Brings back a lot of memories to me about this place and this was my 3rd visit to this beautiful place. My first visit to monmarte was I was visiting Paris for the 1st time with my husband back then in 2008 and you can read about it here in this post Canal St Martin, Bastile & Montmartre. The 2nd time I went to Monmarte was with my little sister a year after that in 2009 and somehow I didnt blog about this one hehehe
On both occasions I was still carefree and without much to carry about with me, but this time around it's different as I have little miss sunshine to care for and was carrying her stroller and baby stuffs so very much different from my other visit to monmarte. But anyhow, I enjoyed every minute of it as this time around not only I have my little family travellign with me but also my parents to enjoy this trip :)
So here are some of the pics i managed to snap all the way to Monmarte :)
While waiting for the little train to go up to montmarte :)
Miss M and my mom enjoying the ride on the little train :)
I never seemed to ever get bored looking at the Basilique du Sacré-Cœur ( Basilica of Sacred Heart) It's so unique from the rest of the other basilica around Paris and it's white :)
See how pretty it is :)
a photo of my parents, just at the bottom stairs to the entrance of the basilica.
Mind you theres no pictures taken from inside of the Basilica coz it's prohibited :/
Going down after our visit to the Basilica to look for a restaurant to have our lunch
Later after lunch we walk around the crowded streets surrounding the Sacré-Cœur. Every rue and alleyway is filled with people.
and see what I mean...
And I finally managed to persuade my parents to have a painter draw their portraits on a canvas just for memories sake :) Almost everyone who came to montmarte does this and you will have tons of painters to choose on thats for sure :)
While waiting for my parents to have their portraiture done, these two spend every minute they have with each other full of laughter for they have missed each other for a good 8 weeks that Miss M and I have been away from DH. And so they didnt waste much time catching up with the lost times :)
And here's one for the album :)
On our way down after the painture session, we came accross with a quartet which was singing beautifully and Miss M insisted to stay until they finish singing :)
Below are two snipets of their very talented singing in action :)
Every breath you take :)
Beautiful singing no? :)
They said you can view the whole of Paris from up here..perhaps they are right (●̮̃•)
Going down we had to take the short cable car all the way down coz having the stroller and my parents it's a little bit hard to go down them steep stairs so of we go and this guy greeted us :)
And a small souvenir shop and the famous carousel for kids :)
And another one for the album!
and then...its shopping time..NOPE we didnt do any shopping at all as Miss M was a bit cranky and also, we a late for our next stop so we just passed by this used to be our favourite hang out (myself and my little sister) ...sob! sob! sob! you will see why I said this..for shopoholics in the world this is a must stop! :)
You will notice huge number of people in the little Rue de Steinkerque. The street has been infected by T-shirt and souvenir and trinket peddlers, but the two Sympa stores with big red signs are an excellent place to find cheap clothing, sometimes brand names that are either irregular or just fell off the back of some truck. Arrive early on Saturday morning and you can see a truck and dump big boxes onto the sidewalk. And inside them boxes are piled with clothes that are soooo cheap! Believe me, they are really cheap! Some of the Jeans and sweaters are from top brands here like Esprit, Naff Naff and etc. and they are all dumped inside a bin just like in the above picture :)
certainly a place to be if you a shopoholic :)
I remembered me and my sister spend hours and hours here just to kill time and money of course and i must say, we 've seen it all, The sight alone is remarkable. Elbows fly, hands spin through sweaters, money appear and disappear, clothes sail over shoulders, arms grow heavy under mountains of cloth we've been through it all but the most unforgetable thing really is when it's 5 minutes to closing time. They really throw you out of the shop and dont even care if they are losing customer when they say it's closing in 5 minutes then you better believe it or else all your clothes sorting and weighing on your arms will be gone coz they literally will throw you out of the shop no kidding :)
So lesson to be learned here... dont spend too long in there you will lose not only heaps of money but you might also get nothing out of it if you spend too long choosing for the clothes and all too soon it's closing time already so come early and leave early is always best :)
Until my next post on our Euro Trip, stay tune ya'lls!
Last August, we took some photos using our Samsung Galaxy camera and inside this camera there is an application where you can make collages of your many, many photos so here's an example of one of the photo collage I made using the application from the camera.
Suprisingly the quality of the photos are good as it lets you save the file for up to 2180 in size which is huge.
As per my hubby's suggestion, we made the photo collage I made using the camera application into a Printed canvas!
Suprisingly the quality was superbe and here we see Miss M happy to see herself in the picture and remembering the wonderful time she had at the bach in beauvoir Sur Mer, France last August.
So another idea for you to try for the many, many vacation photos you made last summer :)
Last Week we had a wonderful 3 days break from the Aidil Adha celebration so we decided to head out to Abu Dhabi and vist the Zoo there which is one of Miss M's favourite place to be :) So off we went to Emirates Park Zoo in Abu Dhabi.
It's a mighty hot day but good thing is there's air conditioning in some parts of the zoo which is in a closure :)
Miss M enjoying the petting Zoo where they can feed animals with "sayur" (vege) for 5dhs per bunch
Various types of ducks and swans also at the petting Zoo
cute aren't they :)
And my favourite of all, the Galapagos Turtles :)
One of Miss M's favourite, the horses! Also at the petting Zoo area.
Time out for Miss M to enjoy the small playground for the kiddies from within the zoo where they kept all the birdies. You can hear birds chirping and time to time Miss M went around to one of the cages to check out where the sound came from . Truly a wonderful learning experience for her :)
Some of the birds available at the palyground and our favourite is the Hibou aka Owl.
Another fun time for Miss M as she minggles with kids her age and she was particularly intrigued by the twins as she was looking to her left and right and wondering why there are two girls having the same face hehehe... Finally we are off again looking for the camels and giraffe for we have some goodies for them to eat :)
It was scorching hot but good thing they have them water humidifier all around the zoo to help visitors stay hydrated at least Miss M get to feed the camels that seems to be forever hungry hehehe :) They have a giraffe cafe as well where you can sit and drink beverages while feeding the giraffe its really exciting for the kids as you get to be real close feeding them giraffes :) antelopes sharing the compound with the giraffes :)
Finally we escaped for a while inside the closure side of the zoo to relief ourselves from the heat and view them animals with the help from some air conditioning :) Divine indeed :)
All these big cats are in the closure part of the zoo so we spent a long time in there watching them growling, meowing and finally fall asleep hehehe One of Miss M's Favourite as well :)
And our final stop is at the aqua marine part of the zoo where they have some fishies inside small compartment aquariums with different fishies inside..we didnt stayed long for it was small and crowded so we left.
When you enter the Zoo the rabbits are the first thing you will see then when you leave the zoo these smallest monkey in the world are the last things to see in the zoo :)
All and all it was great adventure for Miss M and it was a great difference with the Zoo in Al Ain where here its much more compact and smaller whereas in Al Ain its hectares and hectares wide. But anyhow, we were quite dissapointed that we couldnt go to the elephant feeding show as it was airing too late for us to wait so we went home but at least we get to see the rest of the animals there and so we head back to our hotel with a very tired but contented kid afer all :) On our next post, see ya'll soon! À bientôt