26 May2009

Some Clues… :)

by Marketman


The sky has been a crystal clear cerulean blue for four days straight. Superb weather for this time of year. The Teen thought the photo above would be a perfect first clue. A bit tough, I said, but let’s start with that…


A hint of silk, some light wool and a penchant for horses…


…the Teen crossing the Arago line with bright pink socks…


…note Arago, not Rose as it is more popularly known…


…and Marketman with the final clue. Have you figured out where we were for the last few days? :)



  1. startman says:

    was going to guess kentucky…(kentucky derby..horses..

    May 26, 2009 | 4:58 am


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  3. ECC says:

    Paris, France — The Arago Rose Line is better known as the Paris Meridian, the once challenger to Greenwich as the zero-longitude line.

    May 26, 2009 | 5:00 am

  4. betty q. says:

    You are in PARIS!!!!! That medaliion there is in the Paris Meridian!!!!!!!

    May 26, 2009 | 5:08 am

  5. betty q. says:

    Oh, typo again…i meant that Arago medallion on the street is in the Paris Meridian!!!

    May 26, 2009 | 5:08 am

  6. tna says:

    Fantastically chic Paris! Love the word “cerulean”!

    May 26, 2009 | 5:12 am

  7. betty q. says:

    On second thought, if you are indeed in Paris…you said this was not a foodie trip?…Paris and you are not going to indulge in French cuisine? Ok…must be heat stroke!!!!

    May 26, 2009 | 5:16 am

  8. Mari says:

    May 26, 2009 | 5:48 am

  9. peanut says:

    yep,I’d say you are in France.

    May 26, 2009 | 6:17 am

  10. sanojmd says:

    wow! you’re in Paris?? how come no food trip??hmmm..there is something definitely wrong here..

    May 26, 2009 | 6:17 am

  11. Allen O says:

    Ok you’re in paris, but what’s with the six pack of TP ? I guess the kiamoy is just to satisfy the longing for that sweet sour taste that one cant get in french cooking

    May 26, 2009 | 6:26 am

  12. betty q. says:

    Besides, who goes to Paris for only a few days?!? …unless you are reside in Switzerland or Germany or Italy and you just hop on a train and you’re there!…What am I talking about…you went to Vermont for a week-end!!!!

    Oh, I remember Sister posting a comment last Christmas or was it the other year? …Santa put plane tickets to Paris in your stocking!!!!

    May 26, 2009 | 6:43 am

  13. peanut says:

    But why the TP?

    May 26, 2009 | 6:57 am

  14. Divine G says:

    Arago it may be but in the Da Vinci Code it is just called the Rose Line. It is still a bit cool in Paris at this time.

    May 26, 2009 | 7:12 am

  15. Cecilia says:

    Yes, MM, you’re in Paris, but what’s with the ” no food”? …

    May 26, 2009 | 7:16 am

  16. zena says:

    Paris indeed! So did you see the holy grail? =)

    May 26, 2009 | 7:41 am

  17. dragon says:

    The last photo includes a phone number; if it includes the country code, you are in Austria…

    May 26, 2009 | 7:52 am

  18. artisan chocolatier says:

    Keep on guessing guys. MM will declare the winners when he returns to manila.

    May 26, 2009 | 7:52 am

  19. Tricia says:

    Italy? But Italy’s country code is +39..

    May 26, 2009 | 8:01 am

  20. linda says:

    You’re in Spain in the Andalucian province?

    May 26, 2009 | 8:23 am

  21. joanie says:

    My answer is France as well. One of Arago medallion is located near the Louvre Pyramid.

    May 26, 2009 | 8:27 am

  22. Dee says:

    In the beaches south of France? MM, when the first post came out, my first thought was Maldives! But u dont wear those shoes in the Maldives.. Ok, France it is!

    May 26, 2009 | 8:36 am

  23. sister says:

    Very erudite, I’m impressed…

    May 26, 2009 | 8:39 am

  24. viva says:

    43 must be the city code.
    Have a great time!

    May 26, 2009 | 8:49 am

  25. mikel says:

    have resisted revealing where you were. just regale us with the food-ventures soon!

    May 26, 2009 | 8:49 am

  26. miles says:

    paris, france? did you go to the hermes shop as well?

    May 26, 2009 | 9:02 am

  27. wanda says:

    Vienna! I remember the riding school there. Did you guys go to the opera house? Oh, and buy schnapps from the schnapps museum! The owner there is absolutely lovely!

    May 26, 2009 | 9:49 am

  28. miles says:

    hmm… did you go to the brasserie near that marker?

    May 26, 2009 | 9:56 am

  29. ECC says:

    The Arago bronze disk/medallion picture was what made me remember the “The Da Vinci Code” book and movie. What I didn’t realize was that these medallions were put in place only in 1994. As for the last picture, additional Googling reveals that plate numbers in France end with 2- or 3- letters followed by a 2 digit number. Black on yellow rear plates are optional. Although this scheme will apparently change sometime in 2009. As for phone numbers, France has an 8-digit subscriber phone number prefixed by a trunk code — which for Paris is 01.

    May 26, 2009 | 10:20 am

  30. Fred Lopez says:

    Hey its “Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego?” The Marketman version. If the area code is correct on that taxi its Austria. The horse print would point to the Spanish riding school in Vienna. Wanda got it correct I believe.

    May 26, 2009 | 10:28 am

  31. elit says:

    based on the last clue….Austria?

    May 26, 2009 | 10:42 am

  32. Rhea says:

    Paris!!! I seem to recall “Arago” from The Da Vinci Code book and movie…

    May 26, 2009 | 10:46 am

  33. Teresa says:

    Paris! are you guys following the da Vinci Code trail? :-) have fun and looking forward to your travel posts and photos! ciao!

    May 26, 2009 | 10:50 am

  34. mardie c",) says:

    isnt there any internet access in Paris, France? mali pala guess ko noon, which was palawan. my guess is, EUROPE!!! hehehe.

    May 26, 2009 | 11:04 am

  35. natie says:

    they’re in paris…looking forward to lots of pictures and narratives

    May 26, 2009 | 11:24 am

  36. diday says:

    I agree with peanut, why the TP? Sampaloc, kiamoy and the rolls of TP … pasalubong?? The TP is one of the critical items in MM’s luggage. Don’t they have TPs in Paris? Well… it is obvious. I won’t be getting the prize.

    May 26, 2009 | 11:52 am

  37. SimplePleasure says:

    you’re in Paris, France!

    May 26, 2009 | 11:53 am

  38. toping says:

    I just finished one more novel about the Templars so when I saw the “Rose Line” I immediately thought: Paris!

    May 26, 2009 | 11:55 am

  39. Blaise says:

    Love that picture of pink rose! :)

    May 26, 2009 | 12:03 pm

  40. Ms. D. says:

    Viena, Austria? =)

    May 26, 2009 | 12:04 pm

  41. Ubs says:



    May 26, 2009 | 12:18 pm

  42. lyna says:

    Vienna Austria!

    May 26, 2009 | 12:19 pm

  43. bagito says:

    I don’t blame you for bringing your own TP to France. The bathrooms there are not very tourist-friendly, esp. the ones that have no actual toilet bowl, only an elevated step on the floor for squatting. Eeks! (Love France, just not the bathrooms.) ;-)

    May 26, 2009 | 12:27 pm

  44. Aji says:


    Where else?!


    May 26, 2009 | 12:37 pm

  45. arbys says:

    somewhere in china? :)wherever you are mm, wishing you and your family a great time!

    May 26, 2009 | 12:37 pm

  46. Lee says:

    penny loafers!

    May 26, 2009 | 12:55 pm

  47. mojito drinker says:

    wait but the country code +43 is for austria… hmmm

    May 26, 2009 | 1:48 pm

  48. jeds says:

    My answer is Paris,France and Vienna,Austria. :)

    May 26, 2009 | 2:43 pm

  49. ariel says:

    Paris..by Comédie-Française near the Palais Royal

    May 26, 2009 | 2:44 pm

  50. ariel says:

    or maybe in Disneyland

    May 26, 2009 | 2:46 pm

  51. Lex says:


    May 26, 2009 | 4:00 pm

  52. cai says:

    Cape Arago State Park, Oregon

    May 26, 2009 | 4:02 pm

  53. bebot says:


    May 26, 2009 | 4:13 pm

  54. Adam says:

    Are you spending a few days at the Sta Ana racetrack just off JP Rizal?! It’s closed now and the Grandstands are demolished but the track is still there and it would make a lovely campsite! Weather has been hot and sunny here in Manila for a few days – hence the blue skies (and the horses) clue. My bet therefore is that you are holed up in Makati!!

    May 26, 2009 | 4:19 pm

  55. cai says:

    Wait, I’ll change my answer … Paris Meridian

    May 26, 2009 | 4:38 pm

  56. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Ha ha ha…wherever you are, am sure you had fun!!Cant blame you for bringing TP. Preferred softness and ply makes a lot of difference.The space it got would be great space for pasalubong.
    Your country code says you’re in Austria. Did you go to Paris,France then a train ride to Austria? (Sound of Music location?) Couldn’t figure why you said no internet? Just a laptop and you have a lot of wifi areas in Europe?
    Can’t wait for your food fotos…wooohooo…..

    Welcome home!!

    May 26, 2009 | 5:23 pm

  57. Emily says:

    Paris, France. Plate number ends in 75 (the code for Paris), and the 8-digit phone number – sans area code – is for a car dealer/garage in Paris, which explains why it’s on the licence plate holder.

    Not too sure about the horse part, though – the Salon du Cheval was in December and the Arc de Triomphe race is in October. But I don’t know much about equestrian sports and am probably totally off-base!

    May 26, 2009 | 5:55 pm

  58. JMJ says:

    No doubt, you/re in Paris!

    May 26, 2009 | 10:10 pm

  59. Mia says:

    maybe you decided to try “backpacking” or better
    yet driving across europe in a mini cooper?!?
    this will explain the lack of TP, the numerous
    sites and why food was not the priority hahaha…

    May 26, 2009 | 10:41 pm

  60. lyna says:

    Talk about TP… yes the TP in Europe is not really like what we are used to. it’s kinda rough !

    May 26, 2009 | 11:03 pm

  61. betty q. says:

    Final answer…you are in Spain…Barcelona, Catalan?….basta Spain!

    May 26, 2009 | 11:07 pm

  62. pilar says:

    You’re in Vienna! The taxi’s phone number is the give-away! Vienna’s country code is 43. Oh my! How I LOVE Vienna! have ou been to Stephansplatz already?

    May 26, 2009 | 11:22 pm

  63. NYCMama says:

    You are in Rosslyn, GB — the rose line, the Ross in Rosslyn, and in GB there is dire need for nice toilet paper.

    May 27, 2009 | 12:26 am

  64. pecorino says:

    Paris. Hermès store. Rue Faubourg St. Honoré.

    C’est ça?

    May 27, 2009 | 1:54 am

  65. Tok says:

    MM: You are in France.

    May 27, 2009 | 2:18 am

  66. happyman says:

    Paris, France. Clear skies the last four days (weather.com); phone no. that starts with 43 – airport rental cars; arago rose line … but I am not sure about the horse and silk. But I’ll still go with Paris.

    May 27, 2009 | 2:44 am

  67. edee says:

    yeah france for me as well :)

    May 27, 2009 | 3:36 am

  68. silly lolo says:

    Just like Lee, the penny loafers spoke to me! Polo or Cole Haan? And olive green chinos yet – totally not rock-n-roll. More like classic vintage.

    May 27, 2009 | 4:03 am

  69. Good Life says:

    Scotland I am sure

    May 27, 2009 | 4:16 am

  70. Good Life says:

    How about Scotland

    May 27, 2009 | 4:17 am

  71. Martin L. says:

    Sta. Anna Race track LOL

    May 27, 2009 | 4:39 am

  72. shalimar says:

    horses and silk scarves… Hermes…

    that car has an old plate number not the standard European plates…

    May 27, 2009 | 4:42 am

  73. peanut says:

    Definitely Paris because last year the French government implemented a change in the number plates.So if you are in Paris,your number plate ends in the number 75.The enigma of the TP is still unsolved…..maybe you prefer your own brand?….or TP is yukk there ……or very expensive but the quality is below par?????

    May 27, 2009 | 5:27 am

  74. jade186 says:

    Hippodrome d’Auteuil in Paris, France with a bit of shopping at the Hermes boutique and/or the local boucheries chevalines?

    Plus a side trip to/from Cannes, France?

    May 27, 2009 | 5:54 am

  75. joy says:

    Austria ???

    May 27, 2009 | 8:22 am

  76. Jun b says:

    Paris indeed….:)

    May 27, 2009 | 10:36 am

  77. ryanclaw says:

    on your last pic the telephone number starts 43 and 43 is the country code for Austria. maybe Austria?

    May 27, 2009 | 11:35 am

  78. jade186 says:

    Austria has white with red-white stripes borders on their car plates. Leider, ist es nicht Österreich.

    May 27, 2009 | 9:13 pm


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