Paris, France – Part 2

This post takes us back to Paris for a short visit. We have actually been in Paris twice, but one of those visits was en-route to Milan, Italy, and we only had enough time for a short walk with no photographs! So here is another selection of photographs taken in Paris in 2003. When you have had a look at the images, click this link ‘Heatwave – Paris, France – 2003’ to see the first post!

The Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées.

The Arc de Triomphe at the top of the Champs-Élysées.

Penny and I had just got off the sightseeing bus to the left of this photograph. We often take a sightseeing tour around a new city to get our bearings and to see the main sights quickly, before getting on and off and exploring other areas on our own! The sculpture work to be found in Paris is absolutely stunning, and the Arc de Triomphe is one of the very best. The size, the detail, the perspective, the story and the quality of work in the tableaux is breathtaking, and well worth a visit to the city on its own, never mind seeing anything else!

Risky! The Arc de Triomphe from the middle of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées

Risky! The Arc de Triomphe from the middle of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées

This next photograph is one of my favourites, not because I think it is a good photograph, but because it used to be a Paris railway station and its frontage conjures images of the Orient Express, the Art Deco period and the famous fictional detective Hercule Poirot created by Agatha Christie! If I could have lived in any other period of time, this would be it!

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Gare d’Orsay now  Musée d’Orsay

Gare d’Orsay railway station never did serve the Orient Express, and is now the Musée d’Orsay, housing some of the worlds finest artworks, but it still exudes that period of time!

Talking of Art, one gallery that most visitors to Paris have to see is the Louvre and it’s controversial entrance, the Pyramid!

The Pyramid at the Louvre Art Gallery, Paris

The Pyramid at the Louvre Art Gallery, Paris

The Louvre is a magical place; huge and complex! If you are not going to visit world famous masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and the Venus di Milo by Alexandros of Antioch, it is a quiet, peaceful and unhurried place! However, as you can see from this photograph of the Venus di Milo, if you are going to visit one of the masterpieces, you can queue for ages at each piece and never get a photograph clear of other people! We queued for over an hour to see the Mona Lisa, which turned out to be a small, drab, uninspiring and disappointing piece of artwork, so much so that I didn’t consider it worth photographing!

The Venus di Milo by Leonardo da Vinci and some of her many admirers

The Venus di Milo by Leonardo da Vinci and some of her many admirers

So there we have it, our second short visit to Paris over! I hope you have enjoyed the post and I will publish more photographs of the city in the months to come! Please click on the link at the beginning of the post to see the first photographs of Paris, which includes the Eiffel Tower! Please also feel free to visit some of my other posts via the Archives section on the right and if you would like e-mail notification of publication of future posts, you can also sign up for this in the right hand column! Thanks for visiting and I hope to have your company again!

Cheers!

John

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10 thoughts on “Paris, France – Part 2

    • Hi Xandre – I assume you were there with your mum when you visited Europe, previous to your recent visit with your new husband! Did you get there this time? Architecturally, and from a city planning perspective, it is an absolute delight!

      Cheers!

      John

      • Hi John ! It’s going to be Paris alone for ten days with visits to Versailles and Giverny to see Monet’s home and gardens. Maybe a visit to Normandy to see Mont St-Michel abbey.
        Have a nice Sunday !

      • Hi Jocelyne – You will love Versailles and you will have to tell me about Monet’s gardens because I have never been there! I have been through Normandy and my son, Russell, has been to Mont St-Michel. He was very impressed! Of course, it is a big adventure for you, whereas it is just a 20 mile hop across the English Channel for us! You must be so excited already!

        Cheers

        John

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