Aug 19 2014

Pont Neuf, Paris

How many times have you crossed this bridge in Paris?



Pont Neuf, Paris, oil on canvas, 1872 by Auguste Renoir at National Gallery of Art in DC.


Jun 27 2014

Germany, Paris, China

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May 28 2014


It’s the summer 1983 (June 24 – Aug 8) when I spent three months in Paris. With a couple of girls from Hong Kong we found this little duty free (tax) gem Benelux, selling premium cosmetics at deep discount. However, over the years I always make it a point to visit it again, again .. and this year the clientele is 99% Asian, mostly Chinese.



May 28 2014

The Louvre, and a rat

Saw a mouse in the food court at the prestigious Louvre! McDonald is the busiest of all! Benlux is 99% Asian .. Some pix on FB

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May 28 2014


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May 28 2014

Paris Metro Gare de L’Est

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May 28 2014

La Cure Gourmande

La Cure Gourmande Montmartre
8-10 rue de Steinkarque
75018 Paris, 01 42 234202

The service is better than Maison Georges Larnicol



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May 28 2014

Maison Georges Larnicol

Just went to shopping around the corner. Montmartre is a liberal area with many 99 cent trinket shops stores catering to tourists. There are two sweet shops Maison Georges Larnicol (7-9 rue de Steinkerque, 75018 Paris) and La Cure Gourmande Montmartre – they’re under handed and I found the sales women rude at Maison Georges.

They’re charging up scale $ with 99 cent store mentality. For the paper bag, I’ve to ask for twice and seeing the reluctance. Maybe the Europeans’ frugality is saving the world. No one dare to say no when asking reasonably for a free bag in the USA – No one beats the Americans for service. They tasted ok. My review on Yelp. Ladurée is also good.

The sales tax breakdown:
Tx 5.50,
Ht 16.97
Taxe 0.93
TTC 17.90€

The following day for the convenience I went there to buy a box of macaroons for Beijing. Ha. it cost €25. The price of the macaroon is €5.5 for 100g, about 8 pieces. I just don’t get it why would they charge that much more for a cheap container. It clearly (pun intended) doesn’t worth it and makes the cookies looking so cheap. I have no choice but to pay because the distance I’ll have to bring to. Oh the Frenchy. The ending isn’t too pretty: after the security check at the airport, most of them are ruined.

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The store and the street its on ..

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May 28 2014

Paris metro

The Metro to Louvro

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May 28 2014

Arts by the Seine

赛纳河畔的艺术, 河边艺术 -:) also on FB .


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