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Date archives January 2012

Food / Philippines

Whimsical Café Noriter

I now have a somewhat decent camera phone and it has made me take more pictures in the past month or so 🙂 My trusty point and shoot has long given up on me, and for obvious reasons I don’t really carry around my (crop) SLR everyday.

Noriter means playground in Korean, and this cosy themed café indeed has a playful, whimsical feel.
Cafe Noriter
Cafe Noriter

The decor & details are delightful.
Cafe Noriter
Cafe Noriter
Cafe Noriter
Cafe Noriter

Café Noriter serves the usual hot and iced coffee-based beverages, blended drinks, and smoothies. The savory food selection limited to waffles, toast, and sandwiches. They also have ice cream and halo halo.
I really don’t have a sweet tooth (at least I’d like to think so) and I’m glad I ordered the honey bread (Php 120), it’s not too sweet and done just right. Would definitely order this again. Iced cafĂ© latte, Php 100.
Cafe Noriter
Andrea’s meal
Cafe Noriter French Toast

Café Noriter
2nd Flr. Reyes Bldg,
Estrada St. cor. Taft Ave., Malate, Philippines
Mon-Fri: 10:00am – 10:00pm; Sat: 11:00am – 8:00pm
Phone: (632) 489-5223

France / Writing

Eiffel Tower view from Place du Trocadéro

The Place du Trocadéro (Metro Stop: Trocadéro) is where one can get a full view of the Eiffel Tower and its environs from afar. I realize that most of the tour buses stop here, hence the place is packed with so many people who hang around and take snaps in the short (or long) time that their tour directors allow them to.
view from Trocadero
view from Trocadero

The sun was almost setting and the harsh shadows didn’t make for good pictures. We sauntered and tried taking pictures for a good hour or so, watched the breakdancers perform and took more pictures.
Eiffel Tower from Trocadero

It was time for dinner and we found ourselves at Schwartz’s, a diner / deli that looked a lot less intimidating than the other restaurants in the area.
That ends our first full day in Paris.

France / Writing

Paris Rive Gauche / Left Bank

From Jardin du Luxembourg we walked leisurely towards the Seine– passing the Saint-Germain-des-PrĂ©s area still in the 6th arrondisement, and crossing the river to Île de la CitĂ©.

Les Deux Magots, one of the popular cafés in the area, along with Café de Flore. Camus, Sartre, Picasso, and Hemingway used to hang out here.

Saint-Germain-des-PrĂ©s Abbey is Paris’ oldest church, we spent some time looking around. I failed to note and see Rene Descartes’ ashes, which are kept here.

We walk some more and get to a lively shopping street- I presume that it is Rue de Buci. There are so many people on a Sunday; no good photos from there, sadly. We queue to get gelato at Amorino, and it’s one of the best I’ve had from the trip, even better than those I’ve tried in Italy. We walk some more and see Voltaire’s statue, and we finally reach the Seine.The Paris Boquinistes- books and souvenirs sellers by the Seine. Such vendors have been here since the 1500s, and the best spots are given by seniority.

Crossing Pont des Arts, a wide pedestrian bridge that has become a popular place for couples to leave padlocks to the railing.
Scenes from the banks of the Seine.

We reach Île de la CitĂ©, literally the center of Paris, the island where Notre Dame stands. Taking the metro to Trocadero to finally see the Eiffel Tower. Here are two shots from the CitĂ© metro stop. The second is a photo of the ‘metro innards,’ if you will. Dark and grimy. This is all you see when the trains pass the underground passageways.