Paris – The City of Light

My friends and I had been to Amsterdam to welcome 2016, and on our way back to Poitiers, France, we had a few hours to kill. We had reached Paris on 3 January 2016, early in the morning. The bus to Poitiers was at 15:00. Since we had a lot of time, we decided to head to the “Louvre”. It was still very dark when we arrived at the gigantic walls surrounding the Louvre Pyramid. We couldn’t figure out where the entrance was and there was not a soul to be seen. After a lot of walking around, we found our way inside. I must say we were extremely lucky to have arrived at the Louvre Palace in the morning. There were hardly any people around, and I never did spot any homo sapiens “selfying” with their phones! The dim lighting of the palace complimented by the dark sky was a visual treat indeed. Due to the limited time, we couldn’t venture into the museum. But I was really glad to just witness the beauty of its surroundings. We walked around the palace enjoying the changing colours of the sky, after which we took the metro and arrived at the Eiffel Tower. Seeing the Eiffel tower was an achievement for us, not because its a World Wonder, but because it had been 4 months since we arrived in France, and had never been to the Eiffel Tower. The view of the city from the top of the tower is stunning. One look from here is ample for anyone to fall in love with the architecture of this city (Paris is divided into 20 Arrondissements). 

Here are some pictures of these beautiful places,

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The Palais-Royal, home of the Conseil d’État

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The bridge, Pont des arts

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The Seine river as seen from the Pont des arts

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The Seine river

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The gateway to the Louvre Pyramid

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The Louvre Pyramid (Mona Lisa is in there somewhere)

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The Pont des arts leading to the Mazarine Library

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The Cour Carrée (Square Courtyard completed under Napoleon I) seen from the Mazarine library.

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Posters promoting Australian tourism, in the vicinity of the Eiffel Tower.

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View of the city from the top of the Eiffel Tower.

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Chaillot’s Palace seen from the Eiffel tower.

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La Grande Roue de Paris (The big wheel of Paris) seen from the Eiffel Tower.

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The “Champ de Mars” seen from the Eiffel tower.

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The World famous “Tour Eiffel” (Eiffel Tower)

Prague – Czech Republic

Here are some pictures from my recent visit to Prague.

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The astronomical tower

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Astronomical tower

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At the Prague square

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One can see beautiful architecture and vibrant colours throughout the city.

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The two guards

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View from the Charles bridge

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The little red houses

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Another view of the city, from the top

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On my way to one of the huge cathedrals

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The three guards

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The officers in blue

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All that glitters is not gold.

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The two huge doors

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The golden cathedral

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View of the city at dusk

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The city at night

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A night at the Square