Sightseeing - Paris, Part Two

Fountain at Jardin des Tuleries

On the first two days we didn't have much of a plan, apart from bf wanting to see the Obelisk (he has a strange attraction to all ancient egyptian things). But the Louvre was easier to find from where we left the métro along the riverbank that day, so we started there, went across the Jardin des Tuleries, sat down for a while admiring the fountain, the fact that there are chairs around the fountain, and all the french people in nice clothes. Then we kept walking to the Obelisk, let bf stare at it for a while, and didn't take any pictures - the ones below are actually from a different day, on our way to the Tour Eiffel, but at the Place/Pont de la Concorde.

Obelisk, Paris

Seine, Paris

Paris made me want tourist pics! I tried to take this photo without sunglasses. It had funny results I will never publish online.

Then up we went through the Champs-Élysées towards the Arc de Triomphe. Towards because somewhere along the avenue the beautiful gardens ended and I got bored of it (but it was probably the only street in Paris I got bored of), so we never made it to the Arc. Instead, we took a left turn somewhere to explore the neighbourhood, and entered a quest to find me the map of Paris the internet had told me to buy.
It was a maze of twisty big streets all full of high fashion brands, not just clothes, but also that ST Dupont store in the sneak preview post. We eventually gave up, figured out we were very close to the top of Champs-Élysées, which meant there was a métro there we could take. And just like the laws of coincidence demand, there it was! A news stand selling my map on it right by the George V métro.

On other separate days we went to visit the Cathédral Notre Dame, followed by the Jardin des Plantes et du Luxembourg, with the Quartier Latin and the Panthéon in between,

Notre Dame from Pont de l’Archevéche

Above: Notre Dame from the Pont de l'Archevéche (the one with all the locks).

We also went to see the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur before strolling around Montmartre and Caulaincourt,

Carousel at Basilique du Sacré-Coeur

It seems every park, square and garden in Paris big enough to have a carousel has a carousel.

Then there was the afternoon we were very tired and didn't know what do to. I realised I hadn't seen the Tour Eiffel yet so we walked there from Place de la Concorde by the riverbank because I loved the light,

Pont de la Concorde, Paris

Pont Alexandre III, Paris

Tour Eiffel, Paris

Names on the Eiffel Tower

Names on the Eiffel Tower

I only discovered there where names on the tower when I saw them. It's a nice surprise.

So there you go. All of the Paris touristy attractions gathered in one post for your convenience, and so I can say "yes, I've been there, look at my blog post" :)

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