The French Blatting Company
Is this what everyone does today, study their phones? This was in the bar we went into on the Sunday.
THE FOLLOWING ARE THE PICTURES I TOOK ON THE MONDAY IN PARIS. We went on the wheel, along the market then on the boat.
The wheel. It's supposed to be the largest in the world at 70 metres high.
The view out of the cabin as we start.
Not very high up yet but a good view of the Tour Eifel.
Place Concorde. It's at the other end of the Champs Elysee with the Arc de TRiumph and the Etoile at the other end.
The Champs Elysee with the Christmas market on the left. The Arc de TRiumph is at the other end.
That tower, again.
The river Seine.
One of the many fine buildings in Paris. The French haven't allowed their city to be spoiled with huge office builds in the center. All the office buildings are on the edge of the city in an area called La Defence.
Another view of Paris buildings.
The love of my life. She looks as good now as she did when I met her in 1964, 52 years ago.
The Champs Elysee from the top.
Nearly at the top.
The Sacre Couer, by Montmarte.
The gardens behind Place Concorde. Sorry it's out of focus, crap photographer.
This is the Arc de Triumph from the wheel, well over a mile away. It's sometimes handy having a camera with a 720mm lens and 4 times optical zoom. The picture is blurred because the camera was hand held and even though I rested my arm against the side of the cabin the cabin it self was moving.
The gardens and the frame of the wheel.
The Paris TukTuks. There are a lot about, a few motorised but most are pedal power.
I'm having a real problem with this system. The picture seems to be the right way round on file but keeps coming in sideways. This is Cleopatras Needle, a bit biiger than those in London. Next morning it appears the correct wat around!
This and the folowing three pictures are the side panels of the needle.
We had walked the full length of the side in the picture and half way back on the side we are on where I took this and the next picture. We were sat at a table (without gaps) having a mulled wine.
The wheel at night, sorry it's blurred. There will be more pictures....
It's that tower again.... impressive?
This is us on the boat.
One of the searchlights on another boat.
The Grand Palais.
Pont Alexandre II, well lit.
I think this is the Pont de Concorde. I didn't take notes at the time so I'm not sure of all the building and bridges.
Now you all know what this is.
Closer, but blurred.
This is better.
Another boat going passed. There must have been over 20 tour boats on the river.
This one was too long to it all in the picture.
It's still going passed. Lynne is asking me to take a picture of the tree. Darling, we have hundreds on our farm!
A building, I think it's the Louvre, but, of course, I could be wrong.
I think this may be the Hotel de Ville (Town Hall). But I've now been told it's Notre Dame.
A bit more of the Hotel de Ville... oops, no, Notre Dame.
Another boat. This one hasn't got the very big searchlights.
It's a very shaky picture of.... well... it's a red thing.
A bit clearer but I still don't know what it is.
Everyone seems to be looking at something. No idea what it was now
And now we have a green thing. Again, no idea other than it's green.
The Notre Dame (I think). We saw Qusimodo, I couldn't remember his name but his face rang a bell (Don't you think the old ones are best)
We're on our way back so I took another picture of the wheel. Part of it at least.
You all know what this is.
It's getting bigger said the actress to the bishop. (told you about the old ones)
I took these pictures, so you'll look at them... right.
OK, getting near the end of the sticky up thing.... I hope.
I'm not sure if this minature copy of the Statue of Liberty is by the Pont de Lena or the one before, the Pont Bir Hakeim. Looking at the Paris street map I think it's Bir Hakeim. If you don't already know the Statue of Liberty at the approach to New York was made by Gustave Eifel and shipped over in pieces and assembled on it's plinth at the entrance to the harbour.
It's not as big as this picture makes it look.
There were two private yachts moored between the bridges Bir Hameim and De Lena. I tried to take a good picture but only got this. The other is called Renoir.
THE DAY IS OVER, WE GOT OF THE BOAT (WHICH HAD GONE PAST IT'S MOORING THEN TURNED BACK), GOT INTO A TAXI TO THE HOTEL AND FELL ASLEEP EXHAUSTED.
NOW FOR THE 20TH, MY 70TH BIRTHDAY. WE WENT TO THE MUSEE D'ORSEY, HAD A SLEEP IN THE AFTERNOON AND THEN TO A VERY SMART RESTARAUNT (AND VERY EXPENSIVE) AFTER WHICH WE WENT TO A JAZZ CLUB
Friends of ours have just tiled their kitchen with this tiles, These are the ones I wanted in our kitchen but Lynne said no. Well, every Metro station has them.
Close up of the bevelled tile. They remind me of a butchers shop.
When we got to Musee D'Orsey we found the cafe for a coffee. This was by the side and Lynne said it reminded her of Paul, our daughters partner. It's OK Paul, I've smacked her.
This is the famous painting of the School of Art. The back wall is all the artists pictures.
An orgy, we have them all the time....
A load of bullocks. It's "Ploughing in the Nivernais Region: First Dressing" by Rosa Bonheur.
This picture, of the downstairs, with scuplture in the center and small galleries on either side shows that the Museam was previously a railway station.
Lynne said this reminded her of Tanya... It's OK Tan, I smacked her.
I marvel at some sculpture. How do they carve marble to show the folds of the garment.
A close up. Fantastic.
She said this also reminded her of Tanya. Well the hair's the same.
Lynne said " I should have bought a Wonder Bra"
It's not all tits, this is a litle Dicktator.
"Do you know my dicks on show"
Jean Baptiste Carpeaux, The Dance. I wonder how long this took him. It is plaster, not marble but it must have taken ages.
Jean Baptiste Carpeaux again. The Four Parts of the World Holding the Celestial Sphere. This is marble and must have taken him a long time to carve.
"Please mummy, no more sprouts."
I always look up in big buildings. How many stations have walls like this.....
"Will someone turn that bloody light off"
The ground floor from the upper level
Now, this is Tanya, with a bad hair day.
Nice station clock.
The restaurant. Sumptious?
The ceiling in the restaurant.
Mesmerising... well she looks like she's in a trance.
The following are the restaurant in the evening.
The goldfish bowl on our table at the restaurant, "The Citroen Etoile". I couldn't decide whether to have it grilled or fried. The American owner, a 50 year old very good looking, tall lady came over and I suggested she make up small fishing rods and dangle a piece of cotton in the bowl. She thought it wa a great idea and said she's use some chopsticks. Bet she forgot about it 30 seconds late.
The Californian lady. Lynne told her about falling over. So she said she had done that, down the 4 steps in the restaurant. She said she tumbled head over heels down the steps, her dress going up over her head and she had no knickers on. Gave all the men a treat.
Lovely smiley person.
Isn't she lovely. Well I think so. Thank you darling for a great birthday present.
THE LAST DAY. WE HAD THE 2108 TRAIN FROM MONTPARNASSE SO WE HAD THE WHOLE DAY TO BE TOURISTS. WE WENT TO THE TOP OF THAT TOWER, THEN WENT TO MONTPARNASSE AND WENT TO THE 56th FLOOR TO LOOK OVER PARIS.... AGAIN
The tower from the base. High, or what.
Phew. We had to queue to get tickets, then queue again for the airport style security then again for the lift. Took over an hour of queing to get to the top.
The following are pictures of paris from the second level. You get a vernicular type lift from ground to second level then a straight up lift to the top. The top was closed off for many years because people kept throwing themselves off. The top is now all glazed.
That wheel again.
The parc du Champs de Mars. Usually in the foreground of pictures of the tower.
And these are the pictures from the top. Some have reflections from the glass, sorry.
A very clear day but you can see the polution haze.
The Hotel Des Invalides. If you want to read all about it look HERE
Most of the main streets are straight or set out in a grand curve.
The river with a tourist boat going passed.
I think Paris is very nice, not spoiled by large modern office blocks. The commercial centre, La Defence, has all the new buildings and that's on the edge of the city.
Just caught the back end of a pleasure boat.
The river snaking it's way through.
I know, I keep repeating myself. I took them, you'll look.
This one seems a bit clearer.
The Palias de Chaillot, read about it HERE
The Arc de Triumph is center left.
Ah, a selfie. You can see the concentration on my face trying to take this with my compact camera, not a camera on a phone.
An old man... well 70 is old, isn't it.
The Palais de Chailott again. However, if you near the top of the picture you can see the Bois de Bolougne, the huge park in Paris.
Rooftops and chimnies, er chimenies, er chiminys... oh you know what I mean.
The Arc de TRiumph and the Etoile. We walked all around the Etoile (by mistake)
A close up, that 730 mm lens is usefull sometimes.
Other than the crowded building of Paris, I've no idea what this is.
It's that old geezer again.
That lovely lady again.
More buildings and polution haze.
AND NOW FOR THE PICURES FROM THE TOP OF MONTPARNESSE TOWER. THE 56th FLOOR!
Montparnasse is in the south of the city. The pollution haze seems less here.
A cemetry. One of the things I like about France is that all the war memorials and cemetries are looked after and are in perfect condition.
The lovely lady getting some drinks and pulling her trousers up whilst she waits. (she'll hit me for this)
A blured picture of the wheel. It's 70 metres high and dominates the city at night, as does the Tour Eiffel.
Straight and wide. The main roads in Paris are all like this.
Couldn't not take yet another picture of that tower.
We stayed at the Kyriad Hotel in Rennes, Lynne's going to tell everyone she slept with Harrison Ford.
It's the bathroom door and the back wall.
OK, THAT'S IT. MY BITHDAY TRIP TO PARIS. IT'LL NOW TAKE ME A MONTH TO RECOVER AND ANOTHER SIX TO PAY FOR IT ALL.
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