France Tour 2015

France 2015  
Day 6

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This is the story of our trip to France in May of 2015.  It was part of a round the world trip that also included London
and the USA (New York, Niagara Falls, Canyon Country and the Tall Trees)'

This is Day 6 of our trip -  Paris

A tour of Paris and entrance to the Eiffel Tower  followed by free time. 

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11-May-2015
 
 Our half day tour today started at 9 AM, so, as we had time, we walked along streets surrounded by huge 5 or 6 storey buildings, cafes abounding, to the Paris Cityvision Office.  The Palais Garnier or Opera House caught our eye, then we walked on to the area surrounding the Louvre Museum and then back to the Joan of Arc Statue, which was now decorated with many flower wreaths following the V.E. long week-end.  Getting on our tour bus we headed off around the streets of Paris taking in the major sights until we arrived at the Eiffel Tower.  Here we wandered about until our allocated entrance time and after security screening we caught a lift to the second floor.  The views were fantastic.  After a lunchbreak we walked down to level one, repeating all the photos we took on level 2  and then finally down to ground level again.  We  then walked via a number of attractions including the Pantheon, which unfortunately had the dome under wraps for restoration work, down to the river and along to the Notre-Dame Cathedral.  This cathedral was on our must see list and it is well worth a look.  We were happy to note that when we left the church it was closed - we had just made it in!  It was getting late so we had a crepe from a street vendor and ate it at the interesting Stravinsky Fountain.  From there we headed home via the Rue Saint-Denis.
Day - 6

A big walking day - an indicative map.
 

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Early morning Paris. Palais Garnier, a 1,979-seat opera house,  built from 1861 to 1875 for the Paris Opera Palais Garnier - some details
    Heading to the Louvre.
  The Pyramid-shaped entrance to the Louvre museum  
 

'LA MÉDITERRANÉ' by  Aristide Maillol

Looking down to the Egyptian Luxor obelisk
  Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel  Artists painting the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel 
  A view of the Eiffel Tower Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel
  Joan of Arc.  
Our tour starts A distance shot of the Palais Garnier Opera House Lovely Parisian streets.
Notre-Dame Cathedral drive-by   Arch of Triumph of the Star - in the distance
Arch of Triumph of the Star - closer.    
Street secondhand book stalls. Tourists everywhere. Tourist transport!
The Eiffel Tower    
     
     
     
    View from the second level.
The top is still high above us.    
    The platform - level 2
     
     
  Towards the city  
     
     
Going down - Winding wheels for the lifts.    
     
Level -1 views.    
     
     
The Hôtel des Invalides - holds Napoleon’s Tomb and 3 military museums The Luxembourg Palace, now the seat of the French Senate, beyond the Luxembourg lake.  The Panthéon, originally built as a church dedicated to St. Genevieve, now a secular mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens
University of Paris Church - Saint-Étienne-du-Mont Walking under a bridge - Notre-Dame Cathedral in the distance.
    Love locks.
    Entrance to Notre-Dame Cathedral
The Nave Started 1163 - consecrated 1345.  
Joan of Arc 10m diameter 35m high
  Notre-Dame Cathedral  
Sign of the times   Seine River

Hotel de Ville

  Beautiful Carousel.
 

Stravinsky Fountain

Whirling, twirling statues.
Squirting sculpture - the Mermaid. Rue Saint-Denis is one of the oldest streets in Paris leading to the Porte Saint-Denis or St Denis Arch Late and almost home.

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