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November 23, 2012

MY TRIP TO PARIS (part 2)





      Here are some more photos I managed to take as I was going like a whirlwind through Paris. I was lucky enough to be staying in a really nice hotel (but with rather very small rooms and I've heard that's generally the case with most hotels here) in the center of Paris that was close to many sights. (The Eiffel Tower was within walking distance!)


      I also used the metro (subway) and train to get to places (that was an experience in itself, as it was so complicated. Of course workers of the public transport as well as civilians would give me directions when I asked but I must say they didn't do it exactly with a smile!

      Well, sadly enough I didn't have enough time to visit any museums. There are so many museums in Paris and they are really huge. For example, the famous Louvre Museum has 35000 items on exhibit! There was no way I could do the Louvre, as a matter of fact I didn't even have time to see it from the outside! (Maybe next time!) 


      This is the D' Orsay Museum. It used to be a big Railroad station before they turned it into a museum.


     Right outside it had these statues on display:

 

      But I found these more interesting! 6 statues of women next to each other representing the 6 continents (well, almost, cause America doesn't count for two: north and south!)



OCEANIA (AUSTRALIA)

EUROPE

AFRICA

ASIA


SOUTH AND NORTH AMERICA



Another view of the Musee D' Orsay from across the Seine river.


      Another famous (and enormous) landmark is the "Ecole Militaire" (Military School/Academy). The well-known Napoleon Bonaparte went to this school and actually finished his studies in one year instead of two!



 
 




















 

      This next building was called "Assemblee Nationale"  that is the Parliament (Senate).



      Crossing the street in front of this building brings you on this bridge that leads you to a huge known square that has been used quite a few times in movies.


The Place de la Concorde!


      A very busy square and right in the center there is  this marvelous water fountain!







There were a lot of elaborately decorated columns throughout the Place de la Concorde!




 

What do you think of Paris so far?!
 
 







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15 comments:

  1. I have never been as Paris-obsessed as most people seem to be (especially in the US!) but it is definitely in my travel bucket list. But then again, so is Athens, and more cities in my country of Origin like Bologna, Florence and Perugia :-)

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    1. I have so many cities/countries in my travel bucket list! I love travelling!

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  2. I forgot to say that I love the statues depicting the continents! And I love that they are women :-)

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  3. have you ever wonder about those statues ?

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  4. The statues of women are my absolute favorite! I've never heard of them! As I said last time, your pictures are beautiful. I'm so glad you had a good time. What an experience :)

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    1. Thanks, Michele. I did have a good time!

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  5. Your pictures have me just aching to go back. We stayed just a few blocks from the Concord for 8 nights and LOVED it!

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  6. oh your pictures make me so want to go back!!!
    lucky you...

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  7. I love the elephant! These pictures make me want to travel!

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    1. Thanks Annmarie and Happy Little Feet! I'm glad you like the photos. The days were so gloomy I didn't know if the photos would turn out nice or not!

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  9. Your pics are beautiful! I especially like the statues, and the kiosks, and homes - all if them. How long were you there? Looks like you were sightseeing for days!

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  10. I was there for just three days, but spent every free minute sightseeing!

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  11. You were lucky to visit Paris since it is one of the most preferred tourist destinations. How about staying in luxury villas on your next holiday? :)

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