My Euro Tour Part 25 Paris, France

Hi, Renxkyoko Iglesias here. * waves *

I wrote about the beach house my family is building on Boracay Island, Philippines. If you haven’t read it, it’s here. We’ve been calling our aunt in the Philippines to check on the progress of construction. As of last week, the foundation had been dug and they had already put the rebars , etc. The original plan was just a one -story duplex, one unit for rent, and one for the family. We’ve since altered the plan. Now it’s a two-story house with 6 bedrooms and 4 toilet/baths. I/m worried my parents and aunt have bitten off more than they could chew, but I trust they can do this. They have supervised construction of several properties, after all..However, though they are all rentals too, this is the first time they’re going into this kind of business… We classify it as Vacation House for Rent by Owner and we’re going to advertise it as such. Locals and foreigners can reserve the house at VRBO.com ( Vacation Rental By Owner ) by February, 2014. It’s 7,000 Philippines pesos a day ( USD150). That’s cheap, considering that the cheapest room at nearby Shangrila Hotel is USD300. Ours is the whole house that can accomodate at least 12 persons. During low season, we’ll rent out individual rooms for $30 /day. We’re still figuring out how this can be done. Oh, and the most important thing is to have it advertised in South Korea and Japan in their own language, especially South Korea.

Speaking of which…….

There was a joke that went around in the Philippines during the North Korea crisis. They say the South Koreans are not worried about North Korea because half of the population of S.Korea are already residing in the Philippines. Ha ha . J/k

Currently, dozens of US Embassies in the Middle East, and North Africa have been closed indefinitely, or on high alert. Americans are warned not to travel to these countries. Well, you can travel to the Philippines. Two days ago, Chris Matthews on Hardball announced a list of top 5 countries that view The US most favorably. # 5 is Kenya ( Pres. Obama’;s father was from there) and guess what is # 1. Tadaaaa ! The Philippines. 86% of the country view the US favorably. I expected England and Japan to be # 1 …. surprisingly, no. So, fellow Americans, we’re welcome there, very much so.

Okay, enough of self-promotion.On to my Paris tour, as promised.

The following are photos of Paris street scenes and fine architecture.

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The Seine River ,  Notre Dame Cathedral is nearby. By the way, it’s pronounced No-truh Dahm ( the “o ” in No is like the  “o” in hot ) . TV hosts , especially sportcasters are perpetuating  this  Noter Deym pronunciation.  Well, there’s nothing we can do to correct  Los Angeles. But  it’s pronounced Los An-he-les.  Sorry for nitpicking. lol

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DSCN1989.City dwellers should drive this smart car here in the US.  It doesn’t occupy too much space, and doesn’t consume too much gasoline. It’s green.  This was actually  the very first thing I noticed in Europe. The cars  were  small, especially in Italy and the Netherlands.

*ponders*

I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed that there are countries where the word “The ” is placed before the name of the country.  Ex:  the United States, the United Arab Emirates, the Netherlands,  and , oh, yeah, the Philippines. In fact, these are the only countries that I know of  that have ” THE ”  before the name.  We don’t say, in the Japan, in the Indonesia, in the England,  in the China , in the Italy, etc.  It does sound awkward, doesn;t it?

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.This is the avenue going to the famous Arc de Triomphe

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This is all for now, folks.  Next posts will feature The Louvre, Notre Dame Cathedral, and yes, the Mona Lisa.

Good day to all. Be nice, be good, stay cool, and PEACE !

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129 responses to this post.

  1. Superb and amazing to read !
    Thanks for writing such such a wonderful post !
    I enjoy your lovely style and talent in you my friend !

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  2. Loved this! And don’t forget the United Kingdom, the Bahamas, the Maldives, haha! (Use Google? Psh, I definitely didn’t just search for countries that begin with “the.”)

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  3. Hi, Renx! Please do post when your vacay home is ready for tourists! I’d love to got to Boracay and rent your property there! 😀 Thank you!

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    • it will be ready by next Philippine summer ! You can join up with several people , the more the cheaper. We’ll still trying to figure out the mechanics of how to rent out only the rooms… this is for those who won’t be able to afford to rent the whole house if there are only 3 of you, for example. VRBO.com is a site where you can make reservations, and pre-pay by credit card.

      Maybe you can contact me personally, and I can arrange it over there, and they will wait for you. I know some owners give out their account number, and that;s how you pay pre-pay.

      yay ! That’s a promise , okay? Keep in touch ! !

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      • sure thing, Renx! My bestfriend is coming home summer next year.. and we got tons of vacay plans already! Once it’s ready, I’ll contact you personally! 🙂 thanks for the site!!! ^_^

        Good luck with this business! It’s a good investment. 🙂

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  4. wow! it’s one of the places i want to see! Paris! 🙂

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  5. You are such a jet-setter! I love reading your posts, as always. Every once in a while I see people driving smart cars. They look like toasters! 🙂

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    • ha ha ! ! I did drive a Fiat here in the US, a rental car while I was having my car fixed ! Although other drivers looked at me as though I was crazy to drive that kind of car. he he he

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      • In the olden days, there used to be something that was called a FIAT 500. Like a Mini Cooper but even smaller, I think. TINY car. In Italy (again, in the olden days), most girls got around on little Vespas.

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  6. I believe your parents and aunt doing the right thing – believe that tourists more and more seeks that kind of place when they are traveling – much more freedom…. 🙂

    The United Kingdom too – I believe is used when the countries are is composed of several strong regions may autonomous communities and where the name is a kind of “umbrella” above – France often called “La France” (every one says that the country is a (lovely) woman)… 🙂

    Very well captured photo – the traffic in Paris wonderful, like to dive there in my car… “hehehe”

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  7. I envy you so much!

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  8. Lovely photos! Just came back from there so we will both be post Parisian shots

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  9. Wonderful pictures Renx. I was in Paris in 2007 and it was beautiful. I did drive one of those Smart cars while there. Also drove to Rouen, another nice city. Would love to return some day. Thanks for sharing.
    Peace!!!

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    • They say Paris is even more beautiful in spring. French countrysides are beautiful. Did you go to Carcassone? That place is so postcard pretty !

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      • No never went there. A friend of mine worked some in Marseille though, which is about 300 km from there. One of these days I want to take some time and travel all through Europe. I think that would be fantastic!!!

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  10. Your pictures reminded me of our trip there. Can’t believe it has been a year now. As always amazing pics and great post 🙂

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  11. Your North Korea crisis joke had some truth in it. Koreans are almost everywhere in the country! Back in Manila and here in the South. XD

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    • Our house is in a very small subdivision, something like just 100 houses, but 4 homeowners are Korean families, and just nearby is a Korean Elementary School, and there’s a commercial zone just outside our subdivision with 7 Korean restaurants, ha ha. And the markets are selling ingredients for korean dishes. In Bagiu, the Starbucks coffee house there was full of koreans, and that was in Bagiu, so far away from Manila. Mom was really surprised, although when we were there the tenants renting our condo were korean students, and that was 17 years ago.

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      • I think they outnumber the other foreigners outside the Philippines. It’s like for as long as there is a city, there is a Korean. Some of them are even Korean nationals and some Korean kids are thinking they are Filipinos.

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  12. I always enjoy your posts and stle of writing. Wonderful pictures, Renxky

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  13. Posted by melanie on August 15, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    Paris forever… as a tourist! 🙂 I lived in Paris for 8 years, my 2 “old babies”(LOL!) were born there, but we’ve been very happy to live in Toulouse… 🙂
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    I’m back from unique Iceland and Toulouse is really too “hot”(31°C today!)… 🙂
    My very best and good luck in all your endeavours! Cheers, Mélanie

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  14. I can only imagine being surrounded by such man-made beauty, my friend. My home is a natural wonder, but the architecture? Not so much.

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    • Oh, right , Mr. Hook. I actually wrote about that… that the beauty of Europe is man-made… like all those amazing cathedrals…. and ancient ruins. There’s so much history there and you will really feel it. ! ! The Americas, where we live, Mr. Hook, are relatively young. But we have our own natural wonders that are incomparable too.

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  15. wow… looks great. I am glad you enjoyed the trip.. 🙂

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  16. What a lovely place…;-)

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  17. As a South Korean, I am still trying to get myself to smile at your South Korea/ Philipines JOKE!

    Sincerely,

    Straight face

    :/

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    • Oh, no !!!!!!!!!!

      I didn’t realize it would offend a South Korean. I’m sorry ! ! I didn’t mean anything bad about that joke. Honestly and seriously. And I bet the source of that joke didn’t either. Is it offensive? I really like to know. Oh, man.

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    • I’m disturbed …. do I need to delete that ?

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    lagi yg dapat manafaat dari karya awak…

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  19. Nooooooooooo….I was being sarcastic…LOL! I apologize, I should have indicated I was joking. It was funny. Trust me!

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  20. I should have known that you cant really convey “sarcasm” online……Im so bad!

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  21. LOL I love it! Thnx for the compassionate email message to you…You have good character!

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  22. Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on August 17, 2013 at 2:59 am

    i would love to see the Seine River! sigh Romantic! lol. I roll my eyes every time they mispronounce Notre Dame. oh well, I wonder why no one ever corrected those sport casters! Especially the peeps from Louisana, or Quebec! Maybe they were laughing at them. ha ha ha.
    You dont have many smart cars? Really? Its pretty funny to see a smart car in drive thru because here is a tiny car and its in between two big cars or trucks. I always joke to the driver they need to put a safety flag on the antennae so drivers can see them. Or they will be crushed when the truck drives up, because the driver couldnt see them!!!
    we quite a few of smart cars, but my city is the center of oil and gas industry, so its big rigs all the time, and its the north, so no fancy cars. lol tho people do try to drive their little corvettes etc and look ridiculous doing so!

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    • If Americans can get past the snickering behind their backs, he he, I’m sure we’ll get used to it . vampyre fangs said it looked like a toaster…. it does look like a toaster !

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      • Posted by ~REBECCA DAWN~ on August 18, 2013 at 2:25 am

        if europeans use them, why not americans. ha ha. driving a toaster on wheels, they would be so cool. wouldnt they!

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  23. Love your photos of Paris. Looking forward to your posts on The Louvre museum.

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  24. great photos and post. wonderful way to see Paris! think that “the” is used for countries with “s” as last letter? just a thought.
    keep safe, Eddie

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  25. Finally Paris 🙂 Loved the pictures 🙂

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  26. I think it would be a fair idea to get married to some French girl ( Like Melanie Laurent, if at all she gets a divorce ). Because only then I would have enough time to feel all this there….

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    • LOL It’s alright to dream on, tatsat, like marrying Melanie Laurent. Hahaha ! You’re funny.

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      • Come on 😉
        I was even thinking of pursuading you to approach her with my proposal, since you are already there.In return, I promise an all-expenses-paid India trip for my wedding 😀

        The deal sounds fair ? 🙂

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  28. That little car? It’s not green. It is better than an SUV, but it still consumes gasoline, burns it and blasts carbon-dioxide and noise into the air.
    It’s Paris, even if somebody doesn’t want to walk or ride a bicycle, there is a metro or a bus to everywhere. No need to use a car.

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    • yes, that’s what the tour guide said. The metro and bus are very efficient. Still, the small car is so much better than the big , humungous vehicles Americans are so fond of, not only SUVs, but big trucks, I have to admit the smart cars will not be good to drive on the freeways, but since Americans normally own 2 cars or more, they should have one for city driving. I drove a rental small Fiat, and it was really cool. I didn’t mind other drivers looking at the car (and smiling or snickering )

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  29. A great post and I love it, lovely illustration 🙂 !

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    • Thanks, SerachShiro ! And wow, you travelled from one country to another to go to a concert ! Spain to Italy, right?

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      • Hahaha, nooo I’m living in Italy and I was traveling from my place to milano, talking about traveling…..tomorrow I’m going to Holland by car and I’m a lot excited 🙂 !

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  30. Posted by WordsFallFromMyEyes on August 18, 2013 at 11:07 am

    This was interesting. I didn’t know about all this high alert stuff. Wow.

    Love your photos 🙂

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    • It’s been on the news for quite a while now. It will last up to the end of August, I think.

      Thank you. The photos are quite blurry though. They were taken from the motorcoach.

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  31. Loved the pics! and you’re quite the looker Renx ! 😉

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  32. Posted by Jueseppi B. on August 18, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat™.

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  33. i love paris. that’s one of the reason kaya ako nag-aral ng french dati. someday, ill get to visit the city. 😀

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  34. Wow–my mouth is watering for a crepe! What incredible shots! You must have photography in your background–because those foregrounds…again, mon Dieu! Funny bit about Noter Dame…the arc angles, and Seine shots are amazing, and I love how there is no Tour d’Eiffel!!

    I went here sooo many years ago…but feel it brand new again today via this awesome post. I need a cone of pomme frites now…;)

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  35. as always good post Ren…love that you put so many pictures as it feels like we have been there with you through them 🙂

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    • Thanks, Kavita ! !

      Oh, I wish I could post more pics, but most of them are redundant, almost identical, but they’re not, just the architectural style of certain period.

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      • wow…thanks for all the pic hun as you already post so many of them and I know when you say identical as thats the same when I take pics 🙂 Have a lovely day dear…m off to India for a week

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  36. Posted by Leeyo on August 20, 2013 at 10:23 am

    Hi, Ren! 🙂 hehe… I smiled when you pondered. Soooo random 😆 !

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  37. If you know a picture is clicked by a, say, person next door, it somehow looks more real. Great shots.

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    • Thanks !

      My photos are ughs, but someone said that was part of the charm. he said if he wanted to see great photos, he could just have looked them over the Internet. Mine are blurry, out of focus, and very random, lol.

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  38. As your fashion advisor, I am quite confuse on how to comment your style in this post. 😦

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  39. I like your photos! I’ve thought about getting a Smart Car myself. I think they’re cute.

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    • Oh, please do ! And may your tribe increase. Car manufacturers should start making cars like this. They did a a feature on TESLA. It’s the safest car in the world. But it’s $ 52 K. Ever heard of Tesla?

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      • No, I haven’t. Don’t think I could afford it, though. lol.

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        • It’s a purely electric car and eeriely quiet. It’s California-based, made in California, and you can buy it straight from the manufacturer, no car dealer middlemen, and that’s why they are hated, lol. Its safety rating is 5 stars, ++++, well beyond the highest rating. I’m sure the california Hollywwod, Silcon Valley types will be its number one customers. Look it up.

          We can’t afford it either, but it’s comforting to know green cars are already here. I hope they can lower the price, though.

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  40. 7000/day. anyone can afford this ren. Can’t wait to go to boracay again and bring my friends there. i will rent you vacay house. hahaha. :))

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    • Really ?

      There won’r be much amenities, Anne. We can supply towels, etc. and microwave, coffees, etc… maybe toiletries, but that’s all. Mom has started buying stuff for the house ( wash cloths, etc.) but we have decided to buy everything in the Philippines.

      We don’t really want to charge high, we plan to operate by volume, where tourists will be able to afford to stay , and come back again and again.

      get in touch, Anne !

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  41. nice pix and awesome travel- i wish, someday i can do that too. wish-wish!

    by the way, “The” is used usually in countries that end with S, has distinct geographical features or political stand. http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/country-names-and-%E2%80%9Cthe%E2%80%9D-ukraine-or-ukraine?page=all

    it’s my question too before. mabuhay!

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  44. What was your favorite food during your Euro trip?

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  45. AWESOME :). thanks for temporarily transporting me there.

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  46. Hi ren. I havent been here for a while. Good luck with your new family business. Why advertising in japanese & s.korea, is english is’nt enough. I mean with google translation & chrome browser, is that still a problem?

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  47. I was going to chip in with ‘the UK’, but it looks like someone beat me to it already. 🙂
    Good luck with the beach house that you guys are building! You know, I’ve wanted to go to the Philippines for a really long time, because I know it’s supposed to be a wonderful place to visit. Right now, I’d do almost anything to be sitting on a beach there! I’m also obsessed with mangoes from the Philippines. You get them in Hong Kong and they’re my favourite mangoes in the world! They’re so juicy and sweet!

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  48. Wonderful photos! It took me about 15 minutes to get down to the bottom of the comment section since you are SO popular 🙂 I see you took off your signature – times are changing 😉

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  49. ” I/m worried my parents and aunt have bitten off more than they could chew…”
    Never underestimate the ability of one’s parents to get themselves into trouble. This maxim has served me well for years.

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    • I hope not. But they’ve been planning this for years… although they didn’t really expect the whole design would be altered that much.
      My parents are not worried. In fact, about a dozen had already reserved the whole house.

      ^ cross fingers^

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  50. Posted by hirenkavad on September 15, 2013 at 7:00 am

    Lovely places… Dear..!

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  51. Hi again Ren.

    I was just reading your blogs and had to comment on the part where you said everyone likes the U.S. in the Philippines.

    The only country in the world that is disliked more than the U.S. is England. Not the UK as a whole, not Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, just England. As an English man I’ve picked up on this a lot! Even the aforementioned home nations dislike the English.

    It’s sort of funny and sad at the same time. lol

    – Phil

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  52. Oh, and interesting pictures! I’ve never been outside of the UK but I’ve been warned the places outside the French capital and other urban areas are as bad as the UK’s.

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  53. Beautiful photos 🙂

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