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Weekend in Paris!!!

We decided to be spontaneous & go to Paris for a weekend. So excited as this is my first time in Europe!!! We drove to Dover & took the car on the Chunnel Train -went quickly but felt weird knowing you were under all that water!!!

We drove to Charles De Gaulle Airport where we parked the car & the caught the metro into the city. When we walked up the metro stairs to the street my first sight was of the Notre Dame on the Ile de Cite...so magical!! Walking up & seeing that & all the surrounding beautiful French architecture was one of those moments!! It was built in 1163 & is of gothic design.

We wandered around till we found some accommodation - Hotel Brasserie Lescot 26 Rue Pierre Lescot, that was reasonably priced. We were up on the 5th floor in a tiny little room that overlooked the nearby rooves of very French style buildings that have no roof eaves & of course lots of chimneys. It was a great location in walking distance of pretty much everything & was near the Centre Pompidou. This centre is a controversial modern building with the framework of the building on the outside Our nearest metro station was Etienne Marcel.This began 2 days of serious walking around Paris!!!!!

We wandered up past the Louvre ( no time to go in), through the Jardin De Tuilleries, fountains & park, Place de Concorde( which is the largest public square in Paris & the place of public executions such as Marie Antoinette. It also houses the obelisk of Luxor which is 3000 years old & was a gift from Egypt) Champs Elysses to the Arc de Triomphe ( where we went inside & climbed to the top). It is the worlds largest triumphal arch & at 162 ft is a tribute ordered by Napoleon to celebrate the armies victories in battle. It is at the end of the Champs de Elyses & the centre of 12 radiating avenues

We met up with Mum & Dad who were there with Michael & he ended up joining us as we went to the Eiffel Tower. We went to the top for amazing views over the city. It was built in 1889 & is 300 metres high. All the main roads come into a central point of the Arc De Triomphe, which was built by Napoleon in 1806. It was designed so that the major roads & boulevards are long & straight & focus in to major traffic circles

Next we caught a train to Sacre Couer at Montmartre. The church building stands out as it is massive & white on the top of a hill & we had to climb a few hundred stairs to get there. Up there we wandered around the windy little streets full of artists doing their work & of course, cafes everywhere.

We met up with Mum & Dad for dinner & then they took Michael back.

The next day we crossed the bridge over the Seine to wander the other side down to Luxembourg Gardens where we watched the toy boats being sailed in the lake.

Stopping frequently to ogle & buy from bakeries & patisseries ( oh my gosh - heaven for me!!!) & Brad had an amazing kebab, after already eating an insane amount of food. After he & Lee ate that they had to lie on a park bench as they were so full!!

Loved exploring the Morais district ( Jewish part of town ) & Place des Vosges-. It is the oldest square in Paris & surrounded by 36 old houses built in 1605 with ground floor covered arcades with imposing gateways & doorways with massive wooden doors. In the middle is a park.

Up to the Bastille where we sat in cafe outside where all the chairs face the footpath to people watch. The Bastille is a column celebrating the 1789 & 1830 French Revolutions.

Past the Hotel De Ville & the police Conciegerie ( 14th century place of imprisonment )building which I loved

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Bastille

Bastille


Arc De Triomphe

Arc De Triomphe


Fountain at Jardin De Tuilleries

Fountain at Jardin De Tuilleries


View to Eiffel Tower

View to Eiffel Tower


River Seine

River Seine


Patisserie

Patisserie


Cafes

Cafes


Place Des Vosges

Place Des Vosges


Sleeping off the food!!

Sleeping off the food!!


Paris with Mum &#38; Michael

Paris with Mum &#38; Michael


Louvre

Louvre


Luxembourg Gardens

Luxembourg Gardens


Notre Dame

Notre Dame


Brad outside the Louvre

Brad outside the Louvre


Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower


Sacre Coeur at Montemarte

Sacre Coeur at Montemarte


Michael att Sacre Coeur

Michael att Sacre Coeur


Metro Station sign

Metro Station sign


Notre Dame

Notre Dame


Place Des Vosges

Place Des Vosges


View from our hotel window

View from our hotel window

Posted by hillbillyramsey 17:00 Archived in France

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