Taking the Eurostar from London St Pancras to Paris Nord…
We were lost for about 2 hours walking in the wrong direction…
So we stopped for lunch at Le Corail – beautiful and delicious salads!
Founded in 1893, Galeries Lafayette has always been a trend-setter in the Parisian fashion world. The multiple store complex is home to scores of famous luxury brands, but also serves as a launching pad
for young and upcoming designers.
The neo-classical La Madeleine (Church of Saint Mary Magdalen) is the most notable building in the plaza. Resembling a Greek temple, it was started in 1764 and completed in 1842. 52 Corinthian columns support the structure.
The Champs-Élysées runs for 2 kilometres and is the most prestigious and broadest avenue in Paris. Its full name is “Avenue des Champs-Élysées” and is lined with cinemas, cafés, and luxury specialty shops.
Arc de Triomphe
The Arc de Triomphe is a monument in Paris that stands in the centre of the Place Charles de Gaulle, also known as the Place de l’Étoile (Star Square). The arch honours those who fought for France, particularly during the Napoleonic Wars and also includes the tomb of the unknown soldier.
climbing up the 284 steps to the top of the Arc de Triomphe was no easy feat!
But it was well worth it with a view to die for…
The Eiffel Tower is an iron tower built on the Champ de Mars beside the River Seine in Paris. The tower has become a global icon of France and is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
Stopping for crepe at the university across from the Eiffel Tower…
The Seine River
One of the most alluring images of Paris is of the Seine River, which slices a path through the heart of the City of Light. Lovers kiss atop its bridges, action scenes in films have been shot on its banks and it is the subtle symbol of this lovely city.
Musée du Louvre
The Louvre is the most visited and famous museum in the world. The structure originated as the palace during the Capetian dynasty under the reign of Philip II and holds some of the world’s most famous works of art, such as Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa.
Far below the city streets of Paris, in the quiet, damp darkness, seven million Parisians lie motionless. Their skeletons, long since dis-interred from the churchyard graves their survivors left them in, are neatly stacked and aligned to form the walls of nearly one kilometer of walking passage.
Unfortunately, it was closed for alterations when we were there :(