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OhLaLa! Watch: Paris Bastille Day Fireworks At The Eiffel Tower

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When we are not in Paris for Bastille Day, we always make sure we do take 30 mns of our time to watch the fireworks live from the Eiffel Tower on Paris.fr. Today was no exception and it was gorgeous. Next year we might go and see it live :-) As for now you can enjoy a replay of the amazing fireworks courtesy of Paris.fr.

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Happy 2014 Bastille Day France !!!!

 

Quatorze Juillet / Happy Bastille Day From L.A. 'No Place I Rather Be'

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Today is le Quatorze Juillet (aka Bastille Day here in the US). So happy Bastille Day to my fellow Frenchies all over the world. Even tho I miss Paris and I know I will spend many more Bastille Days in France ... one day ... but right now there is no place I rather be than Los Angeles.

I always insist that people should not travel to Paris, France for the New Year's celebrations as NOTHING is happening for new year in Paris, no fireworks, NO-thing ... it happened ONCE and that was for the year 2000 and that was it people. No need to freeze your ass in Paris in December.

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Now if there is a week you should travel to Paris it is for the 14th of July (Bastille Day) to experience the Eiffel Tower Fireworks and the bals des pompiers :-) I mean, who does not want to party with sexy French fireman? and if you are lucky some may just perform for you ... I swear it is the best !!!! and it helps them raise money too #DoubleWin.

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With the time difference we did had a little Bastille Day celebration last night. Mother nature did gave us a mini show with the sunset as you can see above, it was gorgeous and as I have mentioned above, there is no place I rather be ... just like the song I keep listening lately over and over by 'Clean Bandit'. I think I must listen to it maybe 10 time a day #obsessed.

On top of that the video was shot in Tokyo, Japan one of my favorite places on the planet #love.

Honeymoon Part 6: Istanbul Turkey

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The last part of our 'Honeymoon' took us to Istanbul, Turkey. Part 1: Beverly HillsPart 2: Paris - Part 3: Belgrade - Part 4: Paris part deux - Part 5: King's Landing aka South of France.

This all 'honeymoon' thing was not really plan to be when we booked our trips earlier this year. But in the meantime something we wanted to do for a very long time (but could not due to something called 'laws') happened prior to our trip, so I guess it was appropriate to call this trip some sort of honeymoon ;-) At the end when it come to marriage and honeymoons I think in 2014 it is up to people to decided what they want to do.

Life is full of laws and rules that we have to follow so if just for once in your life you can do something for you, for love, that has no tie to anything cultural, religious or even a guilt (aka family) ... do it without a second of hesitation and you will see that the world will still stand around you.

So this short stay in istanbul was closing a month long trip. At first my other half was not digging the month long thing. But I know, by experience, that removing yourself from a daily routine for so long can only be positive at the end. You come back with fresh perspectives in life, set new goals and focus more on what is important in your life. It's like a cleansing of the soul. Some people drink juices for weeks, I like to travel ...

Istanbul is such an amazing city, it's chaotic, hectic but so is life. Los Angeles is like a Xana'ed' city. Don't get me wrong I love my home and at this point in my life it is exactly where we need to be. L.A. is a city to create where everything is convenient so you don't waste time getting out of your bubble. L.A. is also a city where I see more depressed people than any other places on earth, but this place is a show, so they act, it's quite fascinating to watch.

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But let's go back to istanbul. Here are some photos from our instagram accounts @alekandsteph and @bellomag, Enjoy!

We flew back home with Turkish Airlines. It was voted the best airline in Europe for the third year. Is it the best in Europe? Not really, my heart will always be with Air France (especially with their new business and first class seats coming soon ... it was about time) Very often people rate airlines by the problems they had rather than the good experiences. so at the end, any airline is the best airline until something goes wrong and then they are pretty much all the same.

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That being said Turkish Airlines has a few things that we loved, like candlelight dinner, free wi-fi and a cute chefs ... How can you say no to Turkish delights when handed to you in such a fancy way ;-)

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Our view in Istanbul was just perfect, as you can see above and below. We stayed right next to the Galata tower. To be honest we had no idea where to stay, booked something 2 days before arriving and I could not be happier with our 'lucky' choice.

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We walked everywhere, and crossing the Galata bridge was always incredible.

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The views and the action ... check out those guys diving from the bridge ...

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There are many things I will remember for a very long time but what will remain as one of the most incredible moments is the night prayer, when the last light of day has disappeared. We filmed this from our place, the Galata tower, the birds flying around, the prayer ... just thinking about it again gives me goosebumps. Thinking about the fact that google does not work in Turkey and I had to use Bing also gives me goosebump :/

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Et voila ...

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Honeymoon Part 4: In Paris - Part Deux

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After our week in Belgrade, we flew back to Paris France for another week, this time just the two of us.

Going to Paris is always exciting, even after living there for 10 years and actually being there a week earlier. Not only we were happy to spend some extra time in the most beautiful city on the planet but the landing from Belgrade was one of the most amazing I have ever experienced. We flew right over the city at sunset time. Montmartre (where we almost could see Amelie Poulain) the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, the seine, the Arc de Triomphe ... we saw it all. Check out the view:

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We then drove to le bois de Vincennes. Conveniently, 7 years ago we sold our condo to a really good friend of ours who let us use the place whenever we want. This was not part of the deal but it sure is a nice and quite strange thing to do to go back to your home that is not your home anymore. We had the most incredible view (after the Eiffel Tower bien sur) and even today I just can't take my eyes of it.

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The rest of our week was spent enjoying what we miss the most about Paris. Our favorite Cafes, streets, shops, restaurants, walks along the river, gardens ... we pretty much walked non stop from the moment we woke up until late at night only stopping to eat, drink or eat some more, macarons, ice creams, crêpes au Nutella ...

Enjoy some photos we took and posted on our instagram @alekandsteph and @bellomag.

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just for the 'fun fact' below is the place where Alek and I had our very first date, so it's kind of a must go for us everytime we're in Paris :-)

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Honeymoon Part 3: Belgrade

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So, it's with a tiny bit of delay that I am doing my posts :-) After our first week in Paris, Alek and I flew to Belgrade Serbia for a week.

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Ever since we have been together (15 years) we never went to Serbia together, between the war back when we met, then problems with Alek not reporting for 'war duty' (which caused him to be 'wanted' and possibly - probably - facing a jail sentence back home) and all the time we spent in France getting him his French nationality it was already time to move to the US. Luckyly Alek's family could come and see us in Paris and in LA, and now with amnesty in Serbia Alek is welcome there again :-)

So this was our first time in Serbia together, and even tho I have been traveling to pretty much every continent I had no idea what to expect. All of our Serbian friends from Paris went back to Belgrade to start a families, and Alek's best Friend who visited us in LA lives in Belgrade with his wife and two daughters so I felt right at home.

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Little did I know I would totally fall in love with this city. Belgrade is unlike anything I have experienced. No surprise why Belgrade is becoming one of Europe's best kept secrets. Everything from the lyfestyle, food, people makes it worth exploring.

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Our week was also the week when the worst flooding in the history of the region hit. We did manage to enjoy some great weather before the sky felt on us for 4 days non stop. Night and day I have never seen so much water in my life, even while living in Paris. The city center of Belgrade stayed untouched but wet, unfortunaltely the rest of the country was badly dammaged by the rain.

Alek who drove to his father's home in the South, managed to come back to Belgrade before bridges and roads were wipped out of the map. 3,100 Landslides Reported ... 15,000 evacuated and at least 30 dead and as many missing. #HelpSerbia

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The scray part is that events like this one, are likely to hit us more often and with even greater intensity due to the climat change. Let me tell you that a week of intense rain like this in SoCal will be far more devastating. We have landslides after an afternoon of light rain so imagine a week of intense rain.

We are screwing up big time with our planet, people should stop saying 'save the planet' because guess what, the planet will recover , but we should be inteligent and save ourselves and stop destroying the planet... one thing is for sure planet earth can do without us.

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As for Belgrade itself as a city still standing strong, here are some photos we took during our stay.

Also, we got invited to see an early screening of Maleficient (out tomorrow in the US) and loved the movie and all I can say is go and see it!

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Honeymoon Part Two: Paris

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After an early start to our one month long honeymoon break - Honeymoon Part One: Les Collines De Beverly - we left Los Angeles for the motherland, Paris France.

This past week has been amazing, we were both really happy to be back home and spend some time with some of my family who flew from the South of France to spend the week with us in Paris. We stayed in an appartment in the Marais and spent our days walking around and enjoying the city.

Our first day was spent in Disneyland Paris with our two princesses. It was their first visit to Paris and to Disneyland. It was a very fun and special day for all of us. I have to give a big thank you to Frederique for making our Disney visit the best we ever had. Private tour and no waiting in lines makes a huge difference when visiting with two children of 2 and 6 years old. To my surprise our youngest princess could ride most of the attractions with us, including the Pirates, I was afraid she would not enjoy the ride but she loved it.

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The rest of the week and weekend was spent visiting museums, walking in our favorite areas, shopping, eating, eating, eating, walking ... and eating some more :-)

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Unfortunately my favorite bridge in Paris, le pont des Arts, has been disfigured by those idious locks (It does make a great photo) but totally changed the athmosphere of this fantastic peaceful bridge. It is such an eyesore, I hope that one day soon, like really soon, the city will remove those stupid things. If people who broke up had the courtesy to come and remove their lokcs I bet there won't be as many ...

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One of the exibits we went to see was Van Gogh 'The Man Suicided by Society' at the Musee D'Orsay.

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The picture above was the entrance of our appartment, pretty cool right? It was like a hidden door in a staircase behind a statue of a man with his eyes folded holding an angel, I mean ... it does not get better than that!

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So our week in Paris ended in an instant. A couple of days ago we flew to Belgrade for the rest of the week and I have discovered an amazing city, but that would be for later ...

in the meantime you can follow our adventures on instagram:

@alekandsteph and @bellomag.

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