We had no time to waste so it was straight to the Eiffel Tower at Trocadero station, they reminded me of how excited I got when I first saw the Eiffel Tower back in 2012 with Mr A. Their smile melted my heart when I took this picture. FINALLY seeing my Shammie so happy taking in the moment!
Our very first wefie after decades, I don’t even remember when was the last time we had all of us in a picture together because my elder brother here hates the camera so much when we’re in SG. Lol. So kudos and many more selfies of us together with beautiful backgrounds.
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To those ladies out there, my eligible bachelor brother over here needs a woman to take care of him, if you are up for the challenge please do not hesitate to give me a buzz tyvm 😛
Trying hard to squeeze everyone in the picture as we walk through the famous walkway prolly over few millions of people have passed by just to view this beauty right smack in their faces.
We got lucky as the queue weren’t as bad as I expected so we decided to make our way to the top to have a 360 view of Paris. Ticket prices were 16.50euros to head all the way to the Summit – level 3 of the Eiffel Tower.
If you think my selfie pictures are too much, you should meet Sukri, his selfie game on is much stronger than even a girl. He is obsessed with himself and his surroundings.
It was soooo cold at the Summit, after much waiting in line for the lift to go up, this was the only decent picture we got of ourselves, there were too many people trying to squeeze and walk pass in such a small area plus we got all tired just by queueing. Nonetheless, it was worth it bringing them here.
Guess where to next?
If you come to Louvre, this is definately one of the many many photos that you NEED to have, it is a must!
Isabelle here told me way before hand that she is gonna steal my SLR on this trip to take picture of the entire vacay and her selfies as well, and me being the ever so loving sister gave in to her. More often than not, this is what she’s been doing most of the time.
On my work trips, I use to walk alone on this stretch (at times with strangers I am not close to) and I have always imagined if one day I could bring my siblings here with me, not for work, but for a holiday. Never would I thought that this day was actually happening and I am very blessed to have them walk down this aisle with me. It will definately bring good memories in the future when I come back to Paris. :’) excuse the frown, the sun was suddenly burning right in my face.
Here’s our spokesperson posing with #lovewithoutlocks campaign, taken at the edge of the bridge where the very little love locks are left for keepsake. It’s really sad to know those who actually came here with their loved ones to get this lock placed together is being demolished, however, they bring back good memories. Fortunately, you can find other bridges few streets away from this love lock suspension bridge, a new location to get our keys and lock sealed here in Paris. Just walk and find yourself towards Notre Dame cathedral, you can definately see it.
Oooh la la!
Paris love locks really makes a pretty background for your photos, y’know government?
So for those of you who have been wondering, how does the love bridge look now that all the locks have been removed and made news headlines that they will be demolished permanently? Well, your welcome. 🙂
The paintings were really cute and I actually enjoyed looking at it as I walked to the other side of the bridge – although they didn’t have a face nor hair so to speak.
If we had a longer stay here in Paris, I would have definately take my siblings on this Paris Bateaux Boat Tour as it really gives you a closer look at Paris from the river, they even have audio guide to let you the know the names of sightseeing places or buildings you are passing by and the history behind it.
The river towards Notre Dame cathedral, you can also drop yourself at Cite Metro station for the fastest way to get there.
My sister is a big fan of Hunchback of Notre Dame and her dream of owning a gargoyle just came true!
Eiffel Tower : checked
Musee du Louvre : checked
Notre Dame Cathedral : checked
Since we had time, we decided head off to Champs Elysees, the most visited shopping district in the world!
But first, it’s Laduree time in Paris!
I used to remember how Isabelle wanted to come to Paris to have tea time in Paris, decided to surprise her and my brother as we were walking towards the shop! These macaroons were too cute!
The interior was really classy, washrooms were upstairs and there was a long line outside Laduree, people queueing to get those melt in your mouth macaroons. Time to get out of the city and back on the plane!
Everything went well until a train decides to break down halfway on our way to the airport and took the longest time for the other train to come by, looked at my watch and we only had 45 mins before the last check in time for our next flight to Barcelona and this train is not moving any faster! I swear I panicked, what if we missed the flight, what about our check in luggage?
1805 and it was 10 mins before they close the check-in counter, people with their suits and suitcase ran alongside us and we were running across the airport to the departure gate like hooligans trying to make it in time for through the immigration, crashing through the metro counters and escaping as fast as we can. We were nearly seconds before they deny anymore passengers, fortunately, we managed to get through and got to the gate, thank god the security check had no line! We were so lucky but we were all out of breath. Never ran like that for the longest time dragging my hand carry luggage with me. *Phew
Thank God we made it on our plane to…..
1hr 40mins flight time and we knocked out!
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