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Parc de Belleville

This photo can’t even measure itself with what I saw in reality, the magical sunset view I had over Paris from the top of Parc de Belleville yesterday. Had one of those pinch-me-in-the-arm moment while soaking up this view. The shifting colors in the sky…fluffy clouds in motion…perfect backdrop to the parks green tree’s, bushes and lawn of the Parc de Belleville.

Parc de Belleville – 47 Rue des Couronnes, 75020 Paris

Père Lachaise

Père LachaiseOne of the world’s largest cemetery’s is Père Lachaise located in eastern Paris. Since I went there for the first time a few weeks ago I have been going there quiet often. It’s difficult to describe, but the calm, peaceful and even mysterious atmosphere is what brings me there over and over. When I’m there I try to walk on the paths where there are not many famous graves (that way I avoid the crowds of people with maps in their hands hunting for the celebrity graves), that way I’m all alone…apart from the birds singing in the trees.

Père Lachaise Cemetery – 16 Rue du Repos, Paris 75020

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s
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Guided tour in the secret rooms of Versailles

Château de Versailles

Last Saturday I visited the Château de Versailles, one of the largest palace’s in the world where kings and queens of France were housing until the French revolution. I had been offered a VIP guided tour of the secret rooms of Versailles by My Parisian Tour and even though I’ve visited the Château de Versailles several times before I had never been on a guided tour so I was very much excided to soak up some history about this beautiful palace.

Château de Versailles
We were only three in my group including me, which I found to be perfect for this type of tour. Our guide Hervé met us up outside Château de Versailles, next to the statue of Louis XIV (see photo above). He introduced himself and informed us briefly about the plan for this tour. First we were going to visit the private rooms before entering the public spaces of the palace and round up by watching the Fountains Show in the garden.

Château de Versailles
I loved the intimate atmosphere and all the details in each and every room and the stories Hervé told us about the different kings and queens (not to forget about all the mistresses) that had lived in the château. He shared history and funny anecdotes that gave even more character to the rooms.

Château de Versailles
Hervé was very professional and fun, had a in-depth knowledge of the palace and it’s history and it was easy to tell he was passionate about  it since he shared it’s history with great enthusiasm. It was quite fun and interesting listening to him since he had a friendly approach and was more of an “alive guide” rather than those who repeats memorized information and facts. Further he was able to answer all my questions that popped up every here and there. When the tour was over (time passed by very fast!) I wanted to stay longer in the gardens so he gave me a map and spotted out a few places I should visit before leaving.

Château de Versailles
The tour was very well organized, professional and of perfect length (4 hours in total). Since the round-trip transport was included we met up at Invalides in Paris were we took the RER together to Versailles. Important to note is that we skipped all the lines at the Palace of Versailles so we got to use every minute on the very informative guiding instead of standing in line to enter ;-) (have in mind that sometimes waiting time can be between 1-2 hours) Also we were given audio-headsets in case of if we would be entering a crowded room, which never happened in the private rooms, but I used i when we entered the public areas.

If you are planning to go to Versailles I would actually recommend to visit the private rooms too and not only the public areas and I can highly recommend My Parisian Tour since I had a great experience from them.

More photos from this tour to be followed very soon!

VIP guided tour of the secret rooms of Versailles – offered by  My Parisian Tour

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Château de Versailles

Château de Versailles

Impasse Deligny

Impasse Deligny

Last Sunday when I was biking on Rue Pouchet, in the northern part of the 17th arrondissement, I suddenly stopped at Passage Pousset. Something caught my attention, perhaps the way the sun was lighting up the small tucked impasse? However I found myself in this very well hidden and lush Impasse Deligny where ceramic pots in different sizes with green plants creating a leafy lane. I find it amusing, finding this kind of “secret” or for me undiscovered places in Paris. This is what I love to do on my weekends, when many of the central parts of Paris are overcrowded with tourists and Parisians, I go for adventures by bike discovering more quiet and peaceful parts of Paris .

Impasse Deligny – 75017 Closest metro: Métro Porte de Saint-Ouen and Guy Moquet

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

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Spring in Jardin des Plantes

Jardin des Plantes
Regardless my runny nose and my itching eyes – yes, seems I’ve got pollen allergy, I love to spend my weekends outside strolling around in the different parks of Paris. Not long ago I went for a walk in Jardin des Plantes. Beautiful white and pink cherry blossom trees in full bloom…and also magnolias! Love the colors of the Spring :-)

Jardin des Plantes – 57 Rue Cuvier, 75005 Paris

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s
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