Sunday, July 22, 2018

Out and about in Paris Pt 2/2

BAD is now in Lisbon.

Obviously we are up the Eiffel Tower now, slightly tipsy after lunch. This bridge would be Pont d'lena. High rise buildings can be seen in the distance and how good that they are kept at a distance.


I read somewhere a couple of years ago that a major road running alongside The Seine was closed down. I wonder if it was this one.



Montemarte in the distance.


Gold!


I expect the green is part of the park Champ de Mars. I don't know how well you can see in the photos but there are small fences around the grassed areas with warnings to 'keep off the grass', or 'défense de marcher sur la pelouse'.

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Just beautiful.







Boris Bikes, as they are known in London, named after the former London Mayor Boris Johnson who introduced them to London.


I think we were in the glass pyramid at The Louvre.







As in Brussels, the British handle border control back at Gare du Nord for those travelling by train to England. While we were there in plenty of time, with time we thought to have a look around and buy some duty free, it was an absolutely chaotic bunfight and our time was spent in queues and dealing with bothersome British bureaucrats. Why have a high speed train when so much time has to be spent dealing with these other aspects of travel? On a slow train, there may well be a border official on board, asking 'papers please'. Bye bye Paris. We loved visiting you.



27 comments:

  1. It does indeed look lovely. Thank you for taking us - without the beaurocratic nightmare.

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    1. EC, it was nice to revisit myself. Thanks.

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  2. I think I can hear Edith Piaf singing in the background!

    Have a good week, Andrew. :)

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    1. Lee, no doubt, Non, je ne regrette rien.

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  3. Lovely city but honestly i prefer London

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    1. Gosia, it is a hard call. I like both but because I have English heritage, perhaps I would choose London.

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  4. Beautiful photos, it makes one think all of Paris is beautifully pristine, but of course there would be grubbier areas somewhere.
    Chaotic bunfight reminds me of novels I read as a child about English children in boarding schools, who often had cream buns for afternoon teas that usually ended in food fights.

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    1. River, oh yes, there are some awful outer areas of Paris where even the police fear to visit, as there are in most cities. Btw, the musician Jimmy Barnes' biography, who grew up in Elizabeth, told the story of his childhood. A good read and cheap to buy for a Kindle.

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    2. What on earth did you read? The Famous Five never threw their cream buns. I have a remember of a seven, but not the detail.

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    3. That would be The Secret Seven and they didn't do any bun throwing either. I remember graphic books about someone called Billy Bunter or something like that, children's stories in what used to be called "Boys Annual" tales of boys in boarding schools. There was a "Girls Annual" too, many many years ago.

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    4. I remember seeing very battered copies of both at school, I think.

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  5. I can assure River that we ate our buns... we were always hungry.

    My two favourite places in Paris are the Luxembourg Gardens, and the Musée Cluny. Did you visit either?

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    1. Cro, perhaps not quite hungry like R was in the north of England. We didn't visit either. I know about the Luxembourg Gardens.

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  6. The French do love their lawns!

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    1. Lady J, unlike in Australia where we do love our lawns, they are disappearing rapidly.

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  7. Wow! These lovely pics make me feel as if I was right there! Hugs...RO

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    1. Pleased you liked them Ro. Thanks.

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  8. Lovely visit to Paris Andrew. The French are very peculiar with their lawns, no stepping on it for sure!!

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    1. Sami, so it seems. I think grass is for walking on or lying on.

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  9. Looove Paris 💙 Super shots Andrew, love the view of Montmartre, we spent a lot of time there, the views are spectacular.

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    1. Grace, sadly for us, it was just a place in a distant view.

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  10. The river boats along the Seine River look fantastic. I have only been in Paris during the warm and sunny weather, but I imagine that in winter, tourists can still enjoy the views from inside the long glass windows.

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    1. Hels, it was summer but a very dreary day, with light rain at times, but not cold.

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  11. I have not seen Paris. Only from the air as I landed, changed planes and proceeded on. Jack has no desire to go back, so someday, when I am alone and free, I shall go back to explore. I will say the Airport was horrendous, on the hottest day of the year with no air conditioning! I nearly fainted, but realized if I did, traveling alone, I would surely be trampled!
    I got some water, proceeded to my gate, and came back to JFK-New York.
    But must get to the museums. The ones Jack speaks so lovingly about, but the same ones he has no desire to see again with me.

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    1. Maribeth, and how people in England and Europe are suffering now without air con. At Jack's age, having seen Parisian museums, I understand why he would not want to return. I am sure you don't take personal offence. Unbelievably, London's most modern double decker buses don't have air con, and quite new trams in Budapest that we travelled on a couple of years ago, did not have aircon.

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