Paris: Falling in Love with the "City of Light"

Cathedrale Notre Dame

Cathedrale Notre Dame (details)

Looking back on the other school tours I have been to, each has a different story to tell. Like a person, one is uniquely beautiful. There may be flaws but that’s just how it is. No place is interesting without its flaws.

For eight (8) days, I fell in love with another world I stepped into. For eight (8) days, I discovered new places, learned new cultures and met new friends. For eight (8) days is not enough, I promised to come back.


I have to blame Google for this one. Searching online, I found out that on March it will be Spring in Paris and the appropriate outfit for Spring are skirts, shorts and a couple of dresses. Interesting enough, the first day in Paris proved me wrong. Global warming has its hand on this too. It is still winter when we arrived in Paris and the weather can drop as low as 2 degrees Celsius. Yes, my outfit was pretty appropriate. Not. But who was my outfit to tell me otherwise?  I stepped out of the airport, headed straight to River Seine and embraced the cold Philippines cannot offer.

River Seine (pronounced as River “Sen”), stretches so long the entire ride took us an approximate of 30 minutes or so. The cruise was a double decker and although it was freezing, we braved the cold winds and found our spot upstairs.

First day outfit back details.

River Seine
Jacket - H&M
Shoes - Suite Blanco

That night after our River Seine, we were given a free time to enjoy Paris on our own. Our hotel being located just a walking distance to Place de la République, a plaza resting above the metro station, it became our number 1 go-to spot for our first day adventure.  

Outside the Hotel
Shoes - Anne Kleine


Call time was at 9:00 AM going to the Philippine Embassy in France and to Vatel Institut.

At the Philippine Embassy, we sat around discussing a great deal about the relationship of France with the Philippines and vice versa. We met the Ambassador of the Philippine Embassy and Consul Estanislao. It was a knowledgeable time indeed.

Just in time to feed our hungry tummies, we headed straight to Vatel Institut. It is the Vatel contemporary of our Vatel Manila in France. Here, students are trained in the Hospitality field, all majoring in French. The dishes served were all very well prepared and delish!

For a quick change back at the hotel, we prepared for a half-day walking tour to Hotel de Ville, Cathedrale Notre Dame, Latin Quarters and Saint Michel Fountain.

Cathedrale Notre Dame


Fuelled for one of my favorite day’s itinerary to Montparnasse, Jardin du Luxembourg, Saint Sulpice Church, Les Invalides, Chapel of our Lady of the Miraculous Medal and the legendary Eiffel Tower.

Woke up early for my freshly made Pain Suisse at the nearby Patisserie
Coat - Suite Blanco

Montparnasse, however overlooking Galeries Lafayette

Enjoying the summer-ish feel at Jardin du Luxembourg

Les Invalides

Eiffel Tower with me and and oh, the couple at the back (sigh)


“We will be doing a lot of walking today”

So we did. Starting from Arc de Triomphe to Champs Elysées; Place de la Concorde to Tuileries Garden; Louvre Museum and finally to Palais Garnier or the famously called "Opera House".

Arc de Triomphe
Coat - Forever 21
Pants - Stradivarius
Turtleneck - Stradivarius

Louvre Museum

Paris is the most visited country in the world and from 1814-1830 France's flag was plain white!

Being in Paris (or as they say it is pronounced with a silent S, "Pari"for four (4) days has already been such an incredible experience. I can't wait to share more with you! 

For now, Au revoir! Stay updated as I post more of our Paris adventure, Days 5-8 and for more surprises :) 

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