|Viva le France!!!|
|Monday, 15 August 2011 08:17|
VIVA LE FRANCE |
The City of love and lights
Paris is completely different to any of the cities in Italy. Italy & Italians are organic, passionate, lively and loud. The Parisians is no less passionate, but in a very different way, you see it in the lovers strolling down The Champs de Elysees, the way they walk and the whole city oozes romance and passion. I went to Paris last year as well, but that was in winter and the city has two completely different personalities in different seasons. You'll see form the few pics I posted from my previous trip that the term "city of lights" are a little more relevant for autumn and winter, because the sun only sets at 22:45 in July (their summer). And the Parisians is truly outdoorsy people in Summer, Paris is well renown for all it's public parks and during the summer everybody would congregate on the lawns and under the trees, from tourists to well dressed business men taking a break during lunch. We arrived in Paris during a heatwave and the one day we were some of the 100s of people splashing in the fountains - I never imagined 37 degrees in Europe. If I had to describe Paris in one word it would be "detail". The attention to detail is so overwhelming and awe-inspiring, that you only really can take it in afterwards as you look through your pictures…. Enjoy! Or like the say in French: Amusez-vous!
The Louvre, the outside is the best part for me...
The Sacre Coeur, which stays eternally white due to constant calcium deposits from the rock its constructed from.
Bateau Mouches's on the Seine
Ice Skating in winter in front of Hotel de Ville (Town Hall)
Love how the stairs of our apartment in Montmarte have been worn through, from years of frequent feet...
The elaborate gilded gates of the Petit Palais
If you like modern art, the centre Pompidou is a must - these objects converts movement into sound. So if you wave you hand it starts screeching, the faster you move the higher the pitch....
Butte Montmarte - with the Sacre Coeur visible. Paris is very flat - the little hill is the only elevated area.
Galleries Lafayette - the french version of Harrods
This little girls enjoyed having their dresses being blown away by the hot air rising from the vents from the metro. Marilyn Monroes in the making!
Hat fitting at one of the many outdoor markets
Moutons de dessin animé / Cartoon Sheep
"Cloth" from bottle caps
Inside of Notre Dame
Breakfast in a park, Cafe Latte & Chocolate Croissants
Saint Chapelle - we attended a Vivaldi Symphony concert
Joan of Arc
One of the amazing things of Europe is their fresh fruit & veg...