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Culinary adventures at Le Cordon Bleu

I’m talking about one of the biggest highlights of the Paris trip for me. For someone who has lovingly regarded French cuisine from afar with awestruck eyes, being in Paris meant three things: Eating, Cooking and Shopping for food and kitchen equipment. While Eating and Shopping could easily be taken care of one day at a time, Cooking required a bit of pre-planning. Kitchen equipped accommodation? Check. Registration for a

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The Catacombs of Paris – With the dead and the living

Today was the day Rave had her class at Le Cordon Bleu (you can read about it here), so I had to do something she wasn’t going to be interested in. And there was something that was perfect – The Catacombs of Paris. I can’t imagine her being underground surrounded by a few million bones. So while she left really early in the morning for her class, I had an easier

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Versailles – Off with their breath

We hadn’t planned on stepping out of Paris at all when we were making our 14 day itinerary. Early on, we were lucky enough to understand that there’s more to Paris than we can see in 14 days. So all ideas of a quick hop into a neighboring destination (we toyed with Amsterdam for a bit!) were unequivocally silenced by both of us. Then we watched Marie Antoinette. And the idea of

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Musée du Louvre – A day with Leonardo and William

So today is the day we visit a landmark that isn’t just synonymous with Paris but is also perhaps the first name people come up with when they think art and museums – Musée du Louvre. The Louvre is about 60,000+ square metres large and while it actually is possible to walk through it in a day, it’s impossible to see everything. I was very clear that I wasn’t even

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Notre Dame – Looking for Quasimodo

There’s one place in Paris that’s really special to me. A place I first heard about as a child, reading about a certain hunchback swinging through its towers. Over the years, as I continued seeing pictures of it and reading up on its history, the fascination grew. But nothing, absolutely nothing, prepared me for the first time I set my sights on it. It was as if the illustrations from

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Musée d’Orsay – A day with Vincent

People who know me will vouch for the fact that I’m pretty vocal (and stubborn) about my views on art, what the world considers artistic and what art should stand for. So it can get a little dangerous for people to hang around with me in a place like Musée d’Orsay in the likely event that I might get a little too vocal! Learning from our Louvre experience with queues,

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Palais Garnier & Musée de l’Orangerie – Meeting Mozart and Claude

There were a few things that needed to be done before we set off on our second day to Musée de l’Orangerie, Champs-Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. We needed to stop at the Tourist Information Office first and get maps and literature to help with the rest of our trip. We also needed to get pre-paid phone SIM cards to call people back home in India. After a wonderful breakfast

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Musée Cluny & Pantheon – When plans change for the better

It was a Sunday…the first Sunday of the month and our very first Sunday ever in Paris! To say we were excited is a complete understatement. It was cold, possibly the coldest I’ve ever felt (coming from Mumbai, India, that’s hardly surprising). Our bodies were still adjusting to the time difference and even though we were tired from a long flight from home, we were up at 5 am, long

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