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Oahu Eats

We <3 Hawaii

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We went to the island of Oahu while we were staying in Hawaii. Whenever we travel, I have a great time but after a week it's time to go home. Oahu was really different. The food, the people and the beaches made me feel as though it was home. The quality of the food EVERYWHERE was amazing, fresh and tasty. Here are places we ate with our friend Roger who was traveling with us and the many suggestions of friends that have visited and my friends who live there.

Wailana Coffee House
1860 Ala Moana Blvd Lbby
Honolulu, HI 96815
We ate at Wailana twice during our stay in Oahu. It's the equivalent of an IHOP or Denny's but they also have Hawaiian style breakfast.

Boots and Kimo's
151 Hekili street suite 150
Kailua, HI 96734
My friend Simon who lives in Kailua took my friends and I to this wonderful breakfast place. They are famous for their macadamia nut sauce. I got the pancakes with the mac sauce and I was in heaven! The other food is delicious too but honestly you should get the pancakes with the fluffy mac nut sauce. It's a small place and is very busy so you'll be waiting but I promise it's worth it!
See the pancakes with the mac nut sauce? Drools!

Ono's Hawaiian Food
726 Kapahulu Ave
Honolulu, HI 96816

I'll let the food do the talking:
They say the coconut jelly is a laxative type, so don't eat too many of these. (even though they are delicious!)
We ate here for lunch and Ono himself came out, he was SO nice and helpful. The food is so delicious that you'll never want to go to a luau. It's authentic Hawaiian food that you will absolutely fall in love with and such variety! We ate a lot and we ate well. Go try it and let me know what you think.

Rainbow Drive In
3308 Kanaina Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
You'll notice that most places don't really have a dress code because everyone is always surfing, swimming or hanging at the beach. Rainbow Drive In is literally a place you drive, park, order your food and eat outside or take away. It's cheap, delicious and they have a lot of food. Check out their menu.
Hawaii is known for their Loco Moco. Which is a meat patty on rice with brown gravy. Tasty. You can also order it from Rainbow Drive In.

Giovanni's Shrimp Truck
Burroughs Rd & Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, HI 96731
Giovanni's is very delicious, they are famous for their shrimp scampi with garlic sauce on rice. Do not get anything else there. They have a spicy scampi but it's unbearable, it's so hot that you're not only sweating from the heat outside but how spicy the shrimp is. I personally think the shrimp tastes better when it's actually super busy cuz you know the shrimp hasn't been sitting there and over cooked. The second time we went, we thought we were clever by going while it's not busy. Mistake, the sauce wasn't good and the shrimp didn't taste that great. Go during lunch time, around noon when it's packed.

Kapiolani Community College Farmers Market
4303 Diamond Head Road
Honolulu, HI 96805
You should go to the Farmer's Market after you do a sunrise hike on Diamond Head. Be sure to get there early as they are sold out of a lot of the popular things to eat. Things you should try: Abalone, natural ginger ale, fried green tomatoes and the beignet.

Ethel's Grill
232 Kalihi Street
Honolulu, HI 96819
Oh My Goodness. Ethel's is a locals joint, my friend who lives in Honolulu took us there and it was my favorite meal EVER. Order everything. You will not regret it. They are closed at random times so be sure to call them and make sure they are open. Check out the food:

Authentic Japanese
And here is the business card:
My friend Winnie who took us to Ethel's also took us here for authentic Japanese. This also seems to be a locals only type place since it was away from the touristy areas. Everything here tastes delicious. We all ordered different things. I personally had the Karaage and it was delicious. If I lived in Hawaii, I would never make that from scratch ever again since it's BETTER than what I can make!
We were very happy.

More Hawaii posts to come!

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La Sainte-Chapelle

The most beautiful church in Paris... a lot of people say.

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Sadly La Sainte-Chapelle was under renovation while we were there but we still got to go inside and see what was available to the public. To most Parisians, La Sainte-Chapelle is considered the most beautiful church in Paris. I remember before we were leaving for Paris a handful of friends mentioning that it was their favorite place they visited in Paris. We were disappointed that the renovation was going on but we know there must have been so much upkeep and figured since the hubs works for a Parisian company... We'll probably be back again.
La Sainte-Chapelle was built by Louis IX and was a shrine for the holy relics he collected. The church was damaged during the Revolution.

Statue of Louis IX


La Sainte-Chapelle is famously known for their 15 stained glass window that are 50 ft high and their beautiful star covered roof. That's actually the first thing I noticed when we walked up the spiral steps, the amazing blue ceiling with gold stars and the giant, detailed stained glass.


Rose Window
Like Notre Dame, La Sainte-Chapelle also has Rose Window. If you look closely you can see each frame is a specific story. In this window it is St John's vision of the Apocalypse. There are 86 panels and the stained glass is known be most beautiful at sunset.


I really wish I was a photographer... These pictures really don't capture the beauty of La Sainte-Chapelle. We sat in the upper chapel where there were chairs. We stared up in amazement at all the beautiful panels and could actually remember stories from the Bible just by looking at the windows. I wonder if I had grown up in a church as beautiful as this, would I have kept going to church? You can feel beauty in that church. I love Paris, I hope one day we can live there.

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Basilique du Sacré-Cœur

No photography allowed inside

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The basilica is located at the summit of Montmartre, the highest point in the city.

You can climb the steps or take the funiculaire cable railway to go up to Sacré-Cœur. Beware of panhandlers and pick pockets.

Views from the top:


Sacré-Cœur is a memorial to the 58,000 French soldiers killed during the Franco-Prussian War and took 46 years to complete.


Hello Domo


Street Performers clowning around:

There is no photography allowed inside Sacré-Cœur so all my pictures are from the outside.


Equestrian Statues: Two bronze statues of Saint Louis and Joan of Arc stand on the portico above the entrance.

Amazing views of Paris from up here


Hello again Monsieur Domo

Breathtaking. I loved it here.

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Notre Dame de Paris

Our Lady of Paris

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Notre Dame has always been in my mind even as a child. Obviously the Eiffel Tower is the first thing I think of Paris but Notre Dame is second. The Gothic, Catholic cathedral was always in cartoons or I'd hear of it a lot as I was growing up.

Charlemagne statue
Right outside of Notre Dame is a statue of Charlemagne. There is written text that says "Charlemagne et ses Leudes."

West Front
These three very entrances to the cathedral has very detailed carved portals. They are all biblical scenes and represents the life of Mary, the Virgin, The Last Judgement and the Life of Saint Anne. Notre Dame took almost 200 years to build and construction started in 1163 and ending in 1345 during Louis VII's reign. Henry VI of England was crowned in Notre Dame.

Look closely. I thought this was so morbid. (Above picture)





Rose Windows
Three magnificent Rose windows, each are located on the north, south and west. Only the north window has the original 13th century stained glass showing the Virgin surround by Old Testament figures. The south window has Christ surround by the Apostles.






Messages of Hope
There was a big box full of paper and as I got closer I saw that you could write your message of hope and stick it in the box. I wrote my message and saw it fall inside the box and I smiled, saw people drop theirs and made me feel some warm fuzzies inside.






Two nuns who were praying facing one of the Rose windows. Tip: If you go to Notre Dame on Sunday afternoons you can hear an organ recital.

Going to Notre Dame almost felt unreal. The whole cathedral was so decorated with the carvings, stained glass, many statues of saints and the stained glass was so pretty. There is so much history in Paris, America is a young country in comparison so I am continually awed whenever I go to Europe and see landmarks that are incredibly old. That's my favorite part about Paris, the rich history, the beautiful landmarks and while we were walking around I couldn't help but to think that long ago people saw some of the same things I saw too.

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Musée du Louvre

The Grand Louvre, The Louvre Museum or The Lourve

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Musée du Louvre is so impressive. Not only is it one of the largest museums in the world but it's clear that it's highly popular by the long lines that are outside. It's located in the Palais du Louvre (the Louvre Palace) and it was built for Philip II in the later 12th century. The fortress has been renovated many times but you can still see some of the original parts of the fortress. Louis XIV decided to stay at the Palace of Versailles to live so the Louvre became a place to display the royal collections.

A little tip to avoid all those long lines. Go through Le Carrousel du Louvre. It's a little mall that happens to be connected to the Louvre and has vending machines for you to buy your ticket. The whole process took about five minutes to buy the ticket, no lines and I went on my way. Felt a little bad for everyone outside but then again, I was pretty happy I didn't have to wait out in the cold and snow!

I am not trained in the arts so I got the helpful video/audio guide that you can purchase at any of the wings. Just make sure you have a passport or drivers license to leave as collateral. I really learned a lot about the artwork and it was also a handy map... The Louvre is a huge museum so I got lost a couple times.

Here are some highlights from my visit to the museum.

Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss, Antonio Canova 1787
This was my favorite piece of art in the whole museum. While listening to the audio about the statue my eyes filled with tears. I was looking at it and it looked so real, as if I had just witnessed such pure love that Cupid and Psyche had. My heart broke seeing Cupid holding the dying, lifeless Psyche and they are about to share one last kiss. My heart ached so much but I also felt such love. While I was staring at this statue in tears I was so thankful for the love I have with my husband. It's so hard to explain but art has never touched me so deeply like it did that day.

Venus de Milo
She was impressive!


Mona Lisa/La Gioconda/La Joconde, Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
I was shocked how small the actual painting was but it was very interesting no matter where I stood I felt like she was looking at me. It also looked like a window looking at her. It was strangely beautiful and I was happy to be able to take many pictures of her.

The Wedding at Cana/The Wedding Feast at Cana, Veronese
Directly across from the Mona Lisa is this giant painting. If I remember correctly it is the largest painting displayed at the Louvre but I'm not certain on that. I remember that Jesus is the only one in festivities looking at me in the painting. The details were quite impressive. I can't believe a person made such a giant piece of art and one that looks so real.

I can't wait to go back and see the parts I missed the first time around.

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