Paris Was a Good Idea-Pt. 2

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

Pre-show atmosphere

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.

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Paris Was a Good Idea-Pt. 1

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!

Paris Eye

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.

Singapore Eats

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.

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I was positively thrilled to experience these 2 uniquely Asian treats!

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I did miss out on chili crab…next time!

Singapore: Marina Bay Sands

I never tired of seeing this architectural and engineering marvel from different perspectives as I travelled around Singapore.

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Marina Bay Sands, ArtScience Museum, Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

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View of Marina Bay Sands from National Gallery

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The atrium lobby of Marina Bay Sands

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Flowers boxes soften the exterior

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View from my hotel room with Marina Bay Sands in the distance

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ArtScience Museum

Gardens by the Bay, which lies behind Marina Bay Sands, is a feat in its own right. I loved the sculptures!

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Pilgrimage

Abu Dhabi City

January 3, 2016

Dear Reader,

Happy New Year!  I am still basking in the glow of my recent trip to Singapore.  This trip was particularly meaningful for me because it was a pilgrimage.  Now, when you think of pilgrimage what comes to mind may be Jerusalem, Mecca, Rome, or Lourdes, but probably not Singapore.  However, Wikipedia describes a pilgrimage as a journey to a place of significance to one’s beliefs and faith.  Singapore is just that for me.

Several years ago, I started listening to Pastor Joseph Prince.  He is the Pastor of New Creation Church in Singapore.  His preaching and teaching has had a tremendous impact on me, freeing me from the weight of depression and fear and deepening my understanding of Christ.  Seeing and hearing him preach in person, at New Creation Church, was one of my deepest desires.

New Creation Church is a marvel! Outwardly, it bears no resemblance to a church.  However, when all the inhabitants began to worship together in that place, it was transformed!  I truly experienced people making church by coming together in Christ.

I think the pilgrimage is one of the oldest reasons in the world for travel.  Yet, not many have the opportunity.  I feel so blessed and grateful to have made this journey.  I pray that you will have the opportunity to travel to your place of spiritual significance.

Fondly,
Maxima

P.S.-I did not take pictures during worship, only before and after, for obvious reasons.

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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! image
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One of the many garden vignettes in the airport

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Love this beautiful sculpture in the airport!