An Afternoon in Paris

Finally writing up my 2019 trip.

After a bit of a rest back in my room I headed back, via the metro, to the Seine. First stop was Ile Saint Louis, one of the two islands in the Seine. It is a lovely relaxed neighborhood, full of gorgeous shops and cafes

Here I just wandered and took in the lovely old architecture and people watching opportunities.

Just up from Ile Saint Louis is Ile de la Cite, the other of the Seine Islands and home to Notre Dame Cathedral. A few months earlier the Cathedral had been badly damaged in a fire that made headlines all over the world. I was lucky enough to visit it and climb its tower in 2014, a truly spectacular building with amazing views that I will show you if I ever go back and write up that trip…

Repair works in process

Ile de la Cite also has some cute back streets

After leaving the islands I headed back to the North bank and wandered my way up towards the Louvre. Again somewhere I had visited in 2014 so it was really a stroll past and chuckle at all the tourists trying to take the perfect photos ‘touching’ the pyramid.

Not content with heading just that far I decided to continue walking through the park and along the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe

Pierre Herme has THE best macarons, as everyone on the Champs Elysees seemed to know. I had plans to visit a quieter outlet another day so bypassed the ridiculous queues. Legs were a bit tired by now so I hopped back on to the metro, grabbed some food on the way back to my hotel and had another rest before the 3rd leg of a very busy first day. The next one is amazing!

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