12 days in Spain & 4 days in Paris- 9/12/14- 9/9/28/14

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Arrival-Dinner at Afaria

Breakfast/Notre Dame/Le Marais

Lunch at La Régalade

Père Lachaise/Shopping/Dinner at Pho 14

Le jardin du Luxembourg

Père Lachaise

After lunch we stopped by the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery to visit my mom. Père-Lachaise is the largest cemetery in the city of Paris, occupying several thousand acres of land, located in the 20th arrondissement.  Approximately 2 million people visit each year, often searching for a dead celebrity, famous author or musician.  The cemetery is named for Père François de La Chaise (1624-1709), confessor of Louis XIV. 

The front is the Crematorium and on the left side of the picture is the Columbarium house, built in 1894 and designed by Jean Camille Formigé.


My mom's grave is inside the Columbarium house.


Visiting my mom's grave.

Place de la Madeleine

We went to Place de La Madeleine and stopped by to see Uyen Thuong at her work.

She works for a model agency and it is really busy right now due to Fashion week in Paris.

She books  models for runway and here she is asking this model to try on shoes and then walk for her to see.


Told the model how to walk and then she just see if she can make the cut.

A quick hello before  we took off for Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.


Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré

Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré is one of the most luxurious and fashionable street in Paris with all the high end Boutiques from almost all the top designers. 

Hoa ended up buying a really nice pair of shoes from Tod's.

Rue du Faubourg St. Honoré is a fairly narrow road lined with boutiques, hotels, and restaurants. Worth a visit!

Too cute that I have to take a picture.  What a lucky dog.


Avenue des Champs-Élysées

We been walking awhile now so Hoa and Minh wanted to rest a bit and have cocktail at the Fouquet's located on the corner of avenue George V and the Champs-Elysées.

Hoa and Minh ordered a Martini thinking it is a cocktail like the U.S. and they were a bit surprised when the sever asked them if they want a red or white Martini.  Both of them said white but again assumed it is a cocktail.  What they brought out is a white Martini Rossi which is a vermout (pretty disgusting).  And to top it off the bill came to almost $50 (exchange rate was 1.3 for the euro)- So expensive but that is the price to pay to sit on the Champs-Elysées, but at least it was very nice place to watch people go by....

While Hoa and Minh enjoyed their cocktail, Loan and I we checkout the Louis Vuitton store located just across the street from the cafe.

Dinner at Pho 14

We have been traveling for over two weeks and this will be the first time we are having Vietnamese food.  Pho 14 is a very popular restaurant located on Avenue de Choisy in the 13th arrondissement in the Quartier Asiatique (Asian quarter).

It was around 9:00PM and there is still a long line to get in the restaurant.


Even there are a lot of people waiting, the line moves pretty fast.  We waited maybe 15/20 minutes before getting a table.

Their Pho was pretty good!


We also ordered a  Banh Cuong dish to share- also decent!


Loan and I enjoying our first Vietnamese meal in Europe.


Next...Jardin du Luxembourg




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