Tuesday, January 16, 2018

City of Lights (Paris)

We spent a couple weeks in the City of Lights - experiencing busy city life and taking in the world famous landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triumph, Versailles, Notre Dame, Hotel de Invalides, and so many others.  We took the transports en common including the metro (subway) and the bus and we walked up stairs, down stairs, up tall towers and down through metal steel work.  We walked and walked and walked some more.  We ate like Parisiennes (sans de la viande) and did as much as we could do in this amazing city.  It was fantastic!

With this being our first visit to Paris, some of the things we found the most interesting for good, bad or indifferent was 1) The level of security - we'll just say the French gendarmerie look tough.  One thing is for sure - we felt protected.  2)  The ease of travel around a large area.  Between the buses, elevated train and the subway, it was so easy to get around without a car.  In fact, we parked our car near where we were staying and didn't move it for two weeks.  3)  The history of the city is incredible.  Paris goes back to the gauls, the vikings and the romans - thousands of years there has been some sort of community and commerce along the Seine.

Alas, we bid au revoir to Paris and traveled west towards the ocean.
So glad we had the opportunity to see Paris
Alexandre III Bridge - the most beautiful bridge I have ever seen
The bridge was named after Tsar Alexandre III of Russia and built in 1896
The nymphs
Under the Tour d'Eiffel
CDG himself (Charles deGaulle) on the Champs Elysee
The Louvre
The Louvre

River barge - notice the braces that keep the boats from hitting the wall in the strong current
Pont Neuf (New Bridge) the oldest bridge in Paris
Pont Neuf figureheads
The Pantheon
Random security at the Pantheon
Faune dansant - Jardin de Luxembourg
Le Metro
Le Seine a nuit
New Years Eve from the Arc de Triumph looking back down the Champs D'Elysee
The security line on New Years Eve that stretched the entire width of the Champs D'Elysee
NYE - Arc de Triumph
Nice to be back at our apt at midnight to celebrate...
....with this girl
The Metro (subway) in St Michel
Charlemagne and his slaves - outside Notre Dame
The Seine as it overflows its banks - this is one of the only river cruises that can make it under the bridges
The marchés (the markets)
The gardens at Versailles
The gates of Versailles
Every king needs his emblem on a gate - this is Louis XV's (aka "The Sun King) on the gates of Versailles
The interesting figures in the fountains at Versailles - there are turtles and alligators and frogmen (??)
Neptune - outside Versailles
Au Revoir Buddy A Bientôt 

3 comments:

Tess said...

OK so I was pretty envious when you sailed across the Atlantic and visited Spain and then sailed to explore Ireland and England. Now you two take in Paris over Christmas with Kala. I'm impressed, still a bit envious (in a good way) and curious to see where you head next. Cruiser/explorer is a good moniker, fits you guys!

Thanks for sharing the awesome pics! They make North America look so youngish.

Safe travels to you guys!

Tess

Molly Gillespie said...

We're just going in first so we can pass info on to you when you sail Ingomar to Europe. Big hugs to the three of you!

Sabrina and Tom said...

Wonderful. Thanks for taking us along.

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