Paris - Realm of the croissants
The show must go on
I happened to sing a song from the stage of Moulin Rouge in front of a large crowd. Even though I didn't got a chance to dance with the topless dancers it was still very entertaining. And in case you were wondering, the elephant is simply not there.
[Moulin Rouge at Boulevard de Clichy]
We will always have Paris
The view from the dome is spectacular.
[Emelie at the Sacre Coeur dome]
From the tower
The Eiffel tower offers many great sights. Past the Trocadero one can see the business area La Defense including the cubic arch.
[Trocadéro gardens and the Palais de Chaillot]
[The Eiffel tower seen from Champ de Mars]
Top of the stairs
There are a lot of spectacular stairs in Montmartre.
[Reine in Montmartre]
Mountain of the martyrs
The hill of Montmartre is one of the most charming areas of the city.
[Rue Foyatier, Montmartre]
It's not Abbey Road, but it will do.
[Emelie crossing Champs-Élysées]
Fear of the city
The gargoyles of Notre Dame serve as drain pipes as well as decorations. Gargoyle comes from a Latin word, meaning gullet or drain, thus implying their purpose during the 600 years since the construction. Apart from being friends of Quasimodo, that is.
[Gargoyle at Notre Dame balcony]
Ring your bells
One of my favorite buildings on Earth. The 387 steep steps to the balcony are definitely worth it.
Feed your head
These figures are a part of the exquisite wall decorations located near the large front doors of the Notre Dame cathedral. The beheaded man is Saint Denis, who according to legend stood up after his execution on Montmartre in 250 AD, picked up the head and walked away with it two miles down the north side of the mountain where he finally died. After his body was thrown in the Seine it was returned to the site and buried there. Saint Genevieve, the statue to his right, built the original church over the grave and on that site today lies the Basilique Saint-Denis, the first gothic structure in the world.
[At the entrance of Notre Dame]
The shining jewel of Montmartre
Top of the world
[View from Sacre Coeur balcony]
Your queen has arrived
[Reine at Saint Severin]
One for the road
Having a look at the Tour de France finishing line.
[French beer at Place de la Concorde]
[View from the Eiffel tower]
I can live with the view
[Reine in the Eiffel tower]
Urban Christmas tree
Under the obelisk
Place de la Concorde was the site of the infamous guillotine. It was a ironic twist of history, since the place earlier was named Place des Grèves and used to entertain nobility with dismembering convicted criminals alive. However, neither side was spared this time. King Louis XVI and queen Marie Antoinette were executed along with Maximilien Robespierre and Georges Danton.
[Emelie at Place de la Concorde]
Fields of war
[Champ de Mars]
Roots and ashes
At the very heart of Paris, the Cité island has been inhabited since the Romans. It is completely surrounded by the Seine river and accessed by the Pont-Neuf, the oldest remaining bridge in Paris. At the western tip behind me is the Vert-Galant garden, one of my favorite places on Earth. A discreet plaque commemorates the spot where Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake in March 18, 1314.
[Reine at Pont-Neuf, Ile de la Cité]
Le petit déjeuner
Nothing beats an outdoor breakfast in Paris under the sun. Café au lait, croissants and baguettes.
[Emelie and the croissants]
No vegetarians in here
All roads lead to the Eiffel tower, including this one with a intriguingly named restaurant.
The movie buff
Of course we had to visit the café in Montmartre where many scenes were shot for the wonderful movie Amelie.
[Reine at Bar des Deux Moulins]
Above the photo booth
Gare Du Nord is the third busiest train station in the world. Film buffs remember it from the movie Amelie, but remember that footage from the Gare du Nord and the Gare de l'Est is mixed throughout the film.
[Gare Du Nord]
French cuisine is famous all over the world. Just have a look of this fine specimen of something the dog left on the street.
A pile of iron
The top is reached by 1665 steps. It's so much fun that I've made the climb twice in two different decades.
Signs of affection
They love me in France!
All of it
Can you make out Île de la Cité?