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From Paris, With Louvre

We shall now resume our regular programming of kennysia.com's travel log in Paris, which actually happened more than six weeks ago.

After our disappointing and disastrous first day experience, *Belinda, Dawn and I were determined to make the most out of the remainder of our trip.

Like any other major global city, Paris is scarily huge and daunting.

Fortunately, it has also one of the most efficient public train systems in the world. But after taking nearly 10 hours worth of train rides the previous day, the last thing we wanna do is to board another train.

On our first full day together, the three of us went for a morning stroll along the River Seine to take in as much sights as we could. It was a decision we never regret.

Paris is absolutely gorgeous. No wonder some call it the most romantic city in the world.

How is it possible not to fall in love with this city?

We walked across one of the many arched stone bridges over the River Seine, admiring the classical black Parisian lamp posts over our heads and sighing at the gracefulness of the meandering water flowing past beneath our feet.

Along the banks of the River Seine, pairs of lovers found their perfect spots underneath the shades of the wispy trees to enjoy the company of each other.

Being surrounded by so much beautiful scenery and attractive people can be very soothing. I feel like impulsively jumping onto a lamp post to sing and dance, pretending I was the lead actor in some romantic comedy.

That is, until I caught my own reflection and realised I am too ugly to play lead actor.

Paris has such romantic and wonderful effect on all our senses. As we continue strolling along, we imagined the song La Vie En Rose quietly playing inside our heads.

Before long, we found ourselves at the footsteps of arguably the most famous cathedral in the whole of Paris.

The Notre Dame Cathedral.

This 800-year-old church is one of the grandest and holiest of all in France, housing such important relics as the crown of thorns of Jesus Christ.

But today, it is a bustling tourist site better known for the Hunchback from the Disney cartoons.

The inside of Notre Dame was a little too dark and gloomy to be exciting.

It's possible to climb to the rooftop of the cathedral. It is worth the long queue and the exhausting climb up the narrow spiral staircase.

Once on top, we were rewarded close up views of the famous stone gargoyles guarding the cathedral.

I couldn't resist imitating them.

It's fascinating to think how these intricately carved works of art survived 800 years of war, civil unrest and environmental effects.

The sweeping views of Paris, City of Love, on top of the Notre Dame Cathedral is absolutely stunning. It's possible to see as far as the Eiffel Tower in the distance.

And the Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Montmarte, featured heavily in the movie Amelie.

We spent so much time snapping photos on the rooftop that if we stayed on any longer, we would've turned into stone gargoyles ourselves.

Oh look! The Hunchback of Notre Dame!

Looks a bit Chinese.

Across the road from Notre dame is the Saint-Chapelle. It is a much smaller church that features very tall stained glass windows. When the sunlight shines through the windows, the church look exceptionally stunning.

According the legend, King Louis of France built the church to house the Crown of Thorns he purchased from Turkey. The crown costed him four times more than the amount he used to built the church!

Our lunch. This one is called "Croque Monsieur" and "Frites et Salade". It's 9 Euros (RM 45)

Most of the French food we had in Paris was quite a let down. We don't know where to find reasonably-priced restaurants to dine at, so we were tried our luck at random restaurants. The ones we had, they taste really quite mediocre.

This pet shop nearby sells a hamster cage for 38 Euros (RM 190). What a rip off.

After lunch, we continued walking towards the Louvre Museum, aka the Da Vinci Code place.

A lot of people I know tend to think that museums and art galleries are boring places to visit. In general that's true, but the Louvre is a museum like no other.

I've been to many, many museums in my travel.

Most of the ones I've seen are small. Some can be quite huge.

The correct term to describe the Louvre I think is fucking humungous.

Seriously, the Louvre is so freaking large it's like the Godzilla of museums.

It used to a palace where the royal family lives in, but now it houses some of the most amazing collection of artworks from the Renaissance period. The amount of artsy fartsy stuff there is to see here is incredible.

Michaelangelo's The Dying Slave. This pose is exactly how I look like when I wake up in the morning.

Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Some say it's the most beautiful painting in the Western World.

I say, "HAR? SO SMALL ONLY ONE AR?"

Then there's the "Venus de Milo", perhaps the most well-known female statue with no arms.

The Louvre is so damn huge that after spending two full hours going through the statues and paintings, we only covered 5% of the entire venue. At the end of it all, I was so overwhelmed by art that I walked out of the museum looking like this.

This one is called, "Kenny Drinks Milo".

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NUMBAHHHH 1 !!!! :D :D

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I would like to thank Eugene for shouting to the whole world that Kenny had a new post in the chatbox.... it only took me 3 seconds to scroll down and claim the NUMBAHHH 1 !!!!, at 5:29AM in the morning. Thank you, thank you ! :D

You may now carry on.

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NAMBAH 2222222222

Kenny, why the cage is a rip off? They are making 15 euro an hour leh. You in malaysia leh?

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An aerial view of Paris from Eiffel Tower, via a panorama photo:

http://www.panoramas.dk/fullscreen/fullscreen32.html

Simply, lovely. :3

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ah ne ne

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hey nice one! Almost the same places I went recently! Hope you love Paris! Haha!

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people said, man loves bring his lover to Paris.
True?
you take two...!

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paris overrated. try going somewhere else like in
Czech republic or Italy.

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The cathedral is drop dead gorgeous and you're so so freaking lucky to be at the lOUVRE. !

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i simply love Paris!!

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Wow, u manage to take a photo of Mona Lisa. That time I went, we got chase away by security. Lol.

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wow... how i wish i could travel there a well.

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She had arms Ok?? They were just broken when the guy peasant guy who found it....

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@.@" it's so nice that u can go to travel to so many places~
hahahaha~ and ur posts always never fails to make me laugh~ ^.^

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Nice post .. keep it up kenny.

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i wanna visit paris one day too :)

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Beautiful city.

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5% of the louvre in 2 hours?!?! wow! @@" i didn't know it was that big!!

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Wow. That's really an interesting and exciting trip. :)

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Paris is such a nice place.. i wish i can go too... haha~

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Beautiful. I mean the city, the cathedral, the museum, the sculptures...Not too sure about "Kenny Loves Milo" though..Hahaha!

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I love La Vie En Rose!

the Notre Dame cathedral is breath-taking. I bet you enjoyed yourself very much. ;) thanks for sharing yo!

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woah.... I'd always wanted to go to Paris though, looking at the pictures now..... I'm so gonna make it there one fine day! haha.

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Hahaa. omg. love your last picture! super funny!!

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Hahaha, LOL, 'kenny drinks milo' anyway, paris is indeed fascinating.

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enjoyed your post! Paris is on my places-to-go-to-when-i-have-enough-money-list ;)

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Kenny, if you think that Paris's public train systems is one of the best in the world, you should try visiting Stockholm. That Scandinavia capital's train system beats Paris's hands down. Stockholm's metro/trains are so much more cleaner as well. :)

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hahahha
kenny drink milo!
gud 1 la!

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Haha, the last picture is great.
Kenny dirnks milo.... LOL

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there are two gals? why so few pics of the other blogger? is she camera shy?

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These places are pretty cute..Hi this s Rocky and this is my blog..Do drop a visit to it on ur leisure times..

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I want to go Paris for honeymoon (if can lar) *LOL*

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why you never read the notice, you should not photo shoot the Mona Lisa!

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sup with the last pic -.-

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"Michaelangelo's The Dying Slave. This pose is exactly how I look like when I wake up in the morning."

I lol-ed.

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maybe you should visit the Hermitage in St Petersburg.. to know wad is huge

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Great entry. By the way, I didn't get the last photo. What does it do with milo? Anyone mind explaining?

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Or... "Kenny Quasimodo drinks Mee-lo"... Hahaha!!!

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I couldn't stop admiring the gargoyles. Fascinating stone creatures.

And your posts always bring a smile to my face. Keep it up!

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I don't know why i do not really like Paris... It always rain

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No pic of the LV store at Champs-Elysées???

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lol...1st time leavin a comment...i am addicted to ur blog....owiz manage to make me laugh like siao po...my roomate thinks im crazie at times cuz i cant stop laughin...xD neway...da last pic.....freakin funny "minum milo anda jadi sihat & kuat!" *wink*

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I don't know how you didn't find good food in Paris. Well I've never been to Paris but I've been to Toulouse (south of France), and I just randomly go to any restaurant and randomly choose an item on the menu (since I know no French). The dishes always came out sooooo nice!

I found French food were nice, so long as u're not a vegetarian. You'll end up with salads. Only salads.

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Red hair belnda so pretty huh

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I found Paris to be dirtier than I thought, and less romantic than I imagined. Putting those aside, I still love Paris.

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Seems like it wasnt crowded at the Lourve when you were there. As i recalled, visitors werent allowed to take pictures of Monalisa.

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Oh, so *Belinda is a black-creature with with wide smile huh?

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Marvellous & Fantastic!

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no hands but manboobs!!!! u rock kenny

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what about mr & mrs Smith? - me

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HAHA
the word "paris" in the title sounds familiar.
Kenny dont forget to link me in the photos yeah XD
wOOt.
it was nice meeting you for the second time kenny XD

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The Lourve is indeed beautiful :)

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OMG!!!

Dawn with Sunglasses = 80% Michael Jackson

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haha nice one.. kenny u great, inspire me start blog and thinking differently toward thigns hahaha....

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Kenny, you have a couple of grammatical errors in your blog. One of the few ; "When the sunlight shines through the windows, the church look exceptionally stunning." supposed to be 'looks exceptionally stunning? Also, this sentence just makes no sense to me. "It used to a palace where the royal family lives in, but now it houses some of the most amazing collection of artworks from the Renaissance period." It used to a palace? Perhaps you were tryingto say it used to be a palace?

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No human is perfect dude..its a blog anyway not some english essay writing site..

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wow...wish more scenery were put up. heheheheh. especially their market, shops ant etc

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wow... so nice... so many picture... do u get to know some of the french chicks??

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Wow, Paris is really beautiful! I want to go Paris next! Hmm... Turkey or Paris? I cannot decide!

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Spotted u yesterday at One Utama Shopping Complex with your girlfriend, hmmm didn't know you have a girlfriend huh?

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HAhahaha! Good coverage of Paris.

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Did you not try the bread and the desserts in Paris? I love the French bread, they are not dry or starchy. The baguettes we get here can kill a dog with just one whack!

Their desserts are so delightful, it brings happiness to me each time eating it.

Also, have you got a chance to visit their universities? It is quite fascinating too.

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Sure brought back memories of my trip there in 2005. Did you see the mega huge painting of Napoleon's coronation? And the roof of the gallery with Joan of Arc's painting? My fav painting of all time! AWESOME, rite? If you do go Paris again, try Leon's mussels. We had it thrice over a 5 day trip!
By the way, we were told by security there that we are allowed take pics of monalisa but without the flash. But gotta line up like crazy...

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Sure brought back memories of my trip there in 2005. Did you see the mega huge painting of Napoleon's coronation? And the roof of the gallery with Joan of Arc's painting? My fav painting of all time! AWESOME, rite? If you do go Paris again, try Leon's mussels. We had it thrice over a 5 day trip!
By the way, we were told by security there that we are allowed take pics of monalisa but without the flash. But gotta line up like crazy...

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Jealous! When I went to The Louvre last year, tourists were not allowed to snapshot Mona Lisa!

By the way, did you see the Kilometre Zero in front of the Notre Dame?

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hei kenny! i went to see the mona lisa picture before and we are not allowed to take pic of it! how did u do that..

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god damned chat box banned me for immating. what a loser

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Wow! Kenny ..

Fantastic post!! TQ

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Hey guy just want to share with you all, my journey to Europe,please view at "ettravel.blogspot.com",kenny how you think our photo ?

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hey Kenny..how come Dawn yang is in ur pic..u guys related??

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Paris really has lots of beautiful buildings

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As a Frenchman, I cannot let you go back to crap tourist food. One reference which has been trusted by generation, is web-based and available in English is the famous Michelin Guide.
Type www.viamichelin.com in your browser and you'll see the exhilarating food range available (though there sadly is no escaping the high prices). It is free and works for the whole of Western Europe.

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DEar Kenny , i like ur post on paris. It made me realize how i miss paris so much , and wish to visit the lourve again! yup u are right , it such a big museum and the most unsatisfying art gallery i ever seen. (can't get enough all the OOOO'S AND AAA'S excitement) :) According my visit to lourve, i heard it takes about 1 month to finish all exhibitions . About 1 month? Arghh need to camp in la mcm tu HAHA

check out my photoblog , if u have the chance

Deenyet

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geez mehn~!u r so lucky!!!!
u've traveled a lotttttttttttttttttttttttttt

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