Wednesday, November 6, 2013

51. Memories of Paris

Leaving Paris behind I have so many positive and charming memories  ...

 
There can be no argument - Paris is a major tourist destination !!! ... and on any given day outside the attractions the tourist busses fill the street for as far as the eye can see ...
 
 
 
... the busses empty their loads and the people join together with other bus loads to form queues - this one outside the Musee de l'Orangerie - with the expectation at the end of this line is a 3 hour wait !!!

 
Lots of interesting little arcades with cute cafes and galleries ...

 
Opera singer entertaining the café patrons in the Latin Quarter ...

 
A tourist's surprise at his first glimpse of that tower ...

 
The beautiful apartment buildings - everywhere - it was difficult not to photograph each one ...

 
The centuries-old cobblestoned streets - sadly, many now being covered with bitumen ...

 
Some tourist attractions never die ...

 
Two bridges across the Seine have been locked up with padlocks ...

 
by lovers of all persuasions leaving messages ...

 
Amazing public architecture - this is one of the campuses of the famous Sorbonne.

 
The wildlife in the many beautiful parks throughout the city ...
 
 
and Autumn in Paris ...

 
I could live there - top floor corner of course ...

 
Stunning flower stalls everywhere ...
 
 
and those other mechanical stalls when you are caught short ...

 
Tower billboards

 
Everyone talking on their mobiles - loudly - some even when riding their bicycles ...

 
and even on their motor scooters ...

 
The amazing Metro underground rail system - trains running every few minutes from one corner of the city to the other and out into the suburbs - and every train packed ...

 
Parked river house boats ... what an address

 
Every book shop was having a sale - pity my luggage limit is 23kilos

 
there's that tower again 
 
 
My next car - but unfortunately BMW have ceased production of this great little machine 

 
Ah ! ... a weary tourists' dream ... coffee and crepes with jam and birds in the park ... 
 

 
Beautiful statutory everywhere ...  

 
The shop windows of the fashion houses - worth a visit in themselves

 
More grand architecture than you can dream of

 
My cluttered noisy and intriguing street in Goutte d'Or

 
and on my first day looking out my lounge room window and seeing that image of the magnificent la Basilique du Sacre Coeur de Montmartre ... 
 
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So that's Paris in four weeks - a lot I didn't see of course - think I'd need at least another month to get it all in - but this wayfarer has to move on ... and a very fast train is waiting at the station to whisk me away to my next destination ...