France

France pictures. France has an unmistakable atmosphere which fills it from the idyllic southern stretches of the country all the way to the grand boulevards of Paris. Paris is arguably one of the most beautiful cities of the world, home to many symbols for which France (and actually Europe) is well-known everywhere: the Eiffel Tower, the Triumphal Arch, the Notre Dame, the Louvre, the Sacré Coeur, the typical French houses lining the city's avenues, and in general, the 'Parisian atmosphere'.
These pictures depict Paris (often from unusual angles) and many seaside towns - both from the sunny south (including holiday resorts like Marseille and Nice) and the chilly north (D-Day landing sites and war cemeteries, fishing villages and old ports), plus Monaco (which is an independent state within the French mainland).

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Paris

Siesta under Napoleon's Triumphal Arch

The reader

The Pont des Arts (Bridge of Arts) footbridge with the Institut de France.

At a Parisian cafe

View of Paris from the top of Napoleon's Triumphal Arch.

Champs-Élysées (meaning the 'Elysian Fields'), the best-known grand avenue of Paris. The Jardin des Tuileries and the Palais du Louvre can be seen in the background.

Trees lining the Champs-Élysées.

The Champs-Élysées with the Arch de Triomphe, as seen from the Place de la Concorde.

Paris

Roasting chestnuts, Boulevard Haussmann

Place de la Concorde, between the Champs-Élysées and the Louvre.

The pedestrianized center of Place de la Concorde.

Paris

In the garden of a convent (not open to the public) in the 16th district (16e arrondissement), a wealthy area of Paris

Along the Boulevard de la Chapelle near Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad

Vélib, Paris's cycle hire scheme - it only takes a few minutes to hire a bike with a credit card

Details, Champ de Mars

The dark tower

Details II.

Discarded

Cycle talk

Dogs and owners

Downwards (Montmartre)

Eiffel Tower (Tour Eiffel), the most well-known landmark of France (and maybe Europe).

The stairs leading up to the tower's viewing platforms are visible among the girders.

Under the Eiffel Tower.

The elaborate ornaments of the Eiffel Tower.

The streets surrounding Eiffel Tower.

Paris at night.

Electric car charging point - as of 2009, Paris (as part of the Autolib' programme) is planning to introduce thousands of electric cars for rent, which could be picked up and dropped off at any of hundreds of rental points in the city

Fashion?

Fog over Paris.

Faded

Foosball

Immigrants playing football in the Place de la Bataille de Stalingrad

Park life

French breakfast - pain aux raisins, croissant, baguette

Gargoyles, Notre Dame

Quartier de la Goutte d'Or ('Golden Drop District') is a predominantly working-class African neighbourhood in Paris

The modern Grande Arche de la Défense in the financial quarter of Paris, the Défense.

French children on the Great Arch's stairs.

Hunger

It must be important

Métro.

Football, Parc du Champ de Mars

Space invaders

Floating - only kids can do this

Bicycle infrastructure - Paris has quite a few high quality, separated bike lanes

The colorful and eccentric statues of Place Igor Stravinsky, next to the Pompidou Centre

The loser (in a very pleasant park on Rue Cardinet near Pont Cardinet station)

St Louis Island on the Seine.

Parisian houses on Ile de St Louis.

The old royal palace of Louvre with the recently completed glass Louvre Pyramid in the middle.

The Louvre as seen from the glass pyramid.

Bridge leading to the Louvre

Rue des Malmaisons, Chinatown

Busy

Antiques (=stuff found in the attic) market in Place Charles Fillion near Pont Cardinet station

Paris is very pleasant by bike

Parisian restaurant, waiting for the snails

Chinese McDonalds in Paris's Chinatown (near Porte d'Ivry)

Merry-go-round on an overcast spring day

Underground map in the Trocadéro tube station.

Trocadéro station

The Parisian Métropolitain subway.

Art Nouveau entrance to the Paris subway (métro)

In the mirror

The facade of the Institut du Monde Arabe consists of thousands of light-sensitive shutters that control the lightness of the building's interior.

The Panthéon as seen from the Arab World Institute

The hill of Montmartre with the cathedral Sacré Coeur.

View from Montmartre.

View from Montmartre.

Place Georges Pompidou, home to architect Richard Rogers's inverted Pompidou Centre (the escalators and pipes are on the outside of the building)

Ice motorbike

Parisians love their motorbikes, in various sizes

Buskers in Paris.

Place de la Concorde at nightfall.

Notre Dame from a less well-known angle.

View from the Notre Dame.

Old age

Packing

Pain

Parisians

Champ de Mars

Sunday in Bois de Boulogne, a huge park in the 16th arrondissement (16. district) of Paris

Scooter parking, Rue Cardinet

Party

The Arc de Triomphe du Carrousel in front of the Louvre.

The small triumphal arch.

Photoshoot

Pies and tarts

The Pigalle station of the Paris subway system

The Seine from the Pont Saint Michel bridge

Bike lane under Bir-Hakeim Bridge's elevated métro tracks

The post-modern glass pyramids of the Louvre

The RER suburban railway of Paris.

Rain.

Rain

Red

Uniformized - much of today's Paris was built according to the Haussmann Plan in the middle of the 19th century

Rest

Rollerskater Critical Mass(?) under the ugly high-rises of Quai André Citroen and Quai de Grenelle along the river Seine

Typical Parisian house.

Sinister

By the Canal St-Martin

French sandwiches

Scooter

Scooters and rollerskates are also fairly popular in Paris

Bridge over the Seine.

The bank of the Seine.

Next to the Seine.

French shackles

Day off

Fashion?

Cyclist

Walk

Small

Two of the 12 avenues radiating from the square where Napoleon's Arc de Triomphe is located (Place Charles de Gaulle / Étoile).

Alone

Space invader (from the 80s computer game) in Paris

Spring

Relaxing by on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin

Book stall

Afternoon

Avenue de Choisy, the high street of Chinatown

Streetball

On top of the post-modern Pompidou Centre (Beaubourg) art exhibition hall.

Old lamps with the obelisk in Place de la Concorde.

Horrible coathanger (antiques market)

Breakfast place in the park

The Avenue de la Grand Armée which runs towards the Défense quarter, forming part of the Voie Triomphale (Triumphal Way), or the Axe Historique (Historic Axis).

Trocadéro.

The Jardin des Tuileries, between the Louvre and Place de la Concorde.

Overlooking Paris from Montmartre

Unconvinced

Football pitch under elevated Jaurès metro station

The strange underworld of Paris under the glitzy cafes

Vélib', the public bicycle hire programme of Paris has about 20,000 bicycles (as of 2009) - to rent a bike, just touch your Passe Navigo (the electronic travel pass used in Paris) to the reader, and to return it, just drop it off at any of the 1,000+ docking stations

Villiers

Vintage

Walk

Paris.

The colors of Paris.

Worker above

Excellent kidneys in mustard sauce and wine in Le Petit Villiers (Wagram metro station)

Saint-Malo

The bay Anse des Sablons near the historic walled city of Saint-Malo

The old alleyways of the walled city

The walled city from the ferry to Portsmouth

The beach right outside the walled city

A cold Spring

The islands Grand Bé, Petit Bé and Cézembre off the coast surrounding the walled city

Broken lamp on the city walls

On top of the city walls; the town used to be an independent republic

Outside

Dreamy

The row of restaurants don't really fit in well with the overall character of the place

Historic buildings by the Anse des Sablons bay

Bayside promenade by Anse des Sablons

The colours of Saint-Malo

Forlorn beach

The bay adjacent to the walled city

Charge!

The walled city and the island of Grand Bé

On the wall of the walled city (La Ville Intra-Muros)

The city walls

Omaha Beach

Omaha Beach, one of the principal sites of the Allied landings on D-Day

Omaha Beach in 2008

The Germans, whose bunkers were on the hillside overlooking the beach, were in a much better position strategically

More than 3000 soldiers died here on D-Day

Race

Taking the hills by the beach proved to be a rather tough task

March 2008

Kids

Sandy beach

The war cemetery of Colleville-sur-Mer is a few hundred meters away from here

Stroll

Tree deformed by the wind

Boiling sea

Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont Saint-Michel, a 'town' built over the centuries on sheer rock

The approach to the mount

Loudspeakers are warning people of the rapidly approaching tide - soon this whole low-lying chunk of land will be under water

Apparently this was the inspiration for the design of Minas Tirith in the Lord Of The Rings movies

Late evening by Mont Saint-Michel

Fields, endless fields

Contrary to the popular belief that the tide is a slow-moving thing, it took the sea 60(!) seconds to reclaim a 3-metre wide strip of this sloping pavement

Construction was started in the 8th century and lasted for hundreds of years

Bird circling the cathedral

Mont Saint-Michel is a tidal island - only the man-made causeway separates it from the continent at high tide

The site became the target of religious pilgrims, many of them dying during the last mile of their journey in the quicksands surrounding the island

Evening

Colleville-sur-Mer

The entrance of the American war cemetery at Colleville-sur-Mer

The graves of American soldiers

The cemetery is next to allied D-Day landing site Omaha Beach

Graves

Thousands of soldiers are buried here

Bény-sur-Mer

Canadian War Cemetery

The Canadian war cemetery near the village of Bény-sur-Mer

Canadian flag on the grave of an engineer who died during the Normandy landings

Rows of graves in the Canadian war cemetery

'Their name liveth for evermore'

Memorial

A rainy day in Normandy

Étretat

The vertical alabaster cliffs of Étretat

The seaside promenade

It was a rather wet experience

The colours of a stormy day

Falaise d'Aval, a natural arch just outside Étretat

The town of Étretat

Somewhat misplaced thatched huts on the seafront

Spring weather in Normandy

The white statue is a monument to The White Bird (L'Oiseau Blanc), the plane with which two Frenchmen tried to cross the atlantic in the 1920s - this was the last place they were spotted in France before completely disappearing

French seaside

Falaise d'Aval and a flying French flag

Hiking trail near Étretat

Natural arch

Waves battering the Normandy coast

View over Étretat

The old houses of Étretat

The weather looks a lot nicer in the picture than it actually was - the sun shone, then it rained, then it hailed, then this loop began again

The sea is boiling

The 'beach' of Étretat

Honfleur

A sleepy sunday afternoon

Dusk

Half-timbered and brick buildings

Old half-timbered house (still inhabited)

The town hall (Hotel de Ville) and a carousel

Old houses by the marketplace

Whoosh (merry-go-round in a local fun fair)

4 Saisons

The famous port of Honfleur with the narrow and thin buildings

Honfleur at night

A less-visited residential area

Rappel

A nice place when the sun comes out

Riviera

Early morning in Marseille station.

Lonely bird watching the open sea in Monaco.

Underground train station Monaco, Monte Carlo.

Angler in Nice.

Sleeping Nice at night.

The train station of Nice.

Lonely man watching the sea in Nice.

France

It's a clever idea to make the street sign also say who the person was


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