20 04 2015





Georgia switching to Biometric passports. R U Ready?

1 02 2011

Change is always a good thing. Especially if it is progressive. New biometric passports promise to make our lives  easier when crossing the boundaries between the countries.  In the near future this will contribute to our seamless and hassle free transitions. This is especially important if you are a frequent traveler. But, before dreaming of a trouble free future, don’t dream away too far and get ready for the present reality!

I, myself have applied  for a change of my passport recently and would have avoided useless troubles should I have been told the correct information. As a decent citizen before rushing to the civil registry I have called their hotline and made inquiries asking for all necessary papers that I should have with me.  I was told word by word that I should – ” have Just valid ID and money, 100 Gel” –  with me – “That’s all you need. All necessary payments will be done on place. We will even take your biometric photos on place” – I was told with a joyful voice of a female operator. Boy that’s easy, I thought to myself and hurried down the nearest civil registry office.

On place I found out that service fee  had to be payed in the bank and I should have brought the payment confirmation with me.  Not a word was mumble by the operator about that. Just as I had to have additional 3Gel with coins to get photographed. Normally one would assume that this is already included in a service fee. So why make separate payments and make this so complicated?

So knowing all that you can simply avoid a headache and burden of standing in multiple lines and suffer hours of waiting.

So what you actually need?

1. Go to any bank and pay 100GEL (standard speed. Expedited is more expensive) for civil registry and indicate that this is a passport fee.

Take the payment confirmation and go to a nearest civil registry office.

2. Have 3 GEL with coins.  Automated Photo Cabin only takes 1GEL or 2 GEL coins. You can try as many times as you please and shoot the desired photo before you actually decide to print. That was the only good experience at the civil registry office and I was pleasantly surprised.

3. Go to the operator with your photo, payment confirmation and your ID.

After you sign some papers and have your fingerprints captured you are free to go and wait about 10 days for a new, improved biometric passport.

For those of you abroad there are online services to apply for your new passport. Civil registry promises to have such services for local users as well.





My Top 5 Destinations: 2 – Czech Republic

13 05 2010

Great! Now we are on a position 2 of my top 5 destinations. It was hard to decide between the first two, but here it is Czech Republic on the 2nd place!

I have never been so many times to any other country than Czech republic and it keeps me coming back for more. so what is it about it?

Culture, Music, Architecture, Food, People and Fun – all of this at its best! It is a very democratic and developed country. As you know democracy and freedom of speech matter a lot and Czech republic takes number 11 (out of 144 countries) in the Global Peace Index, number 14 (out of 169 countries) in Reporters Without Borders’ list and has one of the highest human development index – 32 (from total of 178 countries). Just for a comparison, even USA – the “cradle of democracy” stays way behind this tiny beautiful republic.

How it starts!

On boards of Czech Airlines!

On boards of Czech Airlines!

It is a really short flight form Tbilisi to Prague’s Ruzyně Airport. Many of my posts clearly describes the whole process of getting around it and finding your way to down-town, but I will explain once more. After a very pleasant flight on board of CSA you are going to meet the very first Czech people at the Passport Control – Say “Dobry Den!” to great them and thank them after they put a stamp in your passport – “Děkujeme a nashledanou” (Thank you and Goodbye!)…. Remember this words, as you are going to use them time and again in Prague!

As soon as you get out of the Airport there is a bust stop. Buy the combined tickets for a bus and a metro. Same ticket is valid for both means of transport. Bus number 119 takes you to Dejvická metro station. From that point you are just minutes away from most of the destinations!

Prague City Center

Kde Sokolská ulice?

Kde Sokolská ulice?

Depending on which part of a town you hotel is located it’s advised to go that direction first. I usually book hotels near the central districts so that it would be easily accessible any time by metro or simply by walking. Here on this photo we are trying to find Olya’s hotel at Sokolská ulice. We have a plenty of time to kill before we’ll be able to check in so we’ve decided to take a little walk. Sokolská ulice is near the metro station I.P. Pavlova – we are standing with our map at the Museum – great, it’s only a 10 minutes walk away! Let’s go!

So keep in mind that you arrive in Prague pretty early! You won’t be able to check in hotel until about 1 or 2 p.m! So make sure you can leave you baggage at the hotel or book an early check in (for additional fee) to go directly your room and take a nap! I usually don’t do that in warmer seasons, but in winter it is highly advised! It is very very very cold in Prague in winter!

Once you get rid of the load you are free to go roam and walk around in the down town. Vaclavsky Namesty is one of the main streets and there you can find lots of free WiFi spots to connect to and communicate with you friends or make free IP calls. You can also have a little breakfast or coffee at Starbucks. When you are fully charged and filled with energy go ahead and visit everything!

What to see?

Make My Wish Come True

Make My Wish Come True

In each and every hotel there are free tourist maps available there. All the must see destinations are outlined and explained.

Go to Charles Bridge which is very beautiful! Its construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century. As the only means of crossing the river Vltava (Moldau), the Charles Bridge was the most important connection between the Old Town, Prague Castle and adjacent areas until 1841. The bridge was originally called the Stone Bridge (Kamenný most) or the Prague Bridge (Pražský most) but has been the “Charles Bridge” since 1870.

The Old Town bridge tower is often considered to be one of the most astonishing civil gothic-style buildings in the world. The bridge is decorated by a continuous alley of 30 statues and statuaries, most of them baroque-style, erected around 1700.

During the night the Charles Bridge is a quiet place. But during the day it changes its face into a very busy place, with painters, owners of kiosks and other traders alongside numerous tourists crossing the bridge. There is one statue that make you wishes come true when you put your hand on it and there are many nice places there. There you may see people singing, dancing, painting and doing all sorts of interesting things there.

Feeding the goats

Feeding the goats

Don’t just limit yourself with standard tourist attractions, go little beyond! Go to Prague TV center or go to Zoo to spend a very pleasant day there. It was founded in 1931 with the goal to “advance the study of zoology, protect wildlife, and educate the public” in the district of Troja in the north of Prague. The zoo occupies 45 hectares (111 acres) and houses about 4,600 animals that represent 630 species from all around the world. Prague Zoological Garden has contributed significantly to saving the Przewalski horse. For many years it was the biggest breeder of the species in the world. In 2008 Forbes Traveler Magazine listed Prague ZOO among the world’s best zoos.

If you love animals just as much as I do you you get a truly rewarding experience from feeding the animals and watching many exotic creatures having fun and living their wild life in great Czech Zoo!

Karlovy Vary

Karlovy Vary

and definitely go farther and take one of the offered tours to Karlovy Vary – a spa city situated in western Bohemia, on the confluence of the rivers Ohře and Teplá, approximately 130 km west of Prague. . It is historically famous for its hot springs (13 main springs, about 300 smaller springs, and the warm-water Teplá River).

It became a popular tourist destination, especially for international celebrities visiting for spa treatment. The city is also known for the popular Czech liqueur Karlovarská Becherovka. The glass manufacturer Moser Glass is located in Carlsbad. The city has also given its name to the famous delicacy known as “Carlsbad plums”. These plums (usually Quetsch) are candied in hot syrup, then halved and stuffed into dried damsons; this gives them a very intense flavor.

Grandhotel Pupp

Grandhotel Pupp

The city has been used as the location for a number of film-shoots, including the 2006 films Last Holiday (with Queen Latifa trying to jump of the window) and box-office hit Casino Royale, both of which used the city’s Grandhotel Pupp in different guises.

And there I am in front of the famous Pupp!

You will surely get confused with all the treatment services offer in Karlovy Vary! All kinds of spas and treatment procedures are at your service. One of the most interesting for me it was Beer Therapy – a procedure where you take a beer bath and swim in the Czech beer! What a waste for such a great product I thought, but the nurse cheered me up with some comforting information that all the beer is filtered afterwords and it’s sent to third world countries like Russia and other states from the former soviet block. (Kidding!)

Now a bit of a Short History

The Czech state or Bohemia (Lands of the Bohemian Crown) as it was known until 1918 was formed in the late 9th century. The country reached its greatest territorial extent during the 13th and 14th century under the rule of the Přemyslid and Luxembourg dynasties. Following the Battle of Mohács in 1526, the Kingdom of Bohemia was integrated into the Habsburg monarchy as one of its three principal parts alongside Austria and Hungary. The independent Republic of Czechoslovakia was formed in 1918, following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire after World War I. After the Munich Agreement, German occupation of Czechoslovakia and the consequent disillusion with the Western response and gratitude for the liberation of the major portion of Czechoslovakia by the Red Army, the Communist party won plurality in the 1946 elections.

In a 1948 Czechoslovakia became a communist-ruled state. In 1968, the increasing dissatisfaction culminated in attempts to reform the communist regime. The events, known as the Prague Spring of 1968, ended with an invasion by the armies of the Warsaw Pact countries (That’s why we hate Russia so much :); the troops remained in the country until the 1989 Velvet Revolution, when the communist regime collapsed. On 1 January 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully dissolved into its constituent states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

Things started to become better year after year. Today Czech republic is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, because of its beautiful architecture that make the whole country an open air museum, full of places that you never get bored visiting and beautiful Czech people full of glamor and sparkle! I am a very social person myself and I usually interact with everyone and make friends everywhere. Prague was a great experience in these terms. They showed a great deal hospitality and excellent human qualities: “But I have this against you, that you have abandoned the love you had” (Revelation 2:4) for Madonna and didn’t party like you should at her sticky and sweet concert at Chodov. Pardon me for citing Bible but trust me it was very appropriate, especially when it comes to Madonna!

Party All The Time ?

Best mix of Czech Beers!

Best mix of Czech Beers!

There are many clubs and discos in Prague that attract visitors from all over the world! You can find great Draught beer (Czech beer is the best!) in most of this places, but there are other locations too that offer extra premium quality beer for real gourmands! The best part is that Beer is so cheap in Prague that it costs less than a water! My morning usually starts with some canned beer, even before I open my eyes than we have some beer for breakfast and some more for lunch and dinner and supper and lots and lots of beer all night! So much that you can hardly breath! I am so lucky I don’t live in Prague. That would make me a supper chubby and obese man! Surprisingly Czech people in general are quite fit and in good shape!

Dancing - Mix of Czech and Georgian

Dancing - Mix of Czech and Georgian

I also recommend going to places where they offer unlimited food and show program for a fixed price. It’s a great way to spend unforgettable night in a company of your friends and international audience who all have fun, dance, eat and drink!

Beautiful Czech dancers perform all kinds of dancing, including a show with fire and swords, belly dancing and time to time they invite you to dance with them! I am a no good dancer when it comes to folk and traditional dances but I gave it a try! We’ve mixed a Czech and Georgian national dances and made a pretty impressive act! The girl definitely didn’t expect anything like that!

Hotels

You will love this part! Unlike the rest of the good Europe (what I know from experience there’s also a bad Europe), Prague is extremely cheap when it comes to accommodation! centrally located 3 star hotel is all you ever gonna need for a perfect holidays. You could afford 5 stars as well, but save that extra money for something better. You will probably need something from 10 to 20 euros per person per night for a hotel stay and that includes breakfast!

Shopping

Shopping in Prague

Shopping in Prague

Just like the rest of the Europe you can find many franchised shops and stores all over Prague! One of the biggest and best shopping center is Palladium! It is not only a shopping gallery with the widest offer in the center of Prague but also a building with unique architecture combining historical with modern. Five floors of shops, restaurants and fun. PALLADIUM is a place for exciting experiences 24 hours a day!

* 180 shops
* 20 restaurants, bars and cafés
* the biggest underground parking in Prague 1 with
capacity of 900 places
* 19 500 sqm offices

Right on the opposite side of Palladium there is another shopping center – Kotva. According to their website it rates among the most frequented department stores in the entire Czech Republic. Perfect combination of traditional Czech shopping with services of a modern shopping center create a unique shopping and entertainment atmosphere. All inside a building with an extraordinary architecture in the very center of Prague.

Besides those two big shopping centers there are thousands of other medium and small shops that sell everything from Czech souvenirs to Bohemian glass and Garnet Jewelry! Tourist hot spots tend to be a bit more expensive so before buying something just look around other places too.

Sad part

It’s the time when you have to part! When packing make sure that you don’t forget anything in your hotel room.

Duty free

Duty free

Usually you will have to make a check-out by the noon (12:00). Don’t wary about the baggage though, you can leave it in the hotel enjoy the last day in Prague!
At the airport you can enjoy a duty free shopping (I call it Duty Added shopping because prices are always higher there:)) and get ready for the boarding!

Tip! – Many stores in Prague offer Tax Free shopping. It means that all the time you spend money on shopping, you will get a refund for everything once you get to the airport! When doing a refund you will be asked about in which currency you would like to get a refund. Insist on Czech kronas, because if you ask for Euros or US Dollars your money will be converted with the worst currency exchange rate ever! You can make a good use of the refunded Czech kronas in the Duty free shops!

And it’s time to board the plain! Fasten your seat belts, Goodbye Prague and hope to see you again soon!





Where do dogs go when they die?

26 04 2010

Muri Doggy Dog

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
“It’s me, I haven’t left you, I’m well, I’m fine, I’m here.”
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the milk
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at my grave today, you tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I’m not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said, “It’s me.”
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair
I tried so hard to let you know that I was standing there.
“”It’s possible for me to be so near you every day
To say to you with certainty, “I never went away.””
You sat there very quietly, then smiled; I think you knew…
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over… I smile and watch you yawning
And say “good-night, God bless, I’ll see you in the morning.”
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I’ll rush across to greet you and we’ll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out… then come home to be with me.

~Author Unknown~





Greatest minds about our little friends…

26 04 2010

Muri Doggy Dog


Responding to a dying old woman’s inquiry
James Herriot, the late British author/veterinarian noted:

“If having a soul means being able to feel love and loyalty
and gratitude, then animals are better off than a lot of
humans. You’ve nothing to worry about there.”
He goes to note regarding animals
joining their masters in the afterlife:
“I do believe it. With all my heart I believe it.”

James Herriot “Dog Stories”
chapter The Card Over the Bed .

In a similar vein:

An old man and his dog were walking down this dirt
road with fences on both sides, they came to a gate
in the fence and looked in, it was nice – grassy,
woody areas, just what a ‘huntin’ dog and man would
like, but, it had a sign saying ‘no trespassing’ so
they walked on.

They came to a beautiful gate with a person in white
robes standing there. “Welcome to Heaven”
he said. The old man was happy and started in with his
dog following him.

The gatekeeper stopped him. “Dogs aren’t allowed,
I’m sorry but he can’t come with you.” “What
kind of Heaven won’t allow dogs? If He can’t come in,
then I will stay out with him. He’s been my faithful
companion all his life, I can’t desert him now.
” “Suit yourself, but I have to warn you,
the Devil’s on this road and he’ll try to sweet talk you
into his area, he’ll promise you anything, but, the dog can’t
go there either. If you won’t leave the dog, you’ll
spend Eternity on this road ” So the old man and
dog went on.

They came to a rundown fence with a gap in it, no gate,
just a hole. Another old man was inside. “Scuse me Sir,
my dog and I are getting mighty tired, mind if we come in
and sit in the shade for awhile?” “Of course, there’s
some cold water under that tree over there. Make yourselves
comfortable ” “You’re sure my dog can come in?
The man down the road said dogs weren’t allowed
anywhere.” “Would you come in if you had to leave
the dog?” ” No sir, that’s why I didn’t go to
Heaven, he said the dog couldn’t come in. We’ll be spending
Eternity on this road, and a glass of cold water and some
shade would be mighty fine right about now. But, I won’t
come in if my buddy here can’t come too,
and that’s final. ”

The man smiled a big smile and said “Welcome to Heaven.”
“You mean this is Heaven? Dogs ARE allowed? How come that
fellow down the road said they weren’t?” “That was the
Devil and he gets all the people who are willing to give up a life
long companion for a comfortable place to stay.
They soon find out their mistake, but, then it’s too late.
The dogs come here, the fickle people stay there.
GOD wouldn’t allow dogs to be banned from Heaven. After all,
HE created them to be man’s companions in life, why would he
separate them in death?”

Author Earl Hamner
The Twilight Zone

“You think dogs will not be in heaven?
I tell you, they will be there long before any of us.”

Robert Louis Stevenson

“That would be a low-grade sort of Heaven,
And I’d never regret a damned sin
If I rush up to the gates white and pearly,
And they don’t let my Malamite in.”
Pat O’Cotter – A Malamute Dog

The poor dog, in life the the firmest friend,
The first to welcome, foremost to defend,
Whose honest heart is still the master’s own,
Who labours, fights, lives, breathes for him alone,
Unhonour’d falls, unnoticed all his worth,
Denied in heaven the soul he held on earth,
While man, vain insect hopes to be forgiven,
And claims himself a sole exclusive heaven.

Lord Byron
Inscription on the monument of his
Newfoundland dog, 1808

If I have any beliefs about immortality,
it is that certain dogs I have known will go to heaven,
and very, very few persons.

James Thurber

“If there are no dogs in Heaven,
then when I die I want to go
where they went.”

Will Rogers, 1897-1935

THE CURATE THINKS YOU HAVE NO SOUL

The curate thinks you have no soul;
I know that he has none. But you,
Dear friend, whose solemn self-control,
In our foursquare familiar pew,
Was pattern to my youth — whose bark
Called me in summer dawns to rove —
Have you gone down into the dark
Where none is welcome — none may love?
I will not think those good brown eyes
Have spent their life of truth so soon;
But in some canine paradise
Your wraith, I know, rebukes the moon,
And quarters every plain and hill,
Seeking his master… As for me,
This prayer at least the gods fulfill;
That when I pass the flood and see
Old Charon by the Stygian coast
Take toll of all the shades who land,
Your little, faithful, barking ghost
May leap to lick my phantom hand.

St.John Lucas

“Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit,
you would stay out and your dog would go in.”

Mark Twain

“The dog is a gentleman; I hope to go to his
heaven, not man’s.”

Mark Twain, letter to WD Howells 1899

“Can’t find God in the usual places …
churches, books or preachers’ faces?
Keep on searching and don’t give up,
You may just find Him in the eyes of a pup.

Author: Richard C. Call
Save a Homeless Puppy, Rescue an Older Dog

Sometimes he sits at your feet looking into your
face with an expression so gentle and caressing that
the depth of his gaze startles you. Who can believe
that there is no soul behind those luminous eyes!”

Theophile Gautier

Once a dog has entwined himself round your heart
he is not only yours for life, but you are his.
When he is gone, his place is forever sacred.
Other dogs are just as precious
but they all have their allotted spot in your
affections kept for them or their memory.
A heaven without one’s dogs
would not be the heaven we hoped for.
A dog is always man’s best friend.

Written By: anonymous

Pope John Paul II:
‘Animals Possess A Soul’

Pope John Paul II declared in a public audience
in 1990 that “also the animals possess a soul and
men must love and feel solidarity with our smaller brethren”.
He said, too, that they are the “fruit of the creative
action of the Holy Spirit and merit respect,” and are
as near to God as men are.”

The Pope went on to say that, “animals have the breath
of life and were given it by God. In this respect, man
created by the hand of God is identical with all living
creatures. … The existence therefore of all living creatures
depends on the living spirit/breath of God that not only
creates but also sustains and renews the face of the earth.”

A DOG FOR JESUS

I wish someone had given Jesus a dog
As loyal and loving as mine
To sleep by His manger and gaze in His eyes
And adore Him for being divine.

As our Lord grew to manhood His faithful dog
Would have followed Him all through the day
While He preached to the crowds and made the sick well
And knelt in the garden to pray.

It is sad to remember that Christ went away
To face death alone and apart
With no tender dog following close behind
To comfort its Master’s Heart.

And when Jesus rose on that Easter morn
How happy He would have been
As His dog kissed His hands and barked its delight
For The One who died for all men.

Well, the Lord has a dog now, I just sent Him mine
The old pal so dear to me
And I smile through my tears on this first day alone
Knowing they’re in eternity.

Day after day, the whole day through
Wherever my road inclined
Four feet said, “I am coming with you!”
And trotted along behind.

Written By: Rudyard Kipling

Dedicated to my late doggy dog…





Do you boil water in a Microwave?

16 04 2010

I know some of my friends do and here is why you should not:

A 26-year old man decided to have a cup of coffee. He took a cup of water and put it in the microwave to heat it up (something that he had done numerous times before). I am not sure how long he set the timer for, but he wanted to bring the water to a boil. When the timer shut the oven off, he removed the cup from the oven. As he looked into the cup, he noted that the water was not boiling, but suddenly the water in the cup ‘blew up’ into his face. The cup remained intact until he threw it out of his hand, but all the water had flown out into his face due to the buildup of energy. His whole face is blistered and he has 1st and 2nd degree burns to his face which may leave scarring.

He also may have lost partial sight in his left eye. While at the hospital, the doctor who was attending to him stated that this is a fairly common occurrence and water (alone) should never be heated in a microwave oven. If water is heated in this manner, something should be placed in the cup to diffuse the energy such as a wooden stir stick, tea bag, etc.., (nothing metal).

And here is the email response from “General Electric”:

Thanks for contacting us, I will be happy to assist you. The e-mail that you received is correct. Microwaved water and other liquids do not always bubble when they reach the boiling point. They can actually get superheated and not bubble at all. The superheated liquid will bubble up out of the cup when it is moved or when something like a spoon or tea bag is put into it.

To prevent this from happening and causing injury, do not heat any liquid for more than two minutes per cup. After heating, let the cup stand in the microwave for thirty seconds! Before moving it or adding anything into it.

Here is what our local science teacher had to say on the matter: ‘Thanks for the microwave warning. I have seen this happen before. It is caused by a phenomenon known as super heating. It can occur anytime water is heated and will particularly occur if the vessel that the water is heated in is new, or when heating a small amount of water (less than half a cup).

What happens is that the water heats faster than the vapor bubbles can form. If the cup is very new then it is unlikely to have small surface scratches inside it that provide a place for the bubbles to form. As the bubbles cannot form and release some of the heat has built up, the liquid does not boil, an d the liquid continues to heat up well past its boiling point.

What then usually happens is that the liquid is bumped or jarred, which is just enough of a shock to cause the bubbles to rapidly form and expel the hot liquid. The rapid formation of bubbles is also why a carbonated beverage spews when opened after having been shaken.’

I hope this was informative and you won’t have to suffer for such kind of accidents.





My Top 5 Destinations: 5 – France

28 03 2010

There are so many good places in the world and i have yet to see most of them (hopefully). I have been lucky so far to visit the most of Europe’s destinations. And I got my favorites too. The places that I keep coming back. So, I’ve decided to make a little list of my top 5 destinations and I will start with France as number 5.

I know for most of you out there who never been to Paris it seems like a dream place, but really it is not. In fact, you hate it the first time you see it, because of your high expectations. It is GRAND and I mean it, there are many-many people, it is chaotic and dirty. Most of the places smell like urine. You quickly get tired from all the never ending museums and the only thing you want is to get to a hotel (that is a match-box size) and rest. I MUST say that hotels in Paris are crappy!!! Really small and uncomfortable with even smaller elevators that can hardly fit two people in there. I’ve been to Paris few times and lived in different parts and hotels but it is same thing everywhere. The most disastrous one was the Jewish owned in a Jewish district – a place near Opera – So avoid Jews if possible (Pardon me for being antisemitic about it but it’s true!).

But Paris is not all that bad if you get used to it. Eiffel tower is really must to see and Louvre of course. And just walk to a historical places and old narrow streets. You can find some really beautiful places there. I have a lot of photos so I will try to put them up in the gallery. And definitely you must go a little farther than Paris and visit Versailles Palace, which is an about an hour or so train ride. You don’t wanna miss all the greenery and the beautiful scene that is waiting for you there. Do some bike rides or rent a boat and captures the moments that will last a lifetime. One day trip is enough for Versailles and you want to do some other trips too. Go to Disney Europe for example.

I can’t remember having so much fun before as I did it in Disney Land. If you are lucky, you can reach it by RER (Train) which is directly connected to Paris Metro. But only if you are lucky and French trade unions do feel like “GREVE” (Strike, oh how I hare this word). So either be ready to spend another 200 Euros and take taxi or forget about Disney. Good thing about is no endless cues for entry and almost immediate access to all the attractions that otherwise would be a pain in the arse. I remember how my dear friend Tamuna spent hours in the cues and barely made it to few attractions although she got there early morning. So where there’s a down side there’s always something positive about it as well.

There are few more reasons why I love Paris and one of them is Dalida! A legendary French singer who used to live there. So if you also share the passion for French Variety with me you must visit “Place Dalida” where you will find the monument of this amazing singer and enjoy the beautiful and calm surroundings.

Paris is not all bad and it certainly has it’s own charm! But it is so over-rated! Just a good publicity so if you plan to visit France any time soon just strip off all these impressions that you have about it and discover it with your own eyes. Maybe you’ll like it!