maur  
life through the lens
 
  
home destinations a-z the big trips about me world beers newspapers updates/links top fives France travel store

 



 



FRANCE


Location - Western Europe; Capital - Paris; Population - 65 million; Currency - Euro MORE FRANCE

Just before I went to the Western Sahara I had a Eurostar weekend in Paris in November 2009.

 

euroA 10 Euro note

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france12A bateaux mouche cruises down the river Seine, infront of Ile St-Louis, Paris

 

 

france14Above a café on Ile St-Louis, Paris

 

Thomson Holidays - Click Here

 

france15From Ile St-Louis look across the Seine towards the Notre Dame Cathedral on neighbouring island Ile de la Cité - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france19The cathedral was made famous in Victor Hugo's novel 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france20The 'Cathedral de Notre Dame de Paris' was completed in the 14th century - Paris

Visit the cathedral's website here

 

 

france23A look back at Ile de la Cité from Pont Neuf, which links the island to the mainland - Paris

 

 

france7The Pompidou Centre is a cultural centre - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france5The Pompidou Centre is distinctive in its design, with pipes and stairs in full view on the outside of the building - Paris

Pompidou Centre's website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

paddypowerpoker.com $600 Bonus

 

france8Read what's on at the Pompidou Centre via the monthly calendar at Place Georges Pompidou, Paris

 

 

france9Colourful fountains at Place Igor Stravinsky, Paris

 

 

 

france1Bercy Village is a cobblestone strip of cafes, restaurants and fancy shops - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france26Stalls line the banks of the river Seine, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france30The Hotel des Invalides, built in the 17th century, houses a military museum - Paris

 

 

france38..It's also home to the tomb of former French emperor Napoleon I - Paris

More on Napoleon Bonaparte here

 

 

france45You might have heard of the Eiffel Tower - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france46Named after its designer Gustave Eiffel, the tower is 324metres tall - Paris

 

The Eiffel Tower website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france47It's possible to walk to the 2nd floor, but a lift is the only way to get to the 3rd floor - Paris

 

 

france49The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 as the entrance to that year's Paris World Fair - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france53It was blowing a gale when I went up so the nets came in very useful to catch falling debris (not from the tower I hasten to add) - Paris

 

 

france61Looking down from the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france62The golden Eglise du Dome in the Hotel des Invalides, as seen through Eiffel Tower ironwork - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france66Cross the river Seine and head for the fountains at the Trocadero Gardens - Paris

 

 

france67A wet and windswept Place de Varsovie, at the top of the Trocadero Gardens - Paris

 

 

france705-10 minutes walk from the Trocadero Gardens is another French landmark, the Arc de Triomphe - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france71Built in 1836, the Arc de Triomphe is a monument to Napoleon's 1805 victory at Austerlitz - Paris

 

Arc de Triomphe official info here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france72I did a lot of stair-climbing in Paris - Arc de Triomphe, Paris

 

 

france74And it was well worth it. The sky had cleared and the views were fantastic, providing a distant view of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre - Paris

 

 

france86The Arc de Triomphe stands in the world's largest roundabout, the Etoile. And radiating from it is the famous Avenue de Champs-Élysées - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france87One more look at the Eiffel Tower, this time from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france99Avenue de Champs-Élysées - Paris

 

 

france104Entrance to the Louvre museum is via the glass pyramid - Paris

 

The Louvre's website here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france105Amongst many others, the Louvre houses the Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france107The Louvre's glass pyramid, Paris

 

 

france108I love this photo of the Arc du Carrousel through a rain spattered window of the glass pyramid - Paris

 

 

france109The Louvre, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france111Wandering through Chinatown, around Tolbiac metro - Paris

 

 

france113The world-famous cabaret Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill) lies in the red-light district of Pigalle, Paris

The Moulin Rouge website

 

 

france125Canalside bars at Bassin de la Villette - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france112A deserted street near Colonel Fabien metro, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france130The Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart) Basilica lies at the top of Montmartre Hill - Paris

 

 

france136The graffiti-laden dome of the Sacré-Coeur - Paris

 

 

france137The views from the Sacré-Coeur's dome are superb - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france140Spot the Arc de Triomphe in a surprisingly cramped-looking Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france141The Sacré-Coeur was built in 1873 but only consecrated in 1919 - Paris

 

 

france145View from the dome of Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Paris

 

 

france149The centre of the artist quarter of Montmartre is at Place du Tertre - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france156An artist at work in Place du Tertre, Montmartre - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france154The cobbled backstreets of Montmartre - Paris

 

 

france151Posters, prints, sketches, paintings and drawings are all for sale in Montmartre - Paris

 

 

france152A Montmartre café, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france153A cute looking restaurant in Montmartre, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france158Liberty adorns the column at the centre of the Place de la Bastille, commemorating the Storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 thereby sparking the French Revolution - Paris

Wikipedia entry on the Storming of the Bastille here

 

 

france162The Place de la Bastille column is just visible from Port de l'Arsenal, St Martin's Canal - Paris

 

 

france163A lock separates Port de l'Arsenal from the river Seine beyond - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france172Well worth doing is a boat trip along St Martin's Canal, which starts/ends with a 2kms underground stretch beneath the Place de la Bastille - Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france180Natural light illuminates St Martin's Canal - Paris

 

 

france178Vegetation grows from gridded holes above St Martin's Canal - Paris

 

 

france186A bridge parts to allow our boat to continue its path along St Martin's Canal - Paris

 

Canauxrama organises canal (& river) trips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france189People gather to watch the raising of the canal waters between locks - St Martin's Canal, Paris

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

france192Heading north along St Martin's Canal, Paris

 

 

Website and content Copyright © 2008-2013 Mark Wilkinson. All rights reserved.

 

LINKS

http://uk.franceguide.com - French tourist office

www.francemonthly.com

www.eurostar.com - Eurostar train from London to Paris, Brussels and more

www.ratp.info - public transport in Paris

 

I am not responsible for the content of external websites.

 

 
 
 
   
 
destinations a-z