Whether you are walking or sitting atop a HOHO bus, there is always something to see in Paris.
You might like to just walk the streets enjoying the architecture.
In doing that, you can look for interesting doors and windows, gates, signs, clocks, statues and lamps to name just a few.
Perhaps stop by a park for a break.
Do a little people watching as well. The Parisians love to get out in the sunshine and read a book or eat their lunch sitting on the banks of the Seine.
A lot of people who live and stay in Paris have a view like this from their window. Love those ornate balconies.
Of course the night photos are great if you get the chance to get out at night.
Wandering through a park, you may come across a beautiful old French carousel like this one.
There’s always a famous building to spot and a flag or two. The French are very patriotic.
There are many Metro stations which are easily identified by either their old signs (which make for great photos) or a modern one.
The main Paris Railway Stations are also have beautiful facades.
How about some new architecture. The Pompidou Centre is also known as the inside-out building. This new-age building exhibits world famous art and collections. For me and probably many others, it didn’t meet my approval as it didn’t fit the “old” Paris feel. Ah but that is what a lot of people thought of the Louvre pyramids when they were built.
These are more of the sights we saw wandering through Paris. Firstly some iconic statues and monuments.
The July Colum commemorates the Revolution of 1830. It stands in the Place de la Bastille and celebrates the “three glorious” days of 27-29 July 1830 that saw the fall of King Charles X and commencement of King Louis-Phillip’s reign.
The massive Statue of the Republic was installed in 1883. This 9.4m bronze statue of Marianne sits atop a 23m high monument. The three statues at the base personify liberty, equality and fraternity, the values of the French Republic.
Statues are everywhere….
The two magnificent fountains in the Place de la Concorde celebrate the French navy of that time. They represent Fountain of the Seas and the Fountain of the Rivers. These are definitely worth seeing.
Scattered along the most-frequented sidewalks you will find the Wallace Fountains. These large green cast-iron sculptures have become one of the symbols of Paris.
In Les Halles, the Fontaine des Innocents is a public fountain which was constructed in 1550. Originally called the Fountain of the Numphs, it is the oldest monumental fountain in Paris. Zoom in on those beautiful statues on the sides of the fountain.
The Fontaine de la Vierge is set not far from another gothic landmark: Notre-Dame. You can even see the both of them from the same point of view.
Another iconic structure in Paris is the Spectacle, otherwise known as a Morris advertising column. They can be found on pavements and are painted dark green in order to blend in with the city’s tree-lined streets. They are certainly a lot more aesthetic than the old billboards.
Just a couple more fountains.
Now for a little shopping…
Paris’s famous shopping street, the Champ-Elysees is 1.9km long stretching from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. Usually crowded with shoppers and tourists who feel they must walk this street checking out the fashion boutiques and high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, Chanel, Christian Dior and Giorgio Armani.
Of course there are shops to buy merchandise with the “I love Paris” brand. Who doesn’t have one of those t-shirts?
Flower shops are everywhere and draw you in (even if just for a photo) with their beautiful colours.
Another “well-heeled” street is Rue Saint-Honore where most of us can only window shop and dream of those owning those French designer brands.
Oh the prices! Here you can wander through Gallery Royale and perhaps stop for a coffee. Just looking at the signs and logos here will have you snapping away for a while.
Printemps and Galleries Lafayette – A visit to two of Paris’ large department stores is a must. Not only for shopping but their beautiful art-nouveau buildings. Both have glass domes and rooftop terraces offering stunning views across Paris.
You can’t get much more French than this.
Shakespeare’s Bookshop – This little English bookshop with books piled everywhere is one of those iconic places to visit in Paris. Most people just visit to take photos of the outside of the store.. Apparently Ernest Hemingway used to hang out there. Today artists can even spend a night inside the store for free.
Les Puces Flea Market – We visited this iconic Paris Flea Market, one of the largest antique markets in the world. “Stuff” is displayed in little nook-type shops run by people who looked as old as what they were selling. They obviously have their regular customers and don’t seem to have much time for the “wanderer”.
However in saying that, there didn’t seem to be any restrictions on photography, so I clicked away at some of the more memorable pieces. I couldn’t believe what some people sell. I did purchase some vintage postcards of Paris to take home (they were a little lighter than all that silver!)
Art stalls along the Seine – you must wander along the Seine checking out the many stalls selling artworks, postcards and generally adding a great atmosphere to the city.
Time to eat..
There are eateries everywhere in Paris. From boulangeries (bakeries) to Patisseries (mouth-watering sweet things) to chocolate shops, cafes, tea rooms, bars and restaurants, Paris has something for everyone.
One of our favourite places to visit and you should too is Angelina’s.
Angelina Tea House – One of the most famous patisseries in Paris – If you can brave the long lines outside the café, you will be rewarded with the best hot chocolate (I had chilli hot chocolate) and of course their signature cake, the Mont Blanc (meringue, chestnut paste and whipped cream). Wow and more wow. I didn’t ask the price, just paid and enjoyed. Founded in 1903, Angelina’s counted Coco Chanel as one of their frequent customers.
Of course there were many other scrumptious goodies to purchase from their delicatessen. For me, a photo or two was all I needed at that point.
Perhaps a little tin of chocolates would be easy to carry. Great experience all round.
After that, it was time to walk off our culinary delights – so much more to see. Paris, what a magical city. You must see it.
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