Day 2, Paris.

It was a day full of sweets.

Peonies Café et Fleurs

Breakfast and coffee.


Strolled around after breakfast.


Matamata Coffee


Early lunch at a local Anglo-inspired eatery – Frenchie To Go (FTG).


Fou de Pâtisserie Boutique

A pastry shop that houses many famous patissiers.
Had our post lunch dessert.


After the dessert break, had a good time walking on the prettily decorated streets nearby and immersing ourselves in the festive atmosphere.


Ladurée Paris Champs Elysées

Afternoon tea time – Macarons with Ladurée Champagne.


Avenue des Champs- Élysées.



La Magie de Nöel aux Tuileries

Day 1, Paris. 2 Dec 2019.

This time round, cheap airfare brought us to Munich. When we had decided in having Europe as our year end trip and started to look out for fare deals by Singapore Airlines, we found one to Munich.

Mid November to December is usually the blackout period (school holiday and festive month) for any promotions, so S$1,100 / passenger was a very, very good fare.

We would usually visit maximum 2 countries in a trip and as I would want very much to visit our friend & her daughter in Paris, soon after purchasing our SG-Munich-SG tickets, we bought Munich-Paris-Munich ones as well. And I was looking forward to it!

Stayed at Novotel Les Halles for its good location (which we came to really appreciate in the later part of our stay) and their service was superb as well.

We had a smooth early check-in which gave us some time to roam about before heading to our afternoon tea which we reserved for 3pm.

Finally I got to visit my favourite tea brand which I fell in love with since 6 years ago.

After our afternoon tea, we had a walk around Le Marais which included some more shopping and a coffee break.

There was a very small Christmas market next to the hotel, at Forum Des Halles.
Had our first mulled wine for the trip.

Had an early night since we only caught about 6 hours sleep in total for the past 40 hours.

Cafés in Perth

Bar Botanik
North Perth


Zamia Cafe
Kings Park

One of our favourite cafés in Perth


Sayers
Leederville


Peninsula Tea Gardens
Maylands

Till now this is still my favourite afternoon tea venue. Love the tranquility while enjoying those sweets, paired with the sparkling.
This time round was much better than the last 2 visits as there were no crows trying to befriend us and no rain.
It just felt so relaxed to be enjoying the Swan River view and basking in the late afternoon sun at about 10°C.


Gordon Street Garage
West Perth


The Tenth State
Crawley


Bread in Common
Fremantle


Hush Specialty Coffee
Fremantle

Her 80th birthday present – II

Day 3

Homestead Brewery

Baudin’s Macadamia

Had a therapeutic walk at the Swan River in Maylands before our afternoon tea.


Day 4

After breakfast, we went for coffee and shopped for a couple of hours at Watertown Brand Outlet.

Dinner was with Sis’ friends and their family.


Day 5

We had to check out at 10am. Too wasteful to throw away the leftover food (like bacon & bread) as it was not nice to leave them to the host.

Next stop was Fremantle, it was only a 10-minute drive.

Her 80th birthday present – I

Asked mom if she wanted a banquet for her 80th birthday or a family holiday, without any hesitation she chose the latter.

For the both of us, we prefer to take red eye flights as we would have a full day upon arrival. But with an 80 year-old, we chose a morning flight and reached Perth at about 1pm.

We did not do much during the 5D4N. Just walking around a bit, visited some cafés and a bit shopping… mainly some elderly-friendly activities.

It was past 2pm by the time we collected our car, so went for late lunch first before checking in.

After settling in at the house, we made a trip to the nearby supermarket to get our next 5 days’ supplies.

Had dinner at one of our favourite restaurants (because of its beers), Little Creatures Brewing and ended the night earlier.

Had a minor accident that night when Sis was boiling drinking water for all of us. She scalded her foot when pouring the boiling water as the kettle was not closed properly.

For those few moments, we wished we did not stay in a big house as we had to run up and down to get first aids items (initially we did not know her scalds were quite serious).


Day 2

We made a doctor appointment for Sis to treat her wounds after breakfast. I found a clinic that was near the next destination. I wanted to visit a curated grocer.

Sis was tough, she walked as normal for the next 5 days. Glad that our activities were very lax, suited the senior citizen and the injured lady well.

The Shorehouse

We were not hungry so ordered small dishes and sides to share instead.

Lake Monger

Had afternoon coffee after Lake Monger and paid a short visit to Sis’ friends & family who migrated to Perth more than 10 years ago.