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PARIS DAY 5 – MONTMARTRE

It is the last day we stayed in Paris. there isn’t enough time to see everything I planned for. The truth is you need at least 7 days to fully explore this magical city. In the last day, we went to Montmartre. We took the metro from our hotel to the Abbesses station and stepped out right into the heart of Montmartre.  Montmartre is the highest point in the city, so we have to make our way up climbing many steps.

Montmartre is a must see place in Paris. it has everything cobbler stone roads, art, restaurants, desserts, vineyards, bars, clubs and so on.. It’s a great stroll through the streets and one of my favorite neighborhoods in Paris. I found Montmartre to be one of the most beautiful and lively areas of Paris.

 

Sacre Coeur Basilica was the first place we visit. You will be able to see the view of Paris from the outside. But to get in the basilica there was a crazy long line. I cannot imagine how many hours it will take us to get in. So I decided to just look around and not to go in. I don’t know it was the right decision, but if we go in I’m pretty sure it will take at least 2 hours.

 

There are so many pretty cobbled streets to get lost. Ivy covered homes, cute cafes so much to see.

 

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That ends our dreamy vacation to Paris. If you want to see the other posts about Paris, you can find them below.

Paris Day 1 

Paris Day 2

Paris Day 3

Paris Day 4

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PARIS DAY 4 – ARC DE TRIOMPHE AND GALERIES LAFAYETTE

It was day four of our trip and it almost comes to the end. It was a beautiful sunny morning. The best part of the day was brunch at Cafe Saint Regis, it was to die for.

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After the brunch, we went to the Arc de Triomphe. The traffic around the monument is extremely crazy as it is a very large traffic circle. We didn’t go up to the top but just around it was amazing. A few things to know about this attraction: you need to go underground to get there so don’t try to cross the road but we did because we didn’t know about the tunnel. we saw some people crossing the busy traffic circle and we thought it was the only way to cross, the tunnel was right in front of us and we didn’t notice.

 

And then we walk through Champs Elysées. Champs-Elysees is full of people & very busy with all the tourists.  Perfect for strolling and window shopping, or having a coffee or world-famous Ladurée macaroons. We stopped at Ladurée Paris for famous macaroons.  Some say line could be an hour-long, but lucky for us we were in line for about 20min.

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Ladurée macaroons

 

In the evening we visited the Galeries Lafayette Haussmann.  If you are into architecture, luxury or shopping: you won’t be disappointed. the building is beautiful and architecture is just amazing which makes shopping even more fun.  The stained glass domed ceiling is amazing.

 

It rained in the evening, which makes perfect time for go to a restaurant, have some drink and embraces the rain in Paris.

 

On our way back we went to the Latin quarter to grab some dinner and saw Notre Dame cathedral glowing in the dark. The view was amazing.

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You can find my other posts about paris below.

Paris Day 1 

Paris Day 2

Paris Day 3

Paris Day 5

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PARIS DAY 3 – EIFFEL TOWER AND SAINT-GERMAIN-DE-PRES

It was day 3 and we ended up going to Eiffel Tower twice today. Because why not? How come you don’t go there again. I don’t know when I will be back again but I sure know it is not anytime soon. I wanted to absorb as much of Eiffel tower as possible. We went in the morning and it was a perfect sunny day.

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In the evening it’s time to explore Saint-Germain-de-Près.  It was a nice neighborhood with lots and lots of nice restaurants, shopping and people watching. We had our lunch at a nice restaurant, sit there for quite a while people watching. 

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Then we headed to the hotel, rest a little bit, get changed and head out to the Eiffel Tower again and took the night light cruise.

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You can find out my other posts about Paris below

Paris Day 1 

Paris Day 2

Paris Day 4

Paris Day 5

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PARIS DAY 2 – EIFFEL TOWER AND LOUVER MUSEUM

It is day 2 in Paris. The day I visited the Eiffel Tower. The day I never forget. In the morning we went to Place du Trocadero. It’s about 30 min metro ride. It was raining in the morning and because of that, there were few people.

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Eiffel Tower

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Eiffel Tower

We booked a Skip the Line Eiffel Tower Tour with Fat Tire Bike Tours. It was really worth it. I’m  really, really glad we ended up booking this tour. because of the line to the Eiffel tower crazy long.  However, with our tour, we really did skip the line and went right on up.

Then we walked along the Parc du Champ de Mars to Wall for Peace. Parc du Champ was actually closed at the time we visited. 

after all of that, we went to Jean Paul Hevin Chocolatier patissier Paris to get some chocolates and François Pralus to get La Praluline.

The views down Rue Saint-Dominique (in the 7th arrondissement) is one of the loveliest spots to admire the tower from afar. 

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In the evening we went to the Louvre. It was a Friday and the museum was opened until 9.45pm, so we took the advantage and went in the evening. To cut an hour or more off from the queue time, we used the entrance directly accessible from the Metro station Palais Royal-Musee du Louvre. I’m not really a museum person which made it easy to navigate through the museum. 

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There were only a few pieces I was targeting for and I think within 2-3 hours I was done. There is rick steve 2-hour audio guide to explore the  Louvre. You can find it here. I was planning to follow this guide but ended up just wander across and saw the most famous artworks. And when you are in Louvre don’t forget to look up.

Louvre at sunset.

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You can find out my other posts about Paris below

Paris Day 1

Paris Day 3

Paris Day 4

Paris Day 5

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PARIS DAY1 SAINTE- CHAPELLE AND NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

OMG guys, PARIS!! finally, we made it. Finally, we went to Paris. It was on my bucket list for so long. We spent 5 days in Paris and it is not enough. You need at least a week or so to fully explore the wonders of Paris. I have planned the perfect 5 days and guess what, we did nothing according to the plan except for the Eiffel tower tour. of course, we did book it before and so we have to go there on that day, the sad thing is it rained. But thank god the rain cleared by the time we went to the Eiffel tower.

 

We landed in Paris early morning and headed to the hotel room afterward. Right after we went to the hotel room, we came out for brunch in 13-a baker’s dozen. The food and the café were amazing.

 

After great brunch, we headed to the Pont des Arts. The famous lock bridge. But there are no locks anymore. but just before Pont des Arts, there is another bridge which is covered with locks.

 

Then we walked all the way to the Sainte-Chapelle. You must see this place! To me inside of Sainte-Chapelle is more beautiful than Notre Dame cathedral. It really has most spectacular views with unique stained glasses.so rich in colors!

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Paris Sainte-Chapelle

 

After that, we went to see the Notre Dame cathedral.  The line looks very intimidating, but don’t be- it will move very, very fast. It was very dark inside and I could hardly see anything.

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inside of Notre Dame cathedral

 

After that, we decided to went up the bell towers. We stood in line for about one hour total to up to the tower.  The total climb is 387 steps. It seems A LOT, but you didn’t even notice that you have even climbed 387 steps. The views were really nice but you only get to spend about 10 minutes at the top.

 

And it is the time for street crepes. It was a nice evening for a little walk.

Our hotel was in the heart of Latin Quarter, there are so many restaurants and fast foods around. The perfect way to end the long day was to eat some street foods from the latin quarter.

 

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You can find out my other posts about Paris below

Paris Day 2

Paris Day 3

Paris Day 4

Paris Day 5

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HISTORIC COLUMBIA RIVER HIGHWAY

Historic Columbia River Highway or Columbia River Highway Scenic Byway! As the name suggests it really is a scenic route. If you ever visit Oregon, this is a must visit place.  There are numerous viewpoints you can stop along your way.

Portland Women’s Forum State Scenic Viewpoint

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Sherrard Viewpoint – This is a little bit hard to find. But this point is totally worth it. hosts a fenced observation platform with views of five major volcanic peaks (Rainier, Adams, St Helens, Hood and Jefferson)

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Vista House at Crown Point

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Multnomah Falls – The famous waterfall, as gorgeous as always.

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Oneonta Gorge – believe me guys this is one thing that I was looking for in the whole trip, and it ended up me not going on the trail. It not a famous trail but when I search what points I should visit, this captures my heart so much. In the start you have a massive logjam, you have to climb it in order to go on this trail. The log jam was so massive and I couldn’t make peace with it to climb it.

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At last, we visited the Rowena Crest Viewpoint. It is also such a picture perfect place.

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If you ever visit Oregon, don’t forget to visit here.

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ON THE ROAD – CRATER LAKE NATIONAL PARK

In the next day, we drove all the way up to Oregon. It took a whole day drive to reach Oregon.

And the following day we went to crater lake and did the rim drive. It is formed by the now-collapsed volcano, Mount Mazama. The park offers a number of trails include Sun Notch, with views of the Phantom Ship, a small island. At Cloudcap Overlook, you can visit the highest point in Oregon reachable by paved road. You can easily take a day to drive around the crater lake, and it is entirely worth it.

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ON THE ROAD – TWO DAYS IN YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK

It has been two weeks I think I first wrote about our Oregon road trip. Now again it’s time to continue.

In the next two days, we visited Yosemite National Park. Even though September is not an ideal month to visit Yosemite, we truly enjoyed our visit. Spring season is the perfect time for Yosemite with all the wild flowers blooming and with all the gorgeous waterfalls. Even in September, it offers majestic views; you won’t regret visiting there any time of the year.

We drive through Hwy 120. The route closes for the season in October. Check that before your travel. Tioga Pass scenic road aka Hwy 120 offers spectacular views along its way to Yosemite.

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First stop for the day was Lembert Dome. The meadows, the mountains, and the rocks. It offers some fantastic views. We didn’t hike the lembert dome. Still, it offers magnificent views for anyone.

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We did stop many places along the way. It was a beautiful route to drive. Tenaya Lake viewpoint was our next point. The water was freezing but its a great place to swim in the summer months. It is simply beautiful with crystal clear water and mountains in the background.

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Driving over Tioga Pass, be sure to stop at Olmstead Point. This is one of those places you should visit if you are in Yosemite. The views truly are incredible.

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In Yosemite Valley there so many viewpoints and so many hikes. You can wander in this beauty for several days. Glacier Point, Tunnel view, Gates of the Valley are some of the interesting points you can find along the way.

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If you ever visit Yosemite NP don’t forget to take either stargazing tour or moonlight tour. We first planned to take the stargazing tour, but unfortunately, it was canceled for the day, but instead, they said they have a moonlight tour. We didn’t think twice, and it is utterly worth it.

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In the next day, we drive on 140 scenic route to Yosemite from our hotel. First stop was the Glacier Point. Parking was a nightmare, but we finally managed to find a spot. Views are to die for..

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In the evening we went to Lower Yosemite Falls even though there is no waterfall at that time of the year. You can see the watermarks, but I wish there were the waterfall during this period also. Next, we took the mirror lake trail but alas there is no lake, haha.

Last stop for the day was Cook’s Meadow. It offers gorgeous views of Yosemite with golden rays of sunset.

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Yosemite is most famous for its hikes. Especially half dome. I can never imagine myself ever climbing that, haha.

Have you ever visited Yosemite and climbed half dome?

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ON THE ROAD – LAKE TAHOE

Oregon road trip was one of the most amazing things we did in last year. It brings joy to me every time I think back again although several months has passed now. We went in last September for two weeks and boy it was a hectic road trip. I tried to include every interesting place in there to our two-week plan. I don’t want to miss anything, but once we were there, I realized my plan was not practical. Ha ha. But anyway we went to most of the places we planned to. The only thing I hate was the rain. Rain ruined some days obviously, but overall it was a beautiful memory in 2016.

We started out the road trip from California drive all the way up to Washington and then drive back to California through US101. It was a lot for two weeks, but we were able to manage it even though the rain ruined some days.

Our first destination was Lake Tahoe. We spent two days there, and it was not enough. I was amazing.

Our first stop was Donner Summit Bridge. Fantastic views of scenic Donner Lake. Well worth the few minutes it takes to drive up here.

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Next, we drove the 
Lake Tahoe rim drive. It was a spectacular ride with outstanding views all along the way! There are a lot of viewpoints along the drive. All of them have this beautiful views of the Lake Tahoe. This is probably the best way to enjoy the view of the lake.

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Early next morning we went to 
Lake Tahoe  again. It was a quite and peaceful time to enjoy the crater lake.It was absolutely breathtaking. Not much crowd in the morning and also the atmosphere was so calm and relaxing. Such a nice way to start the day.

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We went to the city to grab a quick bite and coffee; not much crowded at the time. Nice relaxing walk among some unique shops.

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Then we drive up to Sand Harbor State Park. It was the place I was counting for, Pebble rocks, breathtaking beach; you have to visit here if you ever come to 
Lake Tahoe.

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And the next is Yosemite National Park. We drive all the way to the mammoth lake that evening. We stopped in the mono lake for a quick view.

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ON THE ROAD – TWO DAYS IN BAR HARBOR

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It was a perfect fall weekend in bar harbor. Crisp air, golden colors and warm coffee,  such a perfect combination.  We went to Acadia to see the fall colors. Timing was just perfect.  It has all the variety of colors, but the weather, oh man, it could be better. It was a gloomy, cloudy weekend. No sun at all.

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Bar Harbor is such a cute little city you can walk around forever. It has cute little shops, great hotels, everything for a perfect weekend. And don’t forget to get a monkey’s uncle and maple leaf from the coffee hound coffee bar.

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This is the small place where we stayed. It was not great, but manageable for one night.

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