The City of Paris

The capital of France is one of my favourite places to visit, whether during the warm summer months or the unpredictable Spring and Autumn.

There is just so much to see and do, and I thought I would give you a very short mini-tour of the city and show you some of the sights.

We will start the tour down by the River Seine, looking from its banks out towards the St Germain des Pres area of the city. Packed full of small restaurants and bars, it's always a really busy place.

Whilst we are on the banks of the river, let's walk a little further along and take a look at the waters themselves, this image was taken from one of the many bridges that span the banks - looking over the old railway station that is now the Musee D'Orsay.

If you like your art and culture, then a visit to the museum is an absolute must, it's a treasure trove of masterpieces of all types, plus you just have to stand behind the clock face and look out over Paris.

Spinning around from this point you will see one of the most famous landmarks in the city, the cathedral of Notre Dame, which of course was very recently the subject of a huge fire that gutted a large part of the structure.

Repair and refurbishment have started to take place and the fences that surround the structure tell a wonderful story and highlight the feat of engineering going on behind all the scaffolding poles.

Luckily the two tall bell towers survived the inferno, and looking from the front you would not know anything had happened.

Notre Dame lies on the Ile de la Cite, a small island right in the middle of the River Seine, and just across from that lies another work of art, another monster in the world of architecture, the Louvre - home of the Mona Lisa and many more classics.

The building was originally a military facility and was even a royal palace at one point in time and its architecture is stunning, even on a wet afternoon when this shot was taken.

As you continue your journey north into the city itself, cross the Rue de Rivoli you will come along the golden statue of Jean D'Arc outside the Hotel Regina - a five-star luxury residence overlooking the Tuilleries.

As you move northerly through the narrow streets of the city, you will naturally just have to stop at one of the pavement cafes and people watch with a lovely cafe au lait or espresso - it's all part of the experience and one that I can highly recommend.

One thing you will notice as you move north is that the road starts to climb as you approach the Pigalle and Montmartre areas, home of the artists and students - you move away from the commercial art galleries and discover very different (but equally amazing) works of art, right in front of you.

The streets eventually narrow and end and you are left with a flight of steps to complete your journey. Climb those final steps, (beware though there are lots of final steps), and you will eventually reach the Basilica of Sacre Coeur - a stunning sight that overlooks the whole city.

If you have reached this far, then you will have realised that you need a fair level of fitness and strong legs to discover Paris on foot, but you can also choose to take the Metro or one of the many buses - but it is always best on foot, you never know what you might find.

At the end of the day, then you can look out over the rooftops of Paris with a nice glass of wine and remember all those wonderful sights.


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