Souvenirs of Paris

One November we spent a weekend in Paris, "the Most Romantic City in the World". We don't know about that but we certainly had a good time. The weather was quite mild, especially for the time of year.

Notre Dame

On the left is a view of the famous Cathédrale de Notre Dame on l'Ile de la Cité, the island site of the original city of Paris, taken from a glass-topped boat on the River Seine. On the right is a close-up of Notre Dame's spire, showing the Apostles ascending the stairs to Heaven.


The pillar on the left caught my attention as the glass-topped boat was about to pass under a bridge. Many of Paris' statues have recently been re-gilded.

On the right is an obelisk, the twin of Cleopatra's Needle which stands on London's Victoria Embankment. In the distance you can see l'Arc de Triomphe, Napoleon Bonaparte's triumphal arch which is at the centre of l'Etoile, a star-shaped plaza where 12 of Paris' grand avenues meet.

Eiffel Tower and Charlemagne statue

The Eiffel Tower, the most famous landmark of Paris, stands at the edge of the Seine, at one end of le Parc du Champs de Mars where, in days gone by, soldiers from the Military Academy practised the arts of war.

On the right is the statue of Charlemagne, close to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The copper verdigris coating gives the statue an eerie look against the sunlight.

Seine bridges

This shot was taken from l'Ile de la Cité, looking to the north bank (la Rive Droit), and shows two of the many bridges that span the Seine.

Palais de Chaillot

The Palais de Chaillot, formerly the Palais du Trocadero, was rebuilt in 1937 and stands in stark contrast to the classical French architecture of most buildings in central Paris. The obvious exception to this is the monstrosity which is the extension to the Louvre - the less said about that, the better! The Palais frequently houses art exhibitions.

Hotel de Ville

This is l'Hotel de Ville, the city hall of Paris.

Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel

L'Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel was built to commemorate Napoleon's victories of 1805 and stands between the Louvre and the Tuileries gardens. It is possible to stand at this arch and look past the Tuileries and la Place de la Concorde, along the Champs Elysees to its larger and more-famous brother, l'Arc de Triomphe de l'Etoile.