Then we walked down towards the Seine through a rather seedy and rundown area, past people asleep on the footpath. Not a very impressive introduction to Paris. But then we sidetracked a block or so to find the Pompidou Centre which houses the library and a huge collection of modern art. It was still early so it wasn't open but we could see the famous 'inside out' architecture of the building and we also saw the Stravinsky Fountain that features sculptures by de Sainte-Phalle and Tinguely (whose work we first saw in Basel five years ago).
|Our first glimpse of the tower.|
|The Seine River and the Louvre on the other bank. It is an amazingly long building!|
|Musee d'Orsay. It amazed me that we were allowed to take our cameras in.|
|The huge glass clock at Musee d'Orsay|
Then we went to find the Eiffel Tower. By this time is was very hot and there were hoards of people. The queues to go up the tower were very, very long and we wondered how long people were willing to stand and wait. We just enjoyed seeing the structure from below and from a distance.
By then we were ready to go home. We found an underground train that took us back to Paris Est and then had a very comfortable trip back to the quieter vineyards of Epernay. I'm glad I've seen Paris but the only thing that would draw me back would be the art museums. And I wouldn't go in August!
Gemma walked up to the Arc de Triomph and down Champs Elysees. I chose to walk back along the other side of the Siene to our appointed meeting spot, 'Cleopatra's Needle', the obelisk shipped from Luxor in Egypt.
|The queue waiting to fill their bottles at a water fountain. I joined them.|
|People-watching is so much fun.|
|The view up the extremely busy Champs Elysees from the obelisk. Cars and people everywhere.|
|Entrance to the Louvre|