5 Days In Paris

Eiffel Tower

Five days in Paris condensed into five photos. Enjoy!

Eiffel Tower, when she shines, she captivates an entire city. I can’t get enough of her.

Eiffel Tower

Defining the city is this striking monument.

Arc de Triumphe

Shadows and geometry combine to form a new way to view the Louvre.

Louvre

Whatever your issue, tea always makes things better.

Salon de The

Notre Dame stands as a reminder of the timelessness of faith and of Paris.

cathedral

I thoroughly enjoyed my all-to-brief visit. What are your thoughts on Paris? For me, she is a mystery that I can’t help but try to sort out. Though, I’m not sure a lifetime would be sufficient to learn all her secrets.

Till our next meeting, Paris.

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  • Great photos! Very artistically done.

  • rochester_veteran

    I was captivated by Paris as well and visited several times, as I was stationed only 5 hours away, just north of Mannheim. I took a rec center arranged bus tour the first time I went and drove there the other times. The first time I drove, I made it into Paris in the evening and drove down the Champs-Élysées and around and around that crazy traffic circle around the Arc de triomphe. Of course, I had Joni Mitchell’s “Free Man in Paris” playing on my tape deck. It was so cool, even though I had a hard time getting out of the traffic circle! Twelve boulevards converging into that traffic circle:

    Inside the crazy Arc de Triomphe roundabout in Paris Shocking Traffic

    Back then, drivers in Paris drove with just their parking lights on, with the headlights off. The street lighting was bright enough to see though.

    Except for that first bus tour, I stayed in low cost (OK, cheap! 🙂 ) hotels in the Latin Quarter, near the Sorbonne. That first car trip, my room looked out into an inner court where I could see other peoples rooms and apartments, cooking smells, conversations in French, somebody playing the violin. Talk about atmosphere! Finding a place to park my car was tough and once I found a spot, that’s where it would sit until I left. I took the subway and walked a lot.

    My first trip, I visited the Louvre, so this trip, I visited Musée de l’Armée, wandered the Champs-Élysées, walked along the Seine, visited Jim Morrison’s grave in the Père Lachaise Cemetery and then up to Montmartre. I also took the time to enjoy the sidewalk cafes, great places for people watching! The street scene in Paris is happening, a very exciting place to visit!

    • Tania

      Thankfully, there is an underground tunnel so pedestrians do not have to face the ‘circle of death’. What freaked me out the most about Parisian traffic is the number of vespa (?) on the road. Seemed to be qual number of cars and vespa. They weave everywhere and the roads, outside of the Champs-Elyees, are not wide around Paris. I really wish I stayed longer, I didn’t really have any down time to walk with my camera around Paris. The marathon dictated how much I could do each day, it is not really a good idea to climb the steps of the Eiffel Tower before a marathon or hike around Montmartre. After the marathon, it’s still not a good idea.