13 September 2013

Sightseeing - Paris, Part Two

Fountain at Jardin des Tuleries
Jardin des Tuleries.

On the first two days we didn't have much of a plan, and bf wanted to see the Obelisk (he has a strange attraction to all Ancient Egyptian things).
The Louvre was easier to find from where we left the métro along the riverbank, so we started there, went across the Jardin des Tuleries, sat down for a while admiring the fountain (and the fact that there are chairs around the fountain) and all the french people in nice clothes, then kept walking to the Obelisk, and let bf stare at it for a while (the photos below are actually from a different day, on our way to the Tour Eiffel, but at the Place/Pont de la Concorde).

Tourist pic!

Paris made me want tourist pics! I tried to take this photo without sunglasses. It had funny results I will never publish online.

Then up the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe. Towards because somewhere along the avenue the beautiful gardens ended and I got bored of it (but it was probably the only street in Paris I got bored of). So we made a left turn somewhere to explore the neighbourhood and entered a quest to find me the map of Paris the internet had told me to buy. Then it was a maze of twisty big streets all full of high fashion brands, not just clothes, but also that ST Dupont store in the sneak preview post. We eventually gave up, figured out we were very close to the top of Champs-Élysées, which meant there was a métro there we could take, and there it was, right by the George V métro, a news stand with my map on it!

On other separate days we went to visit the Cathédral Notre Dame, followed by the Jardin des Plantes et du Luxembourg, with the Quartier Latin and the Panthéon in between,

Notre Dame from the Pont de l'Archevéche
Notre Dame from the Pont de l'Archevéche (the one with all the locks).

We also went to see the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur before strolling around Montmartre and Caulaincourt,

Caroussel at Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
It seems every park, square and garden in Paris big enough to have a carrousel has it.

Then there was the afternoon we were very tired and didn't know what do to. I realised I hadn't seen the Tour Eiffel yet so we walked there from Place de la Concorde by the riverbank because I loved the light,

Pont de la Concorde.

Pont Alexandre III
Pont Alexandre III, on the way to the tower.

Names on the Eiffel Tower

Names on the Eiffel Tower
I only discovered there where names on the tower when I saw them. It's nice.

So there you go. All of the Paris touristy attractions gathered in one post for your convenience and so I can say "yes, I've been there, look at my blog post" :)

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