Story: Susanna Sunarno
“Bien venue a Paris. Bonjour! Comment allez vous?”
I always think of Paris as one of the most romantic city in Europe, as I think Yogyakarta is for Indonesia.
Fortunately, I have been blessed with the opportunity to go to Paris to attend a Tourism Fair named “le Monde du Tourisme et Paris.” There were a lot of countries participating and Indonesia was one of them. And, I am all into supporting Indonesia’s Tourism.
I also planned to have a pilgrimage tour to Rome, Italy. I have never been there before. And, a friend from Spain wanted me to stop by to see her new-born baby boy. Wow, sounds pretty exciting to me!
Now, my regret was that I didn’t have the chance to go to a place where all Macaron lovers rejoice — that was on March 20th because it was FREE MACARONS-time. It was called Jour du Macaron in Paris, an annual celebration, dreamed up five years ago by the famed pâtissier Pierre Hermé. However, it was not totally free; the visitors or customers are encouraged to make a charitable donation after getting their macarons. Hmmm..celebrating spring while supporting a research to treat rare diseases was not a bad idea. Few pastry shop participated in the events. “Bon Macaron” They said.
My regret was not only that I didn’t come to ‘Jour du Macaron’ on my birthday; but also the fact that I didn’t go to Paris at all. I got a terrible flu and a sour throat two weeks before the event. And it took another two weeks for me to recover… Oh, poor me! So, here I am, still feeling ‘Paris’ inside me.
So, instead of going to Paris, France, I went to Paris van Java, or Bandung, West Java. I took these pictures on a nice place in Bandung where you can hang out, dine, shop with a much much much and much less money than when you got to go to Paris….
Just look at the bright sight!
And, there is still tomorrow….
Bon voyage….. :)