A few days in Paris
After spending a whole day in Disneyland we went straight to Paris. This was our home for the next few days so we tried to visit, see and enjoy as much as possible.
While driving through Poland we saw lots of bridges that were going absolutely nowhere. A new huge bridge but with forests on both sides of it. Then we were told that these are special bridges for animals so that they would have a chance to cross the highway. I think that's just astonishing.
A little stop at the petrol station in Germany.
Entering Paris we've seen many street book stores. These are almost 200 years old and have become like a tradition to Paris inhabitants. Even the French government supports them by paying owners additional fee for selling every book.
Passing Notre Dame Cathedral - Gothic, Roman Catholic cathedral.
Of course you can find more than just books there.
On the Pont de l'Archevêché, a bridge which crosses from Notre-Dame Cathedral to the left bank of the Seine, thousands of ribbons and padlocks attached to its railings create a brightly-coloured mosaic that can be seen glimmering in the sunlight from the banks of the Seine.
Louvre in front of us.
Street numbers are made as a decoration.
Straight ahead is Arc de Triumphe. Looks terrific. It honours those who fought and died for France in the French Revolutionary and the Napoleonic Wars, with the names of all French victories and generals inscribed on its inner and outer surfaces.
It looks even more beautiful when you come closer.
Some kind of a concert right in the center of Paris in front of the Eiffel Tower.
Beautiful evening in Paris.
I really like it here. :)
And here it is - the world’s "Number One" travel destination object.
Eiffel Tower, Paris, France.
The tower stands 320m tall, about the same height as an 81-story building. During its construction, the Eiffel Tower surpassed the Washington Monument to assume the title of the tallest man-made structure in the world, a title it held for 41 years, until the Chrysler Building in New York City was built in 1930.
Our plans also included a small one hour cruise on Seine river that goes right through the center of Paris.
The Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, commonly known as the Grand Palais, is a large historic site, exhibition hall and museum complex.
The Pont Alexandre III is an arch bridge that spans the Seine, connecting the Champs-Élysées quarter and the Invalides and Eiffel Tower quarter, widely regarded as the most ornate, extravagant bridge in Paris.
Really beautiful bridge.
Traffic on the river is huge. You can constantly see ships passing by.
Some look really luxury.
You can really see how locals love to enjoy classic romantic evening sitting on the river bank waiting for the sunset with a bottle of wine.
And it goes all the way through the center.
Once again passing Notre Dame Cathedral only this time by water.
When we were coming back it was already getting dark and the Eiffel Tower was beautifully enlightened.
Eiffel tower at night, Paris, France.
Quite hard to take a good picture without a tripod. Especially from the boat.
You can admire it from every single angle.
Since we still had a little time we decided to take a closer look. It's hard to describe or even show it with photos how gorgeous it looks.
Locals and tourists are waiting for 23:00 PM when the tower will start to shine. Lots of "black guys" are walking around offering to buy wine or champagne.
We decided to stay right here.
I could just sit there all night long.
Tourists are everywhere 24/7.
You feel really tiny standing underneath it.
This is how it shines after 23:00 PM. It's hard to see it on a photo but in reality it makes an impression.
The next day we went straight to see Tour Montparnasse. It's a 210-metre office skyscraper located in the Montparnasse area of Paris. It was the tallest skyscraper in France until 2011, when it was surpassed in height by the Tour First and now it's the thirteenth tallest building in the European Union.
The 56th floor, with a restaurant, and the terrace on the top floor, are open to the public for viewing the city.
It's something like an Empire State Building in New York. Really similar only with an open roof at the top. It's recommended to admire Paris exactly from 56th floor since it's located 190m above see level which is a perfect height to admire Paris. As you can see there are many informative monitors by the windows.
It's no use to go up when it's cloudy since you can't see absolutely anything but we got lucky.
A little bit of Paris history by the wall. It turned out that there is a whole other city underground and the whole Paris is standing on these stoned blocks.
Eiffel Tower construction process. Eiffel had a permit for the tower to stand for 20 years. It was to be dismantled in 1909. The City had planned to tear it down but as the tower proved valuable for communication purposes, it was allowed to remain after the expiry of the permit.
In front is the Montparnasse Cemetery - the eternal home of many of France's intellectual and artistic elite as well as publishers and others who promoted the works of authors and artists.
The Louvre with all its beauty.
To the right with a golden rooftop is Les Invalides - a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, containing museums and monuments. The buildings house the Musée de l'Armée, the military museum of the Army of France, the Musée des Plans-Reliefs, and the Musée d'Histoire Contemporaine, as well as the burial site for some of France's war heroes, including Napoleon Bonaparte.
Paris is also famous for it's building design and concept.
And of course McDonald's :)
After the hall you can climb on the rooftop which is located 210m above sea level.
And here is the roof. Right in the middle is a helicopter landing area.
Since the weather was nice we were lucky to enjoy Paris from above.
Not as great as the ones with touchscreens inside on 56th floor but still very useful guides.
The only place in Paris with such a wonderful view.
Admiring it more closely.
Train station in Paris.
Just walking around :)
Paris from above is as beautiful as it is on the ground.
Got a little guide map as a souvenir.
Statue of Joan of Arc. It's located precisely at the place where she got wounded.
Place Vendôme is a square in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. A statue of Napoleon, bare-headed, crowned with laurels and holding a sword in his right hand and a globe surmounted with a statue of Victory in his left hand, was placed atop the column in the center of the square.
Beautiful streets of Paris.
Since we were in Paris we just couldn't miss perfume factory. As you all know French perfume is considered to be one of the best in the world.
The American Dream I suppose. :)
The amazing Paris Opera.
Museum Grevin - a waxwork museum in Paris. It contains some 450 characters arranged in scenes from the history of France and modern life, including a panorama of French history from Charlemagne to Napoleon III, bloody scenes of the French Revolution, movie stars, and international figures such as Albert Einstein, Mahatma Gandhi, and Pope John Paul II.
Mirror illusion. Really hard to make a good photo but definitively worth seeing.
Among the presidents. Are they really that small?
Having a cup of coffee with Jean Reno.
Recent education system.
Hands up drinker men :)
Even characters from the Ice Age.
Tomb Rider & Me.
Leonardo da Vinci with his inventions.
Esmeralda and Quasimodo in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame".
Mohandas Gandhi - considered the father of the Indian independence movement.
Nicolas Cage & George Clooney.
Some cute souvenirs at the end.
"Subway" will save the day :)
And finally here is the Louvre. Since we didn't have it in the program we decided to skip lunch and visit it ourselves.
The Louvre Pyramid, Paris, France.
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel is a triumphal arch in Paris. It was built between 1806 and 1808 to commemorate Napoleon's military victories of the previous year.
The Louvre Pyramid - a large glass and metal pyramid, surrounded by three smaller pyramids, in the main courtyard of the Louvre Palace. The large pyramid serves as the main entrance to the Louvre Museum.
A little closer look.
Interesting feeling standing next to it.
Perfect from every angle.
You can see the Triumphal Arch and the Eiffel Tower right opposite of it.
The more famous Arc de Triomphe nearby was designed in the same year, but it took thirty years to build, and it is about twice as massive.
The top of the Arc has a chariot with a team of horses. Originally, the horses were from the Cathedral of St. Mark's in Venice, a small token picked up by Napoleon. They were graciously returned in 1815.
It's a shame we didn't have to visit The Louvre itself. But you would need at least a day to just run through it. We will definitely include it in our list the next time we visit Paris.
Eiffel Tower with all its beauty.
All parks are free to enjoy.
Some more souvenirs.
Typical french ones.
And of course I couldn't miss the Apple store.
Almost every balcony in the center of Paris has flowers on the edge. It makes city much more beautiful and peaceful.
Moulin Rouge - a famous cabaret in Paris, France.
This was the last place we visited in Paris and I absolutely loved it. It felt like a Camden Town in London. The only difference was of course the terrific Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris at the end of the street.
Urban art. I bought one of those myself.
Luxury candy shop with the symbol of Paris.
Montmartre - a hill which is 130 metres high, giving its name to the surrounding district, in the north of Paris. Montmartre is primarily known for the white-domed Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris on its top.
View on the small streets.
Montmartre with basilica of the Sacred Heart, Paris, France.
And inevitably - these guys - as always in Europe.
Interesting system in the shop. To ensure that no one will see your PIN code I suppose.comments powered by Disqus