Paris Day 11 – Tour Eiffel & Champ de Mars

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There are many fascinating things about the Tour Eiffel, one being that there are seventy-two names of French scientists, engineers, and mathematicians that are engraved in recognition of their contributions on the Eiffel. The engravings are found on the sides of the tower under the first balcony. These were originally painted in gold leaf but were covered over in the early 20th century. When repainted in the 2010-11 repaint, the gold color was brought back. I found this very interesting and is one of the many interesting facts that makes the Eiffel Tower a beautiful structure besides it’s grand statement to the landscape around it!

Some of the 72 names engraved on the Eiffel!

Some of the 72 names engraved on the Eiffel!

Every angle is something of beauty!

Every angle is something of beauty!

You sort of forget that the Eiffel sits between two residential neighborhoods!

You sort of forget that the Eiffel sits between two residential neighborhoods!

Two of the towers support structures may be climbed by foot rather than elevator!

Two of the towers support structures may be climbed by foot rather than elevator!

The awesome structure of the Eiffel.

The awesome structure of the Eiffel.

There is a park at the foot of the north and south side of the Tower!

There is a park at the foot of the north and south side of the Tower!

Six story buildings are dwarfed by the steel beacon!

Six story buildings are dwarfed by the steel beacon!

Gloomy day but the spring flowers were in full color!

Gloomy day but the spring flowers were in full color!

Le monument des Droits de l'Homme is in the middle of the Champs de Mars.

Le monument des Droits de l’Homme is in the middle of the Champ de Mars.

As the day begins to turn to evening, sunlight glows under the western sky!

As the day begins to turn to evening, sunlight glows under the western sky!

Paris Day 11 – Statue of Liberty

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There are two different ways to physically get to the Statue of Liberty, or Replique de la Statue de la Liberte. You can take a river cruise and go by the iconic figure but to stand at her feet there you need to take the Pont de Grenelle which is the closest bridge to get there or the longer and more scenic way is to start at the Pont de Bir-Hakeim and walk the long man made Allee des Cyges Island. Beautiful views of the left and right banks of the Seine and a lovely long strolling alley that makes for a very quiet and peaceful walk.

Lois under the Metro Line on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim!

Lois under the Metro Line on the Pont de Bir-Hakeim!

Allee les Cygnes

Allee les Cygnes!

Stan on the Allee les Cygnes Island!

Stan on the Allee les Cygnes Island!

View back at the Pont de Bir-Hakeim supports!

View back at the Pont de Bir-Hakeim supports!

Selfie time!

Selfie time!

Nice view of the Eiffel Tower!

Nice view of the Eiffel Tower!

Strolling through the Pont Rouelle!

Strolling through the Pont Rouelle!

Up river side of the Pont Rouelle!

Up river side of the Pont Rouelle!

Down river side of the Pont Rouelle!

Down river side of the Pont Rouelle!

And there she is, Lady Liberty, Paris edition, over looking the River Seine!

And there she is, Lady Liberty, Paris edition, over looking the River Seine!

A view looking down river at the foot of the Statue of Liberty.

A view looking down river at the foot of the Statue of Liberty.

 

 

 

Paris Day 10 – Walk from Trocadero to Pont de Bir-Hakeim

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One of the things we like to find in Paris is where movies have been shot on location, so we can say, “We’ve been there”. This walk will take us to the front door of the apartment used in the movie Last Tango in Paris and to the spot on the bridge in the movie National Treasure: Book of Secrets where they fly a remote helicopter to see what is written on the Statue of Liberty at the end of the Allee des Cyges Island, actually the correct term is Replique de la Statue de la Liberte. Fun stuff huh? Oh yeah, there are great views of the Eiffel Tower from here too!

Leaving the Trocadero area looking back up the side of it is a robust group at the Merry-Go-Round!!

Leaving the Trocadero area looking back up the side of it is a robust group at the Merry-Go-Round!

Looking back up river, nice walking path separated for bikes and foot traffic!

Looking back up river, nice walking path separated for bikes and foot traffic!

Great view of the Eiffel.

Great view of the Eiffel.

The Pont de Bir-Hakeim is the only bridge in Paris that carries both cars and Metro! The statue is La France Renaissante an equestrian statue!

The Pont de Bir-Hakeim is the only bridge in Paris that carries both cars and Metro! The statue is La France Renaissante an equestrian statue!

At last, the door and apartment that are  in the opening scenes of the Last Tango in Paris!

At last, the door and apartment that are in the opening scenes of the Last Tango in Paris!

The Pont de Bir-Hakeim!

The Pont de Bir-Hakeim!

Interesting views of the Eiffel can be had here!

Interesting views of the Eiffel can be had here!

Just wanted to see if you were still awake?

Just wanted to see if you were still awake?

Pano taken with iPhone, look closely at the cars, an Apple trademark of screwing up your photos of things too close and moving in the Pano option!

Pano taken with iPhone, look closely at the cars, an Apple trademark of screwing up your photos of things too close and moving in the Pano option! Click to see larger image!

And this is where they were standing in the movie, National Treasure: Book of Secrets to see the Lady!

And this is where they were standing in the movie, National Treasure: Book of Secrets to see the Lady!

La France Renaissante and the Eiffel!

La France Renaissante and the Eiffel!

Better view of La France Renaissante!

Better view of La France Renaissante!

 

Paris Day 10 – Trocadero & Palais de Chaillot

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This is a very popular spot to look across the Seine River to the East and see the Eiffel Tower, or as the French call it, Tour Eiffel! Trocadero is the area of the city and the name of the Metro stop. One of the reasons is that it so popular is that it is on a Metro Line that brings you right up into the square. The Metro stop for the Eiffel Tower is some what of a walk once you get above ground still! Here the fountains were putting on quite a show this day, at least we thought is was a kick in the pants! Besides the fountains and the thousands of tourists, including us two, the Trocadero Gardens flank each side of the fountains which go right down the middle of the park! Also, the Palais de Chaillot has a free museum, free clean bathrooms, bookstore and cafe. Hard to find clean and free bathrooms once you leave your hotel room or apartment! As you will see many of the photos on today’s blog are of the Eiffel Tower, the next blog we’ll be on the Eiffel Tower side of the river! As you will see it was a dark and cloudy day with no rain, but not much daylight either.

As you arrive above the Metro stop this will be your first look at the Eiffel Tower!

As you arrive above the Metro stop this will be your first look at the Eiffel Tower!

From the other side of the square!

From the other side of the square!

From the middle of the square!

From the middle of the square!

Large statues at each end of the square!

Large statues at each end of the square!

Large statues at each end of the square!

Large statues at each end of the square!

A walk around the gardens gave great views of the Tower!

A walk around the gardens gave great views of the Tower!

A walk around the gardens gave great views of the Tower!

A walk around the gardens gave great views of the Tower!

Close up of Tower!

Close up of Tower! Painted in Bronze Paint this time! Every time they paint the Eiffel Tower it’s like who gave them the best deal on paint, color doesn’t really seem to matter!

Framed nicely by the trees!

Framed nicely by the trees!

Before we left the gardens and went down to the rier's edge, Strawberry-Vanilla ice cream cone was in order!

Before we left the gardens and went down to the river’s edge, a Strawberry-Vanilla ice cream cone was in order!

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Fountain time!

Fountain time!

From the edge of the Seine River and Pont d'Lena.

From the edge of the Seine River and Pont d’Lena. You know a crazy Englishman jumped into the Seine, but at least he was not in de Nile! Joke, get it!

A fast stroll across the cross walk and stop, turn, click and keep moving!

A fast stroll across the cross walk and stop, turn, click and keep moving!

 

 

 

 

 

Paris Day 9 – Tour Montparnasse

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As we literally just get to the top of Tour Montparnasse the sun is setting! We are on top of the highest building in Paris. Yes the Eiffel Tower is taller, but it not considered a building! 59 stories high and the wind is blowing about 50 knots! Cold and windy, just what everybody loves, not! The wind was blowing so hard I had to put all of my weight on to my tripod to keep it from blowing over, fun times! You go there for the view, not the weather! Hope you enjoy the stills…

The sun setting over the southwest of France!

The sun setting over the southwest of France!

Tour Eiffel at sunset!

Tour Eiffel at sunset!

Arc de Triumph in the top left and the Invalides!

Arc de Triumph in the top left and the Invalides!

Last shot of the cold windy night!

Last shot of the cold windy night!

Paris Day 9 – The Last of Montmartre

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Well with the countless hours on our own and the very great private tour that we had of Montmartre, there were only a couple things left that we hadn’t gotten to yet. Here they are in photos!

The "I Love You" wall with no people in front of it!

The “I Love You” wall with no people in front of it!

The "Man Walking Through Wall" art piece without people shaking his hand or in front of it!

The “Man Walking Through Wall” art piece without people shaking his hand or in front of it!

The other Moulin, windmill left in Montmartre, this one is privately owned and not accessible like the other, which is also a cafe!

The other Moulin, windmill left in Montmartre, this one is privately owned and not accessible like the other, which is also a cafe!

Place du Tertre!

Place du Tertre! The wires on the bottom keep pigeons off!

Place du Tertre, with all of the people in it!

Place du Tertre, with all of the people in it!

One of the fine artist there we chatted with admiring her work when she noticed that Lois had on very unique earrings, she asked what they were? They were from a photo of mine of Table Mt back home in Oroville. She loved them, so I told her to pick out one of her favorite paintings and I would make it into a pendant for her as she did not wear earrings! This was the painting she chose!

One of the fine artists we chatted with admiring her work when she noticed that Lois had on very unique earrings, she asked what they were? They were from a photo of mine of Table Mt back home in Oroville. She loved them, so I told her to pick out one of her favorite paintings and I would make it into a pendant for her as she did not wear earrings! This was the painting she chose!

This area is always so busy, large trucks are always in this area as they cannot drive through without at least three maneuvers! The two cafes are very famous as back in the days, all of the artist would end up at one or the other of them and drink all night. Story goes that they would show up with a painting and the barkeep would give them a bottle of wine for it. The artist died broke and the barkeep made millions later selling their originals!

This area is always so busy, large trucks are always in this area as they cannot drive through without at least three maneuvers! The two cafes are very famous as back in the days, all of the artists would end up at one or the other of them and drink all night. Story goes that they would show up with a painting and the barkeep would give them a bottle of wine for it. The artist died broke and the barkeep made millions later selling their originals!

Unique shot of Sacre Coeur!

Unique shot of Sacre Coeur!

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Lois wanted a fabric store as we had purchased some back in 2003 and made pillows with it. She did finally make a purchase after going through all five floors.

Lois wanted to stop at a fabric store as we had purchased fabric back in 2003 and made pillows with it. She did finally make a purchase after going through all five floors.

One stop left, the Dam Button Store!

One stop left, the Dam Button Store!

Back at the entrance to our apartment!

Back at the entrance to our apartment!

Paris Day 9 – Interview & Montmartre

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This morning we met up again with Laurent Boscq of Paristories.com to do an interview with him about his work and a couple of his stories in more detail and to record him for our production of a DVD about our trip. The first story was more about the Au Lapin Agile (Agile Rabbit) and all of the famous artists who came there, painters, writers and singers. One famous American met a singer there and she became his mistress as he had a wife back in the States. They fell in love and he was going to bring her back to the States so he booked them passage on the Titanic. She was put on a lifeboat by him when they hit the iceberg and he went back to his estate room and put on his finest clothes and waited there for his end! When she was saved and made it to the U.S., she was not warmly received by the widow, after many months she made enough money, people speculate it was the widow that paid for the ticket, and she returned to Montmartre. She is buried just yards away from the Agile Rabbit in Saint-Vincent Cemetery, her name was Ninette Aubart.

The second story was more details about the painter Maurice Utrillo V and how his mother was a famous singer at the Au Lapin Agile and how she never gave into who his father was? Much speculation was that it was Renoir, but years later the real father came forward and declared that he was the boy’s father. As a boy Maurice was very troubled and was always getting into trouble; a doctor told his mother maybe he should take up painting, he did and that calmed him down and was never a problem again. Maurice did not like people and would not leave the house so he would have his mother buy him postcards of the area, Montmartre, and he would paint from them. He became the most famous painter of Montmartre. Later in life when he got married they moved to the country, still never going outside, just painting from his memories of Montmartre until he died. He and his wife are also buried in Saint-Vincent Cemetery just a couple headstones away from Ninette Aubart’s!

Our DVD production will have the entire recording of the interviews about the two stories and the interview of him giving us his story. Watch this space for more details!

Laurent at the Au Lapin Agile telling the story of the love and death!

Laurent at the Au Lapin Agile telling the story of the love and death!

At Saint-Vincent Cemetery.

At Saint-Vincent Cemetery.

The survivor of the Titanic!

The survivor of the Titanic!

The story of Maurice Utrillo V.

The story of Maurice Utrillo V.

 

Paris Day 8 – Palais Royal

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From the passages we moved into Le Palais Royal, The Royal Palace. The garden area is a large rectangle that is surrounded on the four sides by shopping corridors. The trees in the middle of the gardens are Chestnut Trees and are trimmed to make these beautiful peaceful walking passages! On the south end the are remodeling the area which use to hold an interesting art exhibit of metal globes, they are gone at this time. South of that is another art exhibit called Colonnes de Buren. Again some construction gets in the way.

As you enter from the north to the gardens of the Royal Palace!

As you enter from the north to the gardens of the Royal Palace!

Corridor of shopping on both sides!

Corridor of shopping on both sides!

Corridor of shopping on both sides!

Corridor of shopping on both sides!

Beautiful and relaxing just to stroll!

Beautiful and relaxing just to stroll!

The Chestnut Tree passages!

The Chestnut Tree passages!

Another peaceful and lovely place to walk!

Another peaceful and lovely place to walk!

In the center of the gardens is a nice fountain, lovers were spotted!

In the center of the gardens is a nice fountain, lovers were spotted!

Ooh La La, City of Love!

Ooh La La, City of Love! This couple should probably have gotten a room as many were, including us, very interested in their behavior!

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Spring is here!

Before leaving we stopped in one of the little cafes and had a little something sweet!

Before leaving we stopped in one of the little cafes and had a little something sweet!

As we left the Royal Palace, the bistros were starting to fill!

As we left the Royal Palace, the bistros were starting to fill!

 

 

 

 

Paris Day 8 – Passages

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Passages were the first ever indoor shopping malls! Back in the days before pavement or in Paris’ case, cobblestone, we’re talking 1820 or so, women had to get to the stores without getting their shoes dirty. If you didn’t have shoes, you didn’t need to go shopping!

The following is a copy from http://www.parisinfo.com…

In Paris, the 17th century saw the beginning of covered passages lined with shops. Most were to open a century later, and are part of 19th-century heritage, important to Paris.

They are mostly to be found on the right bank of the Seine, mainly near to the Grands Boulevards, in areas that attracted the wealthy classes at the time of their construction. They usually take the form of a gallery which has been created by piercing through other buildings or that was built at the same time as them. The galleries are covered with a glass roof which provides daylight from above and which gives a special effect.

These galleries evolved over the years: they were ideal for escaping the crowds, meeting someone or shopping out of the rain and bad weather. Abandoned, then revamped in the 20th century, twenty or so of them still exist today and are highly-prized by Parisians and visitors. In them, you’ll find numerous shops as well as restaurants, art galleries, tea rooms, each with its own speciality.

Passage Jouffroy, Passage des Panoramas, Galerie Vivienne, Galerie Véro Dodat, Galerie Colbert, Passage du Caire, Passage Brady… They are part of Paris’s history and the association ‘Passages et Galeries’, which works to preserve them, regularly offers guided tours.

We hit them from the north going south starting at Passage Verdeau and then into Passage Jouffroy which was built in 1846 which leads you to Passage des Panoaramas; we then had to go a couple blocks outside in the horrible Spring weather and arrive at Galerie Vivienne which joined up with Galerie Colbert which lead you to the Royal Place. Pure Heaven on Earth walking!

Passage Verdeau

Passage Verdeau

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Passage Verdeau

 

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Passage Verdeau

Passage Verdeau

Passage Verdeau

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Passage Verdeau

Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas

 

 

Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas

 

 

Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas

Passage des Panoramas

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

 

 

Passage Colbert

Passage Colbert

Passage Colbert

Passage Colbert

Royal Palace

Palais Royal entrance!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paris Day 7 – Celebration of our 20th Anniversary!

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Tonight was the night I made plans to take my lovely bride of twenty years to dinner, it would be a jazz bar/bistro with a cave in the cellar for the live jazz musicians that would be playing that eve. The joint was Autour de Midi…et Minuit located at 11 Rue Lepic in Montmartre, the owner is the waiter during dinner and the barkeep after dinner in the jazz cave! He has a great personality and was very accommodating, after playing us for tourist that didn’t speak French, he brought over the English chalk dinner board! Lois had lamb chops that she loved and I had duck for an appetizer and for the main course! I love duck! For desert we had creme brulee and it had the best top of caramelized sugar ever, and we try creme brulee every where we go!

After dinner we rolled down the stairs to the cave, the musicians get there at 9:30 pm and start at 10. We entered at 9:45 and all of the cave seats were taken. But, there are two caves, side by side and the second cave has a massive screen that shows the band live with stereo sound speakers pumping the music in, so no loss here as it was a wonderful evening enjoying live jazz and a great dinner. On the way back to the apartment I took some night bar scene shots!

Lamb Chops!

Lamb Chops!

Duck Leg reduced in it's own fat for hours!

Duck Leg reduced in it’s own fat for hours!

Creme Brulee, excellent topping!

Creme Brulee, excellent topping!

3 piece jazz band, very good non paid locals come in Tuesday nights and play for free!

3 piece jazz band, very good non paid locals come in Tuesday nights and play for free!

Our walk home at midnight passing other bars!

Our walk home at midnight passing other bars!

Some busier than others!

Some busier than others!

The bar at the foot of our apartment!

The bar at the foot of our apartment!