Paris: Part One

I realise I haven’t posted here in ages, but since I recently visited Paris, I thought this was the perfect opportunity to get things going again. This was my second trip to Paris and a chance to see some places that I hadn’t visited the first time.

Our hotel was not far from Place de Bastille, where Bastille prison used to stand and where the Colonne de Juillet was erected in the memory of the rebels who were killed in the 1830 and 1848 revolutions.

Colonne de Juillet
Colonne de Juillet

Deciding to walk from our hotel to the Seine and our final destination of the Musee d’Orsay, we took photos of the beautiful architecture of Paris, and stopped off for a brief period at the Place des Vosges, considered one of the most beautiful squares in the world (though personally I think that’s probably stretching things).

Place des Vosges
Place des Vosges

Place des Vosges

Our stroll along the Seine took in many famous sights, including the most famous of all, the Eiffel Tower (more of which later)…


…Pont Neuf, the oldest bridge in Paris, the first stone of which was laid by Henri III in 1578…

Pont NeufPont Neuf

…and our final destination of the Musee d’Orsay.

Musee d’OrsayMusee d'Orsay

A beautiful building, converted from a railway station, it was opened as a museum in 1986 and exhibits art work from 1848 to 1914 including that of Renoir and Van Gogh. Unfortunately you aren’t able to take photos inside (I’d love to show you the inside of the building itself, never mind the artwork on show).

We then headed towards the Eiffel Tower and managed to survive the extremely long queues to admire the views from the very top.


Originally built for the 1889 Universal Exhibition, it was the world’s tallest building until the construction of the Empire State Building in New York.



Next time…my favourite building in the world, Notre Dame, a boat ride along the Seine, Opera National de Paris Garnier, the Moulin Rouge, Sacre Coeur, more of the Place des Vosges, the Hotel de Sully and the Maison de Victor Hugo.

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