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The Little Prince Museum @ Hakone, Japan

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The Little Prince is written by the French author Antoine de Saint Exupery, a beautifully illustrated tale in vivid colors.  The Little Prince Museum in Hakone brings you a glimpse into the author’s life and everything about the Little Prince comes to life at the museum.    I read the book when I was younger and I thought the Little Prince was one adventurous prince, visiting different planets, trying to make sense of “extraordinary” adults through hidden philosophical messages of life.   Continue reading

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France Itinerary – Paris & Provence, 14 Days.

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Itinerary covers main attractions in Paris – the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Sacre Coeur, Catacombs, Pantheon, Chateau de Versailles, Centre Pompidou,   Musee D’Orsay and Les Invalides.  In ProvenceSouthern France – Arles, Nimes, Orange, Pont Du Gard, the Camargue, Gordes, Roussillon, Menerbes, Lourmarin, L’Isle Sur La Sorgue and Aix En Provence.

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Getting to the Airport by Airport Shuttle @ Paris France

Airport Shuttle @ Paris France

Luckily, we found ourselves an airport shuttle – Navette Aeroport on the way back home from Paris.    The two of us had a total of 6 luggage and it would have been too tiring to haul them around, going up and down stair cases, changing stations at the metro system!

Navette-Aeroport provides shared shuttle service to the airport.  Depending on when and which part of Paris you are leaving from, it should take around 40 minutes to 1 hour to get to the airport (or more during peak hours).

Our flight was on a Sunday, so there wasn’t too much traffic so we calculated our time for  40 minutes to reach the airport.  We were the first couple to be picked up and we didn’t take into consideration that a few people were picked up along the way so by the time we reached the airport, it was 1.5 hours before our flight departure.  It was extremely tight for us to do the VAT tax refund, queue up at the ticket counter, go through security and customs.  But we made it on time, went through everything and even had about 10 minutes to shop at duty-free before boarding!  So you might want to plan for extra time to get to the airport if you are using the shared shuttle.

The cost was amazingly reasonable – 20 euros for the two of us.  If you ask the hotel to call, they usually will take a commission and it ends up more than 20 euros.  The receptionist at Hotel Du Nord called for us and didn’t take any commission (thanks!).

Here is Navette Aeroport‘s Official Website.  There’s also another website- Navette Aeroport Paris which you can use to look up various airport shuttle companies in Paris.

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Shopping in Paris @ Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. Day 13 (II)

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Millions of visitors flock to Paris every year for shopping.  Not only do you get the most complete range of high fashion, most importantly, you get the benefit of a 12% VAT Tax Refund, and sometimes the benefit from the exchange rate too.   A very important note to bring your passport along for shopping to get the tax refund procedure done.   Continue reading

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Holding the Louvre’s Pyramids @ Your Fingertips @ Paris France. Day 13 (I)

We visited the Louvre  on day 3.  Having too much to see and absorb, besides the artwork, we only managed to see the inverted and the stone pyramid and were too tired to see the big pyramids outside. (The inverted pyramid is supposed to be a symbol of chalice and Mary Magdelene is supposedly buried underneath the stone pyramid in The Da Vinci Code).    Continue reading

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