jn82’s Epic Adventure

Day 41 [11 Mar 09] – Paris

Posted in Paris by jn82 on March 12, 2009

What a difference a day (and good weather) makes! We got up today and after a free breakfast at the hostel, headed to St. Michel metro station for the free walking tour conducted by the folks at New Europe tours. The weather today was very good, with lots of sun, minimal wind and no rain at all. The walking tour would last for just under four hours with a lunch break in-between, and covered the outside of many of Paris’ well known tourist sites.

Notre Dame de Paris.

Pont Neuf, ironically the oldest bridge in Paris.

Jason Bourne hid behind the “M” in The Bourne Identity when he went to meet Conklin on the Pont Neuf.

The Lourve.

3,000 year old Egyptian Obeslisk.

At the top of the Champs-Elysees.

The walking tour ended around 3pm, and we decided to spend the rest of the afternoon walking down the Champs-Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe. Champs-Elysees is an insanely straight avenue with lots of shops on both sides of it, and it leads straight to the Arc de Triomphe at the end of it. There are twelve other avenues which lead to the Arc de Triomphe, making it appear as if the Arc is the central point of a star. Very interesting. We were pre-warned about lots of pick pocketing and snatch theft which occurs along the Champs-Elysees, but there was none of that today fortunately. All the way down we could see the Arc de Triomphe getting larger and larger in our view, and this is probably the most famous real iconic sight we have approached on the trip so far.

Up close and personal with the Arc de Triomphe.

For the girls, this is the Louis Vuitton building towards the end of Champs-Elysees.

After finally reaching the Arc de Triomphe, we paid the 9 euro entry fee, and climbed up over 300+ steps in all to reach the terrace, where there was a very good view of all the twelve avenues which terminated at the Arc as you walked around the edge of the terrace. It was also here where we got our first un-obscured view of the Eiffel Tower.

View of Champs-Elysees.

The most famous icon of Paris, the Eiffel Tower.

Insane traffic below where there is a nine lane wide round-about which feeds into twelve avenues radiating away from the Arc de Triomphe.

After the Arc, we went for a quick dinner, and then joined up with the folk with New Europe tours again outside the Blanche metro stop, this time for an 8 euro two hour walking tour of Montmartre, the “original Paris”. It was a very nice tour and we got to see lots old buildings and streets, including some buildings used in the Amélie movie!

The Moulin Rouge, our starting point.

Café Amélie worked at.

Van Gough’s apartment was the second window from the left on the second floor.

The Agile Rabit, where Pablo Picasso paid for his meals with sketches of the waitresses initially, then monthly art pieces, before he was famous.

Sacre Coeur.

Maison Collignon, where Amélie did her grocery shopping.

The tour ended around 8pm, and we were even given a free beer at a nearby restaurant. After that, we just headed back to the hostel as the day was pretty long and we were a bit tired. All in all a pretty good day.

Link to today’s pictures here.


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  1. gel said, on March 12, 2009 at 12:51 am

    seems like you two enjoyed today even though it’s tiring!

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