Amazing Monuments Galore!
Make sure you just spend some time catching the train or walking from one famous monument to the next.....Paris has so many to choose from - the Arc d'Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre & Musee d'Orsay, Notre Dame, Sacre Couer, the River Siene, Luxembourg Gardens....and they are all so easily accessible from each other. I loved the time we spent on the Montmatre Hill, wandering through the peaceful Sacre Couer Basillica, following the small cobbled streets around to the artists square, and looking at the view of Paris from the highest point in the city.
SO MUCH TO SEE
The Eiffel Tower may seem like a bit of a tourist trap but if you are there on a clear day it really shouldn't be missed. Other 'musts' are a stroll on the Champs Elysee, seeing the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the art museums, The Seine, Latin Quarter and countless other sites.
I was walking around in Paris with my sister and my friend. We stopped at this small nice cafè, ate some icecream and chocolate mousse. My friend took this picture in a completely dark alley!
(my sister on left, me on right)
Parking in Paris is more than just something you learn for your driving test, then forget because there are spacious carparks. In Paris, if you can’t reverse park your vehicle into a space not more than a smidgin longer than the vehicle itself, you just may have to drive around forever! Fortunately, everyone else has the same problems, so a spirit of cooperation often emerges.
These three photos, taken while we were dining at a bistro with another VTer, illustrate the point. The first photo shows a supreme optimist, trying to reverse into a space I’d have thought shorter than the car. The motorcycle owner comes along and, in the second photo anxiously assesses the possible outcome for his motorcycle. That cooperation I was mentioning comes to the fore, and in the third photo he has moved the motorcycle back to give more space.
As I said though, parking is where you can find it – and if your vehicle is small enough, it’s almost anywhere! The fourth photo shows a typical mixture of parking on the footpath, with bicycles, motorbikes, a Smart car, and even a quad motorcycle. Interesting to see the latter in road use, in Australia quad motorcycles are not street legal!
There is a great free resource...
There is a great free resource magazine called FUSAC which is aimed for people from English-speaking countries. They can be found in hotels or other English related places. In the magazine you will find mainly ads, things such as job offers, friendship, houseoffers, for sale, services etc. Maybe more useful for those moving (or living in already) to France rather than for tourists. Check out their website: http://fusac.fr