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Location - Western Europe; Capital - Paris; Population - 65 million; Currency - Euro MORE FRANCE

Just before I went to the Western Sahara I had a Eurostar weekend in Paris in November 2009.


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france12A bateaux mouche cruises down the river Seine, infront of Ile St-Louis, Paris



france14Above a café on Ile St-Louis, Paris


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france15From Ile St-Louis look across the Seine towards the Notre Dame Cathedral on neighbouring island Ile de la Cité - Paris















france19The cathedral was made famous in Victor Hugo's novel 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' - Paris















france20The 'Cathedral de Notre Dame de Paris' was completed in the 14th century - Paris

Visit the cathedral's website here



france23A look back at Ile de la Cité from Pont Neuf, which links the island to the mainland - Paris



france7The Pompidou Centre is a cultural centre - Paris
















france5The Pompidou Centre is distinctive in its design, with pipes and stairs in full view on the outside of the building - Paris

Pompidou Centre's website here








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france8Read what's on at the Pompidou Centre via the monthly calendar at Place Georges Pompidou, Paris



france9Colourful fountains at Place Igor Stravinsky, Paris




france1Bercy Village is a cobblestone strip of cafes, restaurants and fancy shops - Paris
















france26Stalls line the banks of the river Seine, Paris
















france30The Hotel des Invalides, built in the 17th century, houses a military museum - Paris



france38..It's also home to the tomb of former French emperor Napoleon I - Paris

More on Napoleon Bonaparte here



france45You might have heard of the Eiffel Tower - Paris
















france46Named after its designer Gustave Eiffel, the tower is 324metres tall - Paris


The Eiffel Tower website here














france47It's possible to walk to the 2nd floor, but a lift is the only way to get to the 3rd floor - Paris



france49The Eiffel Tower was built in 1889 as the entrance to that year's Paris World Fair - Paris



















france53It was blowing a gale when I went up so the nets came in very useful to catch falling debris (not from the tower I hasten to add) - Paris



france61Looking down from the 1st floor of the Eiffel Tower - Paris
















france62The golden Eglise du Dome in the Hotel des Invalides, as seen through Eiffel Tower ironwork - Paris
















france66Cross the river Seine and head for the fountains at the Trocadero Gardens - Paris



france67A wet and windswept Place de Varsovie, at the top of the Trocadero Gardens - Paris



france705-10 minutes walk from the Trocadero Gardens is another French landmark, the Arc de Triomphe - Paris















france71Built in 1836, the Arc de Triomphe is a monument to Napoleon's 1805 victory at Austerlitz - Paris


Arc de Triomphe official info here



















france72I did a lot of stair-climbing in Paris - Arc de Triomphe, Paris



france74And it was well worth it. The sky had cleared and the views were fantastic, providing a distant view of the Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre - Paris



france86The Arc de Triomphe stands in the world's largest roundabout, the Etoile. And radiating from it is the famous Avenue de Champs-Élysées - Paris
















france87One more look at the Eiffel Tower, this time from the Arc de Triomphe, Paris
















france99Avenue de Champs-Élysées - Paris



france104Entrance to the Louvre museum is via the glass pyramid - Paris


The Louvre's website here














france105Amongst many others, the Louvre houses the Venus de Milo and Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa - Paris
















france107The Louvre's glass pyramid, Paris



france108I love this photo of the Arc du Carrousel through a rain spattered window of the glass pyramid - Paris



france109The Louvre, Paris
















france111Wandering through Chinatown, around Tolbiac metro - Paris



france113The world-famous cabaret Moulin Rouge (Red Windmill) lies in the red-light district of Pigalle, Paris

The Moulin Rouge website



france125Canalside bars at Bassin de la Villette - Paris
















france112A deserted street near Colonel Fabien metro, Paris
















france130The Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart) Basilica lies at the top of Montmartre Hill - Paris



france136The graffiti-laden dome of the Sacré-Coeur - Paris



france137The views from the Sacré-Coeur's dome are superb - Paris

















france140Spot the Arc de Triomphe in a surprisingly cramped-looking Paris
















france141The Sacré-Coeur was built in 1873 but only consecrated in 1919 - Paris



france145View from the dome of Sacré-Coeur Basilica, Paris



france149The centre of the artist quarter of Montmartre is at Place du Tertre - Paris















france156An artist at work in Place du Tertre, Montmartre - Paris




















france154The cobbled backstreets of Montmartre - Paris



france151Posters, prints, sketches, paintings and drawings are all for sale in Montmartre - Paris



france152A Montmartre café, Paris
















france153A cute looking restaurant in Montmartre, Paris
















france158Liberty adorns the column at the centre of the Place de la Bastille, commemorating the Storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 thereby sparking the French Revolution - Paris

Wikipedia entry on the Storming of the Bastille here



france162The Place de la Bastille column is just visible from Port de l'Arsenal, St Martin's Canal - Paris



france163A lock separates Port de l'Arsenal from the river Seine beyond - Paris
















france172Well worth doing is a boat trip along St Martin's Canal, which starts/ends with a 2kms underground stretch beneath the Place de la Bastille - Paris
















france180Natural light illuminates St Martin's Canal - Paris



france178Vegetation grows from gridded holes above St Martin's Canal - Paris



france186A bridge parts to allow our boat to continue its path along St Martin's Canal - Paris


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france189People gather to watch the raising of the canal waters between locks - St Martin's Canal, Paris
















france192Heading north along St Martin's Canal, Paris



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