Paris pictures. Paris needs no introduction, being probably the most well-known city on Earth (and thus a symbol of Europe). Paris is also one of the most beautiful cities of the world, home to many architectural icons: the 320m high Eiffel Tower, Napoleon's huge Triumphal Arch, the Notre Dame church, the Louvre Palace, the Sacré Coeur cathedral, the typical French houses lining the city's avenues, and in general, the 'Parisian atmosphere'.

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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.


Roasting chestnuts, Boulevard Haussmann

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

The pedestrianized center of Place de la Concorde.


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.


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


Fog over Paris.



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.


It must be important


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


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




Champ de Mars

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

Scooter parking, Rue Cardinet


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

The small triumphal arch.


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.




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


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

Typical Parisian house.


By the Canal St-Martin

French sandwiches


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





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


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


Relaxing by on the banks of the Canal Saint-Martin

Book stall


Avenue de Choisy, the high street of Chinatown


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).


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

Overlooking Paris from Montmartre


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





The colors of Paris.

Worker above

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