I’ve never been before in Paris. Actually, Paris even wasn’t in my Top-5 cities for visiting.
When we were buying the tickets to Japan, we had 2 options for transfer- 3 hours in Moscow or 10 hours in Paris and, of course, we took the tickets to Paris. As I said Paris wasn’t on my list for visiting, for me Paris was a city with huge culture background but without any chances in nowadays (one of the capitals in the impersonal Europe).
So we were in Paris 10 hours (-5 hours for ID checking and transfer) so we had 5 hours for visiting the city. Of course, we didn’t have enough time for this city, but it was enough for understanding that I was wrong and Paris still has “a vibe”- the spirit of genius and power of art. Paris remembers the sound of Camus’ shoes on the pavement, Hemingway’s voice in one of the bars and Chanel’s shadows in the narrow streets of the city.
I want to come back to Paris at least for a week, I want to understand this city, I want to feel the emotions that make it a City of Love and I want to roam the quiet streets early in the morning, wrapped in a cloak and imagining that next to me is Serge Gainsbourg.
The Eiffel Tower and The Champ de Mars.
Dome of Les Invalides. Les Invalides (“The National Residence of the Invalids”)- is a complex of buildings, containing museums and monuments, all relating to the military history of France.
Dome of Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées- large historic site, exhibition hall, and museum complex.
Dome of Les Invalides and the facade of the military museum.
The Bridge Alexandre III.
A monumental bronze quadriga by Georges Récipon on the top of Grand Palais.
The Luxor Obelisk on the Place de la Concorde and The Eiffel Tower.
The Tuileries Garden with the Bassin Octogonal. The garden was created by Catherine de’ Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564.
The Louvre Museum.
Rue des Pyramides (Pyramids Street).
The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel and The Louvre.
The Louvre and famous Louvre Pyramid.
The tourist is holding the Louvre Pyramid (in her photo).
French learned society- The Institut de France and the Bridge of Arts.
The Church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois.
The Pont Neuf is the oldest standing bridge across the river Seine (the construction was ended in 1607).
The real vintage camera photographer (I was feeling like a child with my Hasselblad when I saw him).
M. Chat or Monsieur Chat is one of the most famous graffiti characters in France. The first cat was created by Thoma Vuille in Orléans in 1997.
The Saint-Michel bridge was opened in 1857, “N” means- “Neuf” (New) and not “Napoleon” 😆
The Fontaine Saint-Michel was constructed in 1858–1860 during the French Second Empire by the architect Gabriel Davioud. In the 1856 plan, Davioud placed a feminine statue of Peace into the central niche. The 1858 plan called for replacing Peace with a statue of Napoleon Bonaparte. This provoked furious opposition from the opponents of Louis-Napoleon, so later in 1858 Davioud proposed that the central figure be the Archangel Michael wrestling with the devil.
The Notre-Dame rose window as a fine example of the Gothic Rayonnant style.
Well known gargoyle statues on the Notre-Dame.
Notre-Dame de Paris as one of the most famous landmarks of France and one of the most important Catholic monuments in the world.
Hotel de Ville is the building housing the city’s local administration. It has been the headquarters of the municipality of Paris since 1357.