One Night in Paris, France

Because of work, I dropped by Paris, the beloved city. I took a direct flight from Hong Kong and managed to fall asleep over the 13-hour flight. I landed at Charles De Gaulle Airport and from there, it took around an hour to arrive right at the city centre.

Paris has been talked and written about over and over again. There are numerous reasons why Paris has enchanted everyone; its beauty is beyond words. I was glad I made it at this time of the year when the city was at its most charming. While it was riveting in the day time, it was just as mesmerising at night. My favourite part of the stay was the night walk from the Opéra Garnier to the Louvre Pyramid.

Paris at night was full of life, especially in the area around the Opéra Garnier, one of the busiest parts of the city. The landmark of the place was the Opéra, one of the most renowned opera houses worldwide. When illuminated, it was of a different kind of spectacle at night than the day time. Just around the corner was the luxurious Galeries Lafayette, a fashion flagship store anyone fond of shopping shouldn’t miss. Around the giant landmarks were many pretty nice restaurants and shops in the classical architectural style. After dinner, I chose to walk a bit around and then down the avenue to the Louvre Pyramid. The Pyramid was grand and awe-inspiring when illuminated against the surrounding palaces. It was such an unforgettable night.

This time I stayed at Intercontinental Paris Le Grand.

Thanks for the bottle of Champagne!


美麗的巴黎夜景

因為工作的關係到了巴黎,乘搭從香港直飛巴黎的航班,大概十三小時就到了戴高樂機場(Aéroport Paris-Charles-de-Gaulle),從機場再搭火車約一小時便到市中心,十分方便。

這次雖然時間匆忙,不能飽覽巴黎的美景,但這時節的巴黎特別美麗,到處風光如畫已是一大收穫。我特別喜歡它夜晚的街景,尤其是從巴黎歌劇院(Opéra Garnier)步行至羅浮宮金字塔(Louvre Pyramid)的一段路,和陽光普照的時候一樣迷人,難怪巴黎一直為人稱道,大概巴黎對每個人而言都有其不同之處。

歌劇院位於市中心,是巴黎其中一個著名地標,外觀宏偉,晚上打燈後更是金碧輝煌。旁邊便是法國連鎖百貨公司老佛爺百貨總店,喜歡購物的人絕對不能錯過。此區有着兩個巨型地標,加上許多餐廳和商品店,所以到了晚上仍然十分熱鬧。晚飯過後我選擇在附近閒逛,欣賞古典風格的建築,再慢慢沿着大道走到羅浮宮,看打着昏黃燈光的宮殿和透明金字塔,美不勝收,讓人流連忘返,就此度過一個難忘的晚上。

此行我住在巴黎洲際大酒店,還收到驚喜香檳!

 

3 Reasons to Choose Heraklion as a Home Base to Explore Crete in Greece

Speaking of Greece, people usually think about the blue and white backdrop of the breathtaking Santorini. But Crete is in fact the largest and most populous Greek island and in my opinion, a perfect getaway. My first stop on this island was its capital city, Heraklion.

Heraklion is a nostalgic city, full of historical heritage and old buildings. From museums, palaces, ruins, Lions Fountain to the distinctive yellow building style, it tells of the ancient history and culture of the Minoan civilisation, the very first advanced Bronze Age Civilisation in Europe. The civilisation dated back to around 2700 BC when Heraklion was the port of the centre of the civilisation, the Palace of Knossos. There are fascinating legends about the palace, one of which says King Minos, in Greek mythology the first king in Crete and son of Zeus, lived in the palace. The Minoan civilisation was named after him. It’s amazing how the Greek history is intertwined with mysterious legends.

Today the ruins of the palace remain on Kephala Hill. Through the frescos and remains we can learn more about one of the oldest and mysterious cultures on earth. A relaxing day like this in the old town marked the beginning of my trip in Crete.

The reasons why I chose Heraklion as a home base to explore Crete in Greece:

  1. There was a direct flight from Paris to Heraklion, and the hotel I stayed was only 15-minute drive away from the Heraklion Airport.
  2. The Heraklion Port is the main hub to take ferries to different islands  near Crete including Santorini.
  3. Heraklion is located in the middle of the north coast of Crete, making it convenient to go either East or West to different destinations.

Read more or book: Hotels in Heraklion


三大原因選擇伊拉克利翁作為發掘克里特島的根據地

說到希臘,人們不其然想起聖托里尼的藍白風光,大家都忘記了克里特島才是希臘最大及人口最多的島嶼。島上一派詩情畫意,絕對是完美的度假勝地。我在克里特島的第一站是其首都伊拉克利翁。

伊拉克利翁是米諾斯文明的的發源地,所以城內充滿歷史遺跡和建築,從博物館、宮殿、遺址、廣場,到標誌性的黃磚牆,一一印證着這重要的愛琴海文明的歷史和文化。米諾斯文明是歐洲較早期的青銅時代,可追溯至公元前約2700年,當時米諾斯文明的政治和經濟重心在克諾索斯宮殿,而伊拉克利翁就是克諾索斯的港口。關於克諾索斯宮殿的神話傳說有很多,例如說宙斯的兒子米諾斯是克里特島的第一個王,並住在克諾索斯宮殿中。而米諾斯文明亦以其來命名,這種歷史和神話交錯的故事為此地增添許多神秘色彩。

今天,克諾索斯宮殿的遺址仍佇立在凱夫拉山上,透過壁畫和遺蹟向我們訴說這古老神秘的文明。如此便度過輕鬆的一天,讓我在克里特島有個愉快的開始。

我選擇伊拉克利翁作為我發掘克里特島根據地的原因︰

  1. 交通方便,有直航從巴黎到伊拉克利翁,從伊拉克利翁機場到我住的酒店只需十五分鐘

  2. 伊拉克利翁港口是乘搭渡輪到達周邊島嶼包括聖托里尼的主要交通樞紐

  3. 伊拉克利翁位於克里特島北岸中部,方便前往東西兩邊不同目的地

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