Just after Easter I was lucky enough to be taken away for a few days b Kevin to Paris. We had planned to visit there for our honeymoon, twenty six years ago, but funds didn't allow, so we finally made it recently.
After setting off at the crack of dawn, we travelled by train to London and then on via the tunnel under the channel to Paris. Amazingly, we were in the capital before noon, ready for our adventure to begin!
We arrived too early to get into our room, but we could leave our luggage behind and begin to explore.
First we walked down to the Place de la Concorde, where we got our first sight of the Eiffel Tower. From there, we strolled long to visit two museums, Les Arts Decoratives, which contained jewellery, a great exhibition on the use of caricatures in french posters and fabulous furniture from the 18th century to the art noveau.
As the Louvre was just next door, we decided to make a whistle-stop tour to Paris's most famous museum. The Louvre is huge, so we had to use the map to make a choice of what to see: friezes and a mosaic from a roman temple;
poor old Mona Lisa surrounded by clicking cameras;
and Napoleon's state apartments.
He certainly knew how to live the high life!
After finding a lovely bistro locally, we ended our first day in Paris.