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New Year’s Celebration at Pico de Loro Cove – Tips & Truths for Guests Part 1

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Ah 2018, you’re finally here! For anyone who struggled in 2017, the New Year comes with a promise of a fresh start. I myself felt like the previous year had too many challenges, that they somehow overshadowed both small and big blessings that came my way.

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One of Pico de Loro Cove's residential condominium buildings
But anyway, past is past and it’s time to move on from things we can’t change. It’s better to look forward to fresh beginnings, right? And to start my year, my family and I checked-in at Pico de Loro Cove on December 30, 31, and January 1. It was our first time there and for an extended family of 15, we enjoyed the company and peaceful atmosphere of Pico de Loro Cove, located at Hamilo Coast in Nasugbu, Batangas.

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Honeymoon in Paris Day 5: Farewell, 1st Arrondissement

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Our fifth morning in Paris was a bit melancholy, for we have to bid adieu to 1st Arrondissement. We were flying to Dubrovnik in the afternoon and by the time we go back to Paris, we'd be staying at a different hotel and location. As always, Paris morning was as confused as ever, unsure if the cloudy skies would give way to Mr. Sunshine.

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At Site du Palais des Tuileries with Ecole du Louvre and Musée d’Orsay in the background
Instead of going to our usual boulangerie at Rivoli Cafe, we opted for McDonald’s at the corner of Rue de Rivoli and Rue de l’Échelle. Inside McDonald’s is McCafe, which was somehow packed with people in the morning. Queuing at the cashier took a long time because of the amount of people grabbing their breakfast before going to work. Plus the crew had to manage the cash register AND make coffee and hot chocolate herself, which took a tedious process far from the instant serving of hot beverage we're used to (talk about multi-tasking!). Nevertheless, it was worth the wait because by the time my husband got his order, he was given freshly baked croissants straight from the oven.

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Honeymoon in Paris Day 4 (Part 2): Trocadéro and Musée d’Orsay

Sunday, January 07, 2018

After a quick lunch and stroll at 5th arrondissement (Latin Quarter), our next destination was Trocadéro. Even when we’ve been here the day before, my husband and I ventured to this place once again, for the time we had yesterday was too short. The views would also be different this time, as we went out during the day towards Tour Eiffel.

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We hopped on the Big Bus Paris’ tour bus going to 8th and 16th arrondissement in Paris before hopping off at Trocadéro. There were many people enjoying the view of the Eiffel Tower at this time of day, grabbing the opportunity to take fantastic photos while the sun’s still up. It’s only apt that we do the same too, so we set-up our very useful tripod for our couple shots around Paris.

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Honeymoon in Paris Day 4 (Part 1): Notre-Dame Cathedral and Shakespeare and Company

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

It was a jam-packed day for me and my husband on our fourth day in Paris. The weather was favorable and a bit sunny, so it was a great day to go out and enjoy the city. After grabbing our usual breakfast of viennoiseries, coffee, and hot chocolate at Rivoli Cafe in Rue de Rivoli, we walked towards Pont des Arts and sat on one of the benches to enjoy our scenic breakfast view. We loved our simple yet charming breakfast as the sun was gleaming over the Seine and as we watched people cross the bridge, debating whether they’re locals or tourists like us.

Catholic cathedral, tourists, paris

After finishing my last bite of croissant, my husband and I rode the Big Bus hop-on, hop-off bus to Notre-Dame Cathedral. I’ve been here before so I became my husband’s personal tour guide. I only went inside the cathedral (free entrance) during my first visit, but I wanted to climb the towers this time. Since the weather was good, I believed getting on the rooftop of Notre-Dame was the perfect opportunity to witness a spectacular view of Paris from one point in the city.

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Honeymoon in Paris Day 3: Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus Tour and Lunch at Ladurée

Friday, December 15, 2017

The rain continued on our third day in Paris and I couldn’t be more grateful about hopping on a city tour bus. We pre-booked a two-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour on the classic route (red line) before flying to France and on the day of our tour, we went to Big Bus Paris’ Information Centre at Avenue de L'Opéra to have our booking validated. My husband and I planned to finish the entire loop in one go before deciding when and where to hop-off.

girl picture taking at arc de triomph

We climbed the steps going to the second floor of the bus and sat at the very front so we can get the best views of Paris (and so that we don’t get wet!). The bus left the office past 9:00 AM and the first stop from the information center was the Louvre Pyramid. The bus also stopped at Pont des Arts, though we didn’t stay that long as there weren’t any tourists waiting at the bus stop.

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Honeymoon in Paris Day 2: The Louvre Museum

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Wide awake at 2:00 AM on our second day in Paris, my husband and I were ready to head out the hotel by 7:00 AM. We planned absolutely nothing for the entire day, but the weather forecast made it easy for us to decide what to do. Since the app said it’s going to be cold and rainy from noon onwards, we decided to spend half our day at the Louvre Museum.

gothic, baroque, and neo-classic architecture
We still have plenty of time before Musée du Louvre opens its doors at 9:00 AM. And so to fulfill one item in my bucket list, my husband and I walked around 1st Arrondissement to find the nearest boulangerie (bakery) for our breakfast and do what the locals do. One of the best things about Paris is that though it’s an expensive city, you can always have freshly-baked breads in the morning for at least €1. I can’t stop eating croissants on a daily because these ones from Paris (and from small boulangeries on street corners) are the best way to enjoy classic French bread and pastries!

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