Pickpockets Paradise

I don’t know was it being under the spell of Paris’ charming architecture or being too comfortable with traveling but the beginning of my career as a travel blogger isn’t promising. My wallet got stolen only after 24 hours in the fascinating capital of France. What a classical tourist mistake to keep your purse behind your back just for a while, but for a bit too long while. Pickpockets are fast!

Seine

Seine is breathtaking at sunset.

Well, there’s a first time for everything, and I hope this is the last too, that I get robbed. This sure was a good lesson for me. I remember when I traveled in Europe five years ago, when I had just turned 18. I had money stashed at least in three different places, from bras to secret pockets in backpacks. Since then the stashes and the significance of insurance has lowered with every trip. This time I had no secret stash, except for my passport. And I really felt more helpless than ever before. Haven’t really realized how important money and credit card are! The pickpocket stole my just bought metro card too, so even getting back to the hotel in Gare du Nord from downtown (the accident happened in shopping street Rue de Rivoli), would have been interesting without help from my friend. So now I really want to make sure nothing equivalent happens in Asia. Any good caches in mind where I could hide money? Yes, I already have a waist bag that can be covered with shirt.

Otherwise Paris was enchanting! My friend had to pay everything for me for the rest of the trip, so I didn’t shop as much as usual. But we ate very well, and I fell in love with French food. Macarons and crepés were delicious. Too bad four days wasn’t enough to taste all the delicacies the “Brasseries” in Paris offer. 😛

Parisian breakfast

Breakfast in Paris-style

We saw all the famous sights, including Louvre, Eiffel, Arc de Triomphe, Moulin Rouge etc. Most interesting, and at the same time terrifying, were the catacombs full of bones and skulls… But the 14 celcius underground tunnels were a refreshing change for otherwise hot weather. I guess we picked the best possible time for our Paris visit, since my friend who worked in Disneyland this summer, told that it has been raining all summer.

Lovers down by the Seine, near Notre Dame.

We got wet only on our last night, otherwise it was hot and swetty and the sun was shining. By all odds, a great way to orientate to the tour in Asia. Can I already start the countdown of days? It’s already less than a month.

Not everyone in Paris is interested about art. This picture is from Louvre.

Here are few of my favorite picks of Paris. I loved the small (or big) artistic details around the city.

Man with his dog in Montmartre, near Sacre-Coeur.

A bird had left his mark in Eiffel tower.

Typical for Paris, black cats.

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Interesting wall near Pompidou.

I’m sure everyone has seen a picture of Eiffel tower, Louvre or other famous sights, so with these pictures I hope to bring out new sides of the sights or Paris.

Little boys playing, eventhough it sometimes looked like a fight.

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