I had a nice walk yesterday down a big boulevard in the city. It was a bright sunny day sandwiched between several rainy days and called for me to be outside. I wanted to do some walking and sight seeing, so I chose this destination. There was a lot going on, so I’ll just post a few photos and link to the album, which has some interesting other sights.
The first thing you’ll notice when you get out of the subway is the huge arch that greets you. It was named to honor the soldiers of the French Revolution and Napoleonic wars and certainly stands the test of time. It is so famous that some people will risk their life to get a decent photo of it. I can say that because Parisian drivers are not impressed with the Swag or daring of a tourist looking into a camera.
On the street you may find grade B street performers and top quality auto dealers, but those guys don’t often associate. The street is well known for shopping. I saw some Lamborghinis and other fancy cars there. Post cards were quite expensive on this section, as was a McDonalds hamburger. (Personally, I think you can get better food in Paris – for example lamb)
One of the great parts of Paris is the parks. They are few and far between, but they are quite beautiful. Of course you cannot walk on the grass, so they provide dirt paths for your convenience. The plazas are also quite nice with fountains and statues.
To be fair, the gardens were lovely and smelled quite fragrant, a nice break from the urine, exhaust, and cigarette smoke smells you normally get when walking down the street. Mostly I enjoyed the views and architecture. It is difficult to find so many wonderful things in one place.
The bride you see is one of a series I hope to compose. Often the photographer tries for the best shot and has to crop out or turn the camera from other things going on. In this case I thought the “behind the scene” was nicer than what would go in a photo album.
Finally I found myself at the Louvre, which is one of the most impressive buildings I have ever seen. Not only does it house some of the most famous art in history, the building is a magnificently creative and beautiful sculpture in and of itself.
This post isn’t about the Louvre, but I’ll add some photos just for grins. There are the main exhibits and then the temporary exhibits. Right now there is an ancient Islamic art exhibit, and it was important to see that while it is in town. Plus it makes an interesting place for a blind date (although bad for conversation). I should put a lot of detail into these photos, but the subjects are famous enough that you can look them up themselves.
Left to right: Venus de Milo, Mona Lisa, Psyche and Cupid, and Michelangelo’s Captive
Here you can find all of the Louvre photos I took yesterday.
The last part of the walk was chilly, but worth looking over the Seine. There are at least 3 super famous landmarks in the first photo – they’re all partially blocked though. Can you guess what they are?
The first photo there has an interesting story. Those locks you see are put there by lovers that want their undying love to be locked for ever. It is quite romantic. Every bridge in this area that has a wire rail is covered with locks.
Well, I had a great day and hope you enjoyed the photos. If you want to look at all from the walk, just click here.