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


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






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




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




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


March 2008




Sandy beach


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




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




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




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'




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




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




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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