Friday, July 20, 2018

Out and about in Paris Pt 1/2

I can't say a lot about these photos as what I knew at the time, I have forgotten ten years later, not that I knew a great deal. The photos were taken two cameras ago and are not great. In this first post, mostly from a coach, it is a reminder of the beautiful city of Paris. Eurostar terminus in Paris is Gare du Nord. I suspect it might be the most impressive Parisian station.






A madame with son chien. With knowledge of its reputation for dog droppings on the street preceding our visit, we did not see any, but we did not stray from tourist areas.


The Louvre, I think. No, I am sure. There was something controversial about President Mitterand and the glass pyramid, many years ago.



Nice fountain.



I guess red awnings are common at restaurants and cafes, but these look familiar from one of either Walt's or Ken's posts.


That arch.


That roundabout.


That tunnel.


The Eiffel Tower wasn't ready for us, so we went for lunch.



A lovely lunch with great company on a boat on The Seine.


Some old church?


Another old church? Maybe one of them is Notre Dame?


The river bank was on the left, so it must be the left bank. But then when returning to our docking point, I changed my mind.


Maybe this is Notre Dame?


This rather does my head in. Statue of Liberty and Eiffel Tower in one place. The photos will be a bit better in the next Paris post. Happy to increase my knowledge of Paris in your comments.

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  1. My favourite is an arch so similar to London one

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    1. Gosia, they are quite alike, and both are stuck in the middle of the road.

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  2. Love these pictures. I have never been to Paris.

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    1. Sandra, it is the perfect example of how to keep an historic city while still being a well functioning city.

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  3. Like Sandra I have never been to Paris. And am happy to travel with you and other world travellers.

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    1. EC, it was quite exciting to be there.

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  4. The photos look fine to me. I am another who has never been to Paris...so your photos are appreciated, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, it is one of the world's great cities for good reasons.

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  5. When I worked in London I would often spend short weekends in Paris. My favourite sport was to visit some obscure station on the Metro, then walk back to my hotel (without the aid of a map). I remember going through small village-like areas where I dreamt of living. The back streets of Paris are so interesting.

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    1. Cro, what a great thing to do. Sadly as short time tourists, we didn't see the interesting back street, and I am sure they were.

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  6. Those red awnings look like they're at Fouquet's, a very swank Champs-Elysées restaurant. Not likely that Ken or I posted a photo of it. :)

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    1. Walt, given the order of the photos, you are probably right. We had coffee in a cafe near the Louvre and paid €4 each, and that was 2008.

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  7. We spent a long weekend in Paris 30 yrs ago - accompanied by a sis in law who complained all the time about her feet and us wanting to walk everywhere- and where were the nearest toilets - and how awful were the cobblestones in Montmartre - and no she couldn't go up the Tower because she didn't like heights. We've often said we'd like to go back but doubt it will happen now.
    Did you enjoy Paris?

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    1. Cathy, she would not be good company at all. Our Late Friend was a bit like that. We did enjoy Paris, though our visit was brief.

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  8. I am lucky to have visited Paris four times and I miss it. Sadly .. for health reasons I cannot do the long flights anymore. Still love reading about it :)

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    1. Lady J, you must have really liked the city to visit four times. We are getting close to the age where long flights are just intolerable.

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  9. Looking forward to my visit to Paris in October. As well as Berlin, Amsterdam, Brussels, Bruges and stop over in Vietnam on the way home. Hopefully will visits the sites in your pictures. Time to enjoy my retirement. 3 weeks in now.

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    1. Well done you on retiring Allan. They are all great places to visit. I only recently learnt about Bruges.

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  10. Lovely photos Andrew, I almost feel as if I've visited Paris now.

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    1. Thanks River. The second part is scheduled for Sunday.

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  11. Hi Andrew, the churches both are from Notre Dame, one from the front (the tower) the other from the side (the long peaks), the building that you say could be Notre Dame is actually part of the Louvre. The building with a lot of columns at the front is the Parliament. I like the French monuments as they all seem to have tons of space around them.
    Have a nice weekend.

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    1. Sami, you are a treasure. I've not thought about the space around such places in Paris, but you are quite right. Heaps of space around the Eiffel Tower too.

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  12. The Eiffel Tower was to be left in place for duration of the World Fair and after, then pulled down (as per the contract). Imagine if millions of Paris' citizens hadn't complained, the tower would have gone.

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    1. Hels, I read that some time ago. Would we have taken the time to go to Paris if not to see the Eiffel Tower? Probably not.

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  13. Lovely lovely Paris.. the only other city I would consider living in.. perhaps after we've won lotto this weekend 😀 Sami got there before me re buildings, are you going again soon?

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    1. Grace, it is not on the horizon, but it is a city, or rather France is a country I would like to spend some time in.

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  14. On my last visit - sounds poncy; I've only been there twice, 40 years apart - my hotel was just across the road from the Louvre Pyramid. At the end of the road on the other side of the hotel is the Paris Opera which I think is the building with the gold statue on it's roof in one of your other photos.

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    1. Victor, there is nothing wrong with place name dropping. I expect you are correct about Paris Opera. We stuck to the well trodden tourist paths.

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  15. You are very well traveled and yes, such a beautiful city!

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    1. Strayer, not so much in our early years as we could rarely afford it, now we can within reason, we don't have the energy levels that we used to.

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