First full day in Paris

We took the Eurostar train from London to Paris on Friday and managed to hike our way from the train station to our apartment by the Louvre. After traveling and carrying heavy bags around all day, all we did after that was go grocery shopping which took way longer due to the whole “I can’t figure out what’s in this box unless there are pictures” issue.

The next morning, we did an introductory walk around the city. Walking straight from the Louvre, all the way to the Arc de Triomphe, then toward the Eiffel Tower, then finally walked back along the river, crossed at Pont Neuf, grabbed some food at a cafe, and headed home. It was a long walk with a million sights along the way (more than we would ever care to photograph or write about). Here are a few highlights.

The view from the Louvre goes all the way to the Arc de Triomphe.

The view from the Louvre goes all the way to the Arc de Triomphe.

There was some sort of bike event going on. Lots of people doing laps.

There was some sort of bike event going on. Lots of people doing laps.

I get the crepes, those are everywhere. But so are hot dogs. I don't want hot dogs in Paris. At least give them a fancy french name.

I get the crepes, those are everywhere. But so are hot dogs. I don’t want hot dogs in Paris. At least give them a fancy french name.

This city has a thing for rows of trees lining their paths.

This city has a thing for rows of trees lining their paths.

Very Bad Trip 3? Is there no translation for "hangover"?

Very Bad Trip 3? Is there no translation for “hangover”?

There was a crazy gypsy-punk like band playing outside the Virgin store on the Champs Elysees. Good stuff.

There was a crazy gypsy-punk like band playing outside the Virgin store on the Champs Elysees. Good stuff.

The city's lightning rod.

The city’s lightning rod.

The Eiffel Tower itself is... not pretty. Except for a few curves at the bottom, it's mainly a big hunk of intersecting metal beams painted brown...

The Eiffel Tower itself is… not pretty. Except for a few curves at the bottom, it’s mainly a big hunk of intersecting metal beams painted brown…

Looking across the Alexander Bridge with its gold statues.

Looking across the Alexander Bridge with its gold statues.

Book sellers line the river around the Notre Dame area.

Book sellers line the river around the Notre Dame area.

There are a couple of bridges that people have covered in love locks.

There are a couple of bridges that people have covered in love locks.

View across the Seine of the Louvre from Pont Neuf.

View across the Seine of the Louvre from Pont Neuf.

Dinner at a cafe. Simple food. Outrageously priced. Welcome to Paris.

Dinner at a cafe. Simple food. Outrageously priced. Welcome to Paris.

Our apartment is about 15 ft from a boulangerie patisserie, so our first order was a pair of eclairs.

Our apartment is about 15 ft from a boulangerie patisserie, so our first order was a pair of eclairs.

Walking in the sun for six hours takes it out of you...

Walking in the sun for six hours takes it out of you…

One thought on “First full day in Paris

  1. The bridge covered with locks is intriguing. At least it’s not gum (ha)!

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