The Den of the Phantom of the Opera

At nine euros to enter this place it was the best investment of our Paris vacation. The Grand Opera is one of the most beautiful examples of architecture in the World.

The Grand Opera

For one of the most significant places, this one also has an exciting story of its creation. The Emperor Napoleon III narrowly escaped death during the terrorist act in front of the Opera at La Pelletier Street. Physically he was fine, but mentally hardly damaged. There was no way for him to visit that scary place at La Pelletier again.

What else was there to do for fun in 1858? There was no internet, TV or Improv shows at that time. He still had some days off even though he was full time emperor. Therefore, it was announced that there would be a contest for the best new opera house project design. Continue reading


If you are in Paris, it is mandatory for you to go to the very top of the Eiffel tower.

Planet Paris

This article’s headline is the excuse for the first picture and, in particular, for the forlornly tilted horizon. Photographers, take notes  :)

The idea of climbing the metallic construction in freezing and windy 41*F weather didn’t attract me much. But there was no choice. My cousin, Tatiana, is a big traditionalist. For her to be in Paris and not to climb the Eiffel Tower would be the same crime as for a decent communist to be in Moscow and to omit the Mausoleum. So I had no option to escape. Continue reading