Paris on Foot

Armed with a crappy map the cruise ship company provided,  we proceeded to walk back to our ship.  It was berthed right by the Eiffel Tower.  Montmartre to the Eiffel Tower!  On a map it doesn’t look that far does it.  Maps are so deceptive.

I think we walked more miles than needed, as I said the map was awful.  However, on a good note, we saw so much more than had we hopped on the Metro.

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The Metro in Paris

Paris is full of color and amazing architecture.  It is an amazing city and I don’t think I will ever tire of her.

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La Marmite

 

 

Every street, well almost, there would be a fresh fruit stall.  I just love the colourful punnets of fruit. – No plastic.  Australia, you could learn a thing or two from Europe.

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One of many fruit and vegetable store.

 

Flowers everywhere!  Stunning displays of flowers.

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Beautiful flower stalls
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Amazing window displays

Look at the above window display.  These Pâtisserie’s in Paris are everywhere, somehow Muriel and I managed to walk on by.

I think I said at one stage, should we just get a taxi?  Wasn’t tired, just wanted to be back at the ship.

We kept going, looking up all the time for landmarks.

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Paris

 

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Now that looks familiar! – Academie de musique – Academy of Music

 

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Le Grand Hotel

 

 

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Academie de Musique

So many colourful characters.  To see an Organ Grinder with a real life Monkey was such a treat.

 

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An Organ Grinder with a real Monkey

 

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Now was I taking a picture of the Cartier window or the guy behind us?
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Laduree – Famous for Macarons

We were not the only ones drooling.  I wanted to taste every single one!  I would have rolled home.

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Mimins Bistro

These two are right next door to each other.  A bistro is where you can go and get a drink or perhaps just a dessert.   A restaurant is where you pay for a 3 course meal, usually.  However, a few people would disagree.  I’m ok with that.

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Maxims  Restaurant Paris

 

Ok, I know where we are now!

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Luxor Obelisk – Place de la Concorde Paris

Place de la Concorde is situated at the end of the Champs-Elysées. Today it is famous for the Luxor Obelisk,a 3,300 year old Egyptian obelisk erected on the square in October 1836.

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Fontaine’s de la Concorde

Place de la Concorde is situated at the end of the Champs-Elysées. Today it is famous for the Luxor Obelisk,a 3,300 year old Egyptian obelisk erected on the square in October 1836.

 

We stopped on a bridge to take some photos.  Yes that is the Iron Lady – Eiffel Tower, we were getting close.

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Muriel with the Eiffel Tower as the backdrop
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My turn (Bree)

We were nearly there.  Well we thought so.

It was lovely walking along the River Seine.  After a warm day, the river was giving a lovely breeze.

As the Eiffel Tower came closer a lady asked us to do a survey.  We kept walking and saying “non”, which is no in English.  Our guide had advised us about these “surveys”  it’s a way of fleecing you.  So interested in what the survey is you don’t realise someone is stealing from you.  She wasnt happy as she swore at us in French.

A bit further on a man yelled out Bonjour Madame.  We ignored him again thinking we were about to be robbed or worse kidnapped!

He kept speaking to the two of us as we walked along in broken French.  Something twigged in both our minds.  This person wasnt going to rob us.  He was an Australian.  Turns out he was visiting Paris with his two boys. They wanted a photo of the 3 of them with the Eifel Tower behind them.  He thought we were both French.  I will take that compliment.

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The sky was grey so I decided to do a black and white photo of the Eiffel Tower

 

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One of many house boats we passed.

We passed so many houseboats as we walked along the Seine.  Now that would be the life, living on a house boat near the Eiffel Tower.  You could sit on your deck chairs at night sipping Champagne as you watched the light show.

 

Yes we made it back to ship.  We had walked over 11 kilometers on foot and survived!  We had seen a lot and had fun while doing it.

Moulin Rouge for dinner tonight.  As this post is after the event I can say it was amazing,  Food was delicous, the champagne cold and bubbly.  I was well catered for my alergies – gluten free, peanut free and fish free.  Our table was right at the front.

Would I recomend it?  Yes without a doubt.  The whole trip from start to finish.

 

In the morning we would be making our way to the airport and heading home.  One couple missed the call for the coach.  Lucky we had only left 5 mins before so the coach was turned around.

Little did I know what was about to happen on the flight home.  If you the reader isn’t aware of what happened on the flight home, I hurt my knee.  Yes somehow I did my ACL, MCL and a fracture on my right knee.  Our trip to Spain and Portugal had to be put on hold.

So Im happy to report we are heading to Portugal and Spain in April this year.

 

Thank you for stopping by.

 

 

 

 

 

23 Replies to “Paris on Foot”

  1. That’s a lot of walking! Glad you made it. Then again, if you have to walk through a city, you have a treat in Paris. Great city to see on foot. I look forward to the next post. Cheers.

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  2. I am loving your experiential guides of Paris. I stayed at Montmartre on my trip to Paris, so I can say it’s notclose to Eiffel at all! Great feat achieved by walking all the way

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  3. My goodness … you did cover A LOT of ground! But isn’t walking a wonderful way to enjoy and discover Paris? It gives you time to enjoy the absolute feast this city offers for the senses, from fruit and flowers to guys trying to look casual as they obviously stalk you, ha ha. As your interaction with the Australian father suggests, it’s difficult to find a balance between being open to new experiences and being guarded about getting robbed. But it sounds like you did just fine for yourselves and had a lovely day. Thank you for letting us tag along!

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    1. It is isn’t it. Each time we have visited Paris we have covered a lot of ground on foot. Even with the Hop on Hop off bus. Me too there were some amazing houseboats. Our tour guide had told us its quite cheap to have a houseboat. Electricity and water are free she said. Of course morings and the cost of the boat are not cheap.

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