Tuesday, December 14, 2004
Monday, December 13, 2004
The most BEAUTIFUL city in the WORLD
Can you tell I'm biased? Paris has it all: art, history, culture, sports, food, shopping, and a fantastic nightlife. Parisians are sophisticated and savvy individuals who know how to dress, eat, and have fun. Since the French governement grants/forces their people at least 4 weeks of vacation time every year, who DOESN'T want to live there? Although living expenses might be a bit expensive, it's understantable in such a cosmopolitan city. The reputation of being the most romantic place isn't without warrant either. Taking the boat ride on the River Seine and strolling by the Eiffel Tower at night can really help one appreciate the beauty of the city.
Check out these Top Cities and decide for yourself which of the three places: Akron, Ohio, Buffalo, NY, or Paris, France, is truly the best city in the world!!
Above: Eiffel Tower by night Below: River Seine
Tuesday, December 07, 2004
Paris Saint Germain
Since EVERY major city in the world has some sort of professional sports team, I thought I would shed light on the football team of Paris. There are 20 teams in the French Premier League in France, and Paris Saint Germain places 11th of the 20 teams. The team plays its games at the Parc de Princes, which seats about 49,000 people. Paris Saint Germain even has its own magazine website to keep fans up-to-date with its latest news and games. It is also starting a summer football training camp for children to learn football skills from and practice with the players and coaches on the team. The team recently won a match against Sochaux which kept PSG's three-year unbeaten record against this French league rival.
Paris Saint Germain
The football team
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Artistic and Historical Attractions
In addition to all the places I mentioned in my previous entries, there are multitudes of more attractions for a first-time visitor. If you enjoy art and aesthetics, be sure to check out the museums such as Musee d'Orsay and Musee Picasso. For the history and architecture buffs, the Basilique de St. Denis is the final resting place for many famous French monarchs such as Henry IV and Louis XIV. Notre Dame, famed as the setting for Victor Hugo's The Hunchback of Notre Dame, is a prime example of an authentic European gothic cathedral. It is where many historically significant events took place as well, such as the coronation of Napolean and Josephine, Henri VI of England, the marriage of Marguerite of Valoi to the Huguenot Henri of Navarre. Sacre Coeur, found on the hills of Montmartre, is another famous basilica in France. The rich background and artistic culture of France makes Paris a prime city to visit and indulge in history and art.
Notre Dame Sacre Coeur
Thursday, December 02, 2004
Food in the City
I LOVE French food, especially French desserts. My favorite, of course, is Creme Brulee. The French are known for their wide range of delicious cheeses and wines. Most tourists are sure to check them out when visiting the country. However, specialties such as foie gras, confit de canard (duck), and escargot are also must-trys in a country known for their culinary arts. If you're short on cash, French Bread subs (well, more like sandwiches) and McDonald's are around every corner (The McDonalds' in France are surprisingly good! Especially their flurries made with european candy bars... yummm!!!) Check out restaurant reviews and guides for the city and be sure to go to a winetasting where you'll gain insight on the gastronomy of the country. If you're in the U.S., and want to try some good American food, then check out Buffalo, New York, for its authentic buffalo wings.
Creme Brulee, the yummiest dessert ever!
Sunday, November 28, 2004
Shopping on the Champs-Elysees
The Champs-Elysees is equivalent to New York's 5 Ave. All the haute-couture houses have their establishments close by this center of tourist attraction, such as: Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Gucci. A Planet Hollywood is located here, as well as Sephora and other popular stores and restaurants. The prettiest time to shop is during sunset when you can see the sun lowering beneath the Arc de Triomphe as you cross the wide and busy street. Shopping here can easily take up an entire day. Plan ahead to target all the magasins that you want to hit before the stores close early at 7pm.
the Louis Vuitton store being renovated
Monday, November 22, 2004
Nightlife in Paris
Bars and clubs in Paris are AWESOME!!! I actually met an U of M alum two years ago at Barfly, located on George V.
The best bar/restaurant by far, however, HAS to be the BUDDHA Bar. Their Trio Creme Brulee is simply amazing. A bit on the pricey side, but it definitely draws in its fair share of celebrities and royalities. It has an amazing atmosphere with Asian themed decor and music. Better make reservations beforehind or you might have to wait a lonnggg time.
Le Cabaret, located at 2 Place du Palais Royal, Paris, 75001 is one of the nicest clubs I've ever been to! Although cover is 20 euros and drinks are 10+ euros, the atmosphere is great. Lots of international people go here and there are a lot of alcoves to sit and chat. Read some of these reviews and go experience the club yourself next time you're in Paris.
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
With famous pieces such as the Mona Lisa and Venus de Milo, no wonder The Louvre is one of the most renowned museums in the world. It used to be the royal palace for the kings of France until the French Republic turned it into a museum in 1793. Covering an area of some 40 hectares right in the heart of Paris, on the right bank of the Seine, the Louvre offers almost 60,000 m² of exhibition rooms dedicated to preserving items representing 11 millennia of civilisation and culture. If you have read the Da Vinci Code, then you'll really want to see for yourself the places that were described in the book. You can buy museum tickets online or at stores in Paris.
Mona Lisa Venus de Milo