My Date with Eiffel..

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I have been to Paris many times and I think this trip is probably my 9th time to this city. 9 times to Paris and still counting….Wow! My first trip to Paris was almost 2 years ago and it was also my last flight of 2011. It was awesome cos I came back in time to celebrate New Year Countdown in Singapore. I had great company and we went to see Eiffel Tower glitter at night.

Here is a short 30 secs clip of Eiffel Tower sparkling. Shing-a-ling-a-ling Eiffel… The Eiffel Tower will glitter for 5 minutes on every hour after sunset. It was a beautiful sight to behold. Many would believe that Paris is the most romantic city in the world. Do you think so too? Personally, I did not think likewise. France is voted as the world’s rudest country for travelers. The french are very protective of their language and communication is a problem. They are rude, unfriendly and arrogant especially so when you don’t speak their language. The metro in Paris smells as stinky as always. Pickpocketing is common in Paris and yes, I almost got rob by two women who pretend to ask me for donations. So…Be careful of your belongings especially in crowded places.

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I had very bad impression of Paris but I needed this escape badly to sort out my thoughts. My life feels like a mess and I am lost. I am emotionally drained and I have cried enough. I wanted to be alone cos I can’t find anyone whom I can really talk to. I don’t need any advice or sympathy or worst still, judgement. I don’t need anyone to judge me. I just need a good and sincere pair of listening ears or maybe a drinking pal. Lagi best! I am old enough to know what I am doing and what I need is just time to find my path. Please don’t ask me if I am okay cos I am NOT okay. There isn’t a need to tell me to cheer up, stay positive and etc. I don’t find that it is a sin to be upset cos I am just embracing my emotions. I can recover again sooner than you think I can. I am blogging down my emotions because I find that it will be easier for me to sort out my thoughts through writing.

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I re-visited Eiffel Tower and I queued for many hours to go to the top. I know this is like a super romantic place but I just felt like seeing Eiffel Tower. It is not uncommon to see lovey-dovey couples locked in lengthy kisses but I was too lost in my own world to bother with it. I too wish I had my prince charming who wants to go to the top of Eiffel Tower with me but the reality is fairy tales do not exist. I thought I had found my prince charming and at one point, I really believed he was my future.

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It was really crowded at the top of Eiffel Tower. There were all kinds of people and I was one of the very rare few who came to Eiffel Tower alone. It was really EMO or whatever you name it. I needed this time alone to discover myself and find my own voice. I want to find back my old self, the old Irene 5 years ago. Here is a quote I thought it is interesting to share…

“Don’t take my advice. Or anyone’s advice. Trust yourself. For good or for bad, happy or unhappy, it’s your life, and what you do with it has always been entirely up to you.” – Nicholas Sparks, The Best of Me

I believe the best advice is not to take any advice. Too much advice confuse me and I hate it when people tell me what to do. Please don’t tell me what to do cos I will oppose and do the opposite purposely. I guess I am kinda rebellious in a way…

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I tucked away in a small corner alone, all by myself and stared blankly to the beautiful view of the city. I played a few of my favorite songs on loop and it was therapeutic to be alone. I enjoyed being myself, letting my thoughts and emotions run free. I am really sick of putting a fake smile on my face when I am upset. So let me be…let me have this right to be upset. I will open myself to this world again when I am ready.

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And I looked down from the top of Eiffel Tower…There were so many people walking on the streets and I felt insignificant. I felt that my problems were so insignificant. There is so many things out there waiting for me to explore. I shouldn’t be enduring all these sorrows. I need a change and I will have the courage to change the things I can. When reality hits, fairy tales change from beautiful dreams to bad nightmares. It is time for me to wake up from this bad dream. Invincible, I am invincible. InvincibleRene!

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It was a rare clear blue sky in Paris and I was really thankful for the good weather. I thought Paris must have hated me a lot cos it was always cold, wet and damp whenever I was here. This must be the first time I have seen these gorgeous clear blue skies in Paris. Merci beaucoup, Paris!

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It was just me, myself and Eiffel. 

I lied down on the green grass patch, enjoying the cool weather and my beer while waiting for Eiffel Tower to light up at 10pm. I felt calm and extremely relaxed and I was so comfortable that I really felt like sleeping on these green grass patch till I woke up for the next brand new day.

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Dear Eiffel, why are you so beautiful…

The Eiffel Tower looks ordinary during the day but it is a dazzling beauty when it is lit up at night. And I waited till 11pm to see Eiffel Tower sparkle for that 5 minutes. It was so beautiful and I really wish someone would propose to me under Eiffel Tower with a big fat diamond ring one day. *Dream on, Irene..* Nevertheless, I am really grateful for the wonderful weather Paris has given me to mend my broken soul. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Time will heal me I guess… Just me, myself and I. Till then.

Thank you Paris, I am beginning to fall in love with you. À bientôt Paris, je t’aime bien! <3

6 Comments

  • Richard Smith July 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    Wow! 9th time in Paris, this is something interesting especially for traveler cum blogger life. I hope you have enjoyed the city. Last year I had visited the Paris for office work but due to the lack of enough time and client pressure I spend only 30 minutes in the beautiful Eiffel tower. After reading your blog my heart saying to visit this place. I loved your photography skills. All photos you have posted are looking so natural and cute.

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  • Bella Wilson October 9, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    Paris is one of the finest and beautiful places of this world and every year a number of tourists have a trip to Paris. I love Paris and I totally recommend it as an anytime adventure and definitely as a first time visit to a European city. Though, I have traveled so many places, but I think Paris is best in all those places. If you are planning to go Paris for the first time, I must say that you should have enough money into your wallet as along with beauty it is also one of the expensive places of this world. Both in terms of travelling and accommodation, you may have to pay a huge amount of money. If you are going Paris for one or two weeks, then instead of staying in hotels, you opt to stay in Paris apartments as it will be cheaper as compared to hotels. Along with accommodation, it is advisable to do prior bookings for flight as well.

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  • juliefrnr February 21, 2015 at 6:01 am

    I love your pictures! I am French, but do not live in Paris. I go there sometimes, and frankly, I am still amazed by the Eiffel Tower each time I see it! Its my must-stop for every time I go to Paris. I don’t know what it is, but there is something with this monument 🙂
    It is such a great place to go, enjoy the sightseeing, and walk around to see all the amazing places.

    Im glad you had a great time each time you went to Paris 🙂

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  • Style Whiz (LInda Cole) June 1, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Me and Eiffel sounds like a dream come true for a girl who has not yet been to Paris but has fallen under the spell of it’s enchanting monuments, each with a story to tell as to why, how and when they were built. I admire your adventurous spirit and ability to share your heart, feelings along your incredible journey through life. it is so refreshing. Stay true to yourself always!

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    • Irene July 24, 2017 at 9:02 pm

      Thank you! I will. Same to you! 🙂

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  • huntsends.com July 21, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Wow,
    Great Blog,awesome picture.
    I have also compiled some videos of travelling in Paris have a look

    http://huntsends.com/2017/07/20/best-travel-vlogs-of-paris-on-youtube/

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