A Meander through Paris

I was so happy when my daughter told me she was coming for a visit!

She was flying into Charles de Gaulle so we decided to meet in Paris and spend a few days there.

Eglise Saint Ephrem le Syriaque

Eglise Saint Ephrem le Syriaque

Eglise Saint Ephrem

Eglise Saint Ephrem

There are so many amazing things to see in Paris around just about every corner.

Since we had both been there before, instead of choosing specific destinations, we decided to just choose a direction and see where it took us.

The weather was perfect, sunny and warm but with a gentle cool breeze.

Eglise Saint Etienne

Eglise Saint Etienne

Pantheon

Pantheon

After dropping off the luggage at our hotel in the Latin Quarter we headed toward a domed building up the hill which turned out to be the Pantheon.

Dome in the Pantheon

Dome in the Pantheon

On our way there we came across a small church, l’Eglise Saint Ephrem.

Pantheon catacombs

Pantheon catacombs

After a brief visit to that little gem we noticed a tower and turned to find l’Eglise Saint Etienne.

We continued on to the Pantheon which has a rich history.

Unknown Building

Unknown Building

Although it began as a church it is now considered a secular building with catacombs containing the tombs of some of France’s more important historical figures.

Musée Cluny

Musée Cluny

Musée Cluny

Musée Cluny

By the time we finished there we had worked up an appetite and stopped at a café for a wonderful lunch of Penne aux Deux Saumons.

Musée Cluny

Musée Cluny

Feeling refreshed we continued our meander and both noticed an unknown building with decorative relief.

Louvre view from the Seine

Louvre view from the Seine

When we turned around we found that we were standing in front of the Cluny Museum of the Middle Ages.

Louvre

Louvre

Proceeding on to the Seine we strolled along the banks until we reached the Louvre.   We entered the grounds of the Louvre through a side entrance and strolled on to the Jardin des Tuileries.

Jardin des Tuileries

Jardin des Tuileries

Obélisque

Obélisque

At the end of les Tuileries is the Obélisque.

Petit Palais

Petit Palais

A short ways further along the Seine we visited the Petite Palais and enjoyed an early dinner before locating a Metro along the Champs Elysees to take back to our hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Believe it or not that was only day one !

The second day we had a couple of specific destinations in mind.

Marché aux Puces

Marché aux Puces

American Church in Paris

American Church in Paris

First we took the Metro to Porte de Clignancourt to explore the Marché aux Puces.  There we found a staircase that would look fantastic in my house.  The height would be a perfect fit.  Unfortunately transporting it back to Uzerche would be a difficult endeavor.

View along the Seine

View along the Seine

View along the Seine

View along the Seine

After a brief look around we again hit the Metro to the station nearest The American Church in Paris.

Journée sans Voiture

Journée sans Voiture

Journée sans Voiture Champs Elysees

Journée sans Voiture
Champs Elysees

We grabbed a quick cheese crêpe from a street vendor as we walked from the Metro to the church.

We enjoyed the service and attended the coffee fellowship following.

Selfie at the Arc de Triomphe

Selfie at the
Arc de Triomphe

The church faces the Seine so we took another stroll along the banks then headed toward the Champs Elysees to observe the Journée sans Voiture.  What a unique experience to walk in the middle of the street with thousands of other people for the length of the Champs Elysees.

Traffic resumed at the round-about at the Arc de Triomphe where we took a selfie.

Tour Eiffe

Tour Eiffe

From there we walked to the Eiffel Tower and continued along the Champs de Mars to the École Militaire.

Ecole Militaire

Ecole Militaire

Then we took the Metro back to the hotel to freshen up before dining at a local restaurant.

The next morning we checked out of the hotel and left our luggage to wander about Paris until close to time for our train to Uzerche.

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

Jardin du Luxembourg

We first went to the Jardin du Luxembourg and Luxembourg Palace and spent quite a bit of time there.  It was a relaxing morning and we stayed to have a salmon crêpe for lunch.

Palais du Luxembourg

Palais du Luxembourg

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

Eglise Saint Sulpice

We planned to head toward the Ile de la Cité but after stumbling upon two more interesting churches, Saint Sulpice and Saint Germain, we found we were short on time and had to return to the hotel to collect our luggage and catch a cab to the Gare Austerlitz.

Eglise Saint Germain

Eglise Saint Germain

Eglise Saint Germain

Eglise Saint Germain

I really wish we had tracked our path better; I don’t know how many miles we clocked but it was certainly a lot!

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About Joie du Voyage - Joy of the Journey

I'm following my long term dream of retiring in France. I arrived in France June 2015 and moved into my new house on New Year’s Eve. I’m experiencing challenges with ongoing renovations but it hasn’t dampened my spirit. Now I’m settling into life here, joining in the local community, enjoying visits from family and friends, and exploring other areas of France. * My personal motto: Don’t take life too seriously - or eternity too lightly. *
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One Response to A Meander through Paris

  1. Lovely. Brings back memories of the month I spent in Paris only a year ago.

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