Thursday, October 22, 2015

Travel to Paris


Paris sangat cantik. Banyak attraction place to see. Lyon pun cantik, bersih dan tenang. Kalau tanya saya nak study kat mana, sy prefer Lyon. Hihi. Paris nak melancong seminggu ok. It’s a busy city.


Kami ada masa 1 hari je di Paris. Jadi kami hanya jalan2 melawat kawasan je. Takde chance nak naik Eiffel tower dan river cruise sebab beratur panjang. Tempat2 yang kami pergi ada dalam map ni


Public transport di sini sama macam Lyon. Sangat convenient. Disebabkan flight kami ke KL waktu pagi, dan masa arrived Paris dari Lyon waktu malam, saya book hotel dekat2 dengan airport dan ada free shuttle. 

Untuk melawat Paris, boleh beli Paris visit Pass di kaunter saja. tak boleh pakai mesin
machine is only for single ticket

Public transport
The ticket can be used in metro, RER, bus and funicular

Public transport map

Paris visit pass 
23 euro for 1 day
2 days maybe around 29 euro (forgot)
includes zone 1 to 5
you can buy ticket in desired zone only
for single ticket from airport to Gare du nord = 10 euro (use RER B)
for return, + 10 euro more
so we decided to by pass from zone 1 to 5 because the airport is in zone 5
most of attractions are in zone 1 and 2
Disneyland is in zone 5
 you can go to the attraction place by metro, RER etc (trains)
however, its underground so can't see the scenery of Paris
we're lucky while we're busy looking at the map in Gare du Nord,
we're approached by an uncle (looks like going to work, india muslim, singaporean)
he told us to take bus number 42 for easier route to eiffel tower

his tips is really really helpful
we pass by lot of attraction places along the way to Eiffel
Concord,
Champs Elysees
Arc de Triomphe
and several historical building, with visitors seen at the outside
we didn't stop by at all places. enough viewing from bus
but if we have more days, i prefer to walk from building to building 










There are hop on and hop off bus, 
but higher price, has limited time at every stop
and i like to explore the place. banyak bezanya travel dengan tourist guide dan explore sendiri. explore sendiri akan terasa lebih puas dan lebih mengenali tempat itu. ececeh

Halal food
There are Malaysian and Indonesian resstaurant
tapi kami tak sempat pergi sebab kedudukannya agak jauh dengan tempat attraction
but it still in zone 1 and 2
Paling banyak halal food di sekitar Gare du nord
Kami makan di restaurant betul2 depan pintu stesen
Sedap baq mai chicken tikka dan kebab dia. mana nak cari kat malaysia macam ni? mengidam!
Hotel and shuttle

We stayed at ibis hotel with free shuttle to airport. 

There are few buses- silver, gold and -- line (lupa lagi)
At that time, the silver line will bring you to ibis hotel, F1 hotel, suite novotel

How to find the shuttle
At airport terminal for train, TGV and RER, take the elevator until the highest level (can see road outside), you can find the bus shuttle signboard direction. Last time we're not far from 2C and 2E terminal/level.

Buying souvenirs
Souvenir at tourist attraction place is so expensive. Better buy at other places. From another blogger, they said the cheaper is at Montmarte and Rambuteau. Tapi kami tak sempat p -_- Masa dalam bus kami ternampak ada banyak kedai souvenir tepi jalan. Terus turun bus masa bus stop dalam jem. Redha je la walaupun taktau kami dimana masa tu. Rupanya itu la Pont Neuf. Tempat bridge mangga2 cinta. Tapi saya takde masa nak p belek manga2 tu semua, kaki pun dah lenguh. terus looking for souvenir. By the way Pont Neuf quite good place to buy souvenir. Price is ok and more choice. 
Ok bye

Monday, October 5, 2015

Trip to Lyon, France

It’s about a month I came back from Lyon. Kena curi2 masa untuk menulis ni. sebelum lupa dan reference di masa hadapan. Sejak balik dok mencari2 idea untuk writing. Can I say writing is the hardest part in research?. Ok last semester I said it was the experiment. 
Tujuan saya ke Lyon ialah untuk attend 42nd Leeds Lyon Symposium on Tribology. Banyak nama besar dalam bidang ni yang datang. Salah satu sebab saya interested sangat nak join. I am the only participant from Malaysia. 


saya kat mana?

My session - 1st session in da morning. lepas tu boleh horayy



From thrilling to exciting journey

I made decision to attend the conference in Lyon just 2 weeks before we leave. The funding approved 3 weeks before the conference date. On that time MYR rate is falling, flight ticket and hotel price is rising. The hotel provided by conference organizer is already full so I need to find on my own.  I’m quite worried if I don’t have enough time to prepare for conference and some research about travelling there. Another thing I tak pernah tinggal anak selama seminggu. I really want to bring them but feel not confident enough to bring them since I need to change transport few times. Lagipun hotel yang kami stay 1.1 km dari conference venue. Husband kena teman saya tiap2 hari. How nak carry anak2 jalan sejauh itu dan nak lepak mana nanti? Every day I prayed that Allah may ease our journey and alhamdulillah memang sentiasa dipermudahkan urusan kami .

Travel to Lyon

From KLIA to Paris

Connecting flight KL-Dubai (7.5 hrs) Dubai-Paris (6.5 hrs)

Tips- Flight ke Paris dari KLIA yang paling murah biasanya Emirates, Qatar, Etihad Airways. Tapi diorang ni among top ranking in the world. Overall we were comfortable and enjoyed our journey with Emirates.

From Paris to Lyon

Can take flight or TGV from Paris. At that time, the flight is cheaper! But I choose TGV because of the experience :D

TGV Paris-Lyon (2 hrs)

Tips- Can buy through TGV websites or on the spot. But the tickets might be sold out. The price in the website may fluctuates

To reach Holiday Inn Vaise hotel, from TGV Part Dieu station, we took
2 Metro
1 Bus
can buy ticket in the counter or machine. we use machine. just change to english language.

Total journey duration including connecting flight and tgv is 29 hours. Sampai2 ja kami tidur pengsan. Dah lama tak jumpa katil. Esok pagi dah nak kena present. First day first session.

Holiday Inn Lyon Vaise Hotel
There are few Holiday Inn in Lyon. Vaise is 8 km from main train station. Nearest metro station is Valmy. How to reach Holiday Inn Vaise from Part Dieu station? You need to ride metro B from Part-Dieu to Saxe-Gambetta. Change to metro D, stop in Gorge de Loup. Then take a bus no 3 or 19. Stop at pont d’ ecully. Exactly in front of the hotel. Overall I m very satisfied with hotel. Comfortableand clean room, bed and toilet. They also provide kettle, iron and board, hair dryer, study table and lcd tv

Public transport in Lyon
They have a convenient public transport system here. We need just half an hour to understand the system. 

Ticket information
Single ticket 1.8 euro. Can be used repeatably in 1 hour. 1 way. including metro, bus, funicular and tram 

Lyon 1 day pass 
5.5 euro for the whole day. morning until midnight. including metro, bus, funicular and tram 

Can be bought through machines using credit card or coins

Few tips:
If you want to travel by metro, tram etc, just refer to the map.

Metro, tram map

By bus,
From Valmy to Part Dieu- bus no 6
From Hotel de Ville to Parc Tete d’Or-bus no 5
We ride metro D from Valmy to Vieux Lyon (historical building). Walk until Bellecour (unpurposely tak sedar dah jalan sampai next stesen sebab stesen ni terletak di antara 2 sungai. Rhone and Saone. Beautiful scenery along the walks. Then take metro A until hotel de Ville (another tourist attraction place). 

If you want to travel to another place by bus, just looking for the bus stop nearby and read the map and bus route. It’s very effective that they have the maps in every bus stop.

Bus route map


Halal food in Lyon
Halal food nearest to the Holiday Inn Vaise is 1.2 km away. There are 2 restaurants, La Mer Egee (Turkish restaurant)and another 1 is just few steps before. The food is nice. Kebab is €5.5 and for a set with rice is € 9.50. The workers are also very nice. They tried their best to help us when we asked about route to city.
 I saw few other restaurants with halal logo near Vieux Lyon metro station but most of them are indian. ( bergantung kepada keyakinan anda).
I think there are still a lot (from google) because many muslims here. Some of them are so friendly and greet us.


Kebab dan steak set


Malaysian in Lyon
Yes, there are Malaysian in Lyon and most of them are students. Now there are about 20 students here. Thanks to adik Hafiz yang menunggu kami di TGV station masa kami sampai dan guide kami sampai ke hotel.

The scenery of Lyon city