November 2007

The mandatory Eiffel Tower visit, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, etc.. etc.

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Entrance to the Metro

River Seine flowing through the city

River Seine

Views across the river at dusk

Louvre Museum and the evening rush-hour traffic

The Louvre Pyramid - the entrance to the museum

The Louvre Pyramid - built 1989

Entrance to a metro station

Jardine (Garden) de Touleries - almost deserted in the non-tourist season

Place de la Concorde, the place where more than 1300 people were beheaded during the times of the French revolution in 1793-1794.

"The Obelisk of Luxor" stands at the Place de la Concorde.

This 3300 year old monument is a gift from Egypt. Stands 23 metres tall and weighs a mere 230 metric tonnes.

Tried deciphering the hieroglyphics using "Asterix and Cleopatra" as a reference but it could not take me far.

Champs-Elysees, Paris' most famous avenue

Nearly 2 kms in length. Runs from the Egyptian Obelisk in the west to the Arc de Triomphe in the east.

Walking down the Champs-Elysees

Avenue des Champs-Elysees

Palais Royal, housing some offices of the government

Palais Royal

Entrance to the "Champs-Elysees Clemenceau" station

The statue of General Charles De Gaulle, opposite the Palais Royal

Arc de Triomphe in all its splendour at the western end of the Champs-Elysees

You can barely make out people at the top

This majestic monument was commissioned by Napolean. Completed about 30 years later in 1836.

Arc de Triomphe. And also me.

The arc stands 51 metres tall

Views from the top of the Arc

Views towards La Defense, the business district

Looking down the Champs Elysees

The big brother standing across a few blocks

La Defense, the business district

The base of the Grande Arche

Paris Hilton

Le Grande Arche, completed in 1989

Stands 110m tall.

At the base of the Grande Arche

Le Grande Arche - the stairs

The "Centre Georges Pompidou", with its drains and pipes outside the building

Inside the Centre Georges Pompidou - a museum for modern art

Centre Georges Pompidou

Escalators of the Pompidou Centre are located OUTSIDE the building

This is a good example of a load of crap that some people interpret as "art".

Can somebody please explain this "artwork" to me.

Displayed at Pompidou Centre

Centre Georges Pompidou at night

A nearby church

Arc de Triomphe at night

Avenue de Champs-Elysees with its christmas lights on

The unmistakable Tour Eiffel

The obligatory picture with the tower in the background

A closer look....

Arc de Triomphe seen from the 2nd level of the Eiffel Tower

Views to the south of the tower

View from the top level of the tower

Back to the base

Uniformed and plain-clothed security personnel frequent the base of the tower 24/7.

The tower as seen from the north bank of the River Seine

Pont de L'Alma underpass, where Princess Diana met her fate

Princess Diana memorial, on top of the Pont de L'Alma underpass

Ok.. you miss Diana: I think I get the idea.

All the nearby walls of the underpass are covered in tributes, even 10 years on.

Notre Dame cathedral

Stained glass of the Notre Dame cathedral

Inside the Notre Dame

More stained glass

Road approaching Pont de L'alma on the north bank of the Seine

The tower in all its glory.

The River Seine

The view from the bottom of the tower, looking up.

The Louvre Museum - the old building

The Pyramid. And me.

The old building seen through the pyramid

One of the artworks in Louvre. Now, this is proper art.

Inside Louvre

Oh..what's the excitement?

Hordes of tourists (including us) cramming to get a better view of a famous artwork. Probably the most famous of them all.

"Let's get some more pics. We have enough memory in camera"

So what was the commotion about?

Here lies the key.

Statue of Venus

Jewellery on display. Some of the stuff in this pic are up to 5800 years old. The rest are dated to at least 3700 years before the present times.

The Pantheon, the final resting place of many illustrious citizens of France

The Pantheon was built in 1789.

Inside the Pantheon

The final resting place of Louis Braille

Funny that a blind guy would not be able to make out whose tomb it is, as there are no details in Braille.

The tomb of Marie Currie


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