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Travel Blog: Paris | Dec 11, 2016

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Up and out at 8:00am and en route to our first location.

Sha, getting her morning fix of fresh tomato juice.

The Grand Mosque of Paris

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After about an hour long walk from our hotel, we finally arrived at our first location.

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At around 12:45pm , the Muazzin gave the Adhan for the Zohor prayers.

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At the prayer hall inside the mosque.

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Curious, I looked like under the chandelier that was hanging in the middle of the prayer hall and was facinated to discover how perfectly symmetrically aligned it was to the patterns on the ceiling and walls.

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Mosaic-tiled hallways with visually appealing geometrical patterns that mesmerises the eyes.

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A majestic arched doorway with intricate carvings stood before us as we entered the garden compound of the mosque.

Notre-Dame de Paris

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On our way to the cathedral at Pont de l'Archeveche bridge.

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he Notre-Dame Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Paris known for is French Gothic architecture and also many historic events such as, the marriage of King Henry IV and Marguerite de Valois, in 1594.

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One of the earliest of the three portals built in 1200, the portal of St-Anne (the cathedral's right door) carved scenes from the biblical birth of Jesus at the upper lintel, while the lower one showed scenes of the marriages of Anne and Joachim and Mary and Joseph.

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According to Christian tradition, the portal of the Virgin (the cathedral's left door) showed a statue of Denis who was said to have be martyred. Right after he was decapitated, he picked his head up, walked ten kilometres (six miles), while preaching a sermon of repentance the entire way, making him one of many cephalophores in hagiology. 

Inside Notre-Dame de Paris

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Students on an excursion having a great time at Pont au Double bridge.

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Artists selling their work along Quai de Montebello.

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December is definitely one of the best times of the year to visit Paris with many cafes dressed in Christmas decor and colours.

Shakespeare And Company Cafe & Bookstore

Enjoying some kale and pesto sandwich just outside Shakespeare and Company Cafe.

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Sainte-Chapelle

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Sainte-Chapelle is a royal chapel and a gem in Gothic style within the medieval Palais de la Cite, the residence of the Kings of France until the 14th century. It was built with the intention to house precious Christian relics, including Jesus's crown of thorns, acquired by Saint Louis.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

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The arch was built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon's military victories of the previous year.

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The Roue de Paris could be seen from a distance across the park and a short stroll towards it would lead you to Place de la Concorde and Champs-Elysees.

Musee du Louvre

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Established in 1793, the Musee du Louvre is the world's largest museum and a historic monument in Paris. During the French Revolution, the National Assembly decreed for it to be used as a museum to display the nation's masterpieces.

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Trying her best to be one of the masterpieces outside the Louvre.

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As evening approaches, we headed out for some dinner at a halal Vietnamese restaurant.

Le Wok Saint Germain

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Before travelling to Paris, we looked up on halal restaurants and was delighted to come across this place recommended by Have Halal Will Travel. The Vietnamese Spring Rolls and Pho from Le Wok Saint Germain tasted really good especially during the winter as the Pho came with hot soup.

Maison Georges Larnicol

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If you are a big fan of chocolate and macaroons, head to Maison Georges Larnicol along Boulevard Saint-Germain. We had to come back more than once, just for their chocolates.

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En route to our last location for the day.

Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile

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Fashioned in neoclassical architecture, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Étoile (Triumphal Arch of the Star) honours those who fought and died for France during the French revolutionary and napoleonic wars. Inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces were names of all French victories and generals. Not known to many, there is a vault beneath the arch that lies the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from World War I.

Avenue des Champs-Elysees

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Dazzling lights along the streets adding colours and joy to the festive winter night.

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After what seemed like an eventful day, we travelled back to our hotel to get some rest.

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