The certificate above came from Open2study.com, which, fortunately, still gives free certificates to those who finish and pass its courses.
Many, if not all, courses found in other massive open online course or MOOC providers now require payment. Learners can still enrol but I think they can only receive certificates if they pay for the courses (and pass them of course).
I know the free certificates I’ve obtained won’t be considered formal education, but they do demonstrate my passion for learning.
(September 12, 2016, Monday) On our first full day in Paris, we visited the Eiffel Tower and the Arch of Triumph – the two most iconic landmarks in the French capital.
The Eiffel Tower and my mom
One of my officemates once said that people shouldn’t take too many photos when they’re visiting a place because they should savor the moment of being there instead.
I have a personal reason: I had seen the Eiffel Tower and the Arch of Triumph before. I was much younger then🙂
But of course I still took a few pics, especially of the Arch of Triumph because I don’t have a day view of it yet.
Arch of Triumph
Arch of Triumph sans my face
(September 11, 2016, Sunday) The Hong Kong to Munich flight was about 12 hours long. Then we had a layover of about 3 1/2 hours in Munich.
Sunrise in Munich, as seen from the airport
Compared to the looooong Hong Kong to Munich flight, the journey from Munich to Paris was a breeze. Lasting only about 1 1/2 hours, the flight felt like I just flew from Manila to Hong Kong.
Upon arrival at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, I was surprised that we didn’t have to pass through immigration and customs. One thing I learned: documents would be checked at the first point of entry in the Schengen area. In our case, it was Munich.
My sister was already waiting outside the arrivals area. The three of us (the other one being my mom) rode a taxi that would take us to a flat in Paris. It would be our home until Friday.
Our flat offered an in-your-face view of Sacre Coeur. I didn’t see it the first time I was in Paris way back in 2009, despite efforts to find it. Now all I had to do was look out of the window to see it.
View of Sacre Coeur from our flat
After sleeping for like a couple of hours, I went out of the flat together with my mom and sister to explore Sacre Coeur and its surroundings. It was easy because all we had to do was cross the street to reach the church.
As I said here on October 3, I should write more detailed blog posts about my two-week trip to Europe. I’m starting today.
All of them will have the tag twoweekeurotrip2016 to make it easier for me to look for them when newer, unrelated posts bury them in the future.
(September 10, 2016, Saturday) The journey started in Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 2, which, to my delight, seemed less crowded than Terminal 3.
I asked for our boarding passes, but the Philippine Airlines ground crew member told us that she could only give the first ones because she had no access to Lufthansa’s systems.
So upon arrival at Hong Kong International Airport, I frantically looked for the transfer desk where I could get the Lufthansa boarding passes that would take us to Munich in Germany, and then to Paris, France.
Hong Kong International Airport
Hong Kong to Munich, Munich to Paris
This is actually a reminder to myself. While I blogged about the trip every day, the individual posts were really short. Of course I wanted to spend my time exploring places, rather than blogging about them.
Now I have more time to write longer blog posts.
Just writing this one makes me feel that I’m in Europe again.
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1. My hands should always be ready. Well, not really to slap somebody, but to defend myself from bad people.
2. When abroad, she shows how smart she is, so that the world will look at Filipinos as smart people. I tried to do this when I was abroad recently.
3. The word colloquy.
I’m proud to say that I voted for Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago in the 2016 Philippine presidential election.
I wanted to go to Trocadero to take pictures of the Eiffel Tower on my last day in Paris but some roads leading to it were closed because of a fun run.
So I just decided to take pictures of the tower near its base.
Au revoir, Paris!
I first saw the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France way back in 2009, but I didn’t reach the top.
Today I finally reached the summit. Here’s a view from the top:
The Palace of Versailles, which is near Paris, France, was the last major attraction on our Eurotrip bucket list of must-visit places.
Our two-week vacation in Europe will end this coming Sunday.
“They say Spain is pretty, though I’ve never been…”
I can no longer sing that song because I’ve actually just been to Barcelona in Spain, albeit for only about three hours.
Due to the limited time, we visited only one attraction: the Sagrada Familia which is still under construction.