Paris is always a good idea

– JULY 23, 2015

After we had seen our fill of the poverty and injustice throughout southeast asia, we had a frank discussion on what we need to get our heads ready for China/Vietnam/Thailand/Laos/Myanmar/etc.  We took a close look at our British Airways air miles options and it was a very pleasant surprise to see that a flight to Paris was very, very affordable.  It was a no-brainer…we had to make this leap.  There will be an impact on time and our proposed destinations, so we will determine later which Asian countries will need to wait for a different adventure.  In their place we are introducing Paris as stop #1 of 5 new destinations before we head to China.

Hint #02 was the picture seen below, which of course is the Eiffel Tower.

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The Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is an amazing steel structure which can be seen from almost anywhere in the city.  It doesn’t need any explanation or description, just check out the pictures below for the images of one of the world’s man-made wonders.

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The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower

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The Eiffel Tower view as we approach sunset

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The Eiffel Tower view as we approach sunset

At 9pm they turn on the Eiffel Tower lights, which take some time to brighten up…but when they do its a beautiful sight.  First the static lights come on and then they turn on the random lights which create a sparkler effect.

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

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The Eiffel Tower night lights

Our previous post’s Hint #01 was of course the Arc de Triomphe.  This structure

 

 

 

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The Arc de Triomphe underbelly with 21 sculpted roses. The very center is a camera looking down at the ground. You can see the view on a screen up top of the arch.

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The Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc de Triomphe – La Paix de 1815

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The Arc de Triomphe – La Resistance de 1814

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The Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc de Triomphe

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The Arc de Triomphe – the inner facades of the small arches are engraved with the names of the military leaders of the French Revolution and Empire.

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The Arc de Triomphe – this is the floor plaque for the military leaders of the French Revolution and Empire.

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The Arc de Triomphe – the ground center symbol

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The Arc de Triomphe – the inner winding staircase

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The Arc de Triomphe – First World War monument

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The crazy kids emerging from the stairwell to the top!

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The roof isn’t very sexy, but the views of the city are.

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The Arc de Triomphe – city scape views

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The Arc de Triomphe – city scape views

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The Arc de Triomphe – city scape views

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The Arc de Triomphe – city scape views

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The Arc de Triomphe – city scape views

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The Arc de Triomphe – city scape views

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The Arc de Triomphe – city scape views

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The Arc de Triomphe – city scape views

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The Arc de Triomphe – city scape views

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The crazy kids descending back into the arch

Next up will be a series of random Paris city pictures that most people won’t know about (or simply are not famous).

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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The smaller scale Paris version of the Statue of Liberty

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

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Interesting Paris cityscape picture

Of course why would anyone ever come to Paris and not partake in the delicious cuisine!  Here are some of the foodie pics from Le Paris!

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A delicious cappuccino in a café right beside Notre Dame..

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The pastry and bed assortment was awesome!

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The pastry and bed assortment was awesome!

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The pastry and bed assortment was awesome!

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The pastry and bed assortment was awesome!

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The pastry and bed assortment was awesome!

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The pastry and bed assortment was awesome!

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The pastry and bed assortment was awesome!

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The pastry and bed assortment was awesome!

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The pastry and bed assortment was awesome!

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The street food vendors had pretty much everything you could ask for. This picture has a potato concoction that had Jill stopping in her tracks to check it out.

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The street food vendors had pretty much everything you could ask for. The desert stands had crepes, waffles, ice cream, etc!

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The street food vendors had pretty much everything you could ask for. This stand made sandwiches that consisted of French fries, meat patties, cheese and other goodies to stack a sandwich 6 inches high!

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The street food vendors had pretty much everything you could ask for. The big pans made for quick and efficient food delivery on order.

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The street food vendors had pretty much everything you could ask for. Some stands had bulk goods for sale as well.

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The street food vendors had pretty much everything you could ask for. Burgers, sausages and ribs as far as the eye can see!

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We sat down in a restaurant by the Louvre to have a nice dinner. This is a duck dish that was delicious.

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We sat down in a restaurant by the Louvre to have a nice dinner. This is a salmon dish that Jill really enjoyed.

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We sat down in a restaurant by the Louvre to have a nice dinner. We had to have a glass of wine and a draft beer to complete the dish.

There were many other meals we had there, but this was the concentrated pics we felt were best to post.  More Paris fun to come in the next few posts.

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For more photos of our adventure go to our flickr account here.

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