How do you spend 11 hours in the capital city of a foreign country that you have never visited before?
Well, do your research beforehand, canvass opinions and experiences of others, choose a few particular things of interest and restrict your movements to a relatively confined area.
An early start, 2.5 hour trip on the Eurostar and we arrived at Gare du Nord station by 9.15am local time.
We bought daily Metro passes, strolled around Montmartre, had brunch in a local cafe, rode the funicular, visited the Sacré-Cœur and saw the Moulin Rouge. Then it was time to head closer to the Seine to some of the other points of interest.
The Arc de Triomphe was the first thing we saw as we emerged from the Metro subway. A mix of short trips on the Metro combined with lots of walking took us down the Champs-Élysées, on to the Musée d’Orsay then a river cruise on the Seine. Dinner and a walk back to the station rounded off a very full day and we were back in our London accommodation almost 18 hours after we had left it. Wow!!
Here is a taste of what we saw.
The rear – where the cleaning regime is not so rigorous.
View from Sacré-Cœur to Montmartre.
The iconic windmill atop the Moulin Rouge
Arc de Triomphe
Part of the interior of the Musée d’Orsay
Paris viewed through the face of the clock window in the Musée d’Orsay
Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris from the River Seine
Another river view
Musée d’Orsay from the River Seine
The Eiffel Tower from the River Seine
Cafe Joly – where we had dinner.
When selecting the photos for this post, I noticed the effect of the light, particularly the shots near the river. It is easy to understand the fascination this has provided for generations of artists and their quest to capture it.