So, part of what makes a great trip for me is including experiences that reflect my interests and passions. On this first trip to Paris, this meant tea, opera, shopping, and Josephine Baker. The tea experiences will be shared in a separate post. Here’s highlights from the others.
I toured the legendary, historic Opera Garnier:
It’s not often that a building bears the name of the architect.
Attending a show at The Folies Bergere was one of the best experiences of my trip.
Ready to head out to the Folies Bergere
Where Josephine Baker became a legendary star
The shopping alone makes Paris worth the trip. I went in mid-July and sales were everywhere! I thoroughly enjoyed shopping at the high temple of Parisian department stores, Galeries Lafayette.
I didn’t fall in love. For most of my life, I dreamed of going to Paris and I expected to fall in love with that legendary city…but I didn’t. Nevertheless, Paris was a good idea! I shopped. I ate. I shopped. I toured. I shopped some more. It is definitely a “bucket list” experience. So, while I didn’t fall in love, Paris and I definitely became dear friends, and I will certainly return. Here, a few of the Paris classics…
Atop the Arc Dr Triomphe
Detail from the Arc de Triomphe
Stairway to the top of the Arc de Triomphe
A different view of Paris from the top of the Arc de Triomphe
View from the top of the Eiffel Tower
Bastille Day fireworks at the Eiffel Tower…SPECTACULAR!
Didn’t make it inside Notre Dame…next time!
The Tuilleries Gardens
Sur le Pont des Arts…the love lock bridge
The Louvre Museum…truly grand inside and out!
I didn’t think I’d like the pyramid, but I did!
View from under the pyramid at The Louvre
The grandeur of The Louvre
As close as I could get to the Mona Lisa
I spent the majority of my time in the Egyptian Collection; it’s the largest outside of Cairo.
It’s May. The time of year when teachers start to get crispy around the edges. So when my friends suggested a trip to Jordan, I was all in! We had an absolutely awesome time. There was map reading, insane driving, getting lost, lots of laughter, and amazing awe inspiring sites! And the men…Jordanian men are some kind of special! If only we had more time. Jordan was balm for my tired soul. We shall return. In the meantime, here are some highlights.
Petra, one of the Seven Ancient Wonders of the World, is a city carved into beautiful, rose hued stone.
On the path to Petra
The famous Treasury in the background
Amphitheater at Petra
Mount Nebo is the site where God revealed The Promise Land to Moses. It is absolutely spectacular! These pictures cannot do it justice.
Imagine it all lush and green, the way Moses must have seen it!
Standing on Holy Ground, claiming my Promised Land
Based on historical records, Bethany by the Jordan is believed to be the site where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
The Jordan River
This precious archaeological site is where Jesus was baptized. Several structures and churches have stood on the site as memorials.
This area is known for incredible, historic mosaics. This one depicts John the Baptist baptizing Jesus.
The area below is where modern pilgrims can enter the river for baptism.
Day 3 in Singapore and I finally made it out my hotel room. I’ve been sick as a dog with a bad cold. These past two days have reinforced my belief in booking a good hotel with a great bed. This bed, at Big Hotel, has been such a comfort to me.
So this is probably sounding like deja vu…Singapore, Big Hotel. But, I could think of no better way to spend Easter than back at New Creation Church. So I’m in Singapore again.
Now, after two days in bed, I finally ventured out to the Singapore Botanic Gardens and Little India.
Still a bit under the weather, but I'm getting out there
A bit of springtime bloom at the Singapore Botanic Gardens
Hindu temple in Little India
A tasty dinner in Little India
I am a bona fide foodie. I travel to eat as much as anything else! In addition to must see sights, my travel itinerary often includes must eat foods. I’m happy to report that I hit almost all my must-eats for Singapore.
While in Singapore, you must eat at a hawker center. It’s THE place to get your chicken rice.
I was positively thrilled to experience these 2 uniquely Asian treats!
I did miss out on chili crab…next time!
I never tired of seeing this architectural and engineering marvel from different perspectives as I travelled around Singapore.
Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
View of Marina Bay Sands from National Gallery
The atrium lobby of Marina Bay Sands
Flowers boxes soften the exterior
View from my hotel room with Marina Bay Sands in the distance
Gardens by the Bay, which lies behind Marina Bay Sands, is a feat in its own right. I loved the sculptures!
National Gallery of Singapore
Interior, Victoria Hall
Singapore Cricket Club with Marina Bay Sands in the background
Clark Quay, Singapore River
Orchard Road Highlights: several kilometers of shopping malls; it’s not for the weak or faint of heart!
Singapore's own Tangs department store
My home base in Singapore was BIG Hotel. This boutique hotel has a hip edge, a good restaurant, and convenient location. My cozy superior single room was quite comfortable.
It’s official…I love Singapore!
Singapore: First Impression I arrived in Singapore two hours ago, around 10pm. I took a taxi through the shimmering city to my hotel and was struck by the beauty and energy of this place. Singapore has good chi! Even at night, I could see why it's called The Garden City. You know that feeling you get when you meet someone you know you could fall in love with? That's how I feel about Singapore right now. Let's see what the morning brings!
One of the many garden vignettes in the airport
Love this beautiful sculpture in the airport!