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
This is Day 1 of our trip to France - Arrival Day.
Day -1 Arrival in Paris
|We arrived at the airport (Charles De
Gaulle) just after lunch via a long flight from Dubai and an even longer flight from Australia.
A great city tour was had as we wound our way around Paris thanks to our shuttle bus
dropping off everyone before us, thus we arrived at our hotel around 4:30 PM.
Booking in was easy. To ensure we stayed awake until the proper
time in Paris we went out
for a walk with the initial goal of finding where our tour would start the next
morning (day 2) as we were told it was nearby; then we wanted to explore
as much of Paris as we could. Armed with a tourist map
we ambled off.
The first highlight were the Tuileries Garden, a 17th-century formal garden then on to our goal, the Joan of Arch Statue and the Tour Office. At the tour office we confirmed our seats on the bus and headed off again. Passing a number of statues and the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, skirting the Louvre.
Crossing the Seine River via the Pont Royal past the Museum D'Orsay and back across the Seine via the Foot Bridge Léopold-Sédar-Senghor which in European tradition is covered in "Love" locks. This led us via the other end of the Tuileries Garden to the Place de la Concorde. The Place de la Concorde is a very large public square, with fountains, statues and an Egyptian obelisk.
|The Walk - from memory|
|The flight over - excited by the things we hope to see.||Charles De Gaulle Airport - Shuttle Pick-up||Out for a walk - first spot was the Tuileries garden|
|Beautiful architecture.||Joan of Arc - more famous in France than I realised.||
'Bronze' by Aristide Maillol - Air 1932.
|Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel||Looking towards the Louvre||Pont Royal from a distance.|
|Pont Royal - Crossing the Seine||Watching the tourists boat pass by - Grand Palais in the background.||Busy street - Rue du Bac|
|The Pont Royal||Museum D'Orsay||A flooded Seine River|
|Hard to get dinner here tonight||"Love" locks on the Foot Bridge Léopold-Sédar-Senghor|
|Foot Bridge Léopold-Sédar-Senghor with the Grand Palais in the background.||Tuileries garden||Tuileries garden|
|Place de la Concorde - our first photo of the Eiffel Tower.||Egyptian Luxor obelisk||Luxor Obelisk is over 3,000 years old. Erected in 1836, by King Louis-Phillipe. It was gifted to France by Muhammed Ali, Khedive of Egypt.|
|and the Grand Palais in the background||Walking home - the Eifel Tower and Pont Alexandre III||Eifel Tower and Pont Alexandre III further along the path|