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Friday, May 13, 2016

~An Afternoon in Paris......France and Latvija, Day 2, (Part 2) 2nd September, 2015~

I know it's been a while but I'm  back with my France and Latvija trip
I was always intending to blog it all but it just got away from me
Having been inspired by Trish (who blogs just about daily on her trip through Paris, Provence and Italy) and Anita (who was over there roughly the same time as I was) I'm on a mission to blog it all.

Lots of pics coming up as I was just snapping away all the time but at least I'll have a record on my blog as I nearly thought I lost them all but luckily with advice was able to retrieve them.....PHEW......

Following on from my last post on our trip we are still on the bus

Here we are at
Quartier Pigalle in Paris
Pigalle is an area in Paris around the Place Pigalle, on the border between the 9th and the 18th arrondissements. It is named after the sculptor Jean-Baptiste Pigalle (1714–1785).

We are just cruising around taking it all in

It is after lunch, say mid-afternoon
Look at the cars.......everywhere
Somehow cars, people and bikes work together
My Son is a cyclist (yep, took his bike over) and he noticed how polite the car drivers are to bikes over there (and Latvija as well but that's another story)

10th arr. above and below

Saint-denis Gate and St-martin Gate

We are actually going through the St-martin Gate here.......awesome
To see a pic of the St-martin Gate follow the link above as I didn't actually manage to get one

The Porte Saint-Martin was designed by architect Pierre Bullet (a student of François Blondel, architect of the nearby Porte Saint-Denis) at the order of Louis XIV in honor of his victories on the Rhine and in Franche-Comté. Built in 1674, it replaced a medieval gate in the city walls built by Charles V. It was restored in 1988.

The Porte Saint-Denis is a Parisian monument located in the 10th arrondissement, at the site of one of the gates of the Wall of Charles V, one of the now-destroyed fortifications of Paris. It is located at the crossing of the Rue Saint-Denis continued by the Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, with the Boulevard de Bonne-Nouvelle and the Boulevard Saint-Denis.

La Madeleine

L'église de la Madeleine , Madeleine Church; more formally, L'église Sainte-Marie-Madeleine; less formally, just La Madeleine) is a Roman Catholic church occupying a commanding position in the 8th arrondissement of Paris.  The Madeleine Church was designed in its present form as a temple to the glory of Napoleon's army. To its south lies the Place de la Concorde, to the east is the Place Vendôme, and to the west Saint-Augustin, Paris. 

1st Arrondissment......Hotel De Louvre (this link has lots of images for it)
For history on this Hotel go over here 

The Hotel du Louvre was built in 1855 and then known as the Grand Hotel du Louvre.  It was the first luxury hotel in France and was originally located in the building which is now known as the Louvre des Antiquaires

The Grand Hotel du Louvre had 700 guestrooms and a large staff of 1,250 and became renowned for its French and international cuisine.

Thought I'd take a Selfie.......couldn't wipe the smile from my face that I was actually here

1st arr.

1st arr.  Beautiful lampshades everywhere we went

Jardin Des Tuileries area above and below

The Tuileries Garden is a public garden located between the Louvre Museum and the Place de la Concorde in the 1st arrondissement of Paris. Created by Catherine de Medici as the garden of the Tuileries Palace in 1564, it was eventually opened to the public in 1667, and became a public park after the French Revolution. In the 19th and 20th century, it was the place where Parisians celebrated, met, promenaded, and relaxed

So first glimpse of the Eiffel Tower in the background
Jardin Des Tuileries

The Louvre......Jardin Des Tuileries

Jardin Des Tuileries above and below

Jardin Des Tuileries above and below

Still smilin'

Louvre area above and below

So that was our first ride around Paris (and I'm still smiling now typing this!)
Next time we are at Francois Mitterrand Quay

Paris is such a photogenic city!!!

Till then, Dzintra xo


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

It is still a thrill to know you went there and remembering the anticipation we both felt for you. Dzintra, WHAT FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

Wow Dzintra these pics are amazing I am glad that you didn't lose them,thankyou for sharing xx

Janice said...

I've enjoyed travelling around Paris with you. It brings back memories of our visits, especially L Madeliene, as our hotel was just down the road from here, so we wandered that area quite a bit. Looking forward to your next installments.

Fiona said...

lovely pictures - having it in a blog is like a journal for you...

KimM said...

Great pictures and such a wonderful trip!

Bev C said...

Hello Dzintra,

Paris is certainly a beautiful city, amazing buildings and so much to see wherever you go. So glad your were able to retrieve your photo's.

Happy days.

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