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Paris - June/July 2008

For our 1st Wedding anniversary we decided to take a 9-day break in my favourite city, a city Tracy had never visited (although she had driven through parts of it!).

Paris... the city of romance...


Tracy gets her first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in real life - from the Trocadero. Her reaction? "It's sooo big!"... quite...

Paris. Champs-Elysees. Beer. Perfect.

Outside Notre Dame and Tracy starts preparing her Quasimodo impression...

Outside the Centre Pompidou

Napoleon's column, where the little emperor is represented as a Roman Emperor... egotist?

That's more like it... another relaxing afternoon ahead...

Arc de Triomphe

The happy couple on our 1st anniversary at the "Crazy Horse" show, before the dozen naked girls started dancing...

Inside the pyramid at the Louvre

Tracy. Statuesque. Nearly.

Michelangelo's dying slave

Venus de Milo proves it's possible to be beautiful with no arms at all...

The Louvre

Tracy waits patiently for her lunch in the Louvre

For some reason, I kept thinking of a Monty Python sketch...

Crazy. With millions of pictures of the Mona Lisa in the gift shop, tourists cram together to try and get their own photo of her...

Outside the Louvre back in the Parisien sunshine

About to take a ride on the large ferris wheel. Scared? Oh, yes...

Tracy doesn't like heights...

And this is high... view towards the tower

View back towards the Louvre

The perfect start to a perfect evening... Pastis and a good bottle of red...

Jardin de Luxembourg

Jardin de Luxembourg

Relaxing in the sunshine in the Jardin de Luxembourg

Inside the Musee d'Orsay, before Paul started his "introduction to the impressionists" talk...

Sacre Ceour from the terrace at the Musee d'Orsay

Place de Tartre, Monmatre. Home of Paris artistic community and a real tourist trap...

Sacre Ceour

Paul admires the view

At last we avoided the queue and started up the tower... Paul at the first stage...

Tracy, safely inside, admires the view from the top of the tower

View from the top of the tower towards Trocadero

Tracy admires the view from outside at the top of the tower... high? "yes" afraid? "no"...

View towards the Louvre and the now small looking ferris wheel...

Some poor sod has to paint that... the very top of the tower...

Back on terra firma, Tracy is all smiles...

Paul with that tower (again)

A tourist boat on the Seine. How touristy.

Tracy admites the view from the Bateau Mouche... touristy? Yes. But provides a really great way to see Paris...

Looking like a pair of tourists...

Tracy gets a different perspective on Notre Dame

"Our Lady" from the rear... no comment.

Musee d'Orsay. Almost as impressive from the outside as the art inside...

Pont d'Alexander - another of Napoleon's monuments to his magnificence.

That tower again...

Did we take a wrong turn? The Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel tower reach for the skies

Chaos. Traffic on the roundabout below the Arc de Triomphe

Panorama from the top of the Arc de Triomphe reminds Paul he needs to brush up on his Photoshop skills...

Sacre Ceour from the Arc de Triomphe

Going down the stairs was much easier than going up...

Flying the flag...

Passage Brady. Worst smell in Paris, best curry in France...

Tracy shows off our new purchase. An umbrella.

Hotel de Ville. No vacancies. (it's French for "town hall"...)

The rain in Spain may fall on the plain. In France, it's all here, in Paris...

My new business venture?

Even higher... from the 56th floor of the Tour Montparnasse

And higher still. Tracy braves the wind to see the view from the 59th floor rooftop. So much for being scared of heights...

Paris skyline 1

Paris skyline 2

Paris skyline 3

Paul admires the view (again)

One last photo of the tower...

Back at ground level, Tracy contemplates where she's just been....

 

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