Spotting UFOs in Parisian Markets

There’s something to be said about waking up on a Saturday or Sunday morning and heading out to one of the markets/marchés in Paris to shop for fresh produce.

When we first moved to Paris, we were pleasantly surprised to find out that a marché was set up every Wednesday and Sunday right outside where we lived, under the metro tracks of La Motte Piquet Grenelle and Dupleix stations. It became a routine to wake up on Sunday, pop by the marché, soak in the atmosphere with the locals and pick up what would be our brunch – e.g. roast chicken, cheese with baguette, oysters, paella, sauerkraut with sausages (yes, we can get non-French food items too ;)).

I’ve often stopped in my tracks to stare at a UFO – “unidentified food object” and Bolly would roll his eyes and tell me what it was followed by an exclamation along the lines of “Tu as jamais vu ça?” (You’ve never seen this before?). Oh well, blame that on growing up in a city and not being in the least bit interested in cooking.

Here are some pictures from our visit to the Marché President Wilson (16th arrondissement) last Sunday with my cousin.  Spot any UFOs? 🙂

I still don’t know what type of flowers these are but they were a beautiful shade of blue…

I never knew that there were so many varieties of tomatoes…

I could get used to a lifestyle of Sunday oyster brunches 🙂

Another yummy dish, escargot in garlic butter…

When I saw this, I thought of a popular dish in Singapore, sambal (chilli-based sauce) stingrays…

This was one of the UFOs that I stopped to look at when I first arrived in Paris…sea urchins…

Marché President Wilson is known to be one of the more expensive marchés with an uppity Parisian flavour. Comparing prices is a must!

Growing up, I almost always only ate button and shitake mushrooms and never knew that there’s a wide range of mushrooms with different varieties coming into season at different times of the year…

Some are obviously huge…

Pheasant anyone?

One of the perks of living in Paris, finally learning to identify different cheeses!

My all-time favourite UFO! Any guesses?

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I Want to Believe…

Enough of waking up to a grey and rainy Paris!

P/S: It’s been quiet here as we’ve been tied down with some major projects. We will definitely be writing more soon 🙂

From Bolly-Chees to Beatles-Chees

My father is a big fan of Beatles. So three of his kids and his son-in-law (my two brothers and I as well as Bolly) decided to go on a Beatles’ walking tour when we visited London in April.

Of course, Abbey Road was a key destination of the tour and we (like many other eager tourists) had to strike a pose akin to the cover of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album.

This is for you, Daddy.

A keepsake and memory that would always bring a smile to our faces.

🙂 🙂 🙂

Changing The Way You Look At Things

Apparently, symmetry has been scientifically proven to be inherently attractively. Perhaps that’s what draws me to looking out for the symmetry in sights/objects I come across.

One of the most inspiring work of architecture I’ve ever seen – the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

Heading down the escalator of the Centre Georges Pompidou…

I like how the symmetrical door handles look like a heart shape….

What may seem to be just an ordinary double row of cobblestones marked what used to divide East and West Germany, its people, communism vs capitalism…

There I was walking around an ancient Egyptian site and this scene caught my eye. Nature’s symmetry at its best 🙂

Why not challenge yourself to change the way you look at things around you, even if only slightly? You may be in for some surprises 🙂

Fantasy Fridays: Phuket, Thailand

For the benefit of those who are reading this blog for the first time, we had earlier decided to give ourselves another reason to look forward to Fridays 🙂 A holiday every Friday! Not exactly a real vacation every Friday but more of a photo re-cap of a trip we or either one of us have taken in order to re-live our past travels and all the related memories of each trip. And we call this:

FANTASY FRIDAYS!

Bolly loves beaches. So for the third instalment of Fantasy Fridays, we find ourselves back in Southeast Asia in the island of Phuket, off the southwest coast of Thailand. Phuket island’s a popular destination for tourists from all over the world for obvious reasons – sun, sea and sand. There are no lack of beaches to cater to different tastes including Patong beach (read: very crowded and suited for the party-goer), Kata beach (many consider this to be the most beautiful beach in Phuket with its white sand and clear waters), Karon (a more spread-out beach and much slower pace compared to Patong and Karon) and many others.Nearby Phi Phi islands which gained worldwide prominence largely due to the film “The Beach” (starring Leonardo di Caprio) has also become a major tourist-magnet.

Who can resist the silky soft beaches, warm blue inviting seas and magnificent tropical sunsets that this island has to offer?

Simply breathtaking…

The start of a beautiful holiday…

We were not actually on our honeymoon but nevertheless appreciated the gesture from the hotel 😉

The swimming pool at our hotel located near Kata beach…I could wake up to this everyday…

As a typical tourist, we had to explore the bustling and party-town of Patong beach including Sala Spa Massage which offered “Massage, No Sex”…

Beachside dinner at Kalim Beach with a view of Patong Bay 🙂

Agenda of the day – sit and laze around at the beach…

Adrenaline junkie me decided to entrust my life to a bungee cord and jump off a platform in order to scratch off another item on my bucket list of things to do. Bolly wasn’t amused…

The soaring limestone cliffs surrounding the white sandy beaches and pristine clear waters of Ko Phi Phi (or Phi Phi Island) was once a hidden paradise but now teems with tourists like Bolly and I. Many lament this loss…

🙂 🙂 🙂

Does this bring back memories of your last beach vacation? What other beautiful beaches have you visited?