Our 3rd Paris Bucket Lists Checked: Notre Dame St. Michel Cathedral

In this post, I will still talk about me and my significant other’s bucket lists during our last trip to Paris. It was just last month since I went back from my second trip to Paris, we had so much fun last time which we’ll never forget.

Every time I travel abroad, especially to European countries, I always spare my times to visit some worship places, most of the times I went to many cathedrals just wants to see their old architecture as well as the interior design of the cathedrals. Basically, I love architecture and interior design, since long time ago.

So here I am gonna show you our good times during our visit to the famous and oldest Cathedral in Paris…

Notre Dame Cathedral.

It was a beautiful day during spring!

That was my second time to visit Notre Dame Cathedral. My first time went there back in 2015, but I was not able to go inside the Cathedral because I had limited short time of visit and plus, the queue was very loooong! Last month I went there with my boyfriend, the queue also very long but then it faster for the visitors who wanted to go in.

Oh, look at the details of the front of the building (Western facade)

As you can see from the whole architecture of this building, it is a medieval Catholic cathedral and very well-known as one of French Gothic architecture. The construction has begun in 1163 during Louis VII, and the elements were completed around 1345.

The Evolution of the Cathedral in France

As a Moslem, I really love to see and visit gothic cathedrals in Europe because first, we don’t have such very old buildings in my hometown, Jakarta. So it will be different experiences for me. And the last, I like to learn how they pray and try to look at every different worship places, as well as to understand their histories. I was so lucky that I have French boyfriend which also was my personal tour guide in Paris, so he could tell me all about the church and its history. Merci beaucoup mon sayang.. Bisous!

A view from the left-side of the Cathedral

In Indonesia, we have a lot of mosques, churches, monasteries (Vihara/Wihara is a Buddhist worship place), and some of the Hinduist temples (there are many of Hinduist temples in Bali). For me, it is important to learn other religious activities and cultures, because it will make us understand to each other’s belief as well as to embrace the differenciancies.

Magnificent view from behind of the Cathedral

Okay back to this Notre Dame, this cathedral located in Central of Paris. Where you can get the transportation easily by RER B (blue line), RER C (yellow line), and Metro Line 4 (fuschia), besides you can also reach the place easily by some busses.

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Pictures was taken by me.

5th Arrondissement of Paris, Île de la Cité.

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Our 2nd Paris Bucket Lists Checked: Le Consulat, Montmartre

I could say that I fell in love with the Montmartre area. For me, it’s very different with Parisienne neighbourhood as in general. The buildings in Montmartre was more original and some are old buildings which turned into cafe, souvenir shop, and restaurant. I just wondering it could be beautiful to live around there, but on the other hand, it could be also a disaster because there is always so many foreign tourists in the area.

If you ever watched movies like Amélie, Midnight in Paris, Paris, I love you and Moulin Rouge, those are a few movie titles which had the movie set in Montmartre.This area also very well-known of a famous basilica called, Sacré-Cœur, there is also Moulin Rouge and this cafe…

Le Consulat

It was our first day together in Paris and we looooved it!

After a long journey from our place which located in south part of Paris then took a Metro to go to Sacré-Cœur, finally, we decided to have lunch in this cafe! Yassss, so happy. It was always on my bucket lists every time I visit Paris. I knew this restaurant maybe since earlier in 2000s, from many pictures that I pinned on my Pinterest and Googled! Somehow I also see that this cafe is a romantic one compare to the others cafe surround.

And because, I loooove the red colour, of course!

We were lucky because it was a sunny and beautiful day when we were there, even we had a bit of rain, but after the sun was shining brightly in front of the cafe.

This is the lovely guy who was helped me to fulfilled #OurParisBucketlists. Love you! XOXO

Well, in terms of the food in the menu, the price it’s quite pricey for some food. And oh, I really love the Omelette with fromage and champignon with the salad. Lovelovelove and so tasty!

Since we have common favourite food, like the mushroom, cheese, croissant, pain au chocolat, salad, nasi goreng and spices like garlic, onion, shallot and many more, so it was easy to pick the food for us.

Relaxed outside Le Consulat resto

We bought the Omelette with Fromage and Champignon and as a dessert we ordered Crêpes! The price for the omelette is around EUR 11, while Crêpes is EUR 7 (if I am not mistaken). They also have some other foods like some kind of salads, crêpes, pasta, seafood and any kind of drinks like wines, beers, cafe latte, cappuccino, and many more.

It was a sunny day in Montmartre
Look my happy face! I wore my new Parisienne red hat which I bought in souvenir shop around there!

So, don’t forget to stop by at this cafe once you will be in Montmartre!

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Picture was taken by: Me and him

Address: 18 Rue Norvins, 75018 Paris, France

Our 1st Paris Bucket Lists Checked: Sacré-Cœur

This is the first place which we put as our first must visit place while we were in Paris. Well, I actually was insisted on making our itinerary trip to Paris. I hardly in love with Sacré-Cœur and it was on my bucket list in 2015, but I didn’t have so much time to visit this Basilica. That is why I am the one who insisted on putting this in our first Paris Bucket Lists (and thank youuu for being so nice and received my idea, love ❤ hahaha).

Here I am gonna show you my amateur pictures which I took with my phone. Hope you’ll enjoy it!

The first #OurParisBucketlists checked!

La Basilique du Sacré Cœur de Montmartre

A popular landmark, the basilica is located at the summit of the Montmartre, the highest point in the city. The Sacré-Cœur Basilica was designed by Paul Abadie. The construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914. It was consecrated after the end of World War I in 1919.

This Roman Catholic church construction began in 1875 and was finished in 1914

The inspiration for Sacré Cœur’s design originated on 4 September 1870, the day of the proclamation of the Third Republic, with a speech by Bishop Fournier attributing the defeat of French troops during the Franco-Prussian War to a divine punishment after “a century of moral decline” since the French Revolution, in the wake of the division in French society that arose in the decades following that revolution, between devout Catholics and legitimist royalists on one side, and democrats, secularists, socialists, and radicals on the other.

There is a King Saint Louis IX statue above

The overall style of the structure shows a free interpretation of Romano-Byzantine features, an unusual architectural vocabulary at the time, which was a conscious reaction against the neo-Baroque excesses of the Palais Garnier cited in the competition. Many design elements of the basilica symbolise nationalist themes: the portico, with its three arches, is adorned by two equestrian statues of French national saints Joan of Arc (1927) and King Saint Louis IX, both executed in bronze by Hippolyte Lefebvre; and the nineteen-ton Savoyarde bell (one of the world’s heaviest), cast in 1895 in Annecy, alludes to the annexation of Savoy in 1860.

Stunning interior of the Basilica
A beautiful polaroid picture from us ❤

 

Source: Wikipedia

Picture taken by: Astrid Maharani

A Dream Came True (with the best partner)

Who’s never had a dream to visit the most beautiful and romantic city like Paris?

Well, the term of the most beautiful and romantic city can be different from each people’s perspectives. But for me, Paris is indeed the most romantic city in the world.

I’ve been to Paris two times, first was during autumn in 2015 and the last time was just last week! I love France since I was 8 years old, at first just because I love Zinedine Zidane, then I love the football team, the country and then starting to love all about Paris, France and Eiffel Tower. When I was a teenager, I always wonder…

“When I could make it happen to go to Paris? Will I have a chance to go there for FREE?”

Because what I know, if we want to go to European countries it will be very expensive for Indonesian people to afford it by themselves. So, I keep praying, dreaming and wishing. In every birthday, in one of my birthday wishes, I always pray that one day I will go to Paris, to see the Eiffel tower with my own eyes, to feel how does it feel to live and to walk like a Parisienne. I want to feel all of it!

And my dream, my wishes became true in Autumn, 2015. I went to Paris! I got to see the Eiffel tower! I went to Notre Dame! Walked to the Pont Alexandre III! I enjoyed the Museum de Louvre and took pictures with the pyramid glass! And I visited the Arc de Triomphe! Last but not least, I went to Gare de Lyon, which I knew and remembered it was the station that Mr. Bean used for his 2nd movie, Mr. Bean Holiday! Hahaha. But last time, I was thinking that Paris is full of the traffic jam, just like in Jakarta, but the different was only less bad pollution. And every touristic place, even like Eiffel tower was always crazy and full of visitors.

Ok, so that the short story, back in 2015 and I was thinking it will be my first and last time to go to Paris.

But… it was a mistake.

In fact, I had a chance to visit Paris again, just last week! And…. with someone that I truly adore, with the best human that I ever had, my best (and crazy) partner ever! We spent the holiday together for a week in Paris, we made an itinerary which always full of must-visit-destinations. Then with him, now I know and I truly understand and even feel it, that Paris is indeed a romantic city in the world if you spent it with the one that you truly loved! ❤

Luckily, he has cousins which live in the south part of Paris. So we “rent” her apartment and stayed there for a week. His cousins were super nice with us! And the location was actually very great, because it is close to the bus and metro station, so it’s easier for us to move around to the central.

Last time I went to Paris, I still remembered that I ever wonder, what if I am here with someone that I love? It must be very beautiful. Last time one of my wishes were to have a lunch or dinner in Le Consulat Cafe which located in Montmartre area, go to the Sacre Couer and take romantics pictures with my boyfriend/husband, one day!

So this is it…

 

See my happy face? It was just after we ate a very delicious omelette in Le Consulat!
Look who’s very hungry? ❤
Délicieux Omelette @ Le Consulat
Look our happy face in front of the Sacre Coeur!

Yes, and just after 2 years, all of that was fulfilled this month! I even can’t describe how I feel much grateful and happy about it. It’s indeed, that we never know God’s plan for our future. But what I know, He always heard all of our prayers. So, keep and never bored to wish and dreams, friends 😉

Oh, and we were lucky that we met with a professional photographer from Argentina, that we ever asked to took a picture of us in front of the Eiffel tower. We actually just need an amateur picture ones, but then he took A PROFESSIONAL AND GREAT ONE! Which we super-love!

Thank you, Sandra and Fabian, for great pictures! We ❤ it!

One thing that I always feel beyond happy in there, not only because of the cutest and handsome boyfriend that I have or the beautiful of Paris city lights, but also I can feel that I finally found my “home” that I’ve been looking for, I even feel that I have my new family and have a new Mom, which live in another part of the world. Thus, I can’t stop to say Alhamdulillah for the happiness and loves that I have until now.

Some of you may ever have a feeling that you even can’t describe, but you feel much better, much happier and you feel that comfortable feeling, which you never had before with someone else, than with someone you truly love. Like I do, now. A person that you can be a true version of yourself. A person that always make you happy by the small things that he did to you. A person that could give anything you need without you have to ask. A person who could receive you, just the way you are, without we need to change our-self for him.

You know who you are.

I love you more and more each day.

Even more than I love Paris and its Eiffel tower now.

Or even more, than the croissant, pain au chocolat, Starbucks caffe latte and Tropicana orange juice!

I love you my present and future!

xoxo

 

 

 

 

“When I tell you I love you, I don’t say it out of habit, I say it to remind you that you are the best thing that has ever happened to me. No matter where you are, a part of me will always be with you.”

– Anonymous

Happy 6th, Sayang ku! Love you today and everyday! ❤

My promises to loving you forever

This is my blog post which I write, especially for my lovely significant other and also to my future husband who I’m going to spend my life with, this is how I’m going to love you.

I would love to do thousands of dates with you during my whole life, like travel the world, try new recipes, watch a movie in a cinema, have fine dining or even it will only to do marathon movie watch on Saturday night on our love-couch. While I will pamper you with your favourite hot chocolate or hot green tea and give my lap for you to lay down on me.

I will accompany you every time you work with your hundred stones and give you hugs from behind while you do the research on it, just to make you feel comfortable and give you some spirits! I will also make hiking be my new hobby so we can see many hidden gems and beautiful wild plants and animals in the forests. So we can feel the morning haze will cover our sight every time we wake up in our tent. Not to forget, I would love to enjoy every beach sands while we walk on every beach in the world, to feel the sands and the sea water touch our feet, to hear the sea wave and breeze in our ears, as well as to watch and capture every sunrises and sunset together.

I will try to cook many recipes that I’ve got from YouTube channels and prepare it for your breakfast, lunch box and dinner, even all you know that I could only cook nasi goreng or instant noodles, for now. But I want to spoil you with my foods that I cook for us in our future home 🙂

Do you still remember our wish-list to Paris? I will not only invite you to go to the top of the Eiffel tower just to see how beautiful Paris city or only to visit Sacre Cour, but I’d rather want to stroll around the city, visit museums, Shakespeare’s bookstore and any other historical buildings, then let we try to find out about the history of each place together, while I will enjoy my cup of cappuccino outside one of a cafe in Paris and you will enjoy your pain au chocolat.

I am the one who will initiate to design our interior apartment for us to live in, with you as my assistant interior design (lol), we will make our small place feels like the best sanctuary for our little family in the future, where we will have our postcards collection as one of our home decoration, full of our pictures and put colourful paint, mosaic patterns, as well as succulent plants!

When the rain pouring down our home, I would like to stay with you all day in our bed and cuddle with you. I will love to give you kisses on your lips to make you feel love, then after play with your Pinocchio nose ❤

I will love to spend holiday either in your family’s place or my family’s, for me, they are the most important things in our life and we must take care of them too!

You know I really want to see the aurora borealis with you, if that special moment will finally come, I promise I would like to take picture of us while we do French kiss (shy) to capture our lovely moment!

You will see how my life will be full of many lists that I need to be checked and fulfilled sooner or later, but I wouldn’t mind skipping some of those lists, just because I realise, the only prioritize in my life, for now, is to make you feel happy, to be loved and to take care of you always ❤

Six months ago today, we met each other in Toulouse. And I still can’t believe we still stick and love each other till this time. Thank you for making me believe that our different, in terms of distance, time zone, religion and culture, are not big barriers for us to love and respect each other, we do realise those things which make our love getting stronger each day.

But above of all, I just want you to stay. Always stay here with me, no matters what will happen with us later. I just want to live longer with you so I can feel to be the happiest wife for you and wonderful Mom for our children during my whole life.

This my promises to you, let me loving you forever, Igor.

I want you stay through it all. I don’t want you to ever leave. I want you to stay because you want to, because there’s nowhere else you’d rather be

Rania Naim

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