Calibre Magazine: My Tribute to Paris

My Tribute To Paris post was featured in the February 2014 issue of Calibre Magazine. Calibre is a business and lifestyle magazine for Public Mutual Gold Members – mutual fund holders investing with Public Mutual which is the largest private mutual funds company in Malaysia. This is my first ever publication 🙂 Here’s the text format for easy reading: My Tribute to Paris Whether you’re planning a solo trip or a romantic getaway, there’s something about Paris that will evoke both cynic and the romantic in you, says Kathleen Poon. You got to admit that there is a lot of hype about everything

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It’s Spring in Nice

I always feel spring is the right weather. We do not have the 4 seasons in Malaysia because it’s a tropical country but sometimes it gets too hot and muggy. I have experienced the spring season in some of my travels and I love it because it has the right temperature – not too hot or too cold -sunny days, blooming flowers and lush green fields. Spring is nice, and I enjoyed my spring in…Nice 🙂 A Nice Touch of the Riviera We took the TGV high speed rail train from Gare de Lyon in Paris and the journey to

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An Opulent Transformation: Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles is located about 16 kilometres south-west of Paris and is easily accessible by train. It is advisable to be at the Palace as soon as it opens at 9am, and please be PATIENT. I can’t emphasize this enough because the queues stay absolutely long all day until early evening. Visitors can get put off by the long snaking queues especially during spring and summer time, therefore it’s best that you book the tickets online or get a Paris Museum Pass. My sister and I had the Paris Museum Pass, and we queued at a separate line. Our

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Going Gothic in Paris

Continuing on my journey to get acquainted with art in Paris, my travel companions and I explored Gothic architecture in the city. And Paris has no shortage of Gothic-inspired structures. According to Wikipedia, Gothic architecture is a style of architecture that flourished during the high and late medieval period. It evolved from Romanesque architecture and was succeeded by Renaissance architecture. Many great cathedrals, abbeys and churches in Europe were built in Gothic architecture and their characteristics are typically pointed arches, buttresses, rose windows, towers, spires and resplendent facades. Sainte-Chapelle Sainte-Chapelle is a medieval gothic Church and a masterpiece commissioned by the devout Louis IX (the only French

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Getting Acquainted with Art in Paris

After two days in Paris – walking along the banks of the River Seine and visiting the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe – it was time for us to get acquainted with art in Paris in museums and art galleries. Whilst it was fun to see the Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe, I felt the experience was mainly to sort of “tick off the list” but the experience of seeing art masterpieces up close and personal which we have often heard of or watched on telly was incredible and exciting. So first stop: Musee de L’orangerie. Musee de

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My Tribute to Paris

I’m feeling a little nervous writing this story. It’s about my holiday to France back in 2011. I didn’t really go to a lot of places in France but I spent a significant amount time in Paris and a few days in the French Riviera only. You must be wondering why I should feel nervous. Well, maybe it’s because there have been countless and numerous publicity about Paris ranging from books, art, museums, fashion, photography, films, you name it, and I wonder if my stories would give justice to some of the beautiful (and not so beautiful) sights of the

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