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!

 

Why I Like the Chinatown in Yokohama, Japan

On my way to Izu from Chiba last month, I could not stop myself from routing to Yokohama to have lunch at the Chinatown.  It’s the biggest Chinatown in Japan and Asia. It’s a vibrant place; there’s always something going on especially during festivals. If you’ve been to Yokohama Chinatown, you sure won’t forget the richly Chinese elements in its architecture, like the grandly decorated gates, plaques, and the must-see Kwan Tai Temple and Ma Zhu Temple. It’s interesting to know that the design and location of the gates are combined with Chinese feng shui.

Despite being impressed by the construction style, what I like most is the food. And I believe it’s one of the places with the best Chinese cuisine! There are numerous Chinese restaurants. I always like to try out some whenever I’m there. I’m never let down.

Perhaps it’s homesickness or maybe it’s pure curiosity, when I’m abroad, I like to check out the Chinatown there. I’ve been to some unforgettable Chinatowns in the world and my favourite one is in Yokohama.  What is yours?

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日本橫濱中華街讓我留連忘返的原因

上月從千葉到伊豆途中,還是忍不住跑了一趟橫濱,特意到它的中華街去吃午飯。橫濱中華街是日本和亞洲最大的唐人街,總是熱鬧非常,節慶時更是熙來攘往。說到橫濱,到過的人難免想起其華麗及富濃厚中國特色的街道、牌樓、匾額,當然少不了必到的關帝廟和媽祖廟。其中牌樓的設計和方位更揉合了中國風水。

橫濱的建築和街道固然讓人神往,但最讓我留連忘返的還是它的餐廳。橫濱是一個吃中菜的好地方,有很多好吃的中菜館,每次到橫濱我總愛到不同餐廳大快朵頤。

不知是思鄉還是好奇心的關係,每次人在外地總喜歡逛逛該處的唐人街,雖然到過不少富有特色的唐人街,橫濱的中華街始終最讓我難忘,你呢?

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