One of the oldest bridges in Paris "Pont de Neuf"
The beautiful Alexandre Pont III Bridge (above and below) is perhaps the most ornately decorated of all the Paris bridges. The beautiful detail took my breath away. The bridge was built to commemorate the friendship between France and Russia and was named after Tsar Alexander
"Love padlocks" on the Pont des Arts Bridge (one that links the Notre Dame to the Left Bank). Each of these locks bears the name of a couple in love..it was really fun to see some of the names and read the messages of love eternal! :) When your river boat passes under this bridge you will be asked to make a wish and to kiss the person to the right of you....apparently your wish will come true if this is your first visit to Paris. Needless to say I did it!!!
I once read that every Parisian is in a relationship. To be single is to be a loser. I guess that tells me every Parisian is an eternal romantic...perhaps that also will explain why it is so common to see so many kissing couples all around the city!
Getting ready for the night cruise on the River Seine...Paris is absolutely gorgeous at night with just about every building all lit up.
La Conciergerie: The building where Queen Marie-Antoinette was imprisoned while she awaited execution.
The Notre Dame at night and a group of Parisians spending their evening on the Seine. Look
to the left of the picture and you will see one of them waving to us. Little groups of people hang out
by the Seine all through the day but it is at night when the area comes to life with little bonfires, guitar playing, cook outs....we even saw a Tango dance competition taking place. This is where all of Paris seems to come to for a little R &R.
The Notre Dame from the Pont des Arts Bridge. Of all the buildings in Paris I was most excited to see the Notre Dame ( I suppose you could blame Victor Hugo and his "Hunchback of Notredame" for that). The day we visited this ornate church was a very rainy day. The sky was perpetually overcast and grey and the colours of the pictures reflect the weather...sadly.
The famous South "Rose Window" facade of the Notre Dame...the darn thing is 43ft high!
Voila, here are the famous Notre Dame gargoyles (some of them at least). I must be honest and tell you this not my pic (courtesy Euro travelogue) but I borrowed it because what is a photo blog about the Notre Dame if you don't have gargoyles in them? I could have had my own picture if I was prepared to walk up the 387 steps to the top of the South Bell tower but after walking 10 kms all around Paris on a daily basis,believe me I had no energy for the climb. They are beautiful, aren't they? The next time I will get up close and personal with them!
Well, this concludes page 2 of my Paris Diary. I hope you're enjoying the walkabout through Paris with me. Most of the photos were taken by my daughter but with two different cameras. One was a regular 'point and click' and the other, a Nikon D5000.