Bonjour à tous! (Hello Everyone!)
After a wonderful nights sleep, it was time to get busy in Paris. After all we had lots of things to see and do, our itinerary was growing by the minute.
We began our day walking along the beautiful river seine, with the sun on our backs. Our first stop on route was Notre Dame a Gothic architectural vision of stained-glass.
Now on previous visits I have walked up the spiral stairs to the top of the Notre Dame and the views are certainly worthy. However last year I had knee surgery so climbing up little steep and spiral steps
wasn't so appealing this time.
Walking back to our next stop we walked over Ponte des Arts, the bridge in which lovers declare their love by adding metal locks to the bridge. I am sure you have seen these elsewhere.
I am not sure I really get the idea of this but maybe that is just me or maybe it is the fact that the beautiful bridge is beginning to buckle under the weight that puts me off.
Next it was onto the Arc de Triomphe. Standing tall and guarding the entrance to the Champs-Élysées.
These fellows are beautifully carved. The views from the top of the Arc de Triomphe are beautiful with domineering sights over the city of Paris.
When we came back down from the Arc we paid our respects to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier a victim of World War 1.
The French certainly know how to pay tribute to their dead soldiers irrespective of who they were. It is a lovely tradition the torch at the top of the picture burns all day and night. At 6.30 pm veterans lay wreaths of red, white and blue.
With all the busy traffic we decided we needed some peace and quiet so we walked down the Champs-Élysées and through Jardin des Tuileries.
I busily stopped on route to take pretty pictures of flowers.
The second arch Arc du Carrousel which faces the Louvre may not be as tall but it is very ornate.
With all the walking, wonderful sites and fresh air our wonderful trip to Paris had sadly come to an end. We were absolutely shattered but we were pleased that we had crammed so much in to just two days.
Heading back to the station (Riquet) I stumbled upon this wonderful building a modern day art Gallery.
I hope you enjoyed travelling with me. Where is your favourite place in the world? Inspire me for my next holiday. Have a great weekend everyone. Lots of Love.