Paris is my favorite place in the world. I could spend a year here and never see all there is to see and offer. I have visited twice since being married, but spent much more time in Paris in my 20’s. Next time I will go into my photo archieves for pictures from my first few times here, but for today here a few photos from more recent trips.
The Tour Eiffel, Eiffel Tower, is the most notable landmark in Paris. It was built by Gustave Eiffel for the 1889 World’s Fair and originally approved to stand for just 20 years. Thank goodness they found use of it for more than the exposition and kept it up longer! This photo is taken from the Champ de Mars as we approached the Eiffel Tower from the metro station.
This is a fun picture that I took in the illy Cafe located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. Max is a big espresso drinker so we stopped in the Italian cafe for a drink. Above where we sat down at a large common table there were espresso cups arranged in this most artistic manner.
Malina posed in front of a van outside of the Guignol, puppet theater, at the Jardin d’Acclimatation which is located in the 16th arrondissement’s Bois de Boulogne park. I had always wanted to take the kids to a puppet show and on this day we stopped to watch part of the show inside after taking this photo.
The church in the background of Malilna and I is the Basilique Sacre Coeur, Sacred Heart church, which is located on the highest point in Paris. There are great views to be seen from here and it’s a great area to explore. I recommend coming in the day time as there are a few pick pockets around due to the large number of tourists. I have great memories of hanging out on the steps in front of the church listening to people playing guitar and talking with my neighbors.
The Palais Garnier , or more commonly referred to as the Opera Garnier, is located in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. It is a beautiful building and mostly used to showcase the ballet. ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ book refers to this famous building and the Paris metro stop is named for this site as well. We stayed in this neighborhood during our last trip to Paris, a first for me, and I enjoyed this area as it was in walking distance to the Musee du Louvre, the Louvre Museum, and the Jardin des Tuileries, Tuileries Garden. Close to the Opera Garnier I saw my first Apple store in Paris and I visited the big department stores of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps which are located behind the Opera Garnier.