Paris, Simply Beautiful

6-Jan-2013 • Paris France

I was surprised when I saw this arc in the site of the former Tuileries Palace. This is the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel, a triumphal arch in Paris built between 1806 and 1808 to conmemorate Napoleon's military victories of the previous year. It looked so similar to the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile. It too was designed in the same year but took thirty years to build.

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

In front of the Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

The Louvre. More about it in a separate blog entry.

The Place Vendome

At Place Vendome

The Bateaux Mouches, a boat ride on the River Seine

Marc and I did not ride the Bateaux Mouches when we visited Paris in the summer of 2000. I did travel on the boat though in the winter of 1988. I sat on the top deck with fellow students from Madrid and while it was freezing cold up there, we enjoyed the trip tremendously. Seeing the buildings and monuments lit up at night was amazing!

A bridge over the River Seine

Buying postcards for my photo albums. At this time, I had lots of storage for my pictures and postcards in my photo albums. How I wished I could say the same thing today. Thank goodness for blogs.

The George Pompidou Center

At the George Pompidou Center

In front of the Fountain of Youth in the Les Halles area of the city

At the time of our visit, the Orsay Museum was totally covered in scaffolding. Work was underway on its exterior. The museum, however, remained open to visitors.

Exploring the Orsay

The Orsay was big and the exhibits numerous. At this point of our visit to Paris, I was quite exhausted from the cultural blitzkrieging. I actually had to sit and rest while inside the museum.

The huge glass clock which visitors could get close to.

The glass clock which allows visitors to admire the Paris skyline

Taken on the mezzanine level of the museum

Taken at the ground level

The Champs Elysees at night taken from the top of the famous Paris landmark, the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile

A partial view of the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile

In front of the Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile

The Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile in all its splendor