I have been looking at a lot of photos of my trip to Paris lately. I have been making and selling greeting cards of Paris, and I have them on my screen saver. These are images of the beautiful romantic Paris of our imaginations. But Paris is a real city; a modern city. There is another Paris.
Near the Parmentier district where I stayed, there were modern appartments, and signs of construction work.
The garden at Port de l’Arsenal is very pretty.
On the way there from the Bastille intersection, I walked past the makeshift accommodation homeless people.
From the bridge at Quai de la Rapee in the east of the city, you can see some of the icons of Paris in the distance. But you can also see that the Seine is a working river, transporting industrial cargo.
Turn to look in the other direction, and you see another side of the city, industrial Paris.
The monochrome yellow stone of historic Paris is charming, but the French have found a way to inject colour into the city. Some people thought these hoardings were ugly, but I found the colourful modern imagery a relief. Old and new side by side.
Its tempting only to look towards the beautiful and expected, but sometimes the interesting image is in another direction.
On my last full day in Paris I walked around (the outside) the Louvre.
Also walked along the River Seine nearby.
Then along part of Rue de Rivoli
Here are pictures of my walk from The Marais to the Jardin des Plantes and back.
This is a garden on the Marais area.
Set off in the green topless bus for a trip to the Arc de Triomphe. Started at Notre Dame and went through Place de la Concorde.
The Arc de Triomphes is at the centre of many intersecting boulevardes. You can walk to the middle via an underground tunnel.
Next went to the Trocadero, the two large buildings opposite the Eiffel tower.
Took the tourist bus north to the Monmartre area. Started off at Madelaine and went past some fancy shops, and the Opera building.
Went up Rue Clichy and Boulevarde Clichy into the Monmartre area.
Left bus in search of Sacre Coeur.
Escaped the heat and madness in the little train.
These pictures are of or nearby Hotel des Invalides.
This is the Eglise du Dome behind the Hotel des Invalides.
View from the dome down Avenue de Breteuil
Took the bus down Esplanade des Invalides over the river to grand Palais and Petite Palais.
Went via Champs Élysées to Place de la Concorde.
Arrived at Ste-Marie Madelaine