When Greg and I got to Paris, after checking into our hotel, we went for a boat ride on the Seine. I think the first impression I got of the city in general is that Paris is larger than life. It dwarfs people. Not in the same way the city of New York does. But in a more surrealistic, they planned for this to happen way. Of course, that is true. What tourists often see of Paris happened during the 1850s when Baron Haussmann renovated much of the city giving it its wide boulevards and homogeneous look, taking it from a medieval city to a modern one. Well, it’s beautiful! Haussmann did a heck of a job.
Our boat ride down the Seine gave us a nice overview of the major attractions of Paris, but what struck me about it was that all along the river, people congregate and walk at Seine level…a whole other aspect of Paris that I was not aware of.
Here are some shots I took while floating down the Seine…
|How many pictures are taken of the Eiffel Tower in a year? I had to do something different with it.|
|He's hard to see but there is a fellow standing there on one foot playing music .|
|Lovers in Paris put locks along these bridges and throw the keys in the river, sealing their love.|
|Notre Dame Cathedral.|