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Old October 1st, 2006, 04:30 AM   #1
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Ultimate Paris part one

Hello, these are the pics i took on my trip to Paris. I traveled from Waterloo to Gare de Nord on Eurostar - which wasnt as exciting or plush as i thought. Anyway the weather wasnt particularly good but most majour tourist site were free as it was heritage weekend (an excellent idea!). (please excuse my French)

Well traveling down from an area called Republique to the Bastile - which was a roundabout with a statue where once a castle/ prison once stood, but a good place to start



and then on to the city hall - or Hotel de Ville which had a huge que outside it and was a very nice place to sit and enjoy an apple for breakfast with the fountains



just across the bridge....



....brings us to Notre Dame



its very dark inside, but felt very holy to me



and then a trip to the top via a que and 5 minutes waiting in a shop half way one of the towers





i like this pick, the roofs look like its been snowing and the trees are a very pretty colour



when this pick was taken a band was playing "the lion sleeps tonight" and all the bells were going



and this was my next destination, the Pantheon



via a good view



reminds me of St Pauls in London from this angle although it was a very plain building, just a wall of stone greeted us at the end of the street (but i suppose this isnt the main route



it was very pretty inside but had been attacked by an artist - well i say artist!



i think it was cotton with polystyrene balls inside



then a trip up the dome





notre dame in the distance



after lunch on the steps walking down the main route to the Pantheon (am very proud of ordering all food in french - deux big mac silve vous plait! only joking)



notice the burger place pointed out after the pic was taken



heading back towards the island Notre Dame is on we saw a que and joined it - leeding us to the Conciergerie, which gave us acess to one room only. Very pretty but for a normal price of 5 euros a rip off.



a better view of the building - apparently Marie Antoinette was interred here



looking back towards Notre Dame



Next we went for a sit down in a park, hich was gourgeous and the sun came out for a bit



in the same park apparently this is the Stock exchange - which we qued for only a bit but decided against it



Then on to the Louvre - i forgot how huge and amazingly beautiful this place is



a view to the river



was worth a look - you can see how busy it was - mainly Parisiennes



the inverted pyramid



the fountains were cool, they had a mistyness at their base



showing the distance



a very intersting place to sit and apreciate the archetecture



quite a cool shot showing the symetry



first view of the Eiffel tower



take time and apreciate this shot, i love it



so walking form the lovre to the place de la Concorde



the fountains and the obelisk



the glass roof is gourgeous and reminds me of the destroyed crystal palaces of London New York and i think there was one in Sydney shame this one is the only survivor



and on to a very grand building where there was a free open concert by a milatary band



in the main square of the building (Napoleon looks over the square)



and under the gold dome is Napoleons tomb ( look at how big it is compared to the people)



the inside of the dome (i think the French do this style of grand building best)



showing the scale of the interior in two pics





isnt it cool i took it in one pic



after nearly falling in the moat for a sit down i took this pic



and walking to the middle of the square without looking we turned around and took this pic



showing the scale of the Eiffel tower



if you look on skyscraperpage you can see the observation decks of the Eiffel tower and Empire State building arnt that different in hight





the view from the second floor - the mist had lifted to reveal a beautifull sunset



les invalides and Napoleons toomb in the middle, Notre Dame to the left and Pantheon to the right



view toward La Defense - a beautiful skyline



a close up



the sunset - mans creations arn't as beautiful as the solar systems



i loved the way the sun shone on this street





looking to the top



plenty of room



looking up the seine - the statue of liberty is on the end of that island ( a smaller version)



looking towards Montparnasse tower and the beautifull ornate gardens



view from the top





now you can see the park between the Eiffel Tower and La Defense



Arc de triumph



looking down



you can see the statue better now





night time - city of lights ( rather sensible idea)











the mist started to come in again



well first part / day is over - just a quick trip back to the hotel via the underground which was clean but not perfect
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Old October 1st, 2006, 01:31 PM   #2
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Great pics. How many hours did you spend on the eiffel tower??
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Old October 1st, 2006, 01:39 PM   #3
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lol, about 3 but really needed the sit down, also got a bite to eat as well - was worth every minute tho
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Old October 1st, 2006, 02:02 PM   #4
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Very nice pics of a beautiful city. I especially like the night pics, although some of them are a bit blurry
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Old October 1st, 2006, 10:34 PM   #5
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Very nice pictures!! Next week I am also going to Paris (I have already been there once) so also with your pictures I can see where to go:P
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Old October 4th, 2006, 05:59 AM   #6
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Amazing!!! two of the things I love are on this thread: great photos, and the world´s most beautiful city.
Hard to explain what I feel for Paris, just hope to see it for myself someday.
Thanks for the tour !!

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