Saturday, May 30, 2009

Paree... ooh!

I must say that it wasn't love at first sight in Paris.

BUT it absolutely grew on me and I was absolutely amoured by it by the time we left! In fact, I wished we had more time to explore the French countryside.

Paris is a busy town. Plenty of travellers from far and near were there when we visited. It is an incredible place to learn about history and art. In fact, we were quite intent to finish as many museums as we could prior to the trip but alas, by day 3, I was quite museumed out and begged for some air to breathe in my other museum... Rue St Honore and Rue Cambon. =p

Frenchy women are mostly quite slim and they dressed in quite simple classics but it just looks awesome on there. There was a touch of je ne sais quoi in the way they carry themselves. I was most in love with their fashion! Gosh! I wished I had a bigger bank account but shall not complain because I did buy some lovely things when I was there.

Speaking of love, isn't there is something in the air in Paris... I spied plenty of couples in tender kisses all around the city.

We walked plenty whilst we were there. Our accommodation were nothing much to shout about but they were both close to the metro stations. Actually, the second hotel that we stayed in is in a suburb called Passy. It's 10 minutes from the Eiffel and it was a lil busy town. There was plenty to eat and a busy fruits and veg market behind. I like!

It was a really good trip. I had a great time just soaking in the Parisian culture and walking hand in hand with the husband. Good times!

Under the Eiffel sky

Inside the Panthenon
The skyline from the top.

Hanging out at the old Mirror Room at Versailles.

The backyard of Versailles.

Errmmm... you can't go to Paris and not feel their men, rite?

The dome at Galleries Lafayette

Finally! A warm day in Paris.

The Le Corbusier Arm Chairs

Buying stuff at the Peugeot store

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Back Home Now

We are baaaaaaaaccccck from Europe.

Twelve days of lugging our luggage and stuff all over Dubai, Paris and Rome, we are pretty glad that our thushes are back firmly on home ground. Ohh the comforts of a car, at your convenience! And of course, it's always good to come back to our two very cheeky and adorable kids, whom we missed for a good two weeks.

4 years of raising kids and dealing with the hustle and bustle of work meant that Europe was a good opportunity for us to re-group and spend some extended time as a couple. =)

We thoroughly had a lot fun exploring Paris with friends. Walking through the ancient ruins in Rome. Staring in awe at the opulence and beauty of the Vatican. And rushing through the bare dryness of Dubai.

I loved spending time with Hubbi. We would get up in the morning and go for a slow brekkie followed by exploring different museums or place together. Followed by a short lunch and then doing some shopping. By the time dusk arrives, we are all knackered out from all the activities of the day. 

We walked a lot in Paris and Rome. Thank goodness the transport network is well supported in both cities. It wasn't difficult to navigate our way around. Plus, it helps that we've done a fair bit of traveling together so we're used to each other's traveling style. 

At the end of the trip, we had completely grossed each other out with our lame jokes and mad antics. Ha! More importantly we relished the time that we spent just in the company of the other. 

Paris does have its own way of making people fall a lil bit deeper in love. (Not that we needed any help producing any more kids.)

Now I wonder when we will have the opportunity to steal time away again... maybe a shorter trip next year. =p

Friday, May 22, 2009

Villa Savoye

Staring at the the villa that changed history

One of the best things about traveling with friends (who are architects, by trade and by life) is the unexpected places you get to explore.

Villa Savoye has its part in changing the face of architecture. What you see is built in the late 1920s and it completely revolutionized the building industry. Built by Le Corbusier, it is located in Poissy, about 30 minutes away from Paris.  

Its interior

It is really quite an amazing sight to behold when you are in the villa itself. There were furniture that the man had constructed and still in use today. Like the chaise lounge and the fur hide seats. We learnt much that day.

Oh and clearly we had some fun, too, as you can tell.

Relaxing on the famous chaise lounge

Photo Shoot!

I've got my eyes on you

One for the memory books

Monday, May 04, 2009

Once, Twice... and Again...

Well well... What do you know?

We have been keeping a lil secret for the last couple of weeks and now it's probably time to let you all into the loop.

The Tans are expanding and we are expecting a baby plus one later on in the year.

We've safely gone past the first trimester (barely) but this is definitely my most challenging pregnancy.

I have never been this tired carrying a child before but it's all good. I'm still keeping it all in.

Meantime, I will leave u with a pic of my once tiny, little men.

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