The next morning we bought train tickets into Paris. My advice - Paris is wonderful but - don't drive in Paris! I never saw an accident - why I don't know. The evening I was driving down the Champs Elysees, slowly, in heavy traffic, I had less room between the cars on either side than I do in my garage. The traffic circles and the square known as the Place de la Concorde was beyond description. Enjoy Paris - leave the driving to a professional - a tour bus or taxi.
We took a tour bus which allowed a nice overview of Paris. (It was an open double deck bus - tourists were constantly looking over the side - amazed at how close the cars squeezed in next to our bus - free entertainment.) We caught our tour at the base of the Eiffel Tower. Tour busses departed every 15 minutes, and we could get on and off on our own schedule, catching the next bus. If you can, make arrangements in advance.
I haven't been everywhere,
but Paris is the most beautiful city I have ever seen.
|The Arc De Triomphe towers over the grand avenue of Paris, the Champs Elysees. The Arc is a grand monument to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, who lies beneath the Arc.|
|The River Seine runs through Paris, with several beautiful bridge crossings. Here you can see the Eiffel Tower in the background. Unfortunately, we had cloudy weather - but it was still beautiful.|
|The Opera House, with it's guilded golden statues.|
|A side street, near the Eiffel Tower, looking towards the Hotel Des Invalides. Unfortunately, the cloudy skies obscure the golden dome of Hotel Des Invalides.|
|Hotel Des Invalides, a 19th century military hospital.|
|Notre Dame Cathedral. The cathedral is open to the public. Most certainly, an impressive structure which took some 200 years to complete.|
Gardens at the Louvre Museum.
|One of the many beautiful buildings we passed on our bus tour.|