Paris - Realm of the croissants
The show must go on
Moulin Rouge at Boulevard de Clichy
We will always have Paris
The view from the dome is spectacular.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 where Jacques de Molay, Grand Master of the Knights Templar, was burned at the stake in 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.
Meet 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.
Signs of affection
They love me in France!
All of it
Can you make out Île de la Cité?