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)

     

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, 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, 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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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

     

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.

     

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

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