Birthday in Singapore

As mentioned before, I decided to celebrate my birthday in foreign this year, but I actually didn’t have any further plans. Also my bestie told me not to plan anything for my birthday, so I did so and I didn’t have any expectations. My only request was to visit the temple on that day, because I always do so, and Tamil New Year usually falls on my birthday too. Continue reading “Birthday in Singapore”

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore

The second day in Singapore was my treat, because I wanted to give something good and beautiful 😉

So the 13th of April was almost fully spent at the Gardens by the Bay. Since the very first time I heard about this place I’ve wanted to visit it and to see all the beautiful things there – The Flower Dome, Cloud Forest and the Gardens. There are some other attractions too, that we didn’t see. Continue reading “Gardens by the Bay, Singapore”

Getting Around in Paris

Walk and enjoy the atmosphere

Paris is a very big city of 105 km2 and 2.206.488 people, and there’s a lot of places to see here. Getting around in Paris from A to B can be difficult because of its area. We mostly went from a place to another with the metro, and by walking. I must say that Paris is one of those walking cities and you get a lot of beautiful experiences by walking around the streets. This gives you some moments that you’ll not get when travelling around by metro, taxi or something like that.

Paris has many charming architecture that you’ll not miss when you walk around. Nowadays it’s so easy as you can use your Google Maps app to find places, routes and experience the atmosphere of Paris. It’s much easier and more safety with Google Maps than using a paper map – you cannot get lost 😉 The only con is that you’ll get pretty much tired, so make sure to take some rest here and there. Luckily there are many spots where you can sit and enjoy the streets.

Taking the metro

Taking the metro can be a mess and be a bit annoying, because of the many thieves. However, taking the metro is the easiest and a cheap way to get from A to B, once you find out the system 😉 A full fare only costs 1,90€. You just have to be careful with your handbag, pockets etc.  Nevertheless, be prepared for crowds and stinky metros, the metros of Paris are definitely not “clean”. I just recommend you not to go by the metros on nights, because there are too many thieves.

Getting around with taxi/Uber

We went for Uber once – when we were going back to the hotel after the Anirudh concert, because it was too late and we therefore didn’t want to go back by metro (because of too many thieves). At such moment, Uber is great and super easy, but not that cheap – but cheaper than a normal taxi in Paris. Going with taxi is not easy – you’ll find taxis at many places in Paris, but you cannot be sure about whether it’s ready to go or not. We tried twice to catch a taxi and eventually went to ask several drivers, but without luck!! Are you planning to go by taxi, then book in advance, just as you’ll book an Uber.

Taking the bus

While going on the guided tour we took the bus from the Eiffel Tower to Musée du Louvre, right after the cruise on River Seine. I didn’t find it comfortable at all, because it was too crowded and we had to stand up. The bus driver was driving like a crazy by the way, and going with a bus is not safe (metro is safer, I’d say).

~ AJ

Accommodation in Paris: Sofitel La Défense

During our trip in Paris, we decided to stay at a 5-star hotel, as I found out through several researches that even 4-star hotels in Paris are mostly not that good and clean. We want cleanliness, and that’s very important to us! As we’ve stayed at some Novotel hotels on other trips (to other places) we therefore went for a 5 star hotel in the Accor branch – Sofitel, of course.

There are several Sofitel Hotels to be find in Paris, and most of them are fully booked most of the time. We booked a room at Sofitel La Défense, mainly because it is not a place with heavy traffic. We actually booked a Superior room, but as we arrived, the hotel manager offered us a Luxury Room- free of charge. I think that was a very kind gesture, and excellent service. Kudos! 😉 Continue reading “Accommodation in Paris: Sofitel La Défense”