Part 2: Paris Walkabout


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When we finished at Napoleon's Tomb and the Army Museum, we hit the bricks to see some of the tourist sights in downtown Paris.

The Photos

The photos below are what we saw.

We spotted this gal sunbathing on the grass outside of the Army museum; she was causing traffic jams. 

Paris streets can be quite narrow, even in the heavily traveled downtown areas.

Near the Seine River bridge of Pont Alexandre, we came upon this awesome statuary.

A asked her to pose, but I could not even get a smile.  It probably would have helped if I could have spoken French to her.  This is a very ornate lamp post on the bridge.

Dedication plaque for the bridge.

From the center of the Pont Alexandre bridge we had an unobstructed view of the murky waters of the Seine.

This is a very nice live-aboard barge on the Seine.

We asked Jim to take our photo with the Seine in the background.

Some of the bridges had intricate carvings on their center supports.

Lining the banks of the Seine were churches and high-dollar (sorry, high-Euro) apartments in old buildings.

The span on this bridge was replaced with steel, but they had the good taste to leave the statues on the supporting structures.

Every tourist in Paris must get at least one photo of themselves with the Eiffel Tower in the background.

En route to the Eiffel Tower, we passed this "green" building that had a garden growing on the walls of the structure.

At the bridge next to the Eiffel Tower, we spotted this nice statuary.

Another nice live-aboard boat docked at the quay on the Seine.  Given the price of Paris real estate, this is probably the cheapest room in town.

We got another "together" shot on a bridge overlooking the Seine.

The high contrast of the clouds needed black and white treatment to look authentic.

Once the camera was not looking directly into the sun, the colors of the sky became apparent.

A set of apartments that overlook the Seine and have a direct view of the Tower.

The Eiffel Tower with live-aboard barges on the Seine.

The Paris Metro is a very efficient way of getting around town.  Above, we see a train crossing the multiple level bridge across the Seine. We walked our feet to nubs and it was very hot.  We finally decided to take one of the "hop on, hop off" bus tours around central Paris.  So, we headed to the base of the Eiffel Tower and waited until a bus came around.

Another view of the cathedral at Napoleon's Tomb as seen from the upper deck of the bus.  It was hot.  Really hot.  So, despite the breeze created by the motion of the bus, we still fried.

Some statuary on the Louvre.

A large church as seen from the upper level of the bus near the Louvre.

Notre Dame.

One of the many bridges across the Seine.  Note the figures on the river walk.

An odd Tuk-Tuk cab.

The bus passed the French Academy of Music building.

The cafe scene in Paris.

Some of the government buildings were very impressive.

Traveling around on the tourist bus, we got a taste of Paris when we saw this candy sculpture.

The bus circled the Arc de Triumph, but did not stop.  Sadly, Kathleen's head made it's way into the photo.

A parting shot of the Arc de Triumph.  The bus was hot and when we got to a place where we could hit the Metro, we got off and headed back to the hotel for a shower and dinner.  Next morning, we packed and headed out to Caen near the Normandy coast.

One of the odder cars we saw during our time in Paris.

Another view of the Academy of Music building.

On our way out of town, we passed this ornate cathedral.

Paris is a great time and finding great food is easy once you steer clear of the tourist areas.  Later today, we will drive the autopiste to the Caen area.

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