Paris Day Three: Louvre, Pont des Arts and a Ring

Paris Louvre Engagement storyLike every day there, we woke up early and went to enjoy my favourite breakfast: fresh bread and croissants with Nutella and a fresh coffee with milk. Today was time to go and visit the Louvre Museum. We arrived quite early in order to avoid the queues. The entrance was free as we’re under 26 and from the UE. I advise you to always bring your passport/ID with you as you’ll see many offers like this. The only thing we paid for was an audio guide which I totally recommend. It’s like a mini laptop with touch screen, with a map and it can tell you everything about anything. We chose to make the route of the masterpieces of the museum. We stayed there half a day.

In the meantime I was carrying with me a padlock, already with our initials written and I wanted to put it on the Pont des Arts (the famous bridge), like many other lovers do. I know it’s just a symbolic thing, but I like these things. Last time I did something similar was when I was in Rome. I threw a coin in Fontana di Trevi and my wish was to be with Dan. We weren’t together at the moment. And that was 6 years ago.

It was already late afternoon, we were a bit tired and we were constantly looking for a quiet place. Yes, a quiet place in the busy Paris. No, it wasn’t easy to find. That’s when we tought: a park! let’s go to Parc du Luxembourg! It looked so big on the map, we were sure we’ll find a quiet place there, just for the two of us. As we entered everyone was everywhere. But we didn’t give up. We walked and walked and walked so far, until we found a small garden. We took two chairs and put them in the middle of the grass.

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Ca de obicei, ne-am trezit devreme si ne-am dus jos la micul dejun: paine proaspata (usor calda) si croissante crocante cu Nutella si cafea cu lapte. N-am zabovit prea mult ca sa putem ajunge la Muzeul Louvre drevreme. Nu am stat mult la coada si deja eram la casa de bilete. Pentru ca avem sub 26 ani si suntem din UE, nu trebuie sa platim intrarea. Va sugerez sa purtati cu voi pasaportul sau buletinul pentru ca trebuie sa dovediti asta. Singurul lucru pentru care am platit a fost ghidul audio care a fost foarte bun. Am avut fiecare un mini laptop, cu ecran touch screen si cu casti. aveam o mapa GPS si puteam vedea mereu unde suntem. Puteam sa alegem ce vrem sa ascultam si cat. Noi ne-am ales traseul capodoperelor de arta, pentru ca stiam ca nu vrem sa stam toata ziua. Asa ne-a luat o jumatate de zi.

Dupa asta am vrut sa ne oprim la Pont des Arts (faimosul pod), unde aveam in gand sa pun un lacat adus de-acasa, gata ‘gravat’ cu initialele noastre. Stiu ca e doar asa simbolic, insa imi plac lucrurile de genul. Am mai facut ceva asemanator cand am fost in Roma. Am aruncat o moneda in Fontana di Trevi cu dorinta de a fi cu Dan. Asta s-a intamplat acum 6 ani.

Deja era foarte tarziu si amandoi eram putin obositi. Cautam un loc mai linistit, unde sa putem fi doar noi. Dar sa gasesti un loc linistit in Paris e ca si cum ai cauta acul in carul cu fan. Probabil or fi, dar nu asa vizible pentru un turist.. Am luat harta si-am vazut ca suntem aproape de Parc du Luxembourg. Era mare si ne-am gandit ca trebuie sa gasim acolo un locsor mai intim, de unde sa luam o pauza de la atatia turisti, atatia vanzatori ambulanti si aparate foto. Cand am intrat in parc am fost dezamagiti… lume peste tot… Dar pentru ca stiam ca e mare parcul, am zis sa ne plimbam pana gasim ceva. Si-am gasit. Locul perfect: umbra, totul verde in jurul nostru, liniste, doar noi doi.

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When I was in high school I was reading an Elle magazine, with Jennifer Lopez on the cover. I was flipping through the first pages when I stumbled upon a picture of a ring. Then it hit me: this is the ring! There I was, I had no idea who I am going to marry with, where, when…but I knew: I want to have this ring. Since then, I always knew I want that ring… it is a classic design.. and I liked it. Okay, maybe I loved it! So of course, when things got a bit serious with Dan I said to him (more as a joke): ‘If you ever plan to buy me a ring, I want one like this!’. I didn’t have the magazine with me, but I showed him one from the Tiffany’s website. You see, that was a while ago. But he remembered.

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Eram prin liceu si rasfoiam revista Elle cu Jennifer Lopez pe coperta. Eram la primele pagini cand brusc m-am oprit la o reclama pe toata pagina cu un inel. Si-atunci m-a lovit: asta e inelul! Pe vremea aia nu aveam prieten, nu stiam cu cine ma voi casatori, cand, cum… dar stiam sigur: vreau inelul asta! E un model clasic si ma reprezinta in totalitate. Asa ca, dupa ce relatia cu Dan a devenit mai serioasa i-am spus mai in gluma, mai in serios (mai mult in gluma), ca daca e sa-mi ia vreodata inel, pe asta-l vreau! Tin minte ca nu aveam revista la mine, dar repede am intrat pe site la Tiffany’s sa-i arat modelul. Asta a fost mai demult… dar el si-a amintit.

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After the visit to the Louvre, we were both feeling very inspired. We were talking about making a change in the future, about making something great. Maybe not as great as Da Vinci or Michelangelo, but something that matters. We were both talking about wanting to have a big garden and a big house with a big swimming pool. It was not the first time we were talking about the future. But this time it was different. This time Dan told me he can’t wait any longer…. The rest is just too hard to put it in writing.. but yes, he had the ring and I said yes. More than once.

The rest of the night was just about us. Every sentence started or eneded with the word ‘fiance’ or ‘fiancee’. We headed towards the Latin Quarter and then we took a long walk in search for the perfect restaurant with a view over the Eiffel tower, for our dinner.

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Dupa vizita la muzeul Louvre amandoi ne simteam foarte inspirati. Stateam in parc si vorbeam despre cum vom face si noi ceva deosebit in viata asta. Poate nu asa deosebit ca Da Vinci sau Michelangelo, dar ceva ce sa conteze. Vorbeam cum vom avea si noi o gradina mare, verde, o casa cu piscina si cateva animalute. Nu era prima data cand vorbeam despre asta. Doar ca de data asta a fost altfel. De data asta Dan mi-a spus ca nu mai are rabdare… restul ramane intre noi, e prea greu de pus pe hartie… Dar da, a avut inelul pe care mi l-am dorit… iar eu am spus da. De mai multe ori.

Restul serii a fost o continua celebrare a logodnei. Fiecare propozitie incepea sau se termina cu ‘logodnicul meu’, ‘logodnica mea’. Ne-am plimbat prin cartierul latin iar apoi am inceput sa cautam un restaurant cu vedere spre Turnul Eiffel, pentru a lua cina.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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♥ Andra and Dan

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Paris Day Two: Eiffel Tower, Great food, Great weather

Paris Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre Coeur, Moulin Rouge, Holiday, Summer, Romantic tripGet ready to be bombarded with loads of photos in front of the Eiffel Tower. It’s just the best background. It automatically makes every single picture look more awesome. Anyway, let’s get back to our journey: We woke up early in order to get at the Eiffel Tower in time, to avoid the queues. However, they opened the lifts to go to the top after 12pm. So My advice: if you do want to go to the top (which I recommend), go there at around 11 pm so you don’t have to wait too much to see everything. Prices to go up: 9€ / adult – middle. 15€ / adult – top. Waiting in the queues can’t be avoided.. there’s just too many tourists. Just bare that in mind and try not to be bothered by it. We spent there around 3 hours (or more). After that we stayed in the park nearby to enjoy our fresh sandwiches. There was a huge projector with the French Open Final with Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep. We stayed there a bit just because we are great supporters of Simona, as she represents the country we’re from.

After staring at the Eiffel Tower from all possible angles and gardens and places.. we went further to Montmartre. This place was full of interesting shops, beautiful cafes and, the main attraction: Sacre-Coeur. The shops are a bit expensive as they have exclusive products, the cafes and restaurants are comparable to the UK and the entrance to Sacre-Coeur is free.

The final stop was Moulin-Rouge. After that we walked around the city for a bit. It was almost 11 pm and it was still nice and warm. It reminded me of the summers at home. It seemed like the city came to live. More locals were out, drinking on a terrace, talking in their beautiful french and laughing. A lot of laughing. I didn’t want to go back to our hotel. But we were tired.. and I wanted to rest for the next day. We were planning to go to the Louvre. But in the end it turned out to be much more…. to be continued..

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Asteptati-va sa fiti bombardati cu o sumedenie de poze cu Turnul Eiffel. Degeaba, orice poza arata bine cu el in cadru. A fost si primul lucru pe care l-am vizitat in a doua zi, asa ca am fost fresh si dornici de pozat. Ne-am trezit devreme tocmai ca sa evitam cozile. Dar degeaba am ajuns noi mai devreme, ca au deschis lifturile pentru a urca in varf doar dupa ora 12pm. De aceea va recomand sa mergeti in jurul orei 11, ca sa nu asteptati prea mult pentru a urca in varf (asta daca vreti). sunt doua optiuni: va opriti la mijloc (9€ / adult) Sau continuati pana in varf (inca 6 €, in total 15). Dupa vizita, ne-am pus in parc de unde puteam sa admiram frumosul turn, in timp ce am mancat putin. Intre timp am observat ca au pus un ecran imens pe care era proiectata finala de tenis intre Sharapova si Simona Halep. Plin de romani mandri, plini de steaguri tricolore.. a fost un sentiment frumos! 

Urmatoarea oprire a fost cartierul Montmartre. Un loc cu stradute inguste, cladiri cu arhitecturi deosebite..si lucrul meu preferat: multe flori. Am pierdut vremea plimbandu-ne printre stradute, uitandu-ne la cateva magazine cu produse speciale iar in final am ajuns la Sacre-Couer. Desi nu era voie sa faci poze, toata lumea isi ascundea aparatul sau telefonul pe sub mana si pozau non stop. De ce? Nu stiu. Noi am ales in schimb sa admiram arhitectura, sa ascultam corul care tocmai incepuse si sa ne bucuram de moment, pe moment. Intrarea a fost gratuita.

Ne-am odihnit apoi savurand o masa copioasa la un restaurant local, cu mancaruri bio. Din pacate n-am retinut numele localului si nu l-am gasit online, insa oriunde am mancat in Paris mi-a placut enorm. E adevarat, am si cautat localuri aglomerate, cu mancaruri gatite, terase aranjate. In medie plateam aproximativ 30 € / persoana mancare si bautura. 

Cu burta plina ne-am indreptat inspre Moulin Rouge unde Dan ar fi stat la un show (sau doua) dar cineva n-a fost de acord. Deja se facuse ora 11 seara si parca orasul se trezea la viata. Multi localnici erau afara, pe terase, eram inconjurata de o armoa de parfumuri de la fetele gatite de iesit in oras. Franceza lor dadea impresia ca aveau cele mai intereante discutii. Doar ca tot ce intelegeam eu era ‘Qui Qui’. Era perfect, cald dar nu prea cald, imi aducea aminte de serile cu colegii de liceu in centrul vechi in Baia Mare, cum stateam noptile afara si povesteam. Era vremea perfecta si compania perfecta. N-as fi vrut sa plec la hotel insa eram amandoi prea obositi. Si planuisem o gramada de lucruri pentru urmatoarea zi.. iar Dan mai planuise ceva ce aveam sa aflu abia spre finalul zilei… 

 

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Montmartre and Sacre Coeur

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Moulin Rouge
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Next: Luvru, Pont des Arts, The Latin Quarter and Our Engagement Story…

❤  Andra

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Paris Day One: Exploring the city

Paris Visit holiday Champs Elysees Arc de Triomph Exploring the city3 am. The alarm goes on: it’s time to wake up, it’s time for our holiday! We quickly wake up and get ready for the flight. We arrive in the train station, as we need to take a train to the Airport. Dan goes and asks someone when is the next train. He tells us to go to the wrong platform. Did we miss the train? Of course we did! Was I angry? A little bit. So here we are, running like crazy at 4:30 am in the morning. We finally get to the airport (in time). Once on the plane, we take out our guide book and start planning our first day in Paris. For the first day we chose to explore. We chose to walk around the city, stare at the beautiful architecture and tick off some of the main attractions from the list. This was our journey:

We took the metro to Champs-Elysees Clemenceau and walked around until we reached the Arc de Triomphe. After that we took a boat trip around the Eiffel tower and the two islands: Ile de Cite and Ile St Louis. On our way we stopped at Notre Dame, but it was too busy so we didn’t go in. Our evening ended with a great feast from Laduree, a popular location for those who love desserts. I’ll show you now some photos of our journey and some ideas and tips about the things we’ve seen.

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3 dimineata. Alarma suna: e timpul sa ne trezim, a sosit ziua cea mare, mergem la Paris! Repede ne ridicam din pat, ne pregatim si suntem gata de mers la gara. Trebuia sa luam un tren pana la aeroport. Ajungem la gara si tipul de la informatii ne trimite la platforma gresita. Fugim repede sa realizam ca nu suntem unde trebuie. No hai, fuga inapoi la platforma care trebuie. Trenul deja pornise. Normal ca l-am pierdut! Asa ca asteptam urmatorul tren… Se putea sa nu fie cu peripetii? Nu, asa e mai interesant! Amandoi am rasulftat usurati odata ce-am ajuns in avion si repede ne-am luat cartea cu Paris, sa ne planificam ce vom face odata ce ajungem in oras. Pentru prima zi am ales sa ne plimbam mai mult, sa vizitam cateva obiective la care nu trebuie sa stam la coada. Aceasta a fost ruta noastra: Am luat metroul pana la Champs-Elysees Clemenceau. De-acolo ne-am plimbat pana am ajuns la Arcul de Triumf. Dupa am facut o excursie cu barca pe langa turnul Eiffel si cele doua insule: Ile de Cite si Ile St Louis. Pe traseu ne-am oprit si la Notre Dame insa era prea aglomerat si nu am intrat. Iar ziua s-a terminat cu un ospat de la Laduree, o cofetarie populara pentru iubitorii de deserturi. Urmeaza sa va arat traseul parcurs in poze, iar apoi sa va impartasesc cateva idei si sfaturi despre ceea ce-am vazut. 

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The boat trip is a must do! You get a guide who tells you a bit of information about the surroundings. It took approx one hour. It was a great way to enjoy the city while relaxing a bit, or sleeping (in Dan’s case). But don’t worry, he didn’t miss much. I quickly woke him up with my constant enthusiasm: “look there, and there, and there!”. Price: 15 € / person. 

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Recomand cu tarie excursia cu barca. Dureaza aproximativ o ora, are un ghid care descrie in cateva cuvinte importantele cladiri pe langa care trecem. Interesant si interactiv! E o ocazie perfecta de-a vedea mai mult din Paris si e foarte relaxant in acelasi timp. Iar in cazul lui Dan, e o ocazie perfecta de-a trage un pui de somn. Dar stati linistiti, ca n-a apucat sa doarma mult cu mine langa el, extrem de entuziasmata: ” Oa, uita-te la aia! Si la aia! Vai, ai vazut aia?”. Pretul excursiei: 15 € / persoana. 
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It’s no wonder why Laduree is so popular. They are extremely delicious! And yes, perhaps their marketing strategy has something to do with it as well. Their packaging is amazing. Every single detail, every single piece of macaroon looks flawless. There are more Laduree shops in the city, but my favourite location is the one on Champs Elysees.

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Nu degeaba sunt populare deserturile Laduree. Sunt dementiale! Si da, poate si marketingul are de-a face putin (mai mult) cu asta. Accentul pe care-l pun pe ambalaj e incredibil.  Am vazut mai multe locatii insa preferata mea e cea de pe Champs Elysees: totul e…intr-un cuvant: grandios! Pretul e si el… grandios! Dar sunt delicioase. 
Paris Laduree dessert

Next: Paris Day Two: The Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Sacre-Coeur, Moulin Rouge.

♥ Andra

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